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Positivity 100 – Day 11, April 5, 2018

At the banquet table of nature, there are no reserved seats. You get what you can take, and you keep what you can hold. If you can’t take anything, you won’t get anything, and if you can’t hold anything, you won’t keep anything. And you can’t take anything without organization. – A. Philip Randolph How …

Positivity 100 – Day 9, April 3, 2018

Why “Working Scribe”? A few years ago, maybe 2004 or so, a voicemail between two big-firm associates became “internet infamous.” In that exchange, one was berating the other by voicemail for alleged failure to send a marked-up mortgage draft or the like back during mildly tense negotiations, asking whether or why certain desired changes couldn’t …

Positivity 100 – Day 8, April 2, 2018

“Shmaayah would say: ‘Love work, loath mastery over others, and avoid intimacy with the government.’” – Ethics of the Fathers (Pirkei Avot 1:10) The blockquote above is an excerpt from the volume of Jewish law and learning known as the Sayings or Ethics of the Fathers (Hebrew: Pirkei Avot.) It is a relatively short volume …

Positivity 100 – Day 7, April 1, 2018

To the left is a “tiffin” or “tiffin box”, a sealed lunch box used in India to hold and transport a lunch or other meal.  An Apple USB wall plug is included in the photo for size comparison. They are most famously associated with Mumbai, where literally hundreds of thousands of home-cooked meals arrive still-warm …

Positivity 100 – Day 6, March 31, 2018

Grateful people are rarely unhappy people; your own personal experience of life and of the lives of people close to you should reflect this. If you believe that the world owes you nothing, or at least very little, you are likely to experience everything beyond the “nothing” or the “very little” as bonus time or …

Positivity 100 – Day 5, March 30, 2018

Positivity project short update – English needs a word to describe a pleasure that is too easily forgotten.  Example: every time I clean my home thoroughly, I amaze myself at how nice it is and how foolish it was to let things go. Some combination of “amazing only to the forgetful” or something. We should …

Positivity 100 – Day 4, March 29, 2018

Thought experiment: how much less happy would you be if you lost half of your “stuff”? Americans in particular have a lot of “stuff”, even relative to income.  We have storage units and lockers to store our other stuff, stuff we barely use. Second thought experiment.  Imagine a storage unit building – it’s not hard.  …

Positivity 100 – Day 2, March 27, 2018

“In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.” – Attributed to Rabbi Hillel, Pirkei Avot 2:5. It is common enough to suggest that “someone” should do something. Perhaps it is a consequence of modern life with extremely sophisticated economies and a separation between doer and the costs and risks of …

Positivity 100 – Day 1, March 26, 2018

Linear algebra is the study of matrices, arrays of numbers that combine in specific ways.  The field has many practical applications; it is to some extent the backbone behind what gets studied as “algebra” in the 8th grade.  It is useful, for example, for counting the number of ways that someone in a large subway …