Todd Grotenhuis

May 9, 2021

Sunday Quote 📑

This is great advice for many behavior changes, not just procrastination. (Make the healthy food visible, put away distractions, place practice music sheets out, etc.) Here’s where I’d take a little issue, however: “Environment and habit change ishow we change ourselves.” Willpower is limited, situational, and varying. The way we make ...
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May 2, 2021

📑 Sunday Quote and "Persecuted" Christians

Let's make my biases clear up front: I'm part of a tradition (Anabaptism) that has a long history of pacifism and has collected the stories of how they were murdered due to their faith (it's a giant book and not a great read, but you can still find copies). Also, I live a pretty comfortable life. I grew up in a wealthy country, didn't ...
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April 25, 2021

Sunday Quote 📑

Have you heard of The Unicorn Project? It's the follow-up to the great Phoenix Project. As I said in my 2021 book review: “"what Kim did for Ops & DevOps in the Phoenix project, he has continued for product development in this work"” Both of these books use narrative to demonstrate the move to agile ways of working and devops transform...
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April 25, 2021

📚 Finished Reading: Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview by edited by David Streitfeld feat. Ursula K. Le Guin ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Recommended for any fan of her work or anyone seeking wisdom. I don't have a lot to say about this book, but I did make many highlights of quotes that were interesting, funny, or worth pondering. You can peruse them from within my public no...
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April 23, 2021

Friday Good Reads

Read any good articles, essays, editorials, or posts this week? I did! My favorite so far this year comes from moxie0, who wrote an excellent technical table-turn on a company that was trying to exploit secure-communication platform Signal. That and other reads are available in my public notes. Anything you read and want to recommend? ...
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April 20, 2021

📚 Finished Reading: Why Nations Fail

Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson ⭐⭐⭐ Here's the summary from my public notes: “Extractive political institutions and extractive economic institutions create a reinforcing vicious cycle. “Extractive” institutions are ones where the power and wealth are funneled towards a controlling group. Conversely, inclusive poli...
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April 19, 2021

🖋 Ugmonk Analog + Baron Fig Strategist

I love the idea of Ugmonk's Analog system. Yet, as you may know (from a previous post), I have a system that is working well for me for daily notes & tracking tasks. Still, there are times I need to jot some notes by hand. Maybe I'm brainstorming, doing a little journaling, or writing a follow-up while presenting (a common occurrence)....
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April 18, 2021

📑 Sunday Quote

There’s this tendency in modern conversations of justice to look at everything as zero-sum, winner-or-loser, exploiting-or-exploited. It’s been exacerbated by celebrity figures who push this line of thinking, as well as by advertising-driven social media algorithms picking “winners” in virality wars. But we have to do better than that....
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April 12, 2021

📚 Finished Reading: The Feather Thief

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson ⭐⭐⭐⭐. Recommended Based on the topics (bird feathers, museums, thieves) I wasn’t very excited about this book, but it was selected as a book club book for work. I’m glad I read it, as it was very good. Like a Michael Lewis book, it reads much more like a story (or stories) of people, and it gav...
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April 11, 2021

Sunday Quote 📑

Crucial Conversations is an important book with a very helpful perspective. If I go into an challenging discussion just trying to get my way, I’m not helping the situation. If I go into a challenging discussion acting like I care about the other person’s perspective, I’m still not helping the situation. It’s only when I actually care a...
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