Todd Grotenhuis

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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April 10, 2021

Saturday Creek Stomping

We've had some great spring rains over the last few days. The robins are feasting, big time. I figured our neighborhood runoffs and creeks would be in rare form, as they tend to be after some good rains. So, I got my rain jacket, my "amphibious" sandals, left my phone at home, and headed off for a splash. First fun thing I saw today wa...
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April 9, 2021

Friday Good Reads

Check them out here. Topics include: • cephalopod intelligence! • AI • religious freedom • streaming as a cultural unifier • the future of travel • and more! Still got jelly beans around from easter? You can also try the jelly bean prayer. Read anything interesting this week? Please share!
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April 4, 2021

Sunday Quote 📑 Easter Edition

Both of these came up in my Favorites review, today: Hallelujah! Jesus has conquered the forces of death. So let us do our part to keep the resurrection going, to keep redeeming, to keep bringing life. Happy Easter!
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April 3, 2021

Jelly Bean Prayer

When you take a jelly bean, examine the color, listen, and offer a short prayer. • Pink: Where has the Spirit been moving? Do you sense any prompting? • Red: What are you avoiding? Where do you need support? • Orange: Name a blessing. Express gratitude. • Yellow: What have you lost? What hurts? Cry out. • Green: Where is there new life...
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