Habit Fields

Consider the desk in your office. Maybe it reminds you of when you opened the box and put the pieces together. Or maybe it recalls your first day at work, when your colleague showed you where you would sit. The desk, the computer on top of it, the chair you sit in, and the space they comprise are all repositories for memory. But these things don’t just store our memories; they store our behaviors too. The sum of these stored behaviors is an object’s habit field, and merely being around it compels our bodies and minds to act in certain ways. By understanding these invisible forces and employing strategies to shape them, we can enjoy more frequent, sustained periods of flow.

Habit Fields, by Jack Cheng

Here lies he who would have done great, but had to pay rent

A few years back after one of my more impassioned lectures, a young buck in the back row raised his hand. “Mr. Victore,” he said, “I understand what you’re saying about taking risks in your career, but I’ve got rent to pay.”

“What’s your name?” I asked. “Thomas,” he said.

“Thomas, here’s your tombstone: Here lies Thomas, he would have done great work, but he had to pay the rent.”

You Can Have an Easy Life or an Awesome One. Choose Wisely

Misoginia en la internet

Con el aumento del acceso a internet, también vino el aumento del parecido entre la vida real e internet.

Esto hizo que los males del día a día se adaptasen a internet, entre ellos la violencia contra la mujer.

En el día a día, la mayor experiencia que (nosotros, hombres) solemos tener de violencia contra las mujeres es escuchar a algún salvaje gritarles cosas en la calle.

Gracias a internet ahora podemos tener una experiencia más completa.

Cualquier sección de comentarios (sin moderar) de un artículo sobre mujeres, o que involucren a mujeres, o escrito por una mujer, es un área llena de ideas bastante creativas sobre abuso sexual, físico, humillación corporal, etc.

Si bien internet es un lugar bastante horrendo para leer comentarios, no es lo mismo publicar como mujer que como hombre. Y no importa si hablamos de “un lugar serio” como un periódico, o algo informal como un hashtag en Twitter. La realidad es que el odio que reciben las mujeres es desproporcionadamente mayor.

Por supuesto, no es un problema fácil de entender si no lo has experimentado, pero con un poco de empatía y con algo de lectura se puede entender.

Como dice Rocky: “If I can change, and you can change… Everybody can change!”.

Los artículos abajo son recientes y recomendados, especialmente el último que es mi favorito. Si quieres hablar del tema, estoy en Twitter como @diegoe.

Bonus: Rocky IV soundtrack.


There was the local cable viewer who hunted down my email address after a television appearance to tell me I was “the ugliest woman he had ever seen.” And the group of visitors to a “men’s rights” site who pored over photographs of me and a prominent feminist activist, then discussed how they’d “spend the night with” us. [...] And the anonymous commenter who weighed in on one of my articles: “Amanda, I’ll fucking rape you. How does that feel?”

None of this makes me exceptional. It just makes me a woman with an Internet connection.

Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet


Before long, a user at “Men are better than women” posted an image of Thorlaug’s face, altered to appear bloody and bruised. Under the image, someone commented, “Women are like grass, they need to be beaten/cut regularly.” Another wrote: “You just need to be raped.” Thorlaug reported the image and comments to Facebook and requested that the site remove them.

“We reviewed the photo you reported,” came Facebook’s auto reply, “but found it does not violate Facebook’s Community Standards on hate speech, which includes posts or photos that attack a person based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or medical condition.”

The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women


I have to be honest. A mob telling you they will castrate your husband, make you choke to death on the parts, murder any children you might have and then rape your ass until it bleeds has a way of scaring the hell out of you.

But, you know, because I am the Godzilla of bitches, by Saturday morning I was pissed off. I’m talking Jack Bauer pissed off. So, I decided I was going to do everything in my power to stop these fuckers.

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I’ve Been Forced Out Of My Home And Am Living In Constant Fear Because Of Relentless Death Threats From Gamergate

Buy Experiences, Not Things

Waiting for an experience apparently elicits more happiness and excitement than waiting for a material good (and more “pleasantness” too—an eerie metric). By contrast, waiting for a possession is more likely fraught with impatience than anticipation. “You can think about waiting for a delicious meal at a nice restaurant or looking forward to a vacation,” Kumar told me, “and how different that feels from waiting for, say, your pre-ordered iPhone to arrive. Or when the two-day shipping on Amazon Prime doesn’t seem fast enough.”

From Buy Experiences, Not Things

Sarah Andersen

A long long time ago I joined Tumblr with the hopes of publishing a regular comic, or at least some funny critters that would bring me world fame and fortune.

Even though I got to publish a few ones that I really like, I never really got into any kind of regular schedule. But I did get into a habit of looking for other cartoonists and comics.

I got to follow a few, but by far the one that stuck with me the most were the wonderful, quirky and honest comics by Sarah Andersen.

sarahThanks to the internet I’ve been able to laugh my ass off and really relate to the doodles of someone half the world away. Isn’t that great?

The simplicity of her observations, and the exaggerated representation of it in the comic, really gets to me.

I usually expend most of my day observing this kind of things, amusing or exasperating myself, but still, always watching for the quirkiness and the unexplained of our daily routines.

If anything, the only thing that bothers me about the comic is that I still haven’t been able to grab a printed copy from Etsy.

Some of my favorites are attached here for posterity. But please go to her site (links for each below). Support the starving artist and not the lazy blogger!

(Click each image to enlarge)

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