Taking a park breather

It’s easy to get so caught up in work. I forget how nice it is to take a break, and head to the park towards the end of a day. 🌳

You’d think that I’d get out more given that I work from home, but I seem to do it less frequently.

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A perspective on what it’s like to be a Jew in the United Kingdom at the moment

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Thank you for the thread. You offer a valuable perspective on what it feels like to be a Jew in the UK.

You shouldn’t be victimised for being a Jew, certainly not because of a distorted view of what our government is doing to keep us safe, here in Israel.

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Where does the expression “Ok” come from?

Why we say "OK"

https://www.vox.com/videos/2018/9/12/17850662/why-we-say-ok-okay

I watched this Vox video about the origins of one of the most common expressions I use each day, “Ok”:

I use this so often, I rarely pause to think about its origins. It’s a pretty interesting story too!

OK (or okay, ok, or k) might just be the most widely spoken word in the world. We use it so often, we barely notice it’s there: It’s in our speech, our writing, and even our computers. It feels like it’s been around forever, but it actually dates back to an obscure language fad in the 1830s where people facetiously misspelled abbreviations.

When you’re not the victim of violent crime

This may not be the best option for everyone, but in this case this citizen fought back against violent crime in South Africa, and it worked really well.

Technically Autumn, and yet

I popped out for a walk after a relatively sedentary morning. It’s technically Autumn, but still pretty hot.

At the same time, those clouds have returned so there is a seasonal change on the way. Thank goodness. 🌦️

Modiin-Maccabim-Reut, Center District, Israel

And my Pottermore house is …

It’s almost time for the Automattic Grand Meetup. This year we’re all gathering in Orlando, and it looks like we’ll have an opportunity to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

In preparation for this, and the gifts my family will be expecting, my wife has suggested that we all be sorted into our respective houses so I can return with appropriate souvenirs.

I went through the sorting process on the Pottermore site, and it turns out my house is … Gryffindor!

Now we just need to sort the kids, and we’re all set!

Sunk costs as gifts from our past selves

Listened S 2 E 13 Ignore Sunk Costs by Seth GodinSeth Godin from S 2 E 13 Ignore Sunk Costs
The green iguana Sunk costs in mice  Cruft Hall wikipedia on sunk costs Seth's blog and sunk costs

I don’t remember where I came across a recommendation to listen to Seth Godin’s podcast, Akimbo, but I’m glad I did. I really enjoy his episodes. The first one I listened to is titled “Ignore Sunk Costs”.

He talks about sunk costs as gifts from our past selves, and it’s up to you to decide whether to continue using this gift, or to decline it and embrace a new set of possibilities. I like his example of having invested in years of study at law school, followed by years of practice as one such sunk cost.

If you decide that being a lawyer is no longer for you, it’s up to you to stop using that “gift” of that education and work experience, and embrace something new. I feel like I had a similar choice when we moved to Israel, even though I didn’t think about it quite in these terms.

This is a great podcast to subscribe to, if you’re interested in different perspectives on challenges you may be facing. Plus, I really like how he has a featured non-profit segment in his shows.

Time for a break

The last eight months have been busy, to say the least. I’m looking forward to a family staycation for a couple weeks!