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Politics and government Travel and places

Growing up in an Israeli settlement

I enjoyed Iris Zaki’s documentary titled “What It’s Like to Grow Up in an Israeli Settlement“. The interviews seem to be part of Zaki’s documentary film titled “Unsettling“.

I especially like how it was an interview with Israelis living in Tekoa, a settlement town, by an Israeli. If you’re interested in what seems to be a pretty honest perspective from Israelis living in one town, it’s worth watching this:

“This week we bring you Iris Zaki’s thought-provoking short film “Natural Born Settlers.” A self-described liberal from cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, Zaki wanted to get behind the politics of Israel’s controversial settlements in the occupied territories — so she moved there, temporarily, setting up an improvised cafe where she could chat with settlers from her own generation.”

I also enjoyed the Vox documentary series (1, 2, 3) about Israeli settlements. Most of the documentaries I’ve watched tend to present pretty dramatic, skewed perspectives of the settlements, and the Vox documentaries seem to be more balanced, given my experiences in Israel so far.

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Business and work Mindsets Wellbeing

The lonely side of remote work

Rian linked to an interesting article about the challenges of working remotely titled “What Most Remote Companies Don’t Tell You About Remote Work“. I started reading it to get a sense of it, then sent it to my Pocket queue to read later.

This is how the article begins, it will give you an idea of what to expect:

Articles about the remote work lifestyle have tended to focus on drinking piña coladas on the beach, traveling the world, and otherwise enjoying a life that inspires envy in your social media following.

This is not one of those articles.

As an Automattician, I work completely remotely, although I’ve chosen to work from home. I think I’m pretty well suited to remote work. I much prefer working remotely to being in an office environment. There are downsides, sure, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges, at least for me.

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Photography

Changing your perspective

I love these landscapes from my Flickr Explore feed. One of the things I like about landscapes is that they are partly about changing your perspective:

Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces by Tracey Rennie

Further From

Further From by John Westrock

PORTO

Porto by Brendan Ō Sé

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Business and work Mindsets

Giving up your desk

Perspective is everything, and there’s nothing like having your desk whisked away to provide perspective.

Read Mike Stopforth’s post titled “5 things I learned when I lost my desk“. It’s a pretty good read with a few intriguing insights.

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Mindsets

Bosses are also clients

Seth Godin –

Bosses are also clients

Think about that for a few minutes. Does that change how you approach your job?

While you are thinking about that, watch this talk:

2013/05 Seth Godin | Backwards from CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

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Miscellany

Whose worldview do you hold: Superman or Batman

Another Seth Godin gem:

There are dozens of other worldview-types out there. Consider the nerd (who prides himself on knowing the details), the jester (who seeks to cause mischief) and the too-busy monkey, who just wants to know what to do next (and his cousin, the parrot, who wants to do what he’s told).