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TIL

You can’t let potential negativity keep you from speaking up and having an unpopular opinion. Wanting others to like you all the time actively works against you.

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Yep, my TeuxDeux account is right where I left it 2 years ago.

Yep, my TeuxDeux account is right where I left it 2 years ago.

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Announcing Hike, a conference for new designers coming to SF & CHI! Keynotes and workshops include speakers from Facebook, Dropbox, CNN, and more. Get your early bird tickets now, and tell a friend or 100: http://www.hikecon.com/

Announcing Hike, a conference for new designers coming to SF & CHI! Keynotes and workshops include speakers from Facebook, Dropbox, CNN, and more. Get your early bird tickets now, and tell a friend or 100: http://www.hikecon.com/

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Bed Bugs

We tend to imagine some point in the future in which everything is seamless and easy. Nothing is stressful or difficult, and no one bothers us. I tend to imagine myself on a farm in the middle of nowhere tending to a garden and my goat, drinking cups of tea and writing. My fantasy is some combination of early retirement and Little House on the Prairie.

My friend just found bed bugs in her beautiful New York apartment. It’s always going to be something—all we can change is our attitude.

I’ve been thinking a lot about stress lately, and the toll it takes on our lives. When we pretend the future will be easy, we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment. There will always be stress, too many things to do, and lots of things that don’t get done. We still need to relax, take time off, and take it easy on ourselves. There will always be a list of things we don’t get to.

Just remember to take advice from Ferris Bueller: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you just might miss it.

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Things I am Excited about

1. New apartment
2. Hike *full site* launch next week
3. Secret awesome work at Smart Design
4. My sister sent me this adorable photo of my nephew playing in snow for the first time:

5. Margaret Hagan gave an awesome talk at Jennifer Maples’ StrategyTNT this week:

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Garrett Miller took drawing requests on Twitter tonight. Mine was “ghost picking a booger.”

Garrett Miller took drawing requests on Twitter tonight. Mine was “ghost picking a booger.”

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“Even more questions swirled when they considered how an artificially intelligent OS should behave. Are they a good listener? Are they intuitive? Do they adjust to your taste and line of questioning? Do they allow time for you to think? As Barrett puts it, “you don’t want a machine that’s always telling you the answer. You want one that approaches you like, ‘let’s solve this together.’”
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cah:

Episode 1 in our new feature, “Claire reads customer service emails.”

(via maxistentialist)

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Home Groan

"Adorable Clark update: We are trying to train Clark to drink his milk out of a dish rather than a bottle (I am less onboard with this new plan because bottle feeding gives Clark and I play time). But poor Clark is having a hard time learning this new skill. He just sticks his whole head in the pan and blows out his nose making bubbles in the milk. When he finally lifts his head out of the milk he just licks as much as he can off his face and tries again."

My friend McKinley Bryson is an intern on a farm in Maryland. She writes weekly updates on her blog, Home Groan. It’s worth following for the Adorable Clark updates alone.

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RIP School of Seven Bells’ Benjamin Curtis, via Pitchfork. I’m so, so glad I got to see them at Moogfest 2010 thanks to Carson O’Shoney and Consequence of Sound.