From birdsite 

It's already August somehow, which means we're only about 3 short months away from , where I'm fundraising for Beaumont Children's Hospital and @CMNHospitals.

My goal for this month is to reach $300. Please donate and/or spread the word! jer.wtf/extralife21

From birdsite 

In the pantheon of bad takes, it seems like claiming that the gymnast with the most world medals and the most world gold medals "fails as a gymnast" is pretty top notch. One might opine that @dylanohernandez has failed as both a human being and a sports journalist.

From birdsite 

It's not normal behavior among folks in my circle (especially so at work), and when folks in my presence do it, I call it out.

More importantly, when I fuck up and folks call me on it, I learn from it and change my behavior.

This approach is the problem. Do better.

From birdsite 

Today is the day that a bunch of folks that get disoriented by rollercoasters are going to express their disapproval that the greatest gymnast of all time isn't living up to their expectations.

I hope you choke on your pizza roll when you grunt your way out of a chair.

From birdsite 

Pretty jazzed for the start of @ThatConference (for me, at least, some of y'all got the jump on me!)

I'm doing this full remote, so I don't know if that'll make me more or less spammy!

First up, @wesley83's Keynote! that.us/activities/f0ByacQCrzr

From birdsite 

It's been a long time since I've played MtG...it's been even longer since I've owned any...but with the release of Forgotten Realms themed cards in pre-built decks--here I am!

From birdsite 

In what I assume is a completely un-controversial take, Josie and the Pussycats has a fantastic soundtrack.

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From today's crossword...neither "no allure for me" nor "me back" fits...

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How to tell you're being lied to.

Gas station then: The price of gas is high right now because demand is high. Supply and demand, you know...

Gas Station now: Demand is really low, so we need to keep prices high. Supply and demand, you know...

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No! Not all of us do meetings all the time! Some of us don’t get to choose or use the same service consistently, either! And the interface can be totally different on a different device!

It’s OK to not know stuff!

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Increasingly annoyed with people saying “we’ve all been doing Zoom/Meet/whatever meetings for over a year, by now you should…”

From birdsite 

Black Widow...a 2-hour well-crafted action sequence interrupted periodically by great comedy beats and genuine heart...and I mean that in the best possible way.

If you're going to see it, I'd go again!

From birdsite 

A ranking of Taylor Swift albums that is largely Truth save for the fact that there's no universe in which Reputation is higher than Lover...do with this data what you will slantmagazine.com/features/eve

Jer Lance boosted

So I've updated my site and now I have my resume there (moving it off Glitch) at jacky.wtf/about#work. I'm looking for #RemoteWork mainly in application software development. Languages I'm comfortable with are #Python, #Rust and #Elixir. I know #Ruby as well but I'm definitely rusty (heh).

Feel free to boost for visibility.

From birdsite 

2120 miles, 6200 feet of elevation, 7 days, 6 black bears, and 4 completely closed stops on 1 really great road trip (not pictured, approximately 1000 pee stops)
instagram.com/p/CQyeEycDk-A/

From birdsite 

The book I'm reading just changed location to Warren, VT...a little over an hour from where I'm staying currently. Eerie synchronicity!

Of course, this all very much keys into the differences between ask culture and guess culture, but I'm sufficiently a narcissist to believe that my ask culture ways are Right and guess culture is Wrong...so ymmv

What I'm saying, I guess, is that communication is hard and maybe the gross oversimplification I began with is more "gross" and less "simple" than I thought when I started this thought...
🤷‍♂️

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2. Don't phrase demands as questions

Is "no" an acceptable answer to your request? If not, why is it a question?

All-too-common example: "hey, can you work Saturday?"..."no"..."Oh, it's not optional, I need you to come in on Saturday"

3. Don't phrase requests as statements

If you're asking for something, ask for it.

Example: "...so now I have nobody to help me move, I don't know what I'm going to do" cue expectant waiting...

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Three communication rules that have served me well over the years...a thread (with an ending that I didn't expect):
1. Ask the question you want the answer to

Don't ask "whatcha doing tomorrow?" When you mean "can you help me move tomorrow?"

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