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Steadfastly imperfect

“Last week I came across a quote that really resonated with me, attributed to Zero Waste blogger Anne-Marie Bonneau: “We don’t need a handful of people doing Zero Waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” 

(In case you don’t know, Zero Waste is a growing movement that encourages people to rethink the way we consume products and thereby minimise waste, especially plastics. Here’s a good beginner’s guide.)

I think do-gooders generally suffer from perfectionism: we’re so sincere about our efforts, we want to get it right all of the time. This ‘all or nothing’ approach is not only unrealistic, it also takes away the joy that comes from doing the right thing.

What I like about Anne-Marie’s quote is that we can replace the words ‘Zero Waste’ with veganism, clean energy, ethical tech, or any other philosophy we subscribe to and be reminded that, instead of obsessing about our own shortcomings, we can make a big difference by simply motivating the people around us to change their behaviour just a little.”

Kai, Dense Discovery newsletter

I really like this “tech” or maybe it’s a “design” newsletter from the publisher of Offscreen Magazine, Kai Brach.

I always liked the magazine for its human look into the lives and motivations of people making some of the digital products we love. It felt like a magazine for people my industry of Design, but not focusing on the business as so many industry news sources might.

The magazine is on pause after a few years (maybe done for good?) and while Kai has a day job now, he sends out a great email newsletter, Dense Discovery, with little gems of websites, references, desk accoutrement, and interesting downloads.

Anyhow, that’s what Dense Discovery is, and what Offscreen Magazine was/is. They’re worth checking out if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

Today I wanted to rip what he wrote in the latest newsletter verbatim because he made such a great point. It’s not about tech. Really it’s about any kind of difficult change: just do it, and quit getting hung up on perfection or fitting your identity into a specific label (e.g. a pescatarian still consumes a lot less meat, even if you feel like you’re a vegetarian that breaks the rules, remember the purpose).


Inwardly: social media

I just listened to a podcast episode about quitting social media. That’s a big topic lately so it’s probably not a shocker, but it’s interesting to hear about it from people much more addicted than I could imagine!

Quitting Social Media

Like with the quote above, I would like to hear about people reducing or shifting what they spend time on instead of quitting stuff cold turkey. Maybe quitting provides some excitement and motivation to make change, but try not to beat yourself up as soon as you break a streak.

Decentralize it all

Once again, IRL podcast gets me.

In their episode about Decentralized services (and even a decentralized web) they bring up Mastodon. I’ve heard of it many times but never jumped on board because the users just weren’t there.

But here I am on my 12th anniversary of Twitter giving Mastodon an honest try. Here’s my username: @robrogan@social.nasqueron

Not sure if I’m doing it right, but we’ll see

A podcast snippet

Like a pull quote, for audio.

Knowing my blog, in a few years this thing will no longer be supported and it will just be a dead frame. iframes are unreliable bastards.

If the below doesn’t work, just check out the screenshot below ;)

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What I’m listening to

I guess people could follow me on Goodreads, but if I want to post more things here then I’ll start listing out my current books.

I have a hard time finding the most perfect, enthralling book (recommendations welcome) but I find lots of pretty interesting ones!

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

There’s a fallacy in that phrase, “if it’s free, then you’re the product.” This book talks about how you’re more like a cow being milked than the thing that’s being sold. Google creates products for you to aim your behavior (e.g. Search) in order to collect behavioral data to feed their machine-learned models, and they sell that to advertisers. You’re a natural resource, which helps them build a thing, and that’s the true product.

Okay I’ll stop there before I lose you.

This podcast I just listened to had a great interview with the author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” by @shoshanazuboff. I think listening to this podcast is the easiest way to introduce the book. Otherwise I’d write some long article here and I’m too lazy for that. So check out this episode from Mozilla’s IRL Podcast.

If you do want to read an article about it, there’s a good one on The Intercept.

Find the book at a local bookshop, at your library, or get it from Audible :)