Now on The Interconnected: We didn’t have these problems when I was your age, before you stepped on my lawn


You know, buying software is actually harder than it’s been most of the time that I’ve been using computers.

I’m not saying I prefer the limitations of floppy disks, especially the physical limitations of their fragility.

I am saying that after buying Microsoft Word for the Mac, I earned a good rant.

We didn’t have these problems when I was your age, before you stepped on my lawn.

Now on The Interconnected: Organize Stuff: The Game

I am a Minecraft player, but I’m probably not a normal Minecraft player. I’m more like an XKCD Minecraft player, only I don’t need painkillers to sort things.

I love sorting things.

I also love telling my own stories about things, even as I justify sorting them. On my other, more fiction-oriented, website, you can find One Among the Dead, the ongoing diary of a woman dropped into a Minecraft world, just trying to survive.

Anyway, this week on The Interconnected, I fawn over sorting bricks.


Now on The Interconnected: Staying motivated at work

Sometimes work hits a bad spot. Sometimes mentally you hit a bad spot. Both are OK (which is to say they happen, it’s not necessarily your fault, life goes on).

Sometimes we need a bit more motivation than we’d like to show up at work in the morning.

My August 5 post on The Interconnected was about staying motivated at work. Let me know if you have other ideas I should incorporate into another article. (Or write for us!)

Now on The Interconnected: You are not “The Guy”

“The Guy” is a concept I heard about years ago. The Guy is that one person that the company absolutely cannot live without — The Guy cleans up the messes, works incredible hours, fixes things no one else can fix, and is indispensable. If The Guy is on vacation, work doesn’t get done. If The Guy gets sick, or has a family emergency, no one’s sure how to pick up The Guy’s work.

Thing is, no company over a certain size should have a The Guy. I’ve seen many situations over the years where The Guy was the result of a manager who didn’t want to staff up or provide adequate support, which forced The Guy develop. I’ve also seen many situations where people made themselves The Guy by putting so much personal pressure on themselves that they became The Guy just because.

Neither of those is healthy. My July 12 post on The Interconnected explains why, and what to do about it.

Read You are not “The Guy”.