My mom is very clever and thoughtful and when I was in my early teens and easily overwhelmed and generally freaking out or panicky she’d say, “feel it. Be here. What is your body telling you. Freak out fully but put a time limit on it.”

This idea of “time-boxed freak outs” has always stuck with me. A few times a year I get overwhelmed. I think we all do to some extent. Often I’d try to fight it, don’t cry, don’t get overwhelmed.

But I remembered what my Mom said and I started being present in the freak out…

Empty streets
Empty streets
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It’s hard. Now, to be clear, if you’re working at all in these times, you’re very fortunate. I am very fortunate to have a job that lets me work from home. Many of my coworkers, friends, and colleagues have been thrown into remote work — some in a frantic “get your laptop and you’re now working from home” moment.

I have written a lot about Remote Work and done a number of podcasts on the topic. I’ve been working from my home now, full time, for 13 years. …

Passport Pages by daimoneklund used under CC

I was talking to Tara and we were marveling that in in 1997 15% of Americans had Passports. However, even now less than half do. Consider where the US is physically located. It’s isolated in a hemisphere with just Canada and Mexico as neighbors. In parts of Europe a 30 minute drive will find three or four languages, while I can’t get to Chipotle in 30 minutes where I live.

A friend who got a passport and went overseas at age 40 came back and told me “it was mind-blowing. There’s billions of people who will never live here…and don’t…

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Per Wikipedia, “In mathematics, a binary relation … is transitive if … element a is related to an element b and b is related to an element c then a is also related to c.

Per Me, if I am cool with you, and you are cool with your friend, then I’m cool with your friend. I’ve decided this is The Transitive Property of Friendship.

As I try to mentor more and more people and help folks Level Up in tech, I’m realizing how important it is to #BeTheLuck for someone else. …

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The “Loop” Open Source Artificial Pancreas

This blog post is an update to these two Diabetes Technology blog posts:

You might also enjoy this video of the talk I gave at WebStock 2018 on Solving Diabetes with an Open Source Artificial Pancreas*.

First, let me tell you that insulin is too expensive in the US.

Between 2002 and 2013, the price of insulin jumped, with the typical cost for patients increasing from about $40 a vial to $130.

For some of the newer insulins like the ones…

SNES and NES Classics are great over HDMI but are they “original consoles?” Not really. They’re emulators.

My sons (10 and 12) and I have been enjoying Retrogaming as a hobby of late. Sure there’s a lot of talk of 4k 60fps this and that, but there’s amazing stories in classing video games. From The Legend of Zelda (all of them) to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, we are enjoying playing games across every platform. Over the years we’ve assembled quite the collection of consoles, most purchased at thrift stores.

Initially I started out as a purist, wanting to play each game on the original console unmodified. I’m not a fan of emulators for a number…

Stock photo by WOCInTech Chat used under CC

Maria on my team and I have been pairing (working in code and stuff together) occasionally in order to improve our coding and tech skills. We all have gaps and it’s a good idea to go over the “digital fundamentals” every once in a while to make sure you’ve got things straight. (Follow up post on this topic tomorrow.)

As we were whiteboarding and learning and alternating teaching each other (the best way to make sure you know a topic is to teach it to another person) I was getting the impression that, well, we weren’t feeling each other’s style.

Burnout photo by Michael Himbeault used under CC

Sarah Mei had a great series of tweets last week. She’s a Founder of RailsBridge, Director of Ruby Central, and the Chief Consultant of DevMynd so she’s experienced with work both “on the job” and “on the side.” Like me, she organizes OSS projects, conferences, but she also has a life, as do I.

If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely that you have gone to a User Group or Conference, or in some way did some “on the side” tech activity. …

Psychic Weight — Dealing with the things that press on your mind

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I was really stressed out ten years ago. I felt that familiar pressure between my eyes and felt like all the things that remained undone were pressing on me. I called it “psychic weight.” I have since then collected my Productivity Tips and written extensively on the topic of productivity and getting things done. I’m going to continue to remind YOU that Self-Care Matters in between my technical and coding topics. The essence of what I learned was to let go.

The Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the…

My son

I was meeting with a mentee today and she was commenting how stressed out she was. Overwhelmed with work, email, home, life, dinners, the news, finances…you know. LIFE. I am too. You likely are as well.

We spent about an hour on the phone talking about how to make it better and it all came down to self-care. Sometimes we all need to be reminded that we matter. It’s OK to take a moment and be selfish. You are the center of your universe and it’s important to take time for yourself — to appreciate your value.

Depending on your…

Scott Hanselman

Tech, Diabetes, Parenting, Race, Linguistics, Web, Fashion, Podcasting, OSS, Code, Inclusive, Black Hair, Phony. I work for MSFT, but these are my opinions.

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