3 Remarkable Things I Miss About The Early Web

I am an Old Millennial, which means I’m part of the first generation to really “grow up” online, and remember when the Web was very different than what it is today. I’ve been on a hardcore nostalgia kick recently–or maybe it’s just this whole pandemic thing giving me a severe case of ennui, and I’m longing for the days when the Web was still new and exciting. I definitely took these things for granted back in the day, but recently I’ve found myself wishing we could go back to a simpler time.

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Gift Guide: What To Get A Guy For Valentine’s Day

Why are men so difficult to shop for? So many times, if you ask them what they want, they just say, “nothing”… it’s infuriating. The best thing you can do is dig into what your intended’s hobbies and passions are, and try to squirrel out something that aligns with those things that they haven’t already bought for themselves. The second best thing you can do is buy them a somewhat generic but still thoughtful and above all useful gift that they may not have thought of purchasing for themselves, which is what I’m suggesting with this list…

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Work-From-Home Office Setup: What’s On My New Desk

As a software professional, it wasn’t uncommon for me to take a “work-from-home” day every so often — one company I worked for would even have “drills” where we would be sent a text message early in the morning instructing us not to come to the office that day, as a test to see if productivity would drop when employees worked from home unexpectedly. When COVID-19 came along, though, everything changed, and it seemed like the whole country was suddenly working from home, including me! Originally, our company work-from-home order was supposed to be a temporary measure, but after eight months, it turned into a permanent closure of my office (and several of the company’s other corporate offices) — so I found myself needing to create a permanent work-from-home office setup.

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December 2020 Reading List – What I Read This Month

I read… wait for it… one book in December.

Honestly, this is a book that I might recommend to someone considering if they should see a therapist; it humanizes therapists and normalizes talk therapy. It actually took me a minute to realize that the book isn’t fiction… maybe I’m just not the most observant person in the world, but I didn’t immediately realize that “Lori” the “character” was “Lori Gottlieb, the author”. The dilemmas presented in the book are universal, too — loss, grief, addiction, betrayal, depression, change — and the stories are very, very human… because they’re not stories at all, but real cases of Gottlieb’s, with her patient’s identities obscured.

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The Bank of Resilience is Now Closed

The truth is, we only have so much resilience. We can only survive under stress for so long. And the personal and nationwide effects of COVID-19 hasn’t been the only thing stressful in 2020: American politics, anyone? Trump was impeached this year. This year! I’m convinced it happened in 2019, that’s how long 2020 has been. I don’t even want to talk about the stress surrounding the election itself….

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