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⚗ trylks @trylks
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Short thread: what you are learning at your job may not be what you want to learn.

There are many things: [natural|programming] languages, habits, technologies, how to deal w/ some circumstances or in some contexts you would not find outside,…

This thread is motivated by: I just did `rm -rf ~ /.ssh`

Why?: At work Win7+ConEmu+ES keyboard requires pressing space to do the `~` character, not in Linux, at home

I've backups and everything is safe, so no problem, but it really pisses me off.
Learning may be difficult, unlearning is more difficult

"Don't practice what you don't want to become"

You change the world and the world changes you, the point is if you take control of that process during most of your wake hours or you sell them cheap

Trading time for money is already bad. It's less bad if you are getting transferable skills. It's really bad if skills are not transferable. Really awful if habits/culture are having a negative impact on you.

From @jarvis, Google may not be "perfect"
I don't want to spoil this story from 1950, but it's a good metaphor:…

A more famous metaphor is the boiled frog:…

Apparently, gradual change is a manipulation strategy:…
There's a problem with fiction, it makes things obvious. It's not obvious when it's happening to you. Change, as a side effect, isn't necessarily bad, it may be good, but be aware of it and choose it, make it conscious, not an accident. What do you want to become?
Look at what change/side effects/things learned are taking you closer to your goals and which ones are taking you further from them. Embrace the former, avoid the latter. If you work for someone else, your freedom to decide on actions is constrained.

Oftentimes, companies will fight against change and find ways (workarounds) for employees, countries, even markets (lobbying) change, so that they don't have to. Becoming more fragile or senescent, then disrupted. That's not the path you want for yourself

Link to most related part of parent thread (not beginning or end), making this a cyclic graph

Side note: I like this way of using Twitter, each tweet connects w/ previous, next, & contained. A easy way to "upload" my "knowledge graph", one tweet at a time
Are you being paid enough to do your job and put up w/ all the shit in it? Have you thought about the long term consequences? If you can create value, then you can make money. Deep inside you know you could create more value (make more money) w/ less shit

You can choose who you want to become, to a good extent. Don't give that away freely or unaware.

“Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.” — Marcus Aurelius

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