When you hear something once, you forgot it. When you hear it a couple of times, you remembered it. But when you hear it too many times, you despise it. This sort of thing happens with chores, advertising, political messages, and more. Some repetition is good. Too much and you’ve just annoyed your audience.
There's a trope plays out in dozens of films, shows, and novels – one small prompt from an outsider, or even just the act of explaining something to them, unlocks the solution our protagonist has been looking for the whole time. It seems like a fictional cliche, but if you’ve ever sat with a real-life computer programmer, this sort of thing actually happens quite a bit.
Today, I woke up to the first snowfall in New York City in 701 days – the longest snowless stretch in history, beating the previous record by nearly a full year.It’s pretty when I look out my window to take in the snow-covered city for the first time in nearly two years. But beyond the aesthetics, there’s something else that the snow can show us.
It’s a new year, and many of us have big goals. As you’re working on them, just make sure you’re not accidentally spending your time on bike sheds instead.
There are only two units of time that really are set in stone. It takes us 365.25 days to orbit the sun, and it takes us 24 hours to spin around our planet’s own axis (barring a leap second here and there). To varying degrees, everything else is pretty much made up. Let's make up more.