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The Day I Lost My SuperPowers

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“Mom came running. She gave me a magic kiss, and then you know what happened? I felt all better…So now, you know what I think? I think my mom has superpowers too!”

-The Day I Lost My Superpowers by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo

Relevancy Requires Teamwork

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Ambitious projects evolve quickly and have to adapt to changing environments as they go. Projects run into unpredictable design obstacles, or political obstacles, or simply discover that things aren’t working as planned. Requirements morph unexpectedly. How do you get that feedback loop so that you know the instant your plans or designs need to change? Answer: by working in a team.

People working in caves awake to discover that while their original vision may be complete, the world has changed and made the product irrelevant.

-Team Geek: A Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others by Brian W. Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman

Not Good, Not Nice, Just Right

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Last Midnight

“You’re so nice.
You’re not good, you’re not bad,
You’re just nice.
I’m not good, I’m not nice,
I’m just right.
I’m the witch.
You’re the world.
I’m the hitch, I’m what no one believes.
I’m the witch.”

-Into The Woods, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine

Resignation and Desperation

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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

-Waldon by Henry David Thoreau

Misery and Selfishness

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They were miserable and hungry and helpless. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who was miserable, hungry, and helpless who was not also petty and selfish. The situation brings out the worst in everyone.

-Blood of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles Book 4) by Robin Hobb

Caste, Class and Conversation

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“Public discussions about racial caste in America are relatively rare. We avoid talking about caste in our society because we are ashamed of our racial history. We also avoid talking about race. We even avoid talking about class. Conversations about class are resisted in part because there is a tendency to imagine that one’s class reflects upon one’s character.”

-The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

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Robots in Snow

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“Bots of every make and size fill the chill with joyful cries. Icy sculptures dot the lands, thanks, in part, to chainsaw hands.”

-Snowbots, written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by David Barneda

Success and Taking a Stand

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It takes courage to share your visions with the world. It forces you to take a stand. And often it presents a grandiose vision. Others may scoff and think you can’t achieve it. The good news is that those aren’t the people with whom you should associate anyway because they won’t help you achieve success.

-Start at the End: How Companies Can Grow Bigger and Faster by Reversing Their Business Plan by David Lavinsky

Importance of Place

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“The pretense that place does not matter turns us all into straw dogs subjected to the whims of marketing. If we are unattached, we need. We need so many things to ground us.”

-Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food by BK Loren

Refugees and Hope

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You really don’t understand a refugee’s heart, do you? These people were desperate. They were trapped between their infections and being rounded up and “treated” by their own government. If you had a loved one, a family member, a child, who was infected, and you thought there was a shred of hope in some other country, wouldn’t you do everything in your power to get there? Wouldn’t you want to believe there was hope?

-World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks