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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Designer · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer
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I donate to Internet Archive every year because it's such an amazing resource. Not only do they have the Wayback Machine for viewing historic snapshots of web sites, but they have a lot of other content too. For many of the wildlife conservationists I support, they have to make do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Just because you accept the truth of the current state of the world Does not mean you approve of it. It simply means you acknowledge where things are And you separate that from where you'd like things to be Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2021 at Designed to Thrive
If I could sum up The Elephant in the Brain, it would be: Shared stories strengthen social connections. For humans, connection beats the truth. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at Designed to Thrive
I previously blogged about Dunbar’s Number. I was speaking to a guy friend about this and he joked about having a “Dunbar’s donut”; he didn’t have anyone that really qualified as a member of his support clique, so the closest he really got with friends was in the sympathy group.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at Designed to Thrive
For the better half of the 20th century, the forest fire management policy in the United States was complete suppression. If a fire starts, put it out. However there was no one around to put out the fires in the preceding 300+ million years and somehow the planet managed just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at Designed to Thrive
Pretty cool tool for reverse engineering an image of a graph to extract the underlying numerical data. Web Plot Digitizer Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
The third way in which modern society has made it more difficult to maintain strong social relationships is that we’ve made it possible to get a job, earn money, and use that money for the basics (food, shelter, clothing…) without needing to have more than a superficial ability to interact... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at Designed to Thrive
The Bowlby conjecture states that we were designed to operate within a social network of about 150 individuals. And while there were changes to that group (births, deaths, the rare individual joining or leaving the tribe), it was overall stable. The relationships you made as a child were the same... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at Designed to Thrive
Relationships are the most important thing in your life. As an introvert who has struggled with social anxiety, eye contact, and even things that “should” be easy like accepting a compliment, that's not an easy truth to accept. But studies like the one on Adult Development from Harvard, Murray and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2021 at Designed to Thrive
This is a really great article by James Clear on how the fear of social isolation is a more powerful than the truth. If you want to change someone's mind, you have to give them people to genuinely connect with regarding that idea. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Designed to Thrive
My Zoom app on macOS wasn't showing any of the icons or graphics in the app, which was a real problem when trying to use features like raise hand and reactions. The solution was simple. I deleted the app then re-downloaded and re-installed the app. You can get it from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
This is a brilliant question that illustrates perfectly how there are multiple ways to view the world. I think this would be a great question to ask an audience during a presentation using a real-time survey/poll app. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
If this is “the #ThinBlueLine—the only thing standing between Order and Anarchy”, then consider me opted out. I am FAR more fearful of the police than of alleged anarchy. They claim to ”protect the prey from the predators,” but they ARE the predators. 🤬 On Thursday, the nation’s largest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
QiFi is a great online tool that will generate a QR code from your WiFi network name and password. So instead of printing out the name and password—which requires people to manually enter it and is prone to user error—all they need to do is point a QR reader app... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I signed up for the free month of Audible. Went to cancel. Told them that it was because I couldn’t find audiobooks I liked. Their response? We hear you. Here's a bunch of stuff not related to our book selection at all. Any of those entice you into giving us... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
The presidential and vice-presidential debates laid bare in a microcosm the problems our country is facing. There was a system set up with rules that ostensibly both parties agreed to. However—just like with our current system and laws—some people felt special and felt that in their special circumstances they deserved... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
When someone is being passive aggressive with you, try Dr. Joy Browne’s technique of “stupid and cheerful”. Make them decide if they truly want to be aggressively hurtful to you or not. Lucy says she likes Dr. Joy Browne because, unlike some other radio psychologists that she's listened to in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany would not provide a declarative statement about whether or not [President Donald] Trump loves Melania. Instead, McEnany pointed to Trump’s past statements declaring his love for Melania, such as at their wedding in 2005 and on at least three additional occasions, while claiming that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Its intentions are good, but Netflix doc ‘The Social Dilemma’ is as manipulative as Facebook By inventing entirely fictional plot lines to illustrate key points, the vital film undermines its own authority What about personal responsibility to not use the app if you don’t like how it’s manipulating you?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Really great article on the unintended consequences of technology. From the article: There are four different types of revenge effects, described here as follows: Repeating effects: occur when more efficient processes end up forcing us to do the same things more often, meaning they don’t free up more of our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
A fantastic story of empathy and connection between two of the most unlikely of friends. Our government could learn a lesson from this inspiring example. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
To be completely crystal clear, I encouraged anyone reading my responses to your tweets to reach out to other orgs that offer equivalent services, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It’s right there in the tweet you quoted in your original message to me: “If you want to talk... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Putting this here so I won’t forget it. Maybe of use to others too… Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Usually works great for forcing the WiFi authentication page to come up. But not at the Holiday Inn Express I stayed at recently. I ended up entering the IP address for the local router, which brought up the auth page. To find that address, I connected to the WiFi... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
On Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:38 PM, Dave Cortright wrote to Crisis Counselor Policy Review Committee <>: I respectfully disagree with both your framing of the issues here and your conclusion. I very much want to be a part of the Crisis Text Line community, but not the one it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright