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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Designer · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer
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Let me be clear—I do not absolve Trump or his enabler-in-chief Mitch McConnell from their actions. But it has only been possible for us to be in this situation because of the hubris of the DNC and Hillary Clinton back in 2016. 4 years ago in June 2016, I posted... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at KPAO by Dave Cortright
In this new era where work from home and daily video conferencing is the norm, it's worthwhile investing a bit of extra time and effort to improve the video experience. OBS Studio is a fantastic free, open-source app for mixing video on your computer. And with these plug-ins that let... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
New research suggests there is a mismatch between what men have to offer and what women want in a partner. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/meet-catch-and-keep/201909/are-there-not-enough-men-worth-marrying Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Anyone on this forum believes in the importance of community. Underlying a strong community is the fundamental need make relationships a priority and to know how to have healthy ones. The problem is that there are a lot of people out there that just don’t have the skills to do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Designed to Thrive
What is the essence of what’s most important in life? Of all the ideas and resources I’ve encountered, I think the Harvard Study of Adult Development has the best distillation. One of the study’s directors—George Vaillant—summarized the findings by saying “The only thing that really matters in life are your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Designed to Thrive
I use Google Chrome as my primary browser (and you should too!). But I've also installed a lot of extension and tweaked a lot of settings so that sometimes things just don't work for me. I've been running into this lately with all the video conferencing I've been doing (what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
John Bowlby developed the concept of the environment of evolutionary adaptedness (EEA). It is the set of environmental factors that constrained and directed the evolution of a particular species. For example one aspect of the the EEA for polar bears is a cold environment of snow and ice. That led... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at Designed to Thrive
4 years ago I recommended AVG for Mac anti-virus, and I am renewing that recommendation today. AV-Test—the source I trust for anti-virus software evaluations—gives them a perfect rating (as they do with 75% of the tools they tested). Digging into the details, AVG has minimal impact on performance, and best... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
If you end up with a page that is stuck or endlessly trying to load when logging onto a WiFi network while traveling, it very well might be because of the way Internet security works these days. By going to http://neverssl.com, your browser can immediately connect without getting stuck on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I just created an email with some images that I wanted to be clickable links. Maybe it's me or some weird extension conflict in my browser, but I couldn't get it to work. If I just select the image and clicked the link button (or Ctrl+K), either the selection would... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Modern medicine has only been around for a brief instant in the history of humanity. Penicillin isn't even 100 years old. And yet somehow we've been able to survive and even thrive for the vast majority of our existence. How is that possible? Our bodies naturally have systems in place... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
One of the most profound results in all of social psychology is that of Solomon Asch’s conformity research. In a group of 8, if the other 7 members of the group all coalesce around an answer that is wrong, the 8th person will conform to the group consensus on at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I’m a big fan of the Principle of Parsimony, otherwise known as Occam’s Razor. A razor is simply a logical concept that eliminates unlikely explanations for a particular conjecture. Here are a couple that I find gratifying. The Holy Grail is really the cup of a carpenter: Deducing the location... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I previously blogged about how there are no “bad” emotions, and in fact all emotions exist for a reason (otherwise natural selection would have weeded them out long ago). The common pitfall we have is we naïvely want to minimize pain and maximize pleasure (or contentment). So when an emotion... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Humans were designed to live in bands of 30–45 members. Now we live in a world where you can come into contact with hundreds or even thousands of people every day, and orders of magnitude more if you count virtual interactions. Our brains simply aren't designed to manage a network... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I understand the sentiment behind the adage “Live every day as if it were your last.” It’s a way of saying be more present and enjoy the moment now. Don’t delay all of your gratification. Others have already pointed out some of the flaws in this reasoning. The primary being... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
All of the wildlife conservation non-profits I support do extensive work in the field, whether it is working with the community or doing research. Standard consumer electronics don't stand up well to the harsh conditions. But rugged versions design for military or mining are too expensive for the budgets of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
John Bowlby developed the concept of the environment of evolutionary adaptedness (EEA). It is the set of environmental factors that constrained and directed the evolution of a particular species. For example one aspect of the the EEA for polar bears is a cold environment of snow and ice. That led... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
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I remember watching The Mystery of Happiness hosted by John Stossel with my dad back in the '90s (it first aired April 1996). It's well done—there’s a lot of great data in there and it holds up to the test of time surprisingly well. One segment that is particularly insightful... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I just started using YAMM with one of the nonprofits I support. We wanted to use emoji in the subject line to help increase open rates. Unfortunately YAMM with GSuite accounts only support a very limited set of emoji 😞 But I found a workaround: add your org’s GSuite address... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
LinkedIn offering free space to Bay Area nonprofits. LinkedIn's community center, InCommon, is on the ground floor of its San Francisco building. LinkedIn is introducing InCommon, a 1,400-square-foot space in its downtown San Francisco building available free of charge to nonprofits, on Tuesday. Unfortunately that’s all of the article I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
As I’ve been talking to people about my idea, I’ve realized that the “razor” concept is too obtuse to be useful. There is a razor aspect to the concept—anything that wasn’t a part of the environment of our ancient ancestors is by and large unnecessary for overall happiness and well-being.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Yes, it used to work but Amazon appears to be cracking down. One workaround you can try is to put up affiliate links on a page of your site and then direct supports to go through there. Adds more steps, but worthwhile for larger items.
I recently helped a neighbor build out a custom gaming PC. After putting it all together, it initially wouldn't even power up. Chalk up a bad power supply for that. Once replaced though, the computer still wasn't showing anything on the display, despite all of the components hooked up and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Just came across this article in Nat Geo (Feb 2013) on the diets of our ancestors. One key point missing in the article is the importance of cooking in our ancestors’ diets. Cooking food helps break it down before it enters the body, thereby reducing the amount of work the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at KPAO by Dave Cortright