New Year’s Resolutions

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Now it’s 2009. It’s a good time for introspection, and pretty much every media outlet does a feature on New Year’s resolutions. Here’s the best one I’ve seen this year and here’s the worst.

The former has some good insight into self-improvement: people are capable of radically changing themselves, but they rarely live up to that potential, so it’s probably better to get used to yourself the way you are then to plan to improve yourself significantly. But, if you want to improve yourself, the article has some tips, which basically boil down to changing your habits of mind (which is actually really effective).

The latter is a page from our official US government website. This site really sucks and I’m hopeful the Obama administration will shape it into something useful and aesthetically pleasing, since the Obama people have something of a reputation for Internet competence. Our government website also has its own blog (our national blog, I guess), called GovGab. I can’t imagine being paid to blog in a hip and relevant style about governmental services, but there’s got to be a better way than this.

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5 Responses

  1. I’m really enjoying the blog Mike! You have some very thoughtful posts, and I hope that you keep it up even as you presumably get busier with the end of the holidays.

    -Daniel

  2. Thanks for the encouragement Daniel, and happy New Year!

  3. Hey, I enjoyed the nytimes article, and the other posts I’ve been able to read on your blog!
    -Joe C. (from alternative spring break in elkheart, IN)

  4. Hey Joe, thanks for the comment! Great to hear from you, it’s been a while. Hope you’re doing well!

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