“Context shifting kills the human capacity to think.” That’s at the thought level, btw. Forget about the idiocy of simple task switching. Newport is talking about something a great deal more subtle.

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Here’s a little waterfall in the mountains near where I live. It’s about an hour away. It’s a nice walk though — straight up. But once you get here you are deep into the woods. The trees are gigantic. The air is clear. There are endless trails to explore. And if you are patient you can spot monkeys darting around the trees. During storms that little waterfall gets pretty big so they close the park. I’ve seen photos, though. I like it here. But I’m not happy with this image. Next time I go I need to do a better crop.

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Graeme Rocher previews his talk at Oracle Developer Live at the end of March on increasing developer productivity with Micronaut and Java Records. He’ll also run a hands-on lab for Java cloud apps w/ Micronaut and OCI.

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I think this image image below was a T-shirt. Or maybe a poster, I don’t know. I can’t remember. I can’t find the original file to check. But I do remember clearly during the JXTA launch meetings in the spring of 2001 that Bill Joy was saying “Innovation Happens Everywhere.” It’s sort of a play on “Innovation Happens Elsewhere”. btw: There’s a good book on “elsewhere” from Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel.

Anyway, I like the “everywhere” bit better since it suggests all spaces, not just the space away from wherever you are. Small point. Both work fine. The larger…


Here is a small section of the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. On these walls you’ll read the names of 250,000 people slaughtered in the three month battle during the spring of 1945. Most of the deaths were civilians. But all names of the dead are documented — no matter what country they were from. Peace. ♥︎

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Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, December 25, 2011

It’s still winter in 2021. But spring is coming soon. Feeling hopeful?

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Conversation with Gavin Bierman to preview Oracle Developer Live Java Innovations, which takes place March 23, 25, and 30. Gavin’s session will focus Java language futures.

OracleDevLive Preview | Gavin Bierman on Java Language Futures

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Conversation with Jesper Wilhelmsson to preview Oracle Developer Live Java Innovations, which takes place March 23, 25, and 30. Jesper’s session will focus on how developers can engage with the OpenJDK project.

OracleDevLive Preview | Jesper Wilhelmsson on Contributing to OpenJDK

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Here is a set of 25 images where I found some interesting reflections — usually dirty mirrors, sheets of metal, panes of glass, or something like that. They are all from 2006 to present. I cropped them all the same in this wide format just for effect. The originals are all somewhat different because they were all shot with different cameras and saved in different sizes.

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Tokyo, October 2006


In December 2019 during The Before Times I met Simerjeet Singh in Hyderabad, India. He gave the keynote at Sangam 19 and we did an interview after his talk. Instantly, a new friend. That led to more conversations during 2020 over social media and another interview for the Oracle Groundbreakers Podcast. Simerjeet inspires people to embrace life and that’s a timeless message no matter the circumstances.

Article | Podcast Audio 2020 | Video 2020 | Video 2019 | Simerjeet

Simerjeet Singh on Dealing with Massive Change and Thriving in the Chaos of 2020

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Jim Grisanzio

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