Fast Company: Depression Impression. The FC blog points to a study by the University of Michigan Depression Center (summary at the Business and Legal Review) that says that only 41% of employees suffering from depression feel that they “can acknowledge their illness and still get ahead in their careers.” This despite 90% of the respondents … Continue reading “Black Dog in the workplace”
Fortunately, I’m not in a mood where the Dog is too close, but I did finally start reading Churchill’s Black Dog. At first I was taken aback. It’s a collection, and only the first story is about Churchill. Also, the author (a psychoanalyst) spends the first 15 pages discussing various theories of Churchill’s temperament. Apparently … Continue reading “Reading the Black Dog”
It looks like Greg was able to have a constructive discussion with his boss about his Black Dog. Definitely something to be celebrated.
I know I haven’t written a whole lot this week. My apologies to my hordes of ravenous fans (in my world, 3 long-suffering friends and my Dad count as a horde), but I haven’t really found much to say that I thought would be worth sharing. Want to know why I’m blue? These are the … Continue reading “Black Dog”
I was wondering where Greg had gotten to; turns out it’s a Black Dog issue. Glad to see you back, Greg, and don’t apologize for taking time off. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. He also points to a possible source for the Black Dog metaphor: Winston Churchill. I didn’t have any idea that … Continue reading “On hunting the Dog”
I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently exploring the Black Dog, on the theory that (a) one should know one’s enemy and (b) familiarity breeds contempt. It’s been especially helpful to reconstruct my emotional history, knowing what I know now about the Dog. Even during my first years out of school, when in naïve … Continue reading “Knowing the Dog”
Next week would have been Veracode’s Hackathon, during which we do a lot of crazy things, including run a volunteer company Internet radio station. I’ve made a bunch of one-hour-long mixes over the last few years for this effort, and was looking forward to playing along loosely with the Hackathon theme (pirates!) this time, starting … Continue reading “New mix: Exfiltration radio 12, Musical Piracy”
Christmas is a complicated time for me. On the one hand, I love the holiday—tree, lights, carols, smiling kids, what’s not to love? On the other hand… the weeks before and after the solstice are the hardest weeks of the year for me. I’m prone to fits of the Black Dog at odd times but … Continue reading “The long way around the sea”
Google Books Offers Free ePub Downloads – Books – Lifehacker A nice way to get offline access to ebooks for free. I read all of Patton’s “Jefferson, Cabell, and the University of Virginia” on the iPhone using the Google Books web interface, and I think this would be better, not least because of the offline … Continue reading “Grab bag: ePub, online ticketing at UVA, and more”
A day of work today as the sun came and went over the Berkshires. I spent the morning in a coffee shop and the afternoon in a hotel room. If I could have, I would have done all the work in the coffee shop, but giving demos and being on conference calls doesn’t lend itself … Continue reading “Falling summer leaves”
…because the Black Dog starts sniffing around the door. So far, it’s not much more than a sniff. But here I am in New York, ready to go on stage at Carnegie Hall for the first time in my life, and I’m feeling a little blah about it. Well, terrified would be more accurate—not about … Continue reading “I can always tell when fall arrives…”
It’s been a hard couple of days, for whatever reason. I have had bursts of morning energy followed by absolute collapse in the afternoons. Not sure what’s going on, but it might be one of the following, presented in increasing order of likeliness: my mono (which I somehow caught in college) might be relapsing my … Continue reading “Urgh.”
Salon: I got derailed somehow!. I’ve been saving this one in my aggregator because the general tone is just about right. Boy, do I understand what “functionally depressed” means. Not to mention “walking, talking avoidance mechanism.” File this one under psychology of the black dog.
More stuff: New York TimesTrade Secrets: A Bibliophile, 3,600 Friends and a System. As someone whose library is categorized as fiction, graphic novels, poetry, US history, music, business, religion, travel, house stuff, and philosophy, I have a lot of respect for a library that has to be categorized with “country of origin.” So does the … Continue reading “Link roundup”
It always takes longer to write these things than I think, but I thought I’d take a look at 2004 before we get into double digit days in 2005. All in all, it wasn’t a bad year on Jarrett House North. New houseblogging, new photos, cross country drive, my beginning and end as a semi-official … Continue reading “JHN 2004 in Review, part 1”