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    The S.W.I.P.E.S. Email (Friday January 6th, 2023)

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    A fun email for Friday. I hope you enjoy!

    Edition: Friday, January 6th, 2023


    🎤 Listen to this email here:


    This flyer lays out the reasons why people shouldn't be afraid of opossum’s.

    Most people have a negative perception of opossum's (probably because they're not the cutest animal around), and this great copy changes that!

    Love the friendly headline "Hi I'm your local opossum!" 😂


    With some simple copy on a page, this flyer has managed to make people change their mind from thinking of opposum's from scary and gross animal:


    To a friendly, harmless, and even helpful animal!



    Here's what I mainly use  Twitter for 😂


    Interestingly enough, just dicking around and harassing friends often gets a lot of engagement, and it keeps social media fun and "social!"


    This sentiment has been popular lately: 
    "People's attention spans have become shorter because of TikTok and Shorts." 


    I disagree.

    Human "attention spans" are the exact same...we just have more media options that didn't exist before.

    People used to watch long movies and read long books simply because that's all they had. That was the entertainment option of the time.

    If you teleported phones with TikTok to the 1950's, everyone would use it!

    The human brain hasn't changed, technology has.

    Short content relays MORE information to people in a shorter amount of time, so it's not crazy to think people would consume it.

    Attention span hasn't necessarily decreased, we've just compressed the amount of time it takes to relay a message by eliminating all errs, umms, pauses, and useless information.

    With that said, it seems the best way to consume media is:
    • Short Form = Discovery + entertainment
    • Long Form = Go deep on a subject

    It's cool we have so many options now!


    I did a fun project today: 

    Step 1.) Bought a chainsaw on a long pole



    Step 2.) Climbed onto the roof with the chainsaw 😎



    Step 3.) Clear out some nuisance branches.



    Step 4.) Chopped down two trees from top to bottom.


    That’s all!

    This probably isn't the greatest set of pictures in the world, but this was a fun project 🙂


    It's fun to re-visit history and see every new technology get negative press for a while while it disrupts the existing system.

    This article says too much reading can be bad:



    When computers came out it was a problem for some:



    When spell-check started becoming popular people got scared, much like people are with ChatGPT now:



    Calculators were a "problem" for some:



    Wild accusations of technology have always been a thing:



    Some people thought too many novels were bad:


    Image credits:  Pessimists Archive

    New tech comes out ➡ Disrupts System ➡ Adaptation ➡ Repeat.


    This graphic is so true 😂


    Drawing by  Ferraro Roberto

    A single notification on your phone can destroy deep thinking time so easily.

    Here's some ways I personally combat notifications:
    - Don't allow social & email apps to show up.
    - Silence phone + turn phone upside down.
    - Leave phone in different room.
    - Use "Focus Mode" at night.


    I hope you enjoyed these Friday tid-bits!
    Neville Medhora



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    Good one, @Neville!!

    I like these a lot. I always learn something and am entertained.

    Interesting to reflect on how scared people usually are of new technology. 

    Reminds me of Arthur Schopenhauer quote:

    All truth passes through three stages.
    First, it is ridiculed.
    Second, it is violently opposed.
    Third, it's accepted as being self evident.

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    I turned off all of my phone notifications, and I realized that I didn't miss anything; important things will find their way to me whatsoever.

    • Now I have become more productive 
    • I can easily dive into deep work
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    I just had to share, see attached of my parents friendly opossum helping itself to the cat food.

    I also wanted to tell you that I love seeing your newsletter in my inbox every Friday. So thank you for bringing a little light into my week!

    Opossum 2.jpg


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    Guest Shannon said 5 hours ago:

    my parents friendly opossum helping itself to the cat food.

    The kitty is very patient. 😎

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    Thanks Albert! I don't think the human brain has evolved all that much in the last 200 years....we will pay attention to whatever is more fun...and now more fun mediums to consume are available, so we consume them 🙂 

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