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Hey Petal! I've been thinking it'd be funny to make LinkedIn horoscopes (i.e. to post on LinkedIn) made entirely of quotes I've written down in meetings. But I don't really know the signs so I'm looking for help! I know this isn't how horoscopes work but I guess I'm thinking more "who'd say this" than "whose near future is described by this." Page is 🔓so you can write signs next to lines, or just comment or w/e, if you feel like it. Thanks!!!

How are we distinguishing on the viewing side between how we’re viewing results?

We’re saying the same thing in different ways. (gemini)

If we had better conventions, we wouldn’t have to use aliases. (virgo)

increase the footprint of functionality (capricorn)

there continues to be a steady flow of new ideas coming over the transom

their largest pain point is it takes them too long (taurus)

Because at the end of the day this is going to be an enabler

What's been your practice?

It feels like we’re falling back into previous conversations. So what’s the focus of this conversation today? (aquarius)

what we know is we value several things (taurus, libra)

we have to point to something physical in the document (virgo)

they've done really well at penetrating a number of customers

It's in the database, so that will be trivial (gemini, aquarius)

It sounds like this is an opportunity to leverage technology to streamline (virgo)

My prior on this is

We need to come to a decision one way or another if we believe we need two different things. (libra)

I think it’s a little bit different. (aquarius)

happier middle ground (libra)

I’d want to see all the metadata (aquarius, virgo)

I think that’s a very good point that you’re making. I remember reading that on Jira too. (leo)

So I’m comfortable with us pursuing this middle-ground (libra)

Is it correct to say (gemini, sagittarius)

sign off on

even under the ideal still has several different steps

All things equal (libra)

I like the best of both worlds (libra, pisces)

it’s very hard, and usually quite domain specific. (virgo)

One comment I would make about this mock that you have here is that the real estate usage here is not ideal. (virgo)

And I would minimize that.

Shouldn't be a big lift

Would it help to just force the issue (aries, scorpio)

Correct, that’s my understanding. (virgo, gemini)

I was really excited by the meeting yesterday. We’ll see when they get back to us. But very exciting. (sagittarius)

Workflow-wise there’s a lot of really cutesy stuff that ends up being really habit-forming that could ultimately be done with this stuff…

That further resonated as well.

So he's supposed to sketch something out then circle back with them for next steps.

We were pretty much all on the same page right from the start of the meeting. (aries)

Which I think is cool. (aquarius)

then it gets even more exciting (sagittarius)

lots to come, but we're really excited that the product can have uses (aries, capricorn)

we're just at stage one (aries)

any questions on that? (sagittarius)

making the case at the top of the house (capricorn)

very key, but very difficult and ambitious to pull off (sagittarius, virgo)

deliver some value fast (libra)

which turns out to be important for reasons i'll talk about later (capricorn)

all of it should be data-driven (gemini, virgo)

We want to front-burner that result about services as well (virgo)

Where are we now? It feels like we're at either Monday or Friday but we're not, are we. (pisces)

And then that'll give us an opportunity to talk through all these different concepts and make sure we're on the same page about them. (libra)

Carve out an hour to go though all those different things. (virgo, capricorn)

Once we're all on the same page on that, we can divide and conquer in terms of the different threads.

Does Monday work for you? (aries)

It should. Mostly open. Anything before 1 is flexible. (pisces)

Obviously the path of least resistance is optimal. But being able to deliver is the most important. (leo, sagittarius)

I hope you trust that the call that had to be made was thought through. (virgo)

I don't know if I'm allowed to tell you this, but I'm going to tell you anyway. (gemini)

I'm very hesitant to say (scorpio)

It seemed as if he was starting to take that for granted

Neither surprising nor particularly worrying

We don't have a mock of that

and just allow you with a couple of strokes

Whatever reporting capabilities you want, we can build (capricorn)

I'm completely onboard with what you're saying.

Keep it simple and separate. (cancer)

That's a well-established capability.

Are you connected? Just make sure you're... this one? (gemini)

I don't know what the hell is happening here. (pisces)

Here, let me try. (aries, leo, sagittarius)

Let me grab one of the dongles. (scorpio)

We're institutionalizing some capabilities here. (capricorn)

None of this is hard-coded. (pisces, sagittarius)

This is not a demo.

Will the historical information be available?

Effectively, there's two environments. (gemini)

Give me all the shit I care about. (taurus)

I don't think you want to overcomplicate this. (aries)

I don't know about you, but I like to be efficient. (virgo)

To be perfectly honest, I look at this and I feel fairly overwhelmed by the number of numbers. (pisces)

Plenty of low-hanging fruit to go get.

Switching gears a little bit (sagittarius)

Lots to do there, really exciting stuff (sagittarius, aries)

deepen the ideation exploration

where I need your help is—

might be helpful for everyone (libra)

If I can summarize my understanding, we can break this whole exercise into three large distinct blocks.

I have a bit of a different mental model.

That is a logical version of what you're talking about.

start giving people a bit more transparency (capricorn)

getting people onboard and excited (sagittarius)

that's the dream, anyway... and sometimes it works out! (pisces)


hey petal! anyone know what kind of plant this is? look at the wild skewers of berries! hope y'all had a good weekend

hi @toph, it seems to be a callicarpa shrub

— wow! great work. good googling erin. i think one of the great joys of life is "knowing just who to ask". i gotta say, most of the google images "callicarpa" results can't beat this one for radial balance, sharp delineation of well-spaced branches. it was in charlottesville — my brother and i visited our other brother at law school this weekend for his birthday. i love unlocking posts.


hey petals! havent posted in a while. at a wedding (in nashville!!! fun city) this weekend i asked guests to draw something banal from their professional life, and then nominate someone to draw next. we didn't quite stick to that order but here they are

1) the various constituencies you have to balance when project-managing a car project at Nissan
2) the convolution(?) of the frequencies of sounds bouncing off walls in a room, and the fourier transform characterizing its acoustics
3) the value provided to the client by a consultant (solid line), compared to the value perceived by the client (dotted line)
4) choropleth of primary care physicians in different regions of U.S.
5) something to do with government, evidently
6-1) game downloads over time after launch, depending on whether you do or don't get featured in app store
6-2) "Lavender Stevens" — story unknown, but drawn by a vet
7) your homeowners insurance is less if you have a cat than if you have an akita
8) john mccain lying in state

i'd love to see y'all's !!


— “Well, so I maintained that nobody would carry out what he wants even if he could. You remember our files full of suggestions? And now I ask you—is there anyone who would not be at a loss if whatever he had been passionately demanding all his life long were suddenly to happen? If for instance the Kingdom of God were suddenly to burst on the Catholics or the Utopian State on the Socialists? But perhaps that doesn’t prove anything. One gets used to demanding and isn’t ready at a minute’s notice for the realisation of it. Many people may think that only natural. To pursue the enquiry, therefore... Undoubtedly a musician considers music the most important thing there is, and a painter, painting. Probably even a concrete expert thinks the same about the building of concrete houses. Do you think that the one will therefore imagine God Almighty as a super-specialist for reinforced concrete and the others will prefer a painted world, or a world blown on the bugle, to the real one? You will think this question nonsensical, but the deep seriousness of it lies in the fact that one ought to be demanding this nonsense. And please don’t think now that all I mean is that everyone is allured by what is difficult to put into practice and scorns what he can really have. What I do mean is that reality has in itself a nonsensical yearning for unreality.”
— “And what then would you do if you were the ruler of the world for one day?”
— “I suppose I would have no choice but to abolish reality!”
— “I should be very much interested to know how you would do that!”
— “I don’t know myself. I don’t even know exactly what I mean. We infinitely overvalue the present moment, the sense of the present, the Here and Now. I mean, the way you and I are here together now in this valley, as though we had been put into a basket and the lid of the moment had fallen shut. We overvalue that. We shall remember it. Perhaps even a year from now we shall be able to describe how we stood here. But what really moves us, speaking at least for myself, is always—to put it carefully, for I’m not looking for an explanation and a name for it!—to a certain extent in antagonism to this way of experiencing things. It is displaced by so much Here and Now, so much Present. So it can’t force its way through to becoming present!”

Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities, 1930–1943