Living & Breathing

Fixed vs Fluid: New Perspectives on Sexual Orientation

I just finished the book Sex at Dawn. Amidst much fascinating data on the biological underpinnings of human sexuality was a discussion of a 2006 study by Meredith Chivers that involved showing a variety of sexual videos to straight and gay men and women and measuring their arousal patterns. The study points to two orientations […]read more…

Matrix Groupwork Has Rocked My World

Holy cow, Batman. What do you say when your world changes overnight? I took an Intro to Matrix workshop from the Matrix Leadership Institute this weekend. It is exactly what I’ve been searching for for the past two years (and my whole life). Matrix is a way of forming groups where you end up knowing […]read more…

October 2012: Computer Science, Teaching, and Cats

Look, ma, I’m programming I’m taking an online classs through edX – a collaboration between Harvard and MIT to bring their classes to the public in a form that specifically works for the web (i.e. that supports interactive learning). Along with offering classes, edX will let them study how people learn and how technology can […]read more…

Why I’ll Never Be an Expert

The Dreyfus model of skill acquisition lays out 5 stages: Novice Advanced Beginner Competent Proficient Expert Here’s the Wikipedia entry, and a summary of what is needed to advance through the levels. Being a multipotentialite means I learn a lot of things to the stage of being Proficient, but not Expert–true expertise just takes too […]read more…

Streams and Buckets: Focusing When You are Full of Ideas

First, the metaphor: Email is a bucket–things come into it, and you need to deal with all of them. Facebook and Twitter are streams – you can dip in and out at your leisure, and there is no way (and no reason) to read all of what gets posted. Trying to treat a stream like […]read more…

Living Without a To-Do List

Over the past year, I worked loosely within the Scrum model: choosing short sprints (one or two weeks) in which you can produce a meaningful goal. Anything unrelated to the sprint goes in the backlog until the next time you plan a sprint.┬áIt breaks things into chunks, it lets you focus, and it gives you […]read more…

Multipotentialites, Scanners, and Renaissance Souls

People with multiple interests, multiple careers, multiple talents: there are more terms to describe this than I thought. I’m excited and happy to find so many blogs out there on the topic. read more…

New Design: Grown-up Boots

The cheekyboots boots get legs, sophistication, and a road to walk on.read more…

Boundaries With the Muse: Taming the Creator Archetype

The Creator Archetype feels like a raw rush of wild energy. But sometimes that wildness wreaks havoc on things like sleep and self-care. Time to find some balance.read more…

cheekyboots :: reset

This is the first blog I ever stuck with. Which means it’s full of old posts. Almost 400 over six years. And lately, it’s felt like I was carrying a big bag of junk around. I wanted to get rid of it. So for the last few weeks it’s been shut down. I put up […]read more…