Thank you so much for sharing this Mishti! This approach has always worked well for me and reading this is reminding me to lean into it more now that I'm figuring out my next thing. PS: This especially piqued my interest because I think details (actual emails, texts) are extremely helpful!!


This is a continuation of Part 1 where I take you through the poll working experience.

My job reminded me of the kitchen prototyping scene in The Founder, the story of McDonald’s

During poll worker training, I learned about the different roles and responsibilities you could be assigned to as a poll worker. I remember thinking “Oooh I want to do that” for Privacy Booth Inspector and Scanner Inspector. The BMD/Privacy Booth Inspector sets up the privacy voting booths and ballot marking devices (BMD) which offer people with disabilities other ways of marking their ballot (touch screen, Braille-embossed keypad, Sip & Puff device, or Rocker Paddle). …


I think one of the things that keeps people from getting involved in phone banking or poll working is not knowing what to expect. So I wanted to share how it works for those who are even the slightest bit curious.

I’ve broken it down into 4 parts:

  1. Application — Filling out the application form on the BOE website.
  2. Training — Everyone who applies is required to complete in-person or online training.
  3. Assignment — Work day and role assignment.
  4. Election day — The day/s that you have to report to work.

Application

  1. I filled out a simple application form on…

Although this is a story about redesigning parking signs, it’s not that different from coding — you inherit crap, have to fix it, then commit it to code.


“The test… is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald

There’s been a lot of talk in and around the 2016 US Elections. But it’s talk about each other, not with each other. Like everyone else, I read as much as I could but was drawn to a specific type of article — ones by authors who have their feet in both worlds that, even if we disagree, help us see both sides. …


I was surprised by how much I love our Google Home and how useless other people find it. Do they just not know about all its amazing functions?? So I thought I’d share it here.

You will find this relevant if you, like me:

  1. Are easily distracted by your phone, and feel bad about it.
  2. Remember important to-do’s throughout the day — usually while you’re busy with other things — and want to get it done right now.

Get cook time

I’m about to cook, egg in hand, then remember that I have no idea how long to boil it for. This command…


I got tired of taking people’s word on the implications of the Better Care Reconciliation Act. I wanted to understand how. Which sections say that? Which lines? What does it say exactly? So I put it up here for us to annotate and discuss in context. The original document is here in PDF form.

ERN17282 / Discussion Draft / S.L.C.
AMENDMENT NO.______ Calendar No.______
Purpose: In the nature of a substitute.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES — 115th Cong., 1st Sess. H. R. 1628 To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the…


“The test… is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald

There’s been a lot of talk in and around the 2016 US Elections. But it’s talk about each other, not with each other. Like everyone else, I read as much as I could but found myself drawn to a specific type of article — ones by authors who have their feet in both worlds that, even if we might disagree, help us see both sides. It’s been really eye-opening and only when I understood…

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