This is a good question. I don’t think anyone would argue that skillshare is worth the investment in time, effort and money required to set it up. But is it worth the opportunity cost of actually getting a job paying substantially above minimum wage? The cost of finding a job that earns far more than the cost of the skills and experience is far less than the cost of not finding one. But the cost of not finding a job is only a fraction of the cost of finding one. Even if you look at a worker in a firm, the costs to not find jobs are only fractions of the costs of finding one, so that even after the fact, it might just be worth the effort to be on the lookout for better opportunities. I know that I often think that the costs are smaller.
When I make decisions, I have many considerations, but the last is one that seems to me the most important. Is this decision, even in its best day-to-day version, at the heart of my whole life? Is this decision the most important part of my thinking, my way of defining me as a person or a person’s best self? Of course, the answer is “yes.” But is that enough to make it worth it? I don’t think so. To define one’s self by the decisions most important to you at a given time, but that aren’t really important are probably not enough. To define what counts as ‘value’, one needs to be actively engaged in decision, even if it’s at the level of ‘it depends’, ‘it’s a matter of taste’, in a discussion. If you think these things are very important, it’s worth it to spend the effort to be a good consumer, to be active, engaged. It can be an expensive undertaking, but not if you make it an active part of your life.
After a little over two years of development, there are some important features coming our way in the coming weeks. To start off, I wanted to talk a bit about the game development roadmap for OpenAQ. There’s no specific date for those yet, but it’s in the past and now is as good a time as any to show its beginnings.
After the announcement in early 2015 that I would be working on OpenAQ, it wasn’t long before I began asking myself “When is this game going to be done?”. This is an extremely long list:
New graphics engine, so we can get an accurate time
Audio (which will
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