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Special oddness with useState()/useEffect()

This is interesting/weird.  The following code does NOT work: const [refresh, setRefresh] = useState(10); useEffect(() => { setInterval(() => { console.log(“Timeout, refresh:”, refresh); setRefresh(refresh + 3); }, 1000); return list.unsubscribe; }, []); What happens is that each time the timer-interval goes off, the value of ‘refresh’ is still at 10. Why? The value goes to …

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The new age of trust: Is it tech-enabled?

I grew up a bit in a fear of theft and crime, even though I was in a nice upper-class suburban ‘hood. I think (checking) the world different is today. We *might* have more trust than before. And why? Technology. Like many new-age-work-reformers, our life is the road. Yes, work-from-home (WFH) really means: work “wherever” …

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The TRANSPARENT beauty of technology (and, Boston Pops!)

We recently attended the Boston Pops Holiday concert; short: It was AMAZING (and always is!!!).   You simply sit there in the beauty of the theatre, the magic of the perfect music, and the wonder of a detailed theatrical experience.  And maybe, for a moment, you’re not thinking about technology (maybe). But in a very good …

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Productivity? Distractions? Who Knew?

More and more experts are telling us that interruptions and distractions have eroded our ability to concentrate.  Can you imagine a world without smartphones and other devices that make us accessible and distracted and interrupted every second of the day.  This fragmentation of our time and lack of concentration has become the new normal. When …

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Gender choices: Why even bother with gender today?

There is some recent news in Mass about the RMV and offering more “gender identity choices”.  And we’ve all filled-out employment applications lately where they ask you about how you “identify”.  Pause. We need think about just how ridiculous this. First, WHY would anyone, any hiring company, any road official really need to know what …

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Oh McDees and life is us now!!! #mcdonalds

I spent (sadly) too much of my life at #mcdonalds or #starbucks, and THEY understand US…isn’t that comment (alone) on life?  McDees has now decorative lighting, human-alive plants on stools, and, well, value.  Bucks same but different. All: Free WiFi, so that you, I, can work, socialize. If I (or you?) go to a “coffee …

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