Read read read read read. Never stop reading. Blogs, books, articles, whatever you can get your hands on. I don’t personally worry too much about filter failure or which blogs to read, I just make sure I’m reading something as often as possible. When I get stuck I start hitting the random button on Wikipedia, or use Stumbleupon for inspiration. I also have a giant queue of unread long form articles on Instapaper that I turn to at night on my kindle or on the subway on my phone.
Work helps a lot, too. We email around a LOT of links @ TBG - we have lists for developers, gaming, design, ux, etc. I subscribe to them all.
I strive for more a big picture, holistic, how-everything-ties-together approach to knowledge, and drill down when the time comes that I need to learn the details of something. This way it feels more like learning and uncovering the mysteries of how things tie together than “oh I have to learn this tech for work.”
At BWI, I told the officer who directed me to the back-scatter that I preferred a pat-down. I did this in order to see how effective the manual search would be. When I made this request, a number of TSA officers, to my surprise, began laughing. I asked why. One of them — the one who would eventually conduct my pat-down — said that the rules were changing shortly, and that I would soon understand why the back-scatter was preferable to the manual search. I asked him if the new guidelines included a cavity search.
I asked him if he was looking forward to conducting the full-on pat-downs. “Nobody’s going to do it,” he said, “once they find out that we’re going to do.”” —
This is the most frustrating thing. Many times when I’ve opted out of the X-Ray, the TSA agents have outright told me they are trying to make it so people don’t opt out. They have said, explicitly, on multiple occasions that they are going to soon be doing more invasive pat downs not because they actually think it will be more secure, but just to discourage people from opting out of the X-Ray.
The TSA does not care about security. It is a complete joke. Around the country, at the same time, about three months ago, every TSA agent suddenly completely stopped caring about your liquids being taken out of your bag. They can see them in there, when they X-Ray your bag. They just stopped yelling at you about it. I have passed through 40 airports with my liquids back in my bag, and they just don’t care. Suddenly liquids, which were so dangerous for years, aren’t dangerous anymore. And, even though there may be an actual reason for that (who the hell knows), they don’t deem it worth telling us that.
They are basically using more uncomfortable - not safer, just more uncomfortable - pat downs to force us all into a machine that shows them what every American looks like naked. It is completely ridiculous.
My advice, all men should spring wood and then go insist on pat downs.