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Kati Kim's life-saving ingenuity

The story of the missing Kim family finally took at least one promising turn yesterday afternoon when Kati Kim and her and James Kim' two daughters were found alive and in amazingly good condition after surviving for 9 days of exposure in what the Chronicle describes as snowy "wilderness."

We prattle on quite a lot here about what amounts to "how to put your pants on faster" tricks that can make you more theoretically productive. But, when it comes to real-life life hacking, this woman takes the cake.

I swear, if my family and I are ever in a situation like the Kims went through, I hope to God that one person in our group has the clear thinking, make-do ingenuity, and life-saving cleverness of Kati Kim:

They ran the heater in their station wagon until the car was out of gas, then burned all the tires in a desperate attempt to keep warm. When the food ran out, Kati Kim breastfed her two young daughters to keep them alive.

Hope was running low for the Kim family nine days after they became stranded in the snowy mountains of southwestern Oregon while making their way toward home in San Francisco. Then, at 1:45 p.m. Monday, Kim spotted a helicopter her family had hired to help in the search. She waved an umbrella on which she had taped reflective striping, and soon she and the girls were saved.

I honestly can't imagine I'd ever have the ability to hold it together for nine days in the wilderness -- let alone have the presence of mind to find reflective tape and put it on an umbrella. Man. Go, Kati.

I'm sure you all join me in sending good thoughts toward the Kim family as everyone holds their breath and hopes for James's safe location and rescue as soon as possible. A website has been set up to assist in finding James, and there's an email address on that page where you can send good wishes to the family.

[link and quote via BB]

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Let's be clear. 'Life-hacking' is...

Let's be clear. 'Life-hacking' is a web-metaphorical conceit that describes strategies adopted by knowledge workers (and others) who are trying to make the best of a devil's bargain with American corporations in which workers' life balance is traded for money and benefits – often to workers' overall disadvantage. But everyone makes their own call, and some win out. Most don't. Caveat working stiff.

The fate of the Kim family is something else. It is a personal and communal tragedy. It's got nothing to do with 'getting things done'. Don't pollute this tragedy by attempting to associate it with your sad little productivity schtick, web-site, brand, whatever.

Next time, get it right, or better yet, just keep quiet. Then, if you've got time, or wit, think about 'getting it done'. Whatever that means.

Whatever you do, don't strap your gimpy little corpo-codependo-idea to some family's tragedy. Instead of a post, you may want to offer a prayer.




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