Worry Thwart

Writer and programmer Paul Ford decided to outsource his anxiety by writing a piece of software that would email him expressions of his worst fears every morning. The idea being, that if all his worries seemed like spam, then perhaps he might disregard these distractions the same way he does actual spam. Anthony and Jeff have their own anxieties they’d like to minimize, but would this plan work?

Writer and programmer Paul Ford decided to outsource his anxiety by writing a piece of software that would email him expressions of his worst fears every morning. The idea being, that if all his worries seemed like spam, then perhaps he might disregard these distractions the same way he does actual spam. Anthony and Jeff have their own anxieties they’d like to minimize, but would this plan work?

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