Web Notes: December 2022

December 19, 2022 [bookmarks] #from-the-interwebs

Article: Food that can spike your blood sugar

And that in turn leads to metabolic dysfunction.

Blog: Writing what is useful

On the career paths writing can open up. "Many people believe you get a job in academia by going to college, getting a doctorate, and then applying for work. In my case, my academic appointments at William & Mary and then at Landmark College were a direct result of the power of my written words.  No doctorate was involved.  That may seem unusual today but 100 years ago it was common.  Words have a power that transcends more ephemeral things like a college degree. A degree cannot convey your powers of reason the way your words can."

Comment: John Carmack, in a Slashdot comment from 2002

"Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren't sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better."

Blog: Writing to learn

A major point the author makes is to curate well: picks the books you want to invest time in carefully.

Article: Focusing as a tool to battle addiction

"Experiential Focusing can be quite useful for allowing the spiritual program of the Twelve Step Recovery process to be experienced and realized in a bodily way. Actual change in one’s life of recovery goes faster and is realized at a deeper level than without Focusing. This article examines how Focusing allows personal growth to occur and how the Experiential Focusing process parallels the 12 Step Recovery process."

Also, a primer on what Focusing is.

Blog: The only productivity advice one needs

"Do the work. That's all the productivity advice you need, and the only useful productivity advice you're ever going to get. You can direct your attention to a million optimizations— email, meetings, notes, calendar, time tracking, goals, todo lists, time estimates, prioritization frameworks, quantified self sensors, analytics, apps, documents, journaling. But don't. Ignore all this, and do the work. When you do the work, everything else optimizes itself."

Talks: Go positive, go first, and be constant in doing it

"How do you want to spend your one lifetime? Do you want to spend your one lifetime like most people do, fighting with everybody around them? No. I just told you how to avoid that. And in exchange have what? A celebratory life. Instead of an antagonistic fighting life. All you have to do is go positive, go first, be patient enough. You know we have to be patient for a week with this puppy. Do you know how long it usually takes for a human being to do all the probing and testing that Emily was going to do and to find out that you’re for real? It takes six months."

Blog: Keep shipping

Another post making the claim that writing a blog is the most important thing they have done in their entire career. This is in the golden age of blogging, still an interesting data point.

"I wrote this blog for a year in utter obscurity, but I kept at it because I enjoyed it. I made a commitment to myself, under the banner of personal development, and I planned to meet that goal. My schedule was six posts per week, and I kept jabbing, kept shipping, kept firing. Not every post was that great, but I invested a reasonable effort in each one. Every time I wrote, I got a little better at writing. Every time I wrote, I learned a little more about the topic, how to research topics effectively, where the best sources of information were. Every time I wrote, I was slightly more plugged in to the rich software development community all around me. Every time I wrote, I'd get a morsel of feedback or comments that I kept rolling up into future posts. Every time I wrote, I tried to write something just the tiniest bit better than I did last time."

Blog: Financial independence as a software engineer

Article: Awareness practice to increase surface area of luck

Blog: Rust over Go

Blog: Twitter is a waste of human potential

"The amount that Twitter omits is breathtaking; more than any other social platform, it is indifferent to huge swaths of human experience and endeavor. I invite you to imagine this omitted content as a vast, bustling city. Scratching at your timeline, you are huddled in a single small tavern with the journalists, the nihilists, and the chaotic neutrals."

Article: Religion and meaning

"...one clear implication of this research is that a person’s sense that their life is meaningful depends on their perceptions of their own significance. But a person can be significant in various ways. Hence, those seeking to lead more meaningful lives would do well to seek out ways in which they can matter – whether that means mattering to other individuals, to their communities, or perhaps even in the grand scheme of the Universe."

Article: The way of Dharma

Blog: Women, religion, and patriarchy

Blog: The dishonesty of Tamil intellectuals

Blog: First we shape our social graph then it shapes us

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