Habit Fields
There’s a good reason for this: The more capable and multipurpose our tools become, the more the burden of deciding what they do shifts on us. Physical constraints must be replaced by artificial ones, and the effectiveness of our tools becomes an extension of our own willpower and self-discipline. Without these constraints, our devices essentially become amorphous blobs that aren’t really great at getting anything done.
productivity 
7 days ago
Ezért nem vagyok demokrata - Libertarian
A demokrácia lényegében nem más, mint magasztos ideákba csomagolt, az ököljog mentén létrejött szervezett bűnözés. (...) A demokráciában a nép gyakorlati befolyása inkább névleges, a választási szertartásokkal nekik gyakorolt kegy a hatalomba kerülésig megfelelően korrumpálódó elit fennmaradására, mint azt a nyilvánvaló tapasztalatok mutatják, nem veszélyes. A választópolgárok sem a nominálisan az ő képviseletüket ellátó személyzet pontos összetételét nem határozhatják meg, sem az azok által meghozott szabályokba nem, vagy csak körülményesen szólhatnak bele.

A képviseleti demokrácia sokkal inkább szolgál az alattvalók pacifikálására, mintsem a népuralom megvalósítására.
politika 
july 2018
How to Slow Down Time
But you don’t need to meditate in order to slow down time. You just need to invest more attention in present-moment experience, one way or another.

Two simple ways to do this:

1. Do more physical activities, ones that you can’t do absent-mindedly: arts and crafts, sports, gardening, dancing
2. Spend more time with people you enjoy talking to

Both are memorable and rewarding, and require too much ongoing attention for your mind to slip into rumination. A year spent focusing on things you can’t do absent-mindedly is a long, memorable year that can’t slip by unnoticed.
life 
july 2018
How To Deal With Chess Frustration - Chess.com
How can I stop his threat?”

Pushing aside panic (you can’t do anything if you bow to panic), when a threat worries you please do the following:

– Remember some threats are tiny things. In many cases the developing (or building) move you intended to play will also stop the threat.
– Make sure it’s a real threat! Quite a few so-called threats are all bluster, and in many other cases a false threat actually hurts the player who created the threat!
– Many threats are actually bad moves that hurt the player who created the non-threat.
– If possible, do not rush to protect against the threat. And this takes us into the following game.
chess 
july 2018
The Art Of Time Management - Chess.com
Great points about what to focus on (and how to improve) in blitz. Plus a better way to deliver checkmate with a rook.
chess 
june 2018
How To Learn Chess Patterns - Chess.com
Let me explain how to learn a pattern one more time: You see a certain pawn structure that you like, you see a tactical pattern that thrills you, you see how to beat down weak squares, you fall in love with the idea of blocking an enemy passed pawn with a knight. All these things and many more can be mastered by simply finding examples of one of them, study that pattern over and over (look for dozens of examples or more), and once you understand its nuances you should step to another pattern and master that too.
chess 
may 2018
5 Ancient Stoic Tactics for Modern Life | The Art of Manliness
1. Visualize Your Life Without the Things You Love
2. Memento Mori — Meditate on Death
3. Set Internal Goals and Detach Yourself From Outcomes
4. Welcome Discomfort
5. Vigorously Pursue Character and Virtue
stoicism  philosophy 
may 2018
Wind turbines are neither clean nor green and they provide zero global energy | The Spectator
The point of running through these numbers is to demonstrate that it is utterly futile, on a priori grounds, even to think that wind power can make any significant contribution to world energy supply, let alone to emissions reductions, without ruining the planet.
environment 
may 2018
On Radical Markets
Normally, I love markets and clean incentive alignment, and dislike politics and bureaucrats and ugly hacks, and I love economics, and I so love the idea of using economic insights to design markets that work better so that we can reduce the role of politics and bureaucrats and ugly hacks in society. Hence, naturally, I love this vision. So let me be a good intellectual citizen and do my best to try to make a case against it.
economics 
may 2018
To WWW or not WWW | Netlify
The problem with CNAME records is that the DNS specification doesn’t allow any other DNS records on a name that has a CNAME record set. (...) If you want to be able to receive email on your domain, you’ll need to set MX records at the apex domain. With a CNAME, no other records can be set.
dns 
may 2018
Carbon - Save Images For Code Snippets
Great for presentations, also have vim integration
presentation 
april 2018
Daily is just easier - Jonathan Stark
Counterintuitively, daily is easier than weekly because you can get into a routine. Daily habits are much easier to create than weekly habits. Writing is just something I do every day, like getting dressed.

Something happens in your brain when you start writing daily that allows you to start seeing ideas everywhere. I have the opposite of writers block now… the hard part is deciding which idea to write about, not what to write about.
writing  emaillist 
april 2018
AirHelp
A great app that helps with claiming compensation from airlines.
travel 
march 2018
Brokerchooser: Compare. Choose. Trade.
A great site for choosing an online brokerage, with a 30-minute free consultation.
march 2018
In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons - The New York Times
But beyond that, rest, fluids, not staying horizontal all day and perhaps also letting in fresh air and sunlight are the best things you can do for yourself. To prevent friends, family members and colleagues from getting sick, keep to yourself until 48 hours after your fever has subsided and you’re feeling better.
health 
january 2018
Chess AlphaZero vs Stockfish Chess Match: Game 3
One of the 100 games, commented by Daniel Rensch
chess 
december 2017
You Don’t Understand Bitcoin Because You Think Money Is Real
Bitcoin is an illusion, a mass hallucination, so one hears. (...)

What may be less easy to grasp is that U.S. dollars are likewise an illusion. They too consist mainly of numbers out there in cyberspace. Sometimes they’re stored in paper or coins, but while the paper and coins are material, the dollars they represent are not. U.S. dollars are not backed by anything other than the faith of the fools who accept it as payment and of other fools who agree in turn to accept it as payment from them. The main difference is that, for the moment at least, the illusion, in the case of dollars, is more widely and more fiercely believed. (...)

There is nothing stopping our banking system from creating more dollars whenever the mood strikes. Of the $13.7 trillion in the M2 money supply as of October 2017, $13.5 trillion was created after 1959—or, to put it another way, M2 has expanded by almost 50 times.
bitcoin 
december 2017
Expected Value for business - Millionaire's Math
Great article about how EV can help you make good decisions in business and in life
business 
september 2017
The Myth of the Rule of Law
If the public views the law as a neutral and objective arbiter, then they are more willing to support state power and its violent expropriation and parasitism. We are more willing to accept the comfortable delusion of objectivity and the need for predictable laws than deal with the frightening alternatives of supposedly unpredictable anarchy. “Once they believe that they are being commanded by an impersonal law rather than other human beings,” people “view their obedience to political authority as a public-spirited acceptance of the requirements of social life rather than mere acquiescence to superior power,” notes Hasnas. Tyrants of the past used to claim that their rule was inspired by Divine Right to mask the fact that their rule was an exercise of naked aggression over their subjects. When this doctrine became discredited, a new myth was needed, and the rule of law was born.
anarchy 
september 2017
Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.
Build systems (habits) instead of setting goals for long-term success
productivity 
september 2017
Peace: Neither Ink nor Blood
Second, historians, as non-rocket scientists, fail to get a central mathematical property, confusing intensity and frequency. Wars should be seen in intensity, not frequency. In the five centuries preceding the unification of Italy, there was supposed to be “a lot of warfare” ravaging the place. Therefore, historians insist, unification “brought peace”. But more than six hundred thousand Italians died in the Great War, the “period of stability”, one order of magnitude higher than all the cumulative fatalities in the five hundred years preceding it. Many of the “conflicts” that took place between states or statelings were between professional soldiers, often mercenaries, and much of the population was unaware of the “wars”.
history 
september 2017
452 thoughts on “Kafkatrapping”
The practice of kafkatrapping corrupts causes in many ways, some obvious and some more subtle. The most obvious way is that abusive and manipulative ways of controlling people tend to hollow out the causes for which they are employed, smothering whatever worthy goals they may have begun with and reducing them to vehicles for the attainment of power and privilege over others.
debating 
september 2017
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