If it matters enough to be careful, it matters enough to build a system.
In Quality and Effort, Seth Godin reminds us that being careful can take us only so far toward the quality we seek. Humans make mistakes, so we need processes and systems in place to help us avoid them.
programming  education  teaching 
14 days ago
Where Is My Mind?: An Interview with Andy Clark
In this interview, we discuss the legacy of his most famous work on the 'Extended Mind', smartphones, artificial intelligence, and his issues with panpsychism's response to the hard problem of consciousness.
intelligence  philosophy  psychology  neuroscience 
15 days ago
A synopsis of Dan Weinreb's undergrad thesis: A Real-Time Display-oriented Editor for the LISP Machine : emacs
I have managed to procure a copy of Dan Weinreb's thesis: A Real-Time Display-Oriented Editor for the Lisp Machine. It has less information of the type I had hoped for, but I still found it worth reading. Given the expense, I can't recommend it to any others than to people especially interested in the history of Emacs and Lisp Machines. Below are some of my notes on parts I found interesting. I've provided some manually transcribed quotations, and have used ellipses and such to indicate omissions of bits I thought unnecessary for my purposes, and paraphrased a few omitted bits indicated with square brackets. I could easily have made typos though.
programming  history  lisp  text-editor 
23 days ago
What Does it Mean to Be Self-Actualized in the 21st Century?
After combing through Maslow’s writings, I created an initial scale with 92 items, spanning 17 characteristics of self-actualizing people. After rigorous testing, I found that 10 of Maslow’s proposed characteristics of self-actualization stand up to scientific scrutiny. Not bad, considering his list was proposed nearly 70 years ago!*
Abraham-Maslow  psychology  philosophy  self-actualization 
28 days ago
New Free Open-Source Multi-Purpose Multi-System Logic Software - Daily Nous
Carnap is a software framework for creating and manipulating languages. You can use it to write programs (and, in particular, web-apps) for dealing with formal languages and logics.
logic  programming  programming-language 
28 days ago
Panda Notes on Happiness and Meaning
This post began as a gift to my friend Emily Esfahani Smith, who wrote an inspiring new book about The Power of Meaning. Giving to others when I can, in business and in life, has given my life meaning, and as a result it has brought me happiness, and many great givers I have met in this world share that belief.
psychology  philosophy 
5 weeks ago
The Beauty-Happiness Connection
Beauty tends to feel like something that must be found in special places—parks and museums, galleries and exotic cities. Lunch is not a place one would normally think to look. But finding beauty in normal activities can bring deep happiness to life, studies show.
happiness  psychology  philosophy  art  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
How a Month without Computers Changed Me
No emails left for me to read. Nor write. I’ve sent a message to my family and delegated my open source projects (Autoprefixer and PostCSS) to my friends. With my last tweet sent, I turn off my laptop, phone, and tablet. My Digital Sabbath begins in 10 minutes: no digital devices for the next month.
technology  philosophy 
6 weeks ago
[METHOD] How I went from rock bottom to disciplined in 6 months. : getdisciplined
TLDR; Build positive habits on a foundation of willpower, not motivation.
Start reading non-fiction and apply it in your life. Work on your physiology, it should be the foundation for productivity and discipline.
Lessen the amount of superstimuli in your life to get more dopamine (motivation).
Flow activities should be the goal in life, not mind numbing pleasure.
Start a bullet journal where you color code all activities you do each day positive or negative.
psychology  motivation 
6 weeks ago
Calm Technology
When we design products, we aim to choose the best position for user interface components, placing the most important ones in the most accessible places on the screen.

Equally important is the design of communication. How many are notifications are necessary? How and when should they be displayed? To answer this, we can be inspired by the principles of calm technology.1
technology  mindfulness 
6 weeks ago
Eclipse Ceylon: Language design Frequently Asked Questions
Designing a language is about trade offs. Some features are sacrificed to make room for others and some syntax ideas are abandoned to better fit the language goals.
ceylon  programming-language 
6 weeks ago
fogus: Soup
As I listen to “Soup” by Can I’m reminded of the time when Alan Kay took some time to post on Hacker News addressing his thoughts and ideas about object-oriented programming. For raw context read the original thread, but in this post I’ll attempt to annotate some of what was posted.
computer-science  lisp  object-orientation  functional-programming 
6 weeks ago
“The Weightiest Questions in the Smallest Number of Words”: Retelling the Nietzsche Story
It’s a tragic story, but now that Elisabeth’s interference has been untangled, Nietzsche’s work seems to be more popular than ever, if new books such as Hiking with Nietzsche by John Kaag (who I interviewed for LARB here) and the seven-way bidding war for the manuscript of Sue Prideaux’s biography titled I Am Dynamite! are any indication. Prideaux’s investigation illuminates Nietzsche as a brilliant man of polar extremes with a sense of humor and despair, an ability not to take himself too seriously, a love of both Apollonian and Dionysian aspects of life, and many love-hate relationships — with his sister, mother, Richard Wagner, Lou Salomé, and others. I interviewed Prideaux about Nietzsche’s enduring appeal and relevance.
Friedrich-Nietzsche  philosophy  book-review  interview  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
Arthur Schopenhauer: The Two Things That Stop Us From Being Happy
According to this view, the only thing that exists is the pleasure/pain axis, which serves to absorb information both from our body and our surroundings to give a rough idea of what we need. Within this axis, we experience affect — an ever-changing conscious reality.

Everything else — particularly emotion and cognition — only exists because we create linguistic distinctions between them. Anger is only anger because we collectively call it anger.

The interesting thing is that Schopenhauer takes it a step further with his distinction of pain and boredom. While pain can be constant and ever-present (it’s a call to action, so if you don’t respond to it, it persists), pleasure (or a similarly good feeling) isn’t and turns into boredom if you have everything you need (if it didn’t, survival would be out of the question).
psychology  philosophy 
6 weeks ago
The Freedom to Be Free at Work
Some philosophers have also argued that the very meaning of time is tied to the fundamentally distinct types of action human beings are capable of. They have argued that, in doing the things that human beings have a distinctive capacity to do, they come to inhabit distinct temporal orders, and thus to experience time in fundamentally different ways. Human beings, on this view, are the beings that inhabit time in those ways: they are the beings whose being is being-in-time.

The philosopher most famous for advancing this thesis is Martin Heidegger. But the philosopher most relevant for our current reflections is one of Heidegger’s most famous students: Hannah Arendt.
philosophy  economics  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
Meme Analysis — “I Hate Small Talk” | Bailey Poland on Patreon
I’m just going to start off by being really blunt: I hate this meme. Hate it. Everything from the message to the font to the number of people I’ve seen share some variation of it on Facebook makes me cringe and causes my soul to shrivel up in a way that almost defies my ability to describe it in human language. If you hear screaming somewhere, it’s me, looking at this meme. This meme is what I imagine a lot of introductory Tinder messages from wanna-be intellectual PUAs sound like. It’s vomit-inducing.
culture  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
How Lisp Became God's Own Programming Language
But there is one language that seems to inspire a peculiar universal reverence: Lisp. Keyboard crusaders that would otherwise pounce on anyone daring to suggest that some language is better than any other will concede that Lisp is on another level. Lisp transcends the utilitarian criteria used to judge other languages, because the median programmer has never used Lisp to build anything practical and probably never will, yet the reverence for Lisp runs so deep that Lisp is often ascribed mystical properties.
programming  programming-language  lisp  from instapaper
7 weeks ago
An IndieWeb reader: My new home on the internet • Aaron Parecki
I have a new home on the internet. I don’t visit the Twitter home timeline or the Facebook news feed anymore. I don’t open the Instagram app except when I post a photo. I still have accounts there — I just don’t visit those sites anymore. Instead, I have my own new space on the internet where everything I’m interested in is consolidated, and I can read and reply to things from there. But before I go too far into my new online home — an IndieWeb reader — some background.
internet  web  blogging  social-network  rss 
7 weeks ago
elementary OS 5 Juno is Here
elementary OS is the fast, open, and privacy-respecting alternative to Windows and macOS. Over the past year we’ve been hard at work putting together a new major version of elementary OS, codenamed Juno.
linux  elementary-os  operating-systems 
7 weeks ago
Solange, the Polymathic Cultural Force - The New York Times
On the eve of her next album, the singer has hybridized her many talents — music, dance, activism, aesthetics — to inspire a new model for the modern pop artist.
culture  music  art 
8 weeks ago
I Tried to Quit Diet Soda 4 Times. Here's What Finally Worked!
Sometimes it’s the little things that get you. My little thing was diet soda. It was a small, daily habit, but as Annie Dillard said, “How you spend your days is how you spend your life.” And following that logic, I was spending my life swimming in chemical soup.
psychology  addiction  health 
9 weeks ago
After 5 years and $3M, here's everything we've learned from building Ghost
On previous birthdays I've talked about revenue milestones and product updates, but this year I'm going to focus more on all the things we've learned since we started.
publishing  software  startups 
9 weeks ago
Why I’m done with Chrome – A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering
Today I wanted to write specifically about Google Chrome, how much I’ve loved it in the past, and why — due to Chrome’s new user-unfriendly forced login policy — I won’t be using it going forward.
google  google-chrome  browser  internet 
9 weeks ago
Ink Review: Sailor Jentle Grenade
When Scribe Writing Essentials launched the arrival of Sailor products in the Philippines last September, I knew I had to test their ink offerings, and what better color to start the Sailor ink taste test—I chose red! Scribe sent me a bottle of Sailor Jentle Grenade to review, and I tested it on two different pens with regular and italic nibs, and on different paper types. Grenade did not disappoint, it gave me a blast!
fountain-pens  ink 
9 weeks ago
Grit: Bringing Passion Back
. I assume people who embrace grit want to know how they can build more grit in themselves and others. Without proper measurement of this construct, we won’t know if the needle on the dial is moving in the direction we want it to. We might even be misled to think that grit doesn’t matter, when in fact grit might matter quite a bit when the assessment better matches the definition.
grit  psychology  science  selfhelp 
9 weeks ago
Why the Best Things in Life Can’t Be Planned
The most interesting illumination, however, which connects to the other two but is more foundational, is the fact that everything has both an intended and an unintended side-effect.
philosophy  history  from instapaper
9 weeks ago
In Praise of Mediocrity
But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them. Or rather, we are intimidated by the expectation — itself a hallmark of our intensely public, performative age — that we must actually be skilled at what we do in our free time.
health  life  psychology 
9 weeks ago
Chicago: the Typeface
Decades before the sleek MacBook Air I write this on even existed, Apple introduced its original Macintosh personal computer, a woefully khaki-colored, boxy desktop machine. When you pressed its power button, its home screen would greet you with the message, “Welcome to Macintosh,” the glow of technology embracing you like a familiar friend.
typography  design  Apple 
9 weeks ago
Even though it’s been one of my most time-consuming projects, I’ve hardly blogged about racket-mode — an Emacs major mode for Racket. To change that, here’s a post giving an overview of how racket-mode works, as well as a look at how it might grow someday.
emacs  racket 
10 weeks ago
Lucian's Gift / Boing Boing
[I met John Serge at a reading over the weekend. He read his short story called "Lucian's Gift," and it reminded me of short stories I've read and loved by Richard Matheson, Fredric Brown, and Roald Dahl. I asked John if I could run his story on Boing Boing and he kindly consented. Enjoy! -- Mark]
fiction  stories 
10 weeks ago
The Deliberate Awfulness of Social Media
To be alive and online in our time is to feel at once incensed and stultified by the onrush of information, helpless against the rising tide of bad news and worse opinions.
social-media  twitter  facebook  psychology  from instapaper
10 weeks ago
Sales are booming at Manhattan typewriter store, mostly thanks to young people (and Tom Hanks) - The Washington Post
In an era where we glorify speed and nearly everyone carries a computer in their pocket, it’s a surprise to find New York City’s Paul Schweitzer filling up a “doctor’s bag” with tools of his trade — typewriter ribbons, needle-nose pliers — to make emergency calls to repair sticky typewriter keys and shredded ribbons.
10 weeks ago
It used to happen sporadically but now it is a daily experience. As I am browsing the net I click on a link (usually a newspaper website). The page starts to load. Then I wait. And I wait. And I wait. It takes several seconds.
design  web-design  intern 
10 weeks ago
Evening edition - Bobulate
Starting today, this site (when viewed in a browser) will undertake a bit of an experiment. At 6PM (your time) each day, it will change from day to night. A visual shift. A pause. A marker of time — whether it’s time to walk away, take a break, keep on working, or play.
blog  design 
11 weeks ago
The Internet is not an autonomous being. Its growing energy use is the consequence of actual decisions made by software developers, web designers, marketing departments, publishers and internet users. With a lightweight, off-the-grid solar-powered website, we want to show that other decisions can be made.
internet  publishing  web  technolo 
11 weeks ago
Citrine and the Cost of Happiness: How Conflating Money with Success Keeps Us All Trapped | Jaya Saxena
I’m not saying there’s no value in hard work and saving up, only that we’ve tied wealth, success, and happiness so tightly together it’s impossible to tell which is which.
money  happiness 
11 weeks ago
From Vimperator to Tridactyl « null program
Fortunately there was a savior on the horizon already waiting for me: Tridactyl! It is essentially a from-scratch rewrite of Vimperator using the WebExtensions API. To my complete surprise, these folks have managed to recreate around 85% of what I had within the WebExtensions limitations. It will never be 100%, but it’s close enough to keep me happy.
firefox  web  browser 
12 weeks ago
The Observation Deck » Falling in love with Rust
These values reflect a deeper sense within me: that software can be permanent — that software’s unique duality as both information and machine afford a timeless perfection and utility that stand apart from other human endeavor. In this regard, I have believed (and continue to believe) that we are living in a Golden Age of software, one that will produce artifacts that will endure for generations. Of course, it can be hard to hold such heady thoughts when we seem to be up to our armpits in vendored flotsam, flooded by sloppy abstractions hastily implemented. Among current languages, only Rust seems to share this aspiration for permanence, with a perspective that is decidedly larger than itself.
Rust  programming  programming-language  software 
12 weeks ago
Why You Should Buy Into the Emacs Platform
My mental list of reasons to become familiar with Emacs grows nearly by the day, and I can’t keep track of them all anymore. In other words, this article is mostly a braindump, but it will also serve as an index for possible future in-depth texts about these things.
emacs  programming  productivity 
12 weeks ago
Minimal Coding with Spacemacs and Olivetti
As I mentioned on Twitter, I’ve been experimenting lately with using a visually minimal Spacemacs setup. I’ve been using this new setup every day for several weeks, and I’m absolutely in love with it.
emacs  programming 
september 2018
Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
So, no, not entirely free from murder, but I hope free from the motivations of conquest. The point is the increase of knowledge and the breadth of prosperity, not getting anyone or anything to submit. And maybe, I hope, nudging toward a wider idea of story than some narrative of conquest.
september 2018
How I lost 150 pounds in one year
I'm a lazy 29-year-old guy who's been fat since high school, doesn't have great metabolism or genetics, works from home, barely leaves the house, and can't cook. If I can get on a simple diet and stick to it for a year, then literally anyone can do it and probably do it even better. Find some low-calorie foods you like enough to eat on a regular basis, learn to cook a meal or two that you enjoy, and push yourself to exercise just a little bit.
exercise  health  diet  food 
august 2018
The Easiest Way to Lose 125 Pounds Is to Gain 175 Pounds
I lost just over 128 pounds this year, which is one of those things you’re proud to do but not proud of having needed to do. In addition to trying to put some closure on a particularly dispiriting part of my past, I’m writing this in the hopes of helping people who find themselves in a similar boat, who have approached the New Year with the sort of drastic self-improvement plans that I held this time last year.
diet  food  exercise  health 
august 2018
CLI: improved
Over the years my command line habits have improved and I often search for smarter tools for the jobs I commonly do. With that said, here's my current list of improved CLI tools.
bash  programming  shell 
august 2018
The Web I Want
The World Wide Web is supposed to be a leveler, something that brings knowledge everywhere and yet developers every day are making it harder for those who need the Internet to work well the most.
websites  web-design 
august 2018
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Apple, Facebook, Netflix–and the future
An intimate look inside the mind of the CEO bending the music industry into his vision for it.
business  music  technology  Spotify 
august 2018
Ask Polly: What If I Never Find Love?
It’s just … what if? Love is not something you’re guaranteed or owed just for existing. How do I live with the real possibility that I may never find it? I want ripples.
romance  advice  life  from instapaper
august 2018
How I Read
Until a few years ago, I didn’t spend much time reading. Today, I spend a few hours every week reading, amounting to somewhere between 30 and 50 books a year. My reading habit has evolved significantly over the past couple of years and surely will continue to. In this post, I will describe how I approach my reading
reading  books  psychology  productivity 
august 2018
Nick Offerman's New Definition of Manliness
The actor talks whiskey, fathers, and the art of being a modern day man.
manliness  advice  philosophy  from instapaper
august 2018
Why Writing Matters in the Age of Despair
In this swamp of fear, all we have are our words. Our voices as we scream at politicians in restaurants. The angry tweets we send. The voicemails we leave our senators. The long-form story on blood spatter. The novel we write secreted away from the horror of the news. We clutch these words to our chest, but we wonder if they are enough to save us.
writing  philosophy  politics  from instapaper
august 2018
The Bullshit Web
But a lot of the stuff we’re seeing is a pile-up of garbage on seemingly every major website that does nothing to make visitors happier — if anything, much of this stuff is deeply irritating and morally indefensible.
design  internet  web 
august 2018
Keep a Changelog
A changelog is a file which contains a curated, chronologically ordered list of notable changes for each version of a project.
programming  software-engineering 
july 2018
Why Solutions to Problems Suddenly Pop into our Minds
Poincaré and Hindemith cannot possibly be right. If they are spending their days actively thinking about other things, their brains are not unobtrusively solving deep mathematical problems or composing complex pieces of music, perhaps over days or weeks, only to reveal the results in a sudden flash. Yet, driven by the intuitive appeal of unconscious thought, psychologists have devoted a great deal of energy in searching for evidence for unconscious mental work. Other researchers have, though, a simpler explanation, which involves no unconscious thought at all.
july 2018
Franklin Christoph Penvelope Six
So today we are talking about the Franklin Christoph Penvelope Six. I bought mine from Franklin Christoph's website. Mine is in suit grey, which is a cotton/polyester blend. It is six inches wide, 7 inches tall, and one and a quarter inches thick. It weighs six ounces when it is empty and is designed to hold six pens. The front flap has a magnet closure hidden beneath the fabric, which is great for keeping the case closed. 
stationery  pens  pencils 
july 2018
Lena Dunham Explores Alone Time After a Break-Up
Even if some people like to be alone, nobody likes to be lonely. It’s been the subject of more art than can be consumed in a lifetime, the human aversion to loneliness and also the way we attune ourselves to it, become entrenched in a routine that isolates us. Too much has been said about the way technology allows us to experience the illusion of connection and retreat further into hermetic patterns, but it bears repeating that texts, emails, Facebook pokes, and Twitter faves do not a social life make. People are, it would seem, lonelier than ever and also less used to being alone.
relationships  romance  life  advice  from instapaper
july 2018
Click ‘Delete’ to Save Your Soul
It’s far more comfortable to slam a corporate leviathan than it is to shame your aunt or high school pals — or, for that matter, to jettison your own long list of “friends.” As our informational ecosystem has been rubbished, we have placed very little onus on the more than two billion users of Facebook and Twitter. So I’m grateful to Jaron Lanier for redistributing blame on the lumpen-user, for pressing the public to flee social media. He writes, “If you’re not part of the solution, there will be no solution.”
facebook  social-media  news  book-review 
july 2018
The Hidden Cost of Touchscreens
These issues only hint at the troubles intrinsic in touchscreens. In a follow-up post, we’ll look at how they further enhance the social frictions we’re already seeing in the rise of automation.
ui  design 
july 2018
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