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 
19 hours 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 
4 days 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 
6 days 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 
6 days 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 
13 days ago
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.
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
24 days ago
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 
25 days ago
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 
4 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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
7 weeks ago
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
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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.
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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
9 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
C Is Not a Low-level Language
In the wake of the recent Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, it's worth spending some time looking at root causes. Both of these vulnerabilities involved processors speculatively executing instructions past some kind of access check and allowing the attacker to observe the results via a side channel. The features that led to these vulnerabilities, along with several others, were added to let C programmers continue to believe they were programming in a low-level language, when this hasn't been the case for decades.
hardware  programming 
11 weeks ago
You're using git wrong
TL;DR: Almost everyone seem to be using Git like CVS, while it was created to be used like in Linux kernel development.
git  programming  software-engineering 
12 weeks ago
The Most Important Skill Nobody Taught You
According to Pascal, we fear the silence of existence, we dread boredom and instead choose aimless distraction, and we can’t help but run from the problems of our emotions into the false comforts of the mind.
philosophy  meditation  psychology  from instapaper
12 weeks ago
Awakening the Bodhisattva
Venerable Pannavati, Anne Klein, and Ejo McMullen on the possibilities and challenges of the bodhisattva path. Introduction by Taigen Dan Leighton.
buddhism  philosophy 
12 weeks ago
Clark Gregg: Here's How I Deal With Anxiety and Panic Attacks
The Marvel actor opens about his scary symptoms and the form of therapy that changed his life.
Marvel  comics  health  psychology  from instapaper
june 2018
Everything You Make Is An Engine
It goes without saying that I am not an expert in diversity in public radio and podcasting; I was there to listen. But it got me thinking about something related but different, which is that the people I admire the most are the ones who are best at keeping in mind that everything you make is an engine. 
community  philosophy  culture 
june 2018
The Omnivore’s Agenda: An Interview with Anthony Bourdain
In his first book, Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain exposed the saucy, sometimes sordid, sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll lifestyle of the restaurant business. He also guaranteed that no self-respecting foodie would eat sushi on a Monday ever again. He parlayed that success into No Reservations—the rare Travel Channel show to have a parental advisory regarding sexual innuendo—which serves up a heady mix of fine dining, street food, and irreverent and often touching ruminations on love, war, punk rock, and whether bone marrow is better than sex. It is, he admits, the best job in the world.
Anthony-Bourdain  interview  food  travel 
june 2018
Best Anthony Bourdain Quotes About Life From Parts Unknown & More
We lost one of the good guys today. He was a warrior. A champion of the undervalued and overserved. He was on our side. He was Sal Paradise with a point. Rick Steves with a mission. Martha Stewart with a pint glass (or two). He was real. He was raw. He was fearless.
Anthony-Bourdain  food  travel  philosophy 
june 2018
We Need to Talk About Anthony Bourdain
The world saw what he ate and how he traveled. Heard him opine often and loudly about things of which he did not approve, and maybe even louder about the things he did. He took great pains to champion the things and people he cared about deeply.
food  travel  Anthony-Bourdain 
june 2018
BOURDAIN - Every Day Should Be Saturday
There are people who can see the world in all its poverty and sorrow. But there are so few who recognize themselves in it and of it, and fewer still who invite it in to sit down, to eat, and to have a few minutes of peace and appreciation at the eternal, drunken forgiving present of a dinner table. Anthony Bourdain did — and most generously, tried to show everyone else how to do it, too.
food  travel  Anthony-Bourdain 
june 2018
The Insatiable and Unknowable Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain devoured the world. That’s not hyperbole. It’s not even metaphor. There was no place that he wasn’t curious to explore, no food that he wasn’t determined to try, no cap on his hunger and no ceiling, or so it always seemed, on his joy.
Anthony-Bourdain  food  travel  from instapaper
june 2018
Why Should I Meditate?
The aim of meditation is to transform the mind. It does not have to be associated with any particular religion. Every one of us has a mind and every one of us can work on it.
meditation  buddhism 
june 2018
The Power of Buddhism
If you ignore power, you ignore powerful Buddhist teachings. Pema Khandro Rinpoche says that Buddhism teaches us how to be powerful and compassionate at the same time.
buddhism  philosophy  society 
june 2018
Here’s how to get the stunning Bauhaus fonts that Adobe is reviving
Even if you’re not a designer, you’ve probably heard the phrase “form follows function.” That’s how influential the school that espoused it, the Bauhaus, has become since its heyday in 1920s and ’30s Germany. Now, some of the movement’s most compelling–but largely unknown–lettering has been recreated from archival material, like original typography sketches and letter fragments, and transformed into contemporary digital typefaces.
fonts  typography  design  Adobe 
june 2018
Gautama vs the Buddha
If you’re looking for relief from suffering, argues Buddhist scholar and author Glenn Wallis, you won’t find it in some mythical figure named the Buddha but in the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama―an ordinary person like us, who became one of the world’s most gifted spiritual teachers.
buddhism  philosophy  religion 
june 2018
Stephen King: Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?
My thesis here is a modest one: that prolificacy is sometimes inevitable, and has its place. The accepted definition — “producing much fruit, or foliage, or many offspring” — has an optimistic ring, at least to my ear.
writing  writers  Stephen-King 
june 2018
Mathematicians Disprove Conjecture Made to Save Black Holes
Mathematicians have disproved the strong cosmic censorship conjecture. Their work answers one of the most important questions in the study of general relativity and changes the way we think about space-time.
physics  cosmology 
may 2018
'Art Of The Wasted Day' Makes A Case For Letting The Mind Wander
Instead, Hampl is intrigued by the kind of instinctual, floaty, aimless daydreaming that many of us — if we were lucky — indulged in for hours and hours as children. As adults, of course, we feel like we need to have something to show for our time: achievements, chores, to-do list items crossed off.
life  psychology  book-review 
may 2018
A 2-Year Stanford Study Shows the Astonishing Productivity Boost of Working From Home | Inc.com
But Stanford professor Nicholas Bloom has definitive data that paints a very different picture and indicates it's time once and for all to embrace and enable the benefits of working from home.
productivity  work 
may 2018
For 46 Years, My Mum Did Everything for My Dad – Member Feature Stories
Really, this is what being a man should mean. It should mean being open-minded and resourceful. It should mean providing—but providing more than just money. This is the place Dad has started to grow into now, and it’s been beautiful to see. Hopefully, one day, I will get there too.
masculinity  relationships  productivity  life 
may 2018
The Art of Calligraphy Is More Than Just Pretty Handwriting
“It’s a form of luxury,” Ouchenir says of calligraphy today, noting that envelopes adorned with it are more likely to be opened—it can make the recipient feel important. The novelty of calligraphy has made it desirable to brands, even beyond invitations; the handmade, intimate nature of hand-lettered scripts have also made the practice alluring for branding and logo design.
calligraphy  design  art  typo 
may 2018
Kanye West's Twitter philosophy doesn't impress real academic philosophers — Quartz
It’s a logical fallacy to assume that, just because x implies y, y therefore also implies x. For example, all great philosophers may be geniuses, but that certainly doesn’t imply that all geniuses are great philosophers. Kanye West is a case in point.
philosophy  Kanye-West 
may 2018
Why Local Newspaper Websites Are So Terrible
No designer worth their salt is actively seeking to make a frustrating user experience for an online news reader. The free web, however, is a problem for all publishers, and an acute problem for smaller ones—the ones without the design expertise or robust sales teams needed to mitigate some of the online aesthetic shitshow that was created as the bottom fell out of the print classifieds and advertising market.
publishing  news  newspapers  journalism  web-design 
may 2018
We need to an internet of unmonetisable enthusiasms
The internet may be full of fake news, but it's also home to obsessive, deep knowledge and unlikely passions
internet  culture  podcasts 
may 2018
Ned Batchelder: Do one thing
I’m all in favor of Single Responsibility. But I want people teaching it to help people more with the squishiness of it. Stop giving simplistic examples that clearly seem to violate the idea. Acknowledge the difficulty of knowing the right path.
april 2018
Reconsidering the Hardware Kindle Interface
Small tweaks to incentivize engaging with a book’s content.
amazon  kindle  hardware  books  Craig-Mod 
april 2018
On Using Field Notebooks
I came across a very interesting blog called Northing and Easting, which is described as “A blog about mapping, surveying, geospatial technology and the history of the topographic sciences.” Of particular interest was a post about the use of field notebooks.
field-notes  stationery  science 
april 2018
Knowing and Doing: March 2018 Archives
Let me start by stating something obvious: in the last decade, technology has transformed from a tool that we use to a place where we live.
technology  culture 
april 2018
Neither Victims Nor Executioners: Albert Camus on the Antidote to Violence
“If he who bases his hopes on human nature is a fool, he who gives up in the face of circumstances is a coward.”
Albert-Camus  philosophy  psychology  culture 
april 2018
So Two Stoics Walk Into a Bar…
(What follows is our imagined dialogue between Epictetus and Seneca, two essential contributors to Stoic thought, at the FS bar, presided over by an intellectually curious bartender, Kit.

Imagine: There is a slight breeze as the door opens. In walk Seneca and Epictetus. They are both dressed decently, but plainly. After taking a moment to adjust to the light, they each take a seat at the FS bar.)
life  philosophy  Stoicism 
april 2018
Calendar. Not to-do lists.
Good time management is one of the handful of factors that I attribute my professional accomplishments (to the extent that I have them) to. Several people have asked me for time management advice over the years. My understanding is that they’ve found the advice useful. With some encouragement from a subset of them, I figured that writing it down could increase the number of people that might find it useful. Hence this post.
productivity  time-management 
april 2018
I think I am at least somewhat more productive than average, and people sometimes ask me for productivity tips. So I decided to just write them all down in one place.

Compound growth gets discussed as a financial concept, but it works in careers as well, and it is magic. A small productivity gain, compounded over 50 years, is worth a lot. So it’s worth figuring out how to optimize productivity. If you get 10% more done and 1% better every day compared to someone else, the compounded difference is massive.
productivity  advice  from instapaper
april 2018
Alan Kay's answer to Why is functional programming seen as the opposite of OOP rather than an addition to it? - Quora
So: both OOP and functional computation can be completely compatible (and should be!). There is no reason to munge state in objects, and there is no reason to invent “monads” in FP. We just have to realize that “computers are simulators” and figure out what to simulate.
functional-programming  object-orientation  scheme  lisp  programming-language 
april 2018
RE: What's so cool about Scheme?
Given this tension between opposites, I maintain that the question of
closures vs. objects should really be a koan. I'll take some koanic license
and combine Norman Adams (alleged source of "objects are a poor man's
closures") and Christian Queinnec ("closures are a poor man's objects") into
a single great Zen language master named Qc Na.
programming  scheme  functional-programming 
april 2018
It Would Be a Pity to Waste A Good Crisis - Lion's Roar
Not wasting the crisis might mean finding happiness without having to change the outer circumstances. If we are at risk of being blown up, well, today is a good day to be happy. If we are poor, the same.
meditation  happiness  advice  life 
march 2018
My Secondhand Lonely
I’m throwing away these secondhand burdens to avoid handing them to the daughter I may have in the future. I don’t want her to think it’s her duty to hold the fractured pieces of herself together long enough to fool others into thinking that her strength is unmatched. I’m prying open the vicious clamp of my lonely trap and pointing it out to other people in my effort to rid it of its power. No, I’m not okay. Can you please talk to me? 
loneliness  psychology  relationships 
march 2018
If You Don't Like Being Single, You Need To Read This
When did being single become some sort of disease that everyone wants to get rid of? Why does everyone think that being in a relationship or married is superior to being alone? Those are some questions you might want to think about.
relationships  huffington-post  loneliness 
march 2018
The Calculus of Grit
The keys to this reconstruction project are: the much-abused idea of 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, the notion of grit, and an approach to keeping track of your journey through life in terms of an intrinsic coordinate system. Think of it as replacing compass or GPS-based extrinsic navigation with accelerometer and gyroscope-based inertial navigation.

I call the result “the calculus of grit.” It is my idea of an inertial navigation system for an age of anomie, where the external world has too little usable structure to navigate by.
grit  psychology  culture  from instapaper
march 2018
Wakanda by Patrick Patterson
Like, all those Black Panther costumes, those aren’t just going to be the costumes the black kids want. Those are going to be the costumes the whole school wants. And for once, that experience — of being the default setting, of being the standard, of being right at the center of mainstream American culture — is going to belong to these young black kids.
march 2018
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