Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Do you need an alarm clock? An alarm clock enforces a somewhat unnatural behavior. It's an instrument of management and improvement, not authenticity and enjoyment. Rephrasing Joe Hudson, you need to manage someone only if they won't do the desired action by themselves without your intervention. That begs the question:
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
On addictions I'm exploring a lifestyle free of addictive substances. Addiction happens when something evolutionary good but scarce becomes too readily available. Addictions are brain hacks when we game the mind to get pleasure without effort. Examples: * Sugar. Sweet things in nature evolutionally were good because they were calorie-rich fast
Friday, May 5, 2023
Value of crypto * One problem with crypto is that it tries to monetize something without proven value. * Of course, defi is good, but it's just greed. People will be interested because it makes money. * However, defi doesn't deliver value by itself. It can optimize other industries that create down-to-earth, normal
Thursday, May 4, 2023
Form and Essense Human civilization is an interplay between form and meaning. People forget why the form was created and what its meaning is. They like to take that form as it is. However, without the meaning, the form is dead. If you don't understand the meaning of things, you
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Deep Leverage I called ten companies to repair an issue with my house's HVAC unit. Most of them connect to some form of "coordinator" who collects the order and sends your info to the operations person who schedules your visit. At no point you talk to an actual technician before
How to protect yourself from “engineered speech?”
"Engineered speech" is a conversational technique to get results from people by withholding information, pushing people's psychological buttons, or selling them a new narrative. While it can harm people through manipulation, it can also help by reframing the situation positively.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Cold Showers!
Every morning after waking up I go straight to the shower, turn on cold water, and stay under for 2-3 minutes. The cold shower helps me wake up, trains my willpower, and gives me an energy burst for the rest of the day. This story is about how I got there.
Five steps to create a persuasive slide deck
There’s a simple way to design a convincing and clear slide deck: follow a top-down process starting with a goal, creating your narrative, drafting your slides, adding the content, and then proceeding to the visual design. This method helped me get my point across as a product manager at Google.