Posts in: Ideas

Beautiful Trouble updated their toolkit.

With the new toolkit you can slice and dice depending on what you are considering, and also create pdfs from your favorites.

This is a nice online companion to the deck of cards.



๐Ÿ“š After reading The Shallows I’ve been wondering if there is some optimal blend between strengthening deep thinking pathways and Internet thinking pathways.

Along the lines of “explore vs. exploit”, what’s sweet spot between attentive consideration and inattentive collection?


2020: Nonfiction ๐Ÿ“š Review

To view other 2020 review posts (including fiction, feeds, newsletters, and magazines), visit the main post here. I read 23 nonfiction books this year, down from 31 last year. I attribute this to a tough year, and also reading more fiction as well as reading more from other sources. I read more overall this year than last. I prefer to read nonfiction in ebook format, so that I can create highlights and notes and have them automatically export to Readwise, where I keep all my reading notes for review.

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2020: News & Magazines Review

To view other 2020 review posts, visit thee main post here. Newspapers and News Magazines I tend to prefer “slow news”, focusing on quality over quantity & speed. Most “breaking news” (or even daily news) I don’t need to hear about, and the net effect of rapid-fire news is to introduce more interruptions and unnecessary stress into our lives. I also try to mix both broad (global) perspectives and local reporting.

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Have you ever created a structured or restricted adult “learning plan” outside of academia?

One example would be picking one topic (or a specific short list thereof) and objective(s), then restrict your reading (books, blogs, news, etc.) to those objectives for a specific period?


How did you spend yesterday, the highest holy day of Capitalism?

Did you make an offering in worship? Multiple offerings?


Controversial opinion:

A progressive legislature and conservative judiciary is a good pairing.

It allows for acting boldly on problems, with a strong check to defend individual rights.


#DearKiddos: A Vaccine for Cruelty

#DearKiddos: I was reading this article today from the Economist: โ€œNo Vaccine for Crueltyโ€ (image). It’s about how people in political power have done nastier and nastier things during the COVID-19 crisis, and have largely gotten away with it. The article says “no vaccine”, but I want to try to give you one, anyway. A vaccine is a medicine you take to make it so that you can get through it when a nasty infection comes your way.

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