Month: June 2017

  • Listening Notes: Invisibilia – Emotions Part One 

    Link to episode: https://overcast.fm/+D88LXtYzQ Emotions don’t happen to us, they are responses to things that happen to us.  In fact, we don’t respond directly to the things that happen to us, but rather we respond to our concept of what happens. We don’t directly respond to the outside world, we respond to our mind’s interpretation […]

  • Using Walks, Drives, and Commutes For Work

    I used to think that walking, driving somewhere, and commuting were things that we fundamentally opposed to work. Complete downtime. Even using them to listen to podcasts isn’t working. It is a good use of the time, but it isn’t working. I now regularly go for walks throughout the workday and take time commuting between my house […]

  • Learning to Draw, Day 6: Pure Contour Exercise

    Today I read a section on childhood drawings and then did another exercise to help me shift my perception: Pure Contour Drawing.  I put my pencil on the paper pad, scrunched my hand together, turned so I couldn’t see the paper, and then tried my best to draw the creases I saw in my hand […]

  • Listening Notes: Venkatesh Rao on The Three Types of Decision Makers, Mental Models, and How to Process Information | The Knowledge Podcast

    Listening Notes for Venkatesh Rao on The Three Types of Decision Makers, Mental Models, and How to Process Information | The Knowledge Podcast Link to the podcast: https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2016/02/venkatesh-rao-decision-making/ Types of Decision Makers Evidence-based Moral (right vs wrong) Tribal (emotional/affiliation decision-making) Staying grounded in reality by maintaining cracks in your mental models. (Note: I first need to codify my […]

  • That was a good keynote. Makes me excited about Apple’s future again. I’m preordering a 10.5″ iPad Pro. I’ve been waiting a full year for an update to the line and this looks incredible.

  • Learning to Draw, Day 5: Upside Down Tufted Titmouse

    Today was the last upside down copying exercise: Picking a line drawing on your own and copying it. I searched around for a few minutes on Google Images and found a drawing of a Tufted Titmouse from SuperColoring.com. Here is the upside down comparison: And the rightside up comparison: I felt my focus shift a few […]

    Learning to Draw, Day 5: Upside Down Tufted Titmouse
  • Learning to Draw, Day 4: Upside Down Knight

    Betty Edwards in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain recommends copying 2-3 line drawings upside down to get a sense of how it feels to shift to a different way of seeing. Today I copied a line drawing of a knight on a horse by an unknown German artist. It was easier than yesterday’s drawing, […]

    Learning to Draw, Day 4: Upside Down Knight
  • Learning to Draw, Day 3: Copying Upside Down

    Yesterday I had about 30 pages of information about the brain and how it works and a short symmetrical vase (an optical illusion made out of two face profiles) drawing exercise to do. That took up the whole hour I set aside with only a few squiggly lines on a piece of paper to show, […]

    Learning to Draw, Day 3: Copying Upside Down
  • First radish of the season! (D’Avignon)

  • Learning to Draw, Day 1

    This month I’m learning to draw. This is a skill I’ve never had. I once thought that there are analytical people and artistic people, but I’m no longer willing to accept that. Just like swimming or writing is a particular skill that can be taught and learned, drawing and calculus are both skills that can be […]

  • Forget Daily “Work/Life Balance”

    Forget about daily work/life balance. Juggling too many things at once leads to stress and poor performance. Trying to balance everything by offsetting stuff with other stuff just leads to too much stuff. Set your priorities for each day (or each week or part of each day) and focus intensely on those few things. Working […]