I think about the churn of so-called "tech reviewers" and their rote methods of assessing everything that comes past their desk. Camera not best in class, display has good viewing angles, price is a bit high, bezels too wide, last year's Snapdragon, no 5G, C+.
Perhaps having your head stuck up your arse is just a side effect of the brain processing the same information over and over again with increasing efficiency.
I respect the grind of #crypto update channels, price goes down that's a video, price goes up that's also a video, even when the price literally does nothing that's still somehow worth a video
Zoom acquired Keybase today.
Keybase helped me to identify a trend in the software industry: using a pretty UI to cover up the disruption of an open ecosystem with a closed, centralized replacement. Keybase seemed cool on the face of it - making encryption easier is a laudible goal, and PGP certainly could use the improvement. But, thanks to Keybase, now I ask different questions upfront.
Beware the Keybase formula:
1. Integrates with an existing, open ecosystem
2. May have open-source clients, but server is closed source and does not federate
3. Pretty UI and good marketing
4. VC funded
A glimpse of life in North Korea from a defector. Fascinating read.
I've been binging on these lately, being a huge #devintownsend fan, and felt inspired to do a bit of reflection of my own into my new album. I ended up writing a 5,600-word missive on the emotions, experiences and ideas that informed the creation of it.
More than anything I was surprised at just how easily the words flowed out of me the second I started writing - I pumped the whole 9-page document out in just a little over two hours, and I intend to include it as a free bonus when the album releases.
Some random things that I have found helpful to my #productivity:
- Get enough sleep. Being well rested makes everything easier, not being well rested makes everything harder
- Drink lots of water, take regular breaks: Not only does being well hydrated help you think more clearly, but constantly drinking it throughout the day spurs on regular prompts to get up and stretch your legs at just about the intervals and durations you need, lest you pee in your pants at your desk
- If you're going to slack off, do it on your phone: helps to keep your workspace and your slack off space separate to each other. Doing it on your phone at least is a bit less tempting to tumble down the YouTube and social media rabbit holes, and when you do finally decide to get back to it, you're exactly where you left off, rather than having to spend time trying to remember what you were supposed to be doing
- You can't multitask, so stop trying: the only windows and tabs you should have open are the ones directly related to what you are working on right this second - having more makes you start unconsciously flipping between one thing and the other, which wastes time and drains you of energy. Top commands: close other tabs, minimise all other windows (WIN + HOME in Windows)
Other advice that is trite, but I endorse nonetheless :
- Plan your day out
- Use lists
- Stop checking your emails every five seconds
- Do the task you don't want to do first
- Devote some time to work on tasks that are high value, low urgency
- Say no to bullshit tasks
- Complete stuff in batches where it's practical
- Keep a record of what you've accomplished
Listening to this conversation made me think for a moment and realise that off the small handful of people that have heard the music off my next album, my wife is the only one who has told me of any songs she didn't like.
Not only does that realisation put more encouraging power behind the positive reactions I've gotten from her but also tells me that I need to pitch my stuff out to more people before release, who are happy to give some more honest and dispassionate critique of it.
QOTO: Question Others to Teach Ourselves. A STEM-oriented instance.
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