Links

A running list of links I find worthwhile, RSS feed included. Previously these were saved to Pinboard but more recently they're saved directly to this site through a simple WordPress plugin. This section of the site is still a work-in-progress.

Ultimately, it’s my belief that social networks are systems that can be intentionally designed, and intelligently managed, to ensure that their primary impact is a positive one for the people who use them, and for the world.

Anil Dash

December 1, 2019 blogging

Despite the clickbait headline and the strongly opinionated advice it does outline a solid set of foundational habits: optimize for focus in your first 3 hours of the day, start the day with a protein-heavy breakfast, and focus on replacing bad habits rather than preventing them.

December 1, 2019 routines, work

Pretty incredible story from Allie Conti at VICE. This kind of risk is also a big part of why I feel more confident booking through Airbnb’s Plus tier of listings (where they do in-person verification).

November 24, 2019 crime, travel

Solid overview of mental models around entropy from the Farnam Street folks. Particularly memorable is the distinction between passive stability and active stability.

November 16, 2019 strategy, thinking

Great piece of travel writing (and photography) that focuses on the Pamir area of Tajikistan. The project’s sponsor, Studio D, is doing some of the most interesting, non-tech sector, work I follow (their 2018 end of year report gives a good overview).

It’s the question of what comes after the grand narrative moves on that has drawn me here. What is it to live in this deep-furrowed channel by this parent stream of humanity in the 21st century, long after the withdrawal of the Soviet and the civil war that followed? What is it to live in these mountains now, where the impressed imaginations of history can’t keep the water running clean?

Patrick Pittman

November 16, 2019 hiking, travel