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.

Geoff Roberts shares a thorough overview of his experience 4 years into building a bootstrapped SaaS business.

February 23, 2021 startups

The popularity of newsletters is because blogs are hard to create, lack a notification system, and are difficult to be paid through. Fun, quirky (and visual) essay.

January 20, 2021 newsletters, publishing

  • For any given task or decision you need to balance your experience and base rates. The more luck is involved the more you should rely on base rates; the more skill is involved the more you should rely on your experience.
  • Length of time in a field does not equate to depth of expertise.
  • People in the United States (at least with today’s lifestyle) require 30x more energy consumption than their mass alone would suggest.

January 17, 2021 decisions, interviews, podcast

Great in-depth discussion between Tyler Cowen and Eric Weinstein that ranges across a variety of topics (from terrorism and war to music theory and The Beatles).

January 17, 2021 interviews, podcast, Tyler Cowen

Great advice from Matt Webb about effective blogging. As applicable for any long-time blogger as they are for someone just starting out.

January 6, 2021 blogging

Tim Ferriss interviews Leo Babauta for his podcast. A couple concepts that stuck with me: the tension in balancing contentment with a desire to improve and the importance of being guided by your own learning desires (when done through unschooling with kids it can be a way to meta-learn comfort with uncertainty).

January 6, 2021 interviews, podcast

This 2-year old Farnam Street interview with Tyler Cowen is excellent. Two big ideas that stuck with me:

  • Read “quake books” to shake up the core concepts you hold. These are those foundational books that, if read at the right time, can uproot your system of thought.
  • Reading, and continued learning, is like compound interest for knowledge. Small gains run over a long stretch of time can build into something quite large.

January 5, 2021 podcast, thinking

Stijn’s post from 7 years ago is still one of my favorites. As he writes, “Good analytics focus on numbers that matter, that you can do something about, and that reflect your performance.”

December 27, 2020 data, journalism

The interesting thing about interactive media is that it allows the players to engage with a problem, conjure a solution, try out that solution, and then experience the results. Then they can go back to the thinking stage and start to plan out their next move. This process of trial and error builds the interactive world in their minds. This is the true canvas on which we design—not the screen. That’s something I always keep in mind when designing games.

Shigeru Miyamoto

December 27, 2020 interviews, video games

“It’s really not about technology,” Shousha said. “And I will say this forever to anyone who will listen to me.” Shousha doesn’t focus on getting better internet or more devices to kids; instead, she encourages schools to adopt a few analog practices that UNHS has employed since its founding.

November 27, 2020 education