Sometimes I read interesting stuff and sometimes I remember to save that here.
- 103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known — I always read posts like this. They’re always packed with years of knowledge as well as silly bits I find curious. I particularly liked:
“Half the skill of being educated is learning what you can ignore.”
- The lost history of the electric car – and what it tells us about the future of transport
- The days are long but the decades are short — I think I had read this around the time it came out. I stumbled upon it recently on Twitter and had to re-read it.
- Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed — “The ultimate tool for corporations to sustain a culture of this sort is to develop the 40-hour workweek as the normal lifestyle. Under these working conditions people have to build a life in the evenings and on weekends. This arrangement makes us naturally more inclined to spend heavily on entertainment and conveniences because our free time is so scarce.”
- The return of fancy tools — “Technology is seeing a little return to complexity.”
- Books that suck you in and books that spin you out — “Some books have a centripetal force— they suck you in from other books. Some books have a centrifugal force — they spin you out to other books.”
- 33 Things I Stole From People Smarter Than Me — Too many things to mention. Read this and you’ll probably get something out from this.
- The Danger of Comparing Yourself to Others — A short read on how “the most important things in life are internal not external” and other insightful stuff that sound self-help-y but are really all that matters.
- The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months — This amazing article tells the story of six boys who were stranded on a deserted island -much like it happened in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies-, but with a much better outcome. It’s an adapted excerpt from Rutger Bregman’s Humankind.
- Ring Theory: How not to say the wrong thing — This one I had read a long time ago and really helped me figure out why I hated those “Everything happens for a reason/Everything will be fine” phrases say whenever something tragic happens, and also reminds me to avoid making other similar mistakes myself.
- Don’t Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice — This is an amazing post about career advice, aimed at programmers, but easily adaptable to any kind of tech worker.
- Give it five minutes — Jason Fried, founder of Basecamp talks about taking five minutes before pushing back, a lifelong pursuit.
- How We Got the Favicon — A brief history of how Internet Explorer 5 gave us the favicon.