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    • bartadamley10 months ago

      “People have built these affinity-based communities on Instagram, where Twitter seems to have evolved more into just really stressed out people yelling at public officials.”

      Yes!!! I have been back on Twitter ever since the pandemic ensued here in the US, and have found the platform very addictive, and all of a sudden wrapped into whatever the latest political drama is. I can't tell if this is a good thing, or a bad thing for my overall concentration/focus/etc...

      “If you're in a particularly geeky mood, you can think about life as a combinatorial optimization process. You have your day and you're trying to figure out what combinations of activities and targets of focus do I want to lay out that's going to give me the highest benefit and that will make me feel the best about this day?”

      Envisioning life as a combinatorial optimization process sounds complex, but truthfully I love the idea of this. What are the pathways that you can continue to cultivate which will lead you to be proud upon your completion of 'work' in your day? This is the question I will be asking myself this week.

    • deephdave
      Top reader this weekTop reader of all timeReading streakScout
      1 year ago

      Time alone with your thoughts is how you structure your experience, and on those structures you can understand where you are in your life and where you want to go. Without that you're just adrift. You're basically just being pushed around by winds and attention economy contraptions. Where you are, what you are, what you aren't and what you want to be—that just takes thought. Now we're forced to do a lot of thought, because there's only so much we can, in our apartment, look at the same screen before our eyes bleed.

      1. Update (4/11/2020):

        Lockdown leads to spending more time on the internet, the more time you spend on the internet leads to less or deprived of time alone with your thoughts.

      • thorgalle
        Top reader this weekScribe
        1 year ago

        Also my favorite section. This suddenly went very deep.

        Where you are, what you are, what you aren't and what you want to be—that just takes thought.

    • thorgalle
      Top reader this weekScribe
      1 year ago

      Enriching. Many great sections. But some of the comparisons and analogies were weird.

      So to me it's not good or bad—but more about intentional or casual. If you're intentional with technology, you know what you're trying to do, you know what you care about, and you're putting tools to use to help that

      I love this notion of "intentional" vs "casual". "intentional" we hear a lot, but I hadn't heard of a word for the flip side. Casual it is.

      If you're in a particularly geeky mood, you can think about life as a combinatorial optimization process.

      🤓 ✅ I like his CS approach to explaining human problems.

      It's just engineer stuff: How inefficient is this that everyone says good or congrats? Let's have a like button for that, so the comments that are there can be more substantive

      Was this really the original Facebook mindset? Relevant for the future of Readup silent posts/ratings/like mechanisms?

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      I highly recommend this one.

      If Cal’s right about half of this stuff, Readup is going to be huge. I love the bit about opioids. So right on.

      I can’t believe his next book is going to be about email. Can’t wait.