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Monday, Dec 2, 2019

Friday, Nov 29, 2019

What's the most valuable thing you can learn in an hour?

A lot of what hackers do takes years of building knowledge upon knowledge. That’s also true for physicists, marketers, salespeople, managers, etc. Are there any quick wins that 30 ~ 60 minutes of intense concentration can generate? For example an average person, if focused, can learn to read (but not understand) Korean decently in under an hour. A person can also learn a few guitar chords and possibly play a carefully-chosen song in that time.

The Secret to Enjoying a Long Winter

In winter 2017-18, I was depressed, anxious, wasn’t getting out of bed in the morning, spent endless time on my phone doing nothing, and had trouble focusing on my work. And I didn’t realize what it was until the first nice spring day came, 70 and sunny, and it hit me: “holy shit, I’ve been depressed because of winter” and felt wonderful for the next 5 months, like a completely different person.

Thursday, Nov 28, 2019

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019

Talent May Be Shifting Away From Superstar Cities

In recent years, America has increasingly been defined by a winner-take-all geography, with coastal superstar cities like New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., garnering a disproportionate share of high-tech startups, corporate headquarters, and innovation and talent. But surging costs and inequality in these places—elements of what I call the New Urban Crisis—may be shaping the beginnings of a shift in talent to other parts of the country.

Monday, Nov 25, 2019

Friday, Nov 22, 2019

We bought a $1 house in Italy. Here's what happened next

It seemed like a deal too good to be true. A new house – and potentially a whole new life – for sale in sunkissed rural Italy for the princely sum of just one euro, or little over a dollar…CNN Travel caught up with some of the pioneering buyers – or “€1 citizens,” as the locals call them – who did what most of us have only been willing to daydream about to discover whether it’s been worth it.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

Remote Work — Asynchronous Communication

Recently I’ve started a new role at a company where we are all working remote. While we are remote, some of the other companies we are working with are not, so I started thinking about what makes you able to work remote. I’d like to pass on some of what I think makes you a better communicator, not only for remote, but for any kind of group project in general, asynchronous communication.

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019