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Starcraft: we programmed a world only to be beaten by programs
1 min
mental model
Put 1000 people to battle Starcraft. Only 2 will win. If the 2 players continue to fight the AI, they will eventually face a defeat. The AI learns from every play. Emotionlessly. Is the AI cheating? That’s our response when we’re beaten. But ‘cheating’ has no meaning to the AI.
Postcard obsession
1 min
Can I keep in touch with you with a postcard?
A week of typing torture led to 10x editing speed - Vim
1 min
It wasn’t fun at first. Learning Vim was on my new year resolution list for almost 5 years. The ‘HJKL’ keys replace your arrow keys. That change alone had me gave up every time I tried to use Vim. You won’t get anything done when you’re starting to learn Vim.
Life principle of finding 'how-tos' online
2 mins
What glass kettles taught me about brewing tea.
Prediction. I rather hear your reaction
1 min
Many people got famous on being on the right side of their prediction. The election result - even though it’s a coin flip probability. Is the economy bad next year - unless there’s an alien invasion, economy doesn’t turn when you wake up tomorrow. So most of the time, you could sense it.
Toe prints have led to human living longer
1 min
Imagine if our feet were smooth. No ridges to hold our steps. We’d be walking on frozen lake every day. More people would fall down and dodo bird might have outlived us. What can you be grateful of today?
Meditation with dogs
1 min
Focus on your breathing. That’s how guided meditation starts. Now comes my puppy. She rubs my ankle, begging for a belly rub. You might think that this is a distraction to meditation. On the contrary, I was able to meditate better holding her on my lap. My mind wonders away less.
How a minimalist choose
2 mins
Cup vs. flask # A cup is good for coffee and a flask for storing water. I’ll throw the cup away. Plus I can use the flask as a foam roller. To fit everything into one backpack, I’ve been thinking a lot about multi-purpose products. Jojoba oil, for example, replaces my lip balm, hair oil, body lotion, cleanser, hair regrowth serum…
Unstoppable: 4 Steps to Transform Your Life
8 mins
book summary how to live
See what he does and experiment to see if it suits you. Skip the backstory because it centers on testing to see if it suits you. Whole food. Yoga. Mindfulness. When unsure, choose the food or activity that’s closest to our ancestors used to eat or do. Our ability to open the future will depend not on how well we learn but how well we are able to unlearn.
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
7 mins
book summary seth-godin business
Why You Need the Purple Cow # Being first in pain relievers was an even better idea. Alas, they’re both taken. Most people can’t buy your product. Either they don’t have the money, they don’t have the time, or they don’t want it. The old rule was this: Create safe, ordinary products and combine them with great marketing.