|Jul 4, 2020||»||On Socio-Economic Classes
12 min; updated Nov 24, 2023
On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs Capitalism is meant to eliminate bullshit jobs, yet layoffs tend to fall on people making, moving, fixing and maintaining things, but not on the salaried paper pushers that effectively work 15 hours a week. From a political standpoint, a happy productive population with free time on their hands is mortal to the ruling class. Moreover, work is considered a moral value in itself....
|May 2, 2020||»||On Learning
11 min; updated May 27, 2023
Mental Attitude While Learning Distinguish Mere Facts From Conclusions or Opinions Discriminate between mere statements of facts, necessary conclusions which follow therefrom, and mere opinions which they seem to render reasonable. There’s no need to perform an experiment to verify that the atomic weight of oxygen is 16. That the sum of the angles of a plane triangle equals two right angles is not a mere fact, but an inevitable truth....
|Apr 17, 2022||»||Writing Meta
1 min; updated Sep 18, 2022
The Importance of Clear Writing In science, tech, or management, you influence people by writing things for them to read. An essay helps you figure something out. Think of it as an idea graph - at each node, pick the most interesting related idea. Expressing your ideas also helps you form them. Writing them down forces you to think well. I’ve noticed this when composing a post to ask why my code is not working....
|Apr 1, 2005||»||The Submarine [Paul Graham]
1 min; updated Sep 5, 2022
The Submarine. Paul Graham. www.paulgraham.com . Apr 1, 2005. Many people rely on social proof to form opinions; therein lies the power of PR. PR firms are not dishonest for they need good reputation with news outlets. But PR firms serve overworked reporters with selective truths. The firms feed the same story to different publications at once. Readers see similar stories in multiple places and assume a new trend has come....
|Jan 1, 2016||»||[Summary] (Paul Graham) Life is Short
1 min; updated Sep 5, 2022
Life is Short. Paul Graham. www.paulgraham.com . Jan 1, 2016. Some of it is our own fault (e.g. arguing online). Some of it is forced by circumstances that we choose to endure (e.g. unnecessary meetings at work) Choosing a bullshit minimizing path is error-prone. Your priorities change over time. Periodically evaluate where you are. It helps to have measurable aspects of your life.
|Jul 5, 2020||»||Startup Ideation
4 min; updated Sep 5, 2022
How to Get Startup Ideas Err on the side of having competitors, but make sure that you have a thesis that everyone else is overlooking, e.g. Google wasn’t averse to users leaving google.com ASAP. The Startup Idea Matrix, ( B2B Edition , B2C Edition ) is a good start for knowing who to google. Big companies tend to be slow at changing their approach....