I’ll Need Your Café’s Wi-Fi Password Because I’m Working on My Novel Today
As a former wannabe novelist this is the truest thing. I did finish my novel though...and tossed it in a drawer.
We could all learn a thing or two from the books we hate most.
It was only by burrowing through books that I hated, books that provoked feelings of outrage and indignation, that I truly learned how to read. Defensiveness makes you a better reader, a closer, more skeptical reader: a critic. Arguing with the author in your head forces you to gather opposing evidence. You may find yourself turning to other texts with determination, stowing away facts, fighting against the book at hand. You may find yourself developing a point of view.
This gives me a bit of relief. I like, and want to learn about, a lot of things. This kind of gives me permission to do so.
If you’re someone who loves learning in different areas, you’re probably familiar with this well-intentioned advice:
“Grow up. Focus on just one field.”
“Jack of all trades. Master of none.”
The implicit assumption is that if you study in multiple areas, you’ll only learn at a surface level, never gain mastery.
The success of expert-generalists throughout time shows that this is wrong. Learning across multiple fields provides an information advantage (and therefore an innovation advantage) because most people focus on just one field.
LOVE THIS. So tired of the "Get up at 5 am" bs that comes out of all these "productivity guru" articles.
We've all heard how successful entrepreneurs wake up well before the crack of dawn and get a metric ton done before 5 a.m.
However, as a successful entrepreneur who struggles with mornings, I wanted to let the late risers out there know that there is hope for you, too. So, I spoke with a variety of millionaires who wouldn’t even think of waking up at 5 or 6 . . . or even 7 a.m.
Here’s our best advice to be successful when the snooze button is your best friend.
Know what works for you.
“You can’t win an investigation on us,” one former SEAL Team 6 leader told me. “You don’t whistleblow on the teams … and when you win on the battlefield, you don’t lose investigations.”
This is such a great read.
Our meals at Sizzler were the fanciest we ever had. We would go after church, wearing our Sunday finest, my sister and I in dresses and patent leather shoes, my dad in his pressed suit. My brother wore a his clip-on tie. We would order steaks and fill plate after plate from the salad bar, always heaped high, always knowing we could get up and eat more. More baby corn, more crinkled strips of canned beets, more croutons, more cubes of Jello, even when we were full. We wanted to fill our bellies with America, to swallow every last bite it had to offer. My sister would complain as we walked out, saying, "So full!" as we made our way out through the swinging glass doors. We knew we would come back for more.
Check this out. Free books!!
Definitely a good resource to bookmark, in addition to the 500 free programming books you can grab from GitHub.
I use all three of these tools. Goodreads as a social catalogue, Calibre for library management for ebooks, and Collectorz for physical books and ebooks. Collectorz has mobile apps which scan book ISBNs, have a more detailed record of my books, and to show off my library. Ha.
Good Reads: This service is one of the better web-based library services. You can search for books by title, author, or ISBN. You can read reviews or write your own, note when you starting and finished reading the book and how many times you've read it. If you want to distinguish between different ebook services, you can place your books on distinct "shelves."
Calibre: The same software we used to remove the DRM and convert your ebooks earlier is actually its own library management software. Not only can it sort your books, but you can read them on the desktop.
Collectorz: One of the more feature-filled library management apps, Collectorz provides high-quality cover art, metadata, and reviews of your books all in one place. The service has apps for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android, and even an included cloud syncing function. The downside is that the app costs $30 for the standard version and $50 for pro with extra filtering, search, and export options. If you're a heavy ebook reader, however, it may be worth the cost.
Excellent read on the encryption practices of popular third party messaging apps.
If you’re still unclear about what metadata is, read the post from EFF by Kurt Opsahl. He gives examples of what companies or governments know when they collect metadata:
They know you rang a phone sex service at 2:24 am and spoke for 18 minutes. But they don’t know what you talked about.
They know you called the suicide prevention hotline from the Golden Gate Bridge. But the topic of the call remains a secret.
They know you spoke with an HIV testing service, then your doctor, then your health insurance company in the same hour. But they don’t know what was discussed.
Whoa. An excellent read and one I read completely and engrossed. I'm starting to understand and empathize with Trump voters however they've never shown an interest in empathizing with people like me.
Interesting read, for sure.
So, yes, more empathy for the people who lashed out. That's never a bad thing. “The biggest problem in this world? Too much empathy,” said no one, ever.
But I also have another more pointed reaction to the people I’m supposed to be showing empathy for: Suck it up.
Some of these same angry white Trump voters tell the descendants of slaves who experience substandard health care and housing and jobs and justice, "I didn't own slaves. Get over it!" Some of these same angry white Trump voters tell women who've been sexually harassed, “You shouldn’t have been wearing such slutty clothes!” Some of these same angry white Trump voters tell anyone with a liberal critique of America, "If you don't like this country then leave it!"
But they aren't taking their own advice. They aren't leaving. No, they have dug in and lashed out, as has been their prerogative from the very beginning of this nation. Because they always could, and in this election they reasserted their claim on this land. We have faced these backward-moving backlashes before: after the Civil War with unopposed domestic racist terrorism, after the legislative victories of the civil rights movement with the installation of a racialized police and prison state.
I'm always amazed by how little ebooks and physical books I read during the year. I'm certain this article is why. Taking a proactive approach to reading more books this year.
No glowing screens in the bedroom (Kindle is OK, though). This was my first move away from digital overload, and even if I cheat on the other rules occasionally, this is the one rule I never violate. Not having a connected iPhone or iPad by my bedside means I am no longer tempted to check email at 3:30 in the morning, or visit Twitter at 5 a.m. when I wake up too early. Instead, in those moments of insomnia or an early wake up, I reach for my book (and usually fall right back to sleep).
Following these three rules has made a huge impact on my life. I have more time—since I am no longer constantly chasing the next byte of information. Reading books again has given me more time to reflect, to think, and has increased both my focus and the creative mental space to solve work problems. My stress levels are much lower, and energy levels up.