The Notebook

This is where I put links and other stuff I find interesting and/or funny.

The Curse of Having an Opinion About Everything

The Curse of Having an Opinion About Everything

To say: “I don’t have an opinion on that.” (Even if deep down we do!) To focus on the things in front of us that matter, or more importantly, that are in our control. There is plenty there for us. Plenty to keep us busy, and not miserable.

A Better Way to Look at Most Every Political Issue

A Better Way to Look at Most Every Political Issue

Some Americans would feel less polarized and alienated from their fellow citizens if they recognized that some of the people fighting on “the other side” of a polarizing issue actually hold values and beliefs that are strikingly similar to their own.

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How to Get Rich (without getting lucky)

I love reading Naval Ravikant and listening to his podcast appearances.

How to Get Rich (without getting lucky)

Specific knowledge is knowledge that you cannot be trained for. If society can train you, it can train someone else, and replace you.

Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion rather than whatever is hot right now.

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The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb

The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb:

Sharing links that mock a caricature of the Other Side isn’t signaling that we’re somehow more informed. It signals that we’d rather be smug assholes than consider alternative views. It signals that we’d much rather show our friends that we’re like them, than try to understand those who are not.

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DON’T FEED THE TROLLS, AND OTHER HIDEOUS LIES

DON’T FEED THE TROLLS, AND OTHER HIDEOUS LIES:

Defenders of trolling insist it’s all just a joke, but if trolling is inherently designed to get a rise out of someone, then that’s what it really is. In many cases, it is designed to look and feel indistinguishable from a genuine attack.

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