Recent Notes

These are my musings on web design, development, productivity, and life as a digital knowledge worker.

What do you do for a living?

When others ask this question, they usually want to know what my day job is. What do I do each day after I punch my time card? I usually oblige and give a brief answer. I am a web designer.  But inside, I immediately revert to my Sesame Street watching self and hear Elmo ask…

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Books don’t work

Books and lectures don’t work. We can know this anecdotally because of the many books and lectures we read or attend that fly out the window of our memory immediately. Research also backs this up. These medium don’t work because they do not take into account any theory of learning. It takes more than a…

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The Seventy Faces

In the Jewish rabbinic tradition, the rabbis talk about how the Torah has seventy faces. This means there are a plurality of different interpretations. So reading the scripture might require multiple readings to discover all of the various faces, or perspectives. Often within the Jewish commentary, commentators might even hold opposing views on the same…

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DIY grad school

I have wanted to go to some form of Grad school for a while now. The biggest challenge is that it is obviously fairly cost prohibitive to pay for the schooling. I’m also not sure that grad school would pay a big enough return on investment. Particularly, it could take a while to pay off…

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Edit vs Flow

When starting out with any creative endeavor (whether it’s writing, designing, songwriting, etc) it can save a lot of time to be mindful of the difference between Edit and Flow states. The more technical terms for these states of mind are divergent and convergent thinking. When I first started writing I struggled with my inner…

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Tweeting vs blogging

In a course I took recently called Ship 30 for 30, I learned quite a bit about writing on the internet. The main thesis in Ship 30 is that if you want to gain a following and get feedback on your writing you should skip blogging and just publish atomic essays directly to Twitter. Doing…

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Quantum physics and the nature of reality

I read a fascinating book recently called What is Real? on the search for the “meaning of quantum physics” by science journalist Adam Becker. It is interesting because of how much crossover there is between quantum science, philosophy and even theology. For instance, many of the leading figures in the discovery of quantum theory (like…

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Using Twitter as a second brain

I recently completed a cohort-based online course called Building a Second Brain. I talk about it a lot on here because the BASB framework has had such a profound effect on my productivity, learning and just life in general. One of my favorite take-aways was an idea that was shared in one of the mentor…

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Where do I write from here?

Well, today is day 30 of my #ship30for30 commitment. It has been a challenging task to publish an essay everyday for 30 days. It has also been a rewarding experience. Here are a few things I’ve learned: Habit – Writing is a good habit. Not writing is a bad habit. There are days where the…

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My thoughts on Craft app

I’ve been using the note-taking app Craft as my main second brain repository for several months now. Previously I was a long-time Evernote user and I spent a few months in the Roam cult, but both options left me dissatisfied. These are a few of the things I love about Craft (and a few areas…

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