sporadic notes#1


-Distraction happens not because of external triggers but because of internal triggers; escaping discomfort instead of cozying up to it, dancing with it.
Opposite of distraction( action that pulls you away from your intended plan) is traction( action that pulls you toward your intended plan
Time wasted on purpose( on schedule) is not Time wasted coz it is traction.

-To increase productivity, break hard tasks into achievable mini-goals

-Spend your time in a mix of intentionality and serendipity

-The reason we complain a lot these days is because of something called the creep of harm. Things are actually getting better, so definitions of what's bad and what's normal Shift over time, making us think that the world is getting worse and we start see villains more.

-Instead of seeking work life balance ask how work is affecting your life

-There are special cells in the brain called spindle cells that act as emotional triggers. Some animals have it some don't.

-Monetizing action as opposed to content

-Everything tech touches deflates. Tech is valuable because it saves a valuable asset, time; next step is to increase lifespan and reverse aging.

-Build something you can't buy however much money you have.

-East coast mentality: I inherit the institutions/ factories and I make sure everything is running smoothly by encouraging managers to do their work and when a crisis hits I freeze.

-West coast mentality:  I don't like how old institutions work or how the things are, I don't try to fight old institutions, I build  new ones where I can always  rebuild things from scratch should a crisis hit.

-Curate your information diet( provable on chain)

-Everyone becomes an investor. Crowdfunding happens worldwide; by investing 1$ in any new country/city, you buy a share of it.

-Amateurs talk strategy, pros talk logistics. E.g: instead of deploying  better military technology to win wars, you make sure injuries heal faster by minimizing the time it takes for medical interventions to occur. You think in untraditional terms.

Remote work: Living in Gwam as an option

Believing in people pay high dividends

-If you're willing to voice your opinion you should be open to changing it: rethinking cycles to update views; outcome driven update

-Seth Godin's Spec=ship when good enough, not when perfect. You decide what the spec looks like.
-Have a mentor/peer whatever stage you're at.
-It will never get easier, you only get faster.
-Winning after a struggle increases confidence

-TFP is a bad metric to measure innovation in the aggregate. Measures more the visible/immediate effects of innovation rather than second order effects/invisible effect.
-Expand network with diff age groups, diff ethnicities to gain diff perspectives.
-Schedule  lunch with someone with diff background every week
-Attend conferences one in your field and a diff field
-Talk to people that are not experts for different views and novel ideas
-When reaching out say I'm interested in your ideas( not in your resources, lol
-Ask people for advice

-Paper at Berkley: Publishing an increasingly high nb of papers is hindering progress in the large fields: Potentially good ideas are getting buried under the pile of old well cited entrenched ideas.

-Crawford's Pre cognition: the ability to be one step ahead, one day earlier. How? think independently, follow independent thinkers, make low investments with high rewards, read broadly.

-Platforms incentives should be aligned with that of workers.
Crawford thinks that we should be more optimistic abt the future of progress and points to probs hindering it like regulatory approval and grants system being bureaucratic and proposes decentralization of the grant system.

-Guzey at al think that the paper "are ideas getting harder to find" is full of flaws like the nature of progress between fields being different(exponential vs linear) and TFP being a bad metric to measure progress.

-Stewart Brand in a podcast talk about the lack of aesthetics in the tech world and hope tech people would become more artsy or something.

-Eugene Wei in a podcast: Learning by observing people practicing the skill you want to learn in real time. Whenever you reach equilibrium, shift to another field to grow.

Everybody's biology is different and you never know how your body will respond to certain diets until you try them. It is more when you eat than what you eat. It's better to compress your calories intake to one time of the day. Eat less, avoid snacking, skip breakfast or dinner. This activates autohpagy which circulate your proteins and repair DNA damage. The body needs glucose but by restricting glucose( glucose glum up proteins and cause problems long term, cardiovascular being one); your liver learns to produce glucose the body needs. Avoiding sugar spikes is key to long term health, so less fruit juices. And sugar at the end of the meal if you had no choice. Eat less meat, avoid processed meat altogether. Maximize vegetable amount in diet, preferably plants that were exposed to stress. Do a lot of fasting.
Low intensity exercise: aim for 4000 steps daily
High intensity: out of breath for 15 mins(reaches hypoxia) every other day
Weigh training: preserve muscle mass and promote other hormones like testosterone.



1- Speedcubers:  Felix and Max compete for the world championship in speedcubing, a spectator sport where contestants compete to solve the ruby's cube in as little time as possible( Current record is 3.47 sec!).  Both are obsessed about the game and been practicing from a very early age. All the time. Fascinating to see where obsessive practice can lead.

Max trying to beat the 7 seconds record!

2- One child nation: In 1979, China announced the one child policy to control population growth. In 1982 it would become the law. People who lived during that period recounts the grim stories of sudo -f sterilizations by midwives who were so convinced that they're doing the right thing for the greater good. People who would manage to give births to their babies  were helpless and had had a hard time figuring out a how to protect them. The party started a program, allowing international adoptions in order to deal with the problem at hand. Babies would be sent to orphanages which would then make up stories about orphans being left out for dead and in need of basic life necessities and international families would come to the rescue and pay a fee to adopt them. The abhorring scene of "discarded" babies were re-enacted by an artist who tried to replicate the tragedy by drawing the children he saw discarded as medical waste in piles upon piles of trash outside hospitals. Fortunately, in 2015, The policy was revoked and people can now have 2 children. The one child policy is an example of what stripping people of their freedom and indoctrinating them feel like.

3-Foosballers: Foosball or table soccer is a professional sport that reached its heyday in the 70s and then arcade games( pac man) came to and smashed it. Table soccer's tables were sold in huge numbers and high prize tournaments were organized all over the world. This is the story of 7 pro players, their passion for the sport(They feel offended when you call it a mere "game"), the insane amount of practice hours they put in, and how the decline in the sport's popularity had affected their life emotionally and left them unemployed. Interesting to see the traits all the pros share: love for the sport, daily practice, and love to win.

4- White light/Black light: the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Humans invented the atomic bomb and in 1945 Horishima and Nagasaki were two places where the real consequences of this atomic weapon were first witnessed. The airplane drops the bomb and the captain feels doubtful for a second or two of its explodability. And right then, a bright light shakes the sky and winds traveling at 1000mph. The result was 170,000 dead, not to mention the scarred for life and the long term effects of exposure to radiation. This is the story of a few survivors remaining from that era, and their life after the explosion. Survivors were discriminated against, declined for jobs, and treated as  second-rate citizens. Doctors were up against cases with symptoms they'd never seen before like fever, teeth whitening, and hair loss.  100,000 survivors were studied and the results were shocking: radiation caused miscarriages, cancers, and long term alteration of DNAs.

5-For Sama: The film takes place in Aleppo right after the start of the revolution in 2011. A girl picks up her camera and starts filming the day to day lives of the people of ALEPPO. She meets a doctor, marries him, and just when they thought they won and the war is over, the bombings start again. Everyone was living in fear and expecting to die anytime by an airaide of some sort. We see what it's like to live amidst rubble and war, the togetherness that shows in these circumstances, the consolation these people find in each other and the humour that helped kept them sane. The Doctor and his now wife decide to stay and help the wounded and dead but when the hospitals were targeted too, they thought of their daughter and  hoping that they'll come back one day, and sad about leaving everything they loved( home) behind.

6- Senna: I rewatched this Doc for the second time because it is just fascinating. The story of Senna, a Brazilian formula one driver. Racing is a dangerous sport that involve a lot of politics, money, and its ultimate purpose is pleasing the audience. Despite the camaraderie we see between world champions, there is an implicit air of the thirst to be the best. After Senna had won several world championships, FIA requested that the formula-one car be modified. This had resulted in the car being less controllable and harder to drive which ended up killing Senna for reasons unknown. After his death, FIA made formula one cars safer and no one had died ever since. Senna had seen a lot of his friends getting injured severely and crashing before his eyes but he never could bring himself to quit. It's become an addiction. His passion for the sport and hunger to win overcame whatever comfortable life he could've had outside of formula one.

7- Crash Reel: This is the third time I see this doc because it is one of my favorites. The story of a young snowboarder who went to the extreme, fell on his head, escaped by the skin of his teeth, recovered, and still wanted to play. Super inspiring!

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