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You Are Boring

Everything was going great until you showed up. You see me across the crowded room, make your way over, and start talking at me. And you don’t stop.You are a Democrat, an outspoken atheist, and a foodie. You like to say “Science!” in a weird, self-congratulatory way. You wear jeans during the day, and fancy jeans at night. You listen to music featuring wispy lady vocals and electronic bloop-bloops.

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If this article will stop at least one person from posting food pictures on Instagram, it will serve its purpose. But that’s a lot to hope for.

Monday was my 46th birthday and likely my last. Anything awesome I should try after I die?

When I was ten, I came up with three things that I wanted to be when I grew up: a teacher, a writer, and an astronaut. I’ve been two of the things, which is not bad. As an aside, I once told that to some people, and was asked, "Oh, what did you write?" To which I replied, "I didn’t say I’ve written anything."

Joking aside, I’m looking for some grandiose ideas of things to do after I’ve died, and have hopefully been revived. And by that, I mean the sky’s the limit. Don’t worry about whether something seems technically feasible. This is your opportunity to think big. Like, go skinny dipping in the methane oceans of Neptune.

A reminder from a dying man.

Why it is important not to have children.

A large fraction of US fathers eventually get divorced, and subsequently rarely see the children for whom they are spending most of their time scrabbling for money. What a futile life! But even those who are not yet divorced see their children little, since they are so busy at work.

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Richard Stallman’s views on children and lifestyle. Truly fascinating read. While I still have reasons to think he would not be the most pleasant person to be around, there’s no denying that the arguments for his life choices are strong and extremely rational.

You don’t have to be local

I spent most of the last two years just talking with people. And I really got to know the Singapore community.

But something never felt right. After a day of talking, I was often exhausted and unfulfilled. It was usually one-sided, answering questions, giving advice. Two hours spent being useful to one person who wants to “pick my brain” is two hours I’d rather spend making something that could be useful to the whole world (including that one person).

Then people around the world email to ask why I’ve been so silent. No new articles? No progress on my companies? Nothing?

So there’s the trade-off. By being so local-focused, I’m not being as useful as I was when I was making things online.

So I’m finally admitting : I’m not local.

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Having had a pleasure to talk with Derek this year, I’m slightly sad by his decision – it was a great conversation. But then, his move is understandable and I’m looking forward to more online works from him.

Alone Together, Again

I owe my life to technology.

I first realized it in my early twenties. Everything important around me at the time, I’d found on Craigslist: my girlfriend, my job, my apartment. It was a powerful realization: I could sit down with my laptop and, in a matter of hours or days, change my world in both superficial and fundamental ways.

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Read on, that conclusion is less depressing than it seems.

Really beautiful piece by Alex Payne.

The “thank you” that changed my life

Today, I have the career that I couldn’t even have dreamed of coming out of college. Being able to work for myself, do the things that I love, and still have time to write and give talks is truly a blessing. And all of it, every single piece, can be traced back to a simple “thank you” I emailed to John Franklin in 2004. If I hadn’t sent that e-mail, I wouldn’t have been introduced to Jim Minatel, which means I wouldn’t have written Professional JavaScript for Web Developers, which means Yahoo! would never have started using it and I never would have written Professional Ajax, which means I never would have been interviewed by Google, which means I never would have met Eric Miraglia and Thomas Sha, which means I never would have worked at Yahoo!, which means I never would have met Adam Platti, Bill Scott, Nate Koechley, or Havi Hoffman, which means I never would have started giving talks or writing for O’Reilly, which means I never would have been able to start a consulting business, which means I never would have been able to attempt a startup.

Nicholas Zakas tries to make an argument that being nice pays off. I’m unsure if it stands comparison with Steve Jobs’ success, mentioned in the beginning of the article.

Wealthy People and Families: How is being a billionaire better than being a millionaire?

All in all, not a bad place to be! But still no Gulfstream, no $35 million penthouse in midtown Manhattan, no building named after you at your alma mater, no mega-yacht docked outside your Riviera estate, no getting Justin Bieber for your daughter’s quinceanera, no 24/7 security detail like the President, no executive-producer credit on Avengers 2, no invitation to the Allen & Co retreat, no mega-trophy-spouse.
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Why a petty $100 million will not get you anywhere.

The Fight

It used to confuse and fascinate me how so many people with great dreams and great visions of the future can live such ordinary, repetitive lives. But now I know. I’ve experienced it. Doing something remarkable with your life is tough work, and it helps to remember one simple, motivating fact: in a blink, you could be gone. To paraphrase Steve Jobs: remembering that you are going to die is the best way you can avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You really have nothing to lose.
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One of these experiences that we know are life-changing, but have to be experienced first-hand to make a difference.