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New posts #
I've made some changes to my homepage at kula.blog. Check it out and let me know what you think. It's inspired by one of the articles below.
I'm contributing to a new book about Functional Programming in JS. It's taking way more time than I thought it would, but it's getting really good.
Books I've read #
Wy Wszyscy moi Ja. It's in Polish, but it's a pretty good collection of productivity and motivation myth-busting. E.g.
- Diets don't work. It's a scam. Think only about moving more to be healthy. Don't think about the gym; just move more.
- Blue and Green colors help with creativity. Red with criticism.
- After 6 PM, most of us don't do any meaningful work. Just relax.
- Our gut has as many neurons as a cat's brain. Think about it.
- Why is the placebo so effective? Author mentions The Signaling Theory of Symptoms. It's part of Sickness behavior. My first time seeing it.
- Boredom and frustration are a necessary steps to get creative ideas. Expect them.
- Most of Brainstorming doesn't work. If you want to get, more ideas go with individual brainstorming.
- Take naps. Sleep is a super drug. It helps with almost anything. Way better than meditation.
- If you can't nap, then take a walk in the middle of the day.
- Or do both if you can.
The Mindful Geek by Michael W. Taft. You can get it if you subscribe ho his newsletter.
- If you're not sleeping well (e.g., you have a small child) ** it's better to take a nap than meditate**.
- Sit straight. Meditation is an exercise. Sitting straight will help with your focus.
- I liked the chapters about emotions and how you can observer your body to understand your emotions better. That was something new to me.
Opowieści z meekhańskiego pogranicza. Północ - Południe by Robert M. Wegner. Good epic fantasy series by a Polish author. I feel some similarity to Malazan Book of the Fallen Series.
Elsewhere on the Web #
Have you noticed the lizard brain lurking in the pages of self-help books, leadership pep-talks, sales and marketing presentations, life-coach Instagram posts, and even psychology textbooks?
Two places you'll rarely find a lizard brain is lurking within the pages of contemporary neuroscience or evolutionary biology textbooks.
Because the concept is widely discredited by neuroscientists and evolutionary biologists: the model is out-of-date and not based on contemporary science.
Emotions are way more complicated than the reptilian brain concept would make you believe.
GTD in 15 minutes – A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done. I read the original books a long time ago. But only thanks to this article, some ideas finally started to make sense for me (e.g., Project list).
The Ultimate Guide to Writing Online by David Perell. It's a great post with David's experience as a blog writer. What I took from it:
- A Start Here page (see my new homepage at kula.blog)
- A curated list of your favorite articles (at the homepage)
But, it also left me with some questions. If my name is common (and it is) how to think about picking a pen name. I understand the SEO and discoverability part of it, but I'm still confused about the specifics.
I recommend reading this letter from Richard Feynman: Do not remain nameless to yourself.