ultralearning

by Scott Young

synopsis

In 2012 Scott Young started a challenge to learn the entire 4 year MIT computer science curriculum in just 12 months. Based on his idea of super efficient learning, he composed a book called “Ultralearning”. The whole idea of his book is to explain how he approached this, and similar projects of learning a lot of information in a very short amount…

community and motivation

With the current black plague and the necessity to work from home, many people told me that it is difficult for them to stay motivated. This seems to be widespread and all the other bloggers I read on a regular basis have tackled this issue from their own perspective.

Enjoying the process and the finished work.

Mark Manson wrote about…

crafting as therapy

The city of Glass

If you are a knowledge worker like me, then you might also have the feeling that only working in the digital realm is dissatisfactory. Maybe it is because like me, you grew up using your hands for, both, leisure and work. Coming from the countryside and spending most of my waking hours in front of the computer either doing research…

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

synopsis

The Daily Stoic is a collection of quotes and stories of the ancient stoics with context given for each of them. The book is split into the three core tenets of stoic philosophy – perception, action and will. On top of that, every month has a general theme to it. Every day provides the reader with a short quote fitting the theme…

how to read a book

by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

synopsis

The book falls into the category “what you see is what you get” — the title is very clear about that. Adler and Van Doren argue that reading is not taught beyond an elementary level, but that in order to participate in the ongoing dialogue of knowledge, you have to advance to the higher levels. The authors distinguish between four…

cycling – reflections on a tale of two worlds

If I were to believe that one can define themselves in a singular way, I guess I could call myself a cyclist. I am also a fast cyclist. I tune my bicycle for speed; I want a perfect machine. I want it to be a smooth ride and I love it when I manage to go the same speed as cars. I am not stating this to brag — I just want to set the context for…

we are not even the product; we are the fuel – part 1

This is part one of a two part series that bridges technology critique, social science and a call to be more mindful of your time and focus.

A while ago I listened to the waking up podcast where Sam Harris talks to Roger McNamee who is a former mentor of Mark Zuckerberg – the man behind Facebook. Although their conversation is quite long and they talked about the problem of social media at length,…

private browsing not so private

Private browsing is one of the most misunderstood terms in relation to the internet. I have met countless people who believe that it is a special mode that will protect them while surfing online. Unfortunately, private browsing is not the solution to online tracking. Private browsing is by far not as private as one would expect.

Different browsers give different names (private browsing, incognito, InPrivate browsing, private tab / window) to the functionality…