Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Blog of James Clear

science-based ideas for mastering your habits and living an optimal life. 

some interesting articles helped me with getting better at self discipline.  It's hard to make the annoying or painful near term investment in order to get the long term payoff.  I like to get better at skills, and in general it takes "deliberate practice", which turns out not to be quite as much fun as playing.

Friday, August 22, 2014

America in decay?

Sources of political dysfunction in the US

Fukuyama nails it. Nonpartisan, systemic analysis arguing for why government and administration are in decline.

No real halcyon strawman, though the Forest Service is his key example.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Making food appear

Munchery - San Francisco Delivery, East Bay Delivery, Peninsula Delivery, and North Bay Delivery | Munchery:

Some low carb &/or organic/healthy meals

these look pretty good

most of these look pretty good, some have 30 carbs or so

low carb and generally claim to be healthy but I don’t see “organic” plastered all over like the other ones…
Oh, maybe they do, “we try wherever possible to use organic and natural products in our entrees and side dishes.”

And here is some general low carb stuff, not sure how healthy it really is…


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Monday, March 03, 2014

The Big Five

Five dimensional personality test, which seems to be well founded in modern psychology.

I'm a O70-C74-E18-A74-N1 Big Five!!

I scored at the extreme for "calmness" vs neuroticism, no real surprise.

O is openness to new ideas/experiences
C is conscientiousness
E is extrovert vs introvert
A is agreeableness
N is neuroticism

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Sunday, December 29, 2013

We’re The Good Guys | Original Articles

We’re The Good Guys | Original Articles:

it is hard to be a good guy when you are killing American citizens without any trial and wiping out wedding parties
Professor Michael Brenner provides a partial explanation for how otherwise sensible and moral people can be delusional about America’s role in the world. He describes it as "Ur Imperialism," a process whereby the public comes to believe certain things both about itself and the actions of its government and is resistant to alternative explanations. Brenner does not use the phrase "American Exceptionalism," but that is perhaps another bumper sticker expression that suggests the same mindset.
Brenner describes the core value of imperialism as being "permissive of actions directed at taking charge of others without their approval." He identifies a number of features of the imperialist mindset, to include "a strong sense of superiority," "a predisposition for intervention" that is largely unrelated to the cause of the intervention, comfort "with taking charge of other people," "an absence of empathy," and an inability to accept resistance or rebellion by someone being dominated as anything but "ingratitude." He also notes an inability to put oneself in anyone else’s shoes and cites the example of Iraq, where the involvement of coreligionist and neighbor Iran was denounced as destabilizing while the US dominance was considered somehow both acceptable and appropriate.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

What We’re Reading and Writing » TripleCrisis

What We’re Reading and Writing » TripleCrisis:

The world is experiencing three simultaneous crises in finance, development, and the environment.  A number of economists are questioning the mainstream narratives and analyses of these crises.  Some of us have joined to create the Triple Crisis Blog to contribute to a more open and global dialogue around these three crises. - See more at:

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Monday, December 16, 2013

A guide to happiness

Best practice: happiness!

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A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom | Farnam Street

A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom | Farnam Street:

Charles Munger, USC Business School, 1994
I’m going to play a minor trick on you today because the subject of my talk is the art of stock picking as a subdivision of the art of worldly wisdom. That enables me to start talking about worldly wisdom—a much broader topic that interests me because I think all too little of it is delivered by modern educational systems, at least in an effective way.
And therefore, the talk is sort of along the lines that some behaviorist psychologists call Grandma’s rule after the wisdom of Grandma when she said that you have to eat the carrots before you get the dessert.
The carrot part of this talk is about the general subject of worldly wisdom which is a pretty good way to start. After all, the theory of modern education is that you need a general education before you specialize. And I think to some extent, before you’re going to be a great stock picker, you need some general education.
So, emphasizing what I sometimes waggishly call remedial worldly wisdom, I’m going to start by waltzing you through a few basic notions.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Vickrey, William. 1996. 15 Fatal Fallacies of Financial Fundamentalism

Vickrey, William. 1996. 15 Fatal Fallacies of Financial Fundamentalism:

Much of the conventional economic wisdom prevailing in financial circles, largely subscribed to as a basis for governmental policy, and widely accepted by the media and the public, is based on incomplete analysis, contrafactual assumptions, and false analogy. For instance, encouragement to saving is advocated without attention to the fact that for most people encouraging saving is equivalent to discouraging consumption and reducing market demand, and a purchase by a consumer or a government is also income to vendors and suppliers, and government debt is also an asset. Equally fallacious are implications that what is possible or desirable for individuals one at a time will be equally possible or desirable for all who might wish to do so or for the economy as a whole.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It's not just about me...

Another from Farnham street, on
Building rapport

I'm not naturally empathetic and may be narcissistic ... As I grow older I'm trying to make sure I have healthy relationships...

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Some distilled 17th century wisdom

A review of Gracian

The Art of Worldly Wisdom: A Pocket Oracle

a book of three hundred aphorisms for making one’s way in the world and achieving distinction.

It provides advice not only for modern “image makers” and “spin doctors,” but also for the candid: for those who insist that substance, not image, is what really matters. “Do, but also seem,” is Graci├ín’s pithy advice

The book was imitated by La Rochefoucauld, cherished by Friedrich Nietzsche, and translated into German by Arthur Schopenhauer. Nietzsche observed that “Europe has never produced anything finer or more complicated in matters of moral subtlety.”

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Friday, July 19, 2013

R incantations

This is great! I love R and use it a lot but am always learning new tricks. Here is a nice recipe list for many simple, useful, common tasks.

R spells for data wizards

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

A step forward in interfaces

Better brainwave sensors
Development will probably advance fast. I bet this technology leads to amazing capabilities

EEG control

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Friday, June 28, 2013

On forecasting

I think forecasting is very important. Of course, most of the past 20 years or so of my career have been spent actually making a living forecasting...
Good resources abound. Here is a free Forecasting textbook

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cool cloud service for writing

Includes versioning tools and a lot more that supports collaborative writing


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Privacy plus convenience

I don’t know what balance the US government hopes to strike, but what I do know is that privacy and convenience are technologically possible, and we need not relinquish security to attain it.

Jeremy Kun

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Saturday, May 11, 2013


High intensity training can get you in pretty good shape.
The following example workout needs no props except a chair.
The only thing you need is the self discipline to do it...

Seven minute intense workout

1. Jumping jacks Total body
2. Wall sit Lower body
3. Push-up Upper body
4. Abdominal crunch Core
5. Step-up onto chair Total body
6. Squat Lower body
7. Triceps dip on chair Upper body
8. Plank Core
9. High knees/running in place Total body
10. Lunge Lower body
11. Push-up and rotation Upper body
12. Side plank Core