Quotes

This is an experiment in creating a place to keep my collected quotes. I used to have a label named 'quotes' in Google Keep, but once a quote is snipped and labeled - what do I do with it?

I considered deleting the notes, but then wondered about why I snipped them in the first place?

Maybe I just need a place to store them?


...most people wake up and immediately check their phone or email. In spare seconds, we hop on Facebook and check the newsfeed. We've become addicted to input. Or in other words, we've become addicted to reactively being guided by other people's agendas.

Why Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life

Writing your thoughts and feelings down is liberating. You can tell the pages what you won't say to anyone else. Get it all off your chest - make those dirty jokes, wonder about weird stuff, contemplate difficult victories, complain about pain, describe daily trials and tribulations, and lament the state of the world. Do it in a diary so the rest of society doesn't have to deal with just how petty, miserable, and insecure you really are, and, most importantly so that you don't become a prisoner to those emotions.

Writing in a journal is good for you - and so is throwing it out

My personal hunch (and I've said this for as long as I can remember) is that indefinite ketosis is unnecessary and perhaps even undesirable for most healthy people, and that occasional, even regular dips into ketosis (through fasting, very low-carb cycles, intense exercise) are preferable and sufficient. That way, you get the benefits of cyclical infusions of BHB and other ketones without running afoul of any potential unforeseen negative effects.

Mark's Daily Apple - Is Constant Ketosis Necessary - Or Even Desirable?

It's important to have an uncluttered brain. A cluttered brain is full of distractions that prevent you from staying focused. You're going to learn to use external storage for anything you aren't focused on right now.
Don't take it personally, but your brain isn't as good at recalling things as a piece of paper or a computer. Don't use your brain to track tasks or appointments. Use your organizer, a request-tracking database, a Wiki, or anything other than your brain.

Time Management for System Administrators, by Thomas A. Limoncelli

It comes and goes. Some people have it for five seconds. Some their whole lives. He's a receiver now. Everything's coming in. He can't stop it, he can't slow it down, he can't even figure it out. It's like he's in a tunnel with a flashlight. But the light only comes on every once in a while. He gets a glimpse of something, but not enough to know what it is. Just enough to know it's there.

Neil the cop, Stir of Echoes

Whilst writing stuff down in project notebooks is great, finding it afterwards can be difficult. Keeping everything online, in one text file, makes finding things just so much easier.

Living in a single text file - William Hern

There are only a few things I miss from working at RRD:

rali: 1:27 PM
Every time I have to call USAA I want to cockpunch the fucking shithead who programs their IVR until his balls are paste

-- Pointy Haired Boss (from Slack)

An argument against too many notes...

...you get to keep as many notes as you can physically produce; the system limits are pretty much beyond your reach. There will be practical limits, however - once you get to (say) 50,000 notes, Finagle's law will probably kick in.

You won't remember that you already made a note of that recipe / those instructions / that receipt, so you'll note it again. Then you won't be able to find your note because you forget the title, or misspelt the keyword you're searching for. And every search you make will give you 1,000 hits - or none at all.

How many notes can I keep in Google Keep?

Why Take Notes?

"Notes on paper, or on a computer screen [ ... ] do not make contemporary physics or other kinds of intellectual endeavour easier, they make it possible... no matter how internal processes are implemented [...you...] need to understand the extent to which the mind is reliant upon external scaffolding."

Levy, Neil. 2011. “Neuroethics and the Extended Mind.” In Judy Illes and B. J. Sahakian (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics, 285-94, Oxford University Press.

Up until the mid 2000s or so, it felt like the collective goal of software and the internet was to create digital versions of all the stuff that worked well in real life ...
But for the last ten years, we've been undoing all of that. The constraints of mobile, plus a new generation of users that've never really known life without the internet, meant the benefits of skeuomorphism were no longer worth the cost. Ditching it as a philosophy, both in design and in function, freed us to go out and reinvent everything as a service.

Alex Danco Everything is amazing, but nothing is ours

Failing up is a very real thing. Typical tactic for shitty managers actually. They'll come into a new workplace, undermine senior employees who know what they're doing, pick fights with people who aren't 100% confident about their abilities, and after destroying the work flow and fucking up the business, then they'll let everything slowly start getting back to the way things were before they fucked with it. Finally, they present the eventual return to normalcy as a success story despite the fact that it never needed to happen in the first place and could have been avoided completely if they had just shut the fuck up and learned what the business does and how the employees operate before destroying everything.

Reddit comment on "Trump’s Evil Is Contagious: The president has shown us exactly what happens when good people do nothing"

"First do it, then do it right, then do it better."

Addy Osmani

"Insulin inhibits lipolysis because you just consumed nutrients, specifically carbohydrates and/or protein. And it’s more efficient for your body to use those incoming nutrients for energy than to liberate stored nutrients for energy.
Think of it this way: If you have $100 in your pocket, and you want to buy $25 in groceries, you wouldn't go to the ATM for more cash. You’d use the money already in your pocket."

Carbs, insulin, and weight loss: What REALLY matters for getting the results you want

If 100 people see / read / use the thing you made, and 90% of the people absolutely love it… you're still likely to hear more negative feedback about it than positive. Just the way it works. Anyone who's read the comment section of a YouTube video knows exactly what I'm talking about.

Brian Lunduke, The Negativity Bias

Robert Pirsig's Zettelkasten?

"Now the main purpose of the slips was not to help him remember anything. It was to help him to forget it. That sounded contradictory but the purpose was to keep his head empty, to put all his ideas of the past four years on that pilot berth where he didn't have to think of them. That was what he wanted."

Robert Pirsig, Lila

Everything is Nothing
Nothing is Everything
Something is not Everything
Nor is Something Nothing
And Everything is 1/2 off on Fridays

Found somewhere on the internet

If something is a tool it genuinely is just sitting there, waiting, patiently.
If something is not a tool it's demanding things from you.
It's seducing you. It's manipulating you. It wants things from you.
We've moved away from having a tools-based technology environment to an addiction- and manipulation-based technology environment.
That's what's changed. Social media isn't a tool that's just waiting to be used. It has its own goals. It has its own needs of pursuing them by using your psychology against you.

Tristan Harris, The Social Dilemma

When we industrialized food production we all started eating too much and too shitty and now practically all of us have overweight and unhealthy bodies. Feeds, push notifications, aggregators, to-do apps, notes apps, etc are all artifacts of the exact same process happening to our minds. It is so incredibly easy, so trivially easy, to spend 15 minutes on the internet and locate an effectively infinite amount of high-quality shit to read or watch or listen to. There's really too much for us to handle, so we build tools and services to help us manage all that information streaming towards us. But what we've forgotten is that we don't need to manage all the information out in the world, all we need to manage is however much we can ingest and digest. The bottleneck in our informational lives is absolutely not inventory management, it's the bandwidth between our ears, which is the same is it's always been.

Hacker News

"The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads — they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude."

Grace, to Mr. Rooney, in reference to Ferris Beuller. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

<Cthon98> hey, if you type in your pw, it will show as stars
<Cthon98> ********* see!
<AzureDiamond> hunter2
<AzureDiamond> doesnt look like stars to me
<Cthon98> <AzureDiamond> *******
<Cthon98> thats what I see
<AzureDiamond> oh, really?
<Cthon98> Absolutely
<AzureDiamond> you can go hunter2 my hunter2-ing hunter2
<AzureDiamond> haha, does that look funny to you?
<Cthon98> lol, yes. See, when YOU type hunter2, it shows to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> thats neat, I didnt know IRC did that
<Cthon98> yep, no matter how many times you type hunter2, it will show to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> awesome!
<AzureDiamond> wait, how do you know my pw?
<Cthon98> er, I just copy pasted YOUR ******'s and it appears to YOU as hunter2 cause its your pw
<AzureDiamond> oh, ok.

QDB: Quote #244321

The developers who seem to have all the answers?
They aren't smarter than you.
They've just seen that before.

Twitter

Unix was not designed to stop its users from doing stupid things, as that would also stop them from doing clever things.

Doug Gwyn

As Trump recovers from coronavirus, Michael Che likens it to a car crash in which the "only survivor is the drunk driver." Because Trump seems to have learned nothing from his experience, Colin Jost likens it to "a guy smoking through a hole in his neck."

SNL Weekend Update 2020-10-10 https://www.vulture.com/article/snl-season-46-episode-2-saturday-night-live-bill-burr-hosts.html

What is that ugly, yet strangely compelling device, I wondered, and most importantly, do I need one? The answer is always yes.

Alphasmart Neo2 Review: The Joy of Distraction-Free Writing!

Productivity Pron, or Temptation of new tools.

"While you’re learning to use a new tool, there’s no expectation of getting anything done. It’s a way to take a break from whatever’s blocking your ability to work while making you feel like you’re working. And playing with something new can help you to figure out new and better systems. It’s not wasted time, but you need to be mindful of what you’re doing (and not doing) when you pivot to exploring something new. The line between exploration and procrastination is razor-thin."

What’s the Best Productivity App? Your Own Personal System

On a good day, it’s like watching a train whizz past you while you’re trying to read the text on the side and make out faces in the windows. On a bad, a bird might land in front of you. Curious, you pull out your phone, Google the bird and get stuck in a “pigeons of the world” vortex. You discover cassowary eggs are bright green and in 2005, UK police found a leg of swan in the Queen’s Master of Music’s freezer. Two terrine recipes later, the train has long passed and night has fallen. Dazed, you sink under a dark cloud of self-loathing, lamenting another lost day. You don’t remember what kind of bird it was.

The lost girls: ‘Chaotic and curious, women with ADHD all have missed red flags that haunt us’ | Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder | The Guardian

I, the undersigned, shall forfeit all rights, privileges, and licenses herein and herein contained, et cetera, et cetera...
fax mentis incendium gloria cultum, et cetera, et cetera...
MEMO BIS PUNITOR DELICATUM!
It's all there! Black and white, clear as crystal! [...]
You get NOTHING!
YOU LOSE!
GOOD DAY, SIR!

Willy Wonka

"That’s February for you. It is bleak, it is honest, and it just tells you the way it really is," he said, before recalling the wise words of his dad. "My father used to have a saying that if you can live through February, you’ll live another year."

Reporter's Resurfaced Deadpan Analysis of February Goes Viral