- Jun 2023
The author, Rediscovering Analog, reads a book at least twice, usually. He first reads it mainly for pleasure, just to enjoy it and to see what's in it. During the second time, if applicable, he goes through the book using intellectual (or learning) systems and methodologies to extract value from the book.
The first pass, which the author terms Scouting, is thus namely for enjoyment, but keeping in mind what might be valuable or interesting that will be valuable in the future, basically an unguided open ear. He has a list of scouted books in each section of the Zettelkasten that might be relevant to the section. What he does is have a stack of physical cards there with just the name of the book and the author, without anything else. Then when author proceeds to extract value from the book, he takes the card out and puts it in the respective book. Afterwards throwing this particular card into the trash. It's a form of the Anti-Library.
( Personally, I would include an appropriate reading cost and a level on Adler's hierarchy of books. In addition, I would make sure that my process of orientation, in the Inquiry-Based Learning framework, has been completed before I put it as a book within the Anti-Library. )
This may not be the most efficient for the purpose of acquiring value, but efficiency is not all there is. Enjoyment is a big part of intellectual work as well, as Antonin Sertillanges argues in his book The Intellectual Life: Its spirit, methods, conditions, as well as Mihaly Csikszentmihaliy in his book Flow.
- Aug 2022
I stole the title from this Substack post. I cannot put this much better than them: “we’ve chosen to optimize for feelings— to bring the quirks and edges of life back into software. To create something with soul.” Enjoyment is an important component of my day to day.
Optimizing for feelings seems to be a broader generational movement (particularly for the progressive movement) in the past decade or more.
- Aug 2020
Marcus, J. (2020, August 15). The Fun Police Should Stand Down. The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/containing-the-pandemic-isnt-a-job-for-cops/615298/
- public health
- law enforcement
- social gathering
- leisure activity
- transmission reduction
- Mar 2017
Meryl Streep Wins Supporting Actress: 1980 Oscars
The material contained in this video are the contents of Meryl Streep's first Academy Award for Kramer vs Kramer in 1980.
During her speech she gives praise and thanks to the director, crew members such as costume, lighting etc.
She also goes on to thank her co-star Dustin Hoffman whom also wins for Best Actor this year.
Meryl does not express any of her political concerns during this moment. A moment that will not compare to her future wins because nothing compares to your first.