posts tagged misc

Stop trying


Why you should give up on using willpower to maintain habits.

Small company or big company?


A friend doing a job search recently asked me:

A choice I will likely have is whether to work at a larger company… or a startup… I was wondering if you had any particular feelings on this question.

In the long run I’m hoping to work at a non-startup …

You too can use the Feynman Algorithm


“Write down the problem; Think real hard; Write down the solution”–it actually works.

The real problem isn’t privacy, it’s our dystopian hellscape of Skinner boxes


The problem isn’t just that GoogFace let advertisers know what you’re interested in. The problem is that this is their only job, as in, the only thing that makes them money. Any way in which GoogFace make you happy, solve your problems, or improve your life is more or less accidental.

Is treating a cold with zinc still evidence-backed?


I used to think zinc was the only known evidence-based cold treatment, but the analysis everyone cites was recently retracted. Is it another victim of the replication crisis?

What to care about in a job


In 2014, I wrote about how I chose my first job out of college. I’ve learned a lot in the 4 years since then–here’s how I would change my criteria if I were picking a job today.

People seem very confused about 401(k) loans


While deciding how much to contribute to my 401(k) this year, I discovered that the Internet is full of urban legends about 401(k) loans causing double taxation.

The product


95% of the feed is crap, because 95% of everything is crap. But sometimes there are good things in the feed. You want to see the good things in the feed. You can’t miss out on the good things.

The Globalization Paradox and the perils of simple models


Some thoughts after reading The Globalization Paradox. Dani Rodrik makes the case that economists have been over-interpreting simple economic models in favor of free trade and its effects on economic development. Thinking about the implications of this for other simplified economic models.

Startup options are much better than they look


People often make several complaints about how employment works at startups:

  1. They don’t pay well. They claim to make up the difference with stock options, but the options are worthless and you can earn more by working for a big stable company.

  2. They prey on starry-eyed, young, naive people …

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