Welcome

Welcome to my blog.

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Here are some posts people seem to like:

  • Life, School, and the 80:20 Rule: School compresses the ups and downs of life into nice linear sequences. It gives the illusion of progress. But real learning is nonlinear.
  • GPA 2.0: Why overemphasis on grades make both students and employers optimise for the wrong things, and how to fix this.
  • Minimum Viable Novelty: In uncertain times we crave order, and in the lockdown we have to impose it upon ourselves. Our routines need minimum viable novelty so we don’t go insane.
  • Coronavirus: A story and two perspectives: In which I recover from coronavirus, am furloughed from work, and cautiously endorse public shaming.
  • Organising Genius: Some principles for organising small teams with big impact.
  • Benford’s Law Basics: In which I finally understand Benford’s Law.

My writing, loosely characterised:

On education and learning:

  • GPA 2.0: Why overemphasis on grades make both students and employers optimise for the wrong things, and how to fix this.
  • Life, School, and the 80:20 Rule: School compresses the ups and downs of life into nice linear sequences. It gives the illusion of progress. But real learning is nonlinear.
  • Reflections on Rejections: My 2019 post-undergrad CV of failures. Some lessons learned from trying lots of things without first thinking about what I really want to do.

On models in different parts of life:

On self-improvement:

  • Minimum Viable Novelty: In these strange and uncertain times, we all want order to our days. And thanks to the lockdown, we have more power than ever over our routines. These routines need minimum viable novelty, so we can control our days, while holding onto the will to live.
  • Balancing Productivity: Why I’m more like Mike Wazowski than Sully. To be productive you need to step into discomfort, and balance passive and active behaviours.
  • Digesting Uncertainty: When faced with an uncertain environment we can do one of three things: reduce, accept, or digest.
  • Drills: Every skill can be drilled.

On organisation, strategy and economics:

More than the rest of my work, this writing relies on the insights of others.

On maths and science:

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