Critical Thinking and Rough Estimates

I’ve always been a fan of qualitative (back of the envelope) calculations. This started when I was an undergraduate doing my physics degree. After my career in academia ended and I moved to government and commercial work, I was interested to find that similar methods can also be used there (adapted accordingly of course). TheContinue reading “Critical Thinking and Rough Estimates”

Books And Their Conversations

“The book you are reading – as I would guess is the case with most books – is the result of many conversations I’ve had over the course of many years, in my case with both humans and nonhumans. Many of them happened while I was writing this, and all of them changed my mind.Continue reading “Books And Their Conversations”

Thinking Allowed

“We live in a culture that tends to view thought with a degree of suspicion. Thinking is frequently associated with uselessness, idleness, laziness. These suspicions can be somewhat allayed when thinking can be directly tied to some kind of purpose or tangible result, of course. Accordingly, we tend to conceptualize thinking in terms of learning.Continue reading “Thinking Allowed”

Collecting And Finding Things In The Digital World

One of the things that bothers me is, although I assiduously collect lots of digital stuff (web links, pdfs etc) actually finding useful information afterwards is quite difficult (or perhaps just time consuming). I thought that was just me being very inefficient but now I think that probably isn’t so. This week I listened inContinue reading “Collecting And Finding Things In The Digital World”

Subscription Addiction

Subscriptions are becoming quite a trend with software developers. You can see both sides. Here’s a funny, balanced and informative video that goes through the key points in a general setting. The reason I’m interested in this is that I’m considering taking out another software subscription, to the Ulysses (writing) app. I’m trialling it atContinue reading “Subscription Addiction”

The Maker, Manager and Consumer Roles

Interesting quote from David Sparks on thinking about how you spend your time: “So with this in mind, I’ve been focusing my journaling lately not so much on what I had for lunch, but what I make, manage, and consume. Using tags, I can then see it on a daily, weekly, and even monthly basis.Continue reading “The Maker, Manager and Consumer Roles”

The Conflicting Emotions Of Writing

“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass alongContinue reading “The Conflicting Emotions Of Writing”

Aiming For A (Fairly) Fulfilled Life

Currently there is a lot of interest in ‘how to be happy/fulfilled/content’ both in work and in one’s personal life (browse any bookshop). It’s obviously a deep question that people have struggled with and thought about for thousands of years. In this regard, Oliver Burkeman has been writing articles on ‘human happiness’ for the GuardianContinue reading “Aiming For A (Fairly) Fulfilled Life”