Timelines

2019-09-15

It doesn’t have to pay off right away. It may not pay off for ten years and it could still be worth it.

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Hey world!

2019-09-14

The only animals which evolved to sing are birds (which can fly away if a predator hears them) and whales (which can swim away if a predator hears them). And humans. And birds which can’t fly don’t sing.

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Too good to be true

2019-09-13

If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. But you won’t know unless you try. So if you don’t have much to lose, hey, go for it.

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What you really think

2019-09-12

I used to be afraid to hold and express strong opinions. I would say “Here’s what I think, but you all are smart people and you can make up your own minds.”

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No time

2019-09-11

“There’s no time like the present” is a literal truth. If you prefer, you might say “There’s no time but the present.”

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Little celebrations

2019-09-10

Light a candle, sleep in, take a bath, have a glass of really, really cold lemonade, pump your fist, go for a drive, eat at a restaurant. Smile, and be goofy about it. You did it. Enjoy yourself.

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Superintelligent AI

2019-09-09

Are you worried about the threat of AI? If so, you can calm down. A superintelligent AI poses about as much threat to humanity as an asteroid hitting the planet at light speed.

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Creative computers

2019-09-08

Computers are terrible at randomness. You can program them to behave randomly, but they’re not any good at it. Most computer randomness is a simulation, a simple equation which looks random, but only if you don’t look too carefully.

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The measure of success

2019-09-07

Your measure of success informs a lot about how satisfied you feel with your life. It’s 100% within your power to choose your own measure. Most people don’t bother. They’ll stick with the measure that everyone else around them has picked.

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