Sunday Selection 2019-03-24

I’m trying to write more and regularly, and have been doing well this past week. I also have plans for the continued development of this blog (more on that tomorrow). Time will tell how long I manage to keep this up. For now, I’m doing away with the categories I had for my Sunday Selection posts and just presenting a bunch of interesting things.

Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman

I spent a more than usual amount of time on public transport last week and I decided to use that time to read a book rather than just people-watching, or reading random things on my phone. I’m about half way through this one, and it’s already changed some of my perspectives on life and how I deal with challenges and changes (and there have been a lot of those recently).

The only metric of success that really matters is the one we ignore

I mildly hate the absolute tone of this clickbait-y headline (as we all know, only a Sith deals in absolutes), and it’s not the best written piece on the matter, but it highlights important points we often forget. I’ve been lucky to have lots of friends and a healthy amount of socialization for most of my life, but I don’t think I’ve done a very good job at building or being part of a community. Building and becoming a part of a strong, stable, and welcoming community is something I want to focus on in my thirties, though I’m still figuring out how.

Why is reading in the pub so enjoyable?

I’m a big fan of reading, and of reading in public places. I usually prefer classy bars or cozy cafes rather than pubs, but the general idea of reading in a pub definitely appeals to me. On the other hand, these days I find myself preferring quiet places for reading and working, so I’ve been doing more of my reading at home (though as noted above I did a lot of reading on public transport last week).

My Alpine Linux Desktop

And now for something completely different. I’ve been reconsidering my computing needs and environment over the last few days (more on that too tomorrow). I’m considering moving over to Alpine Linux, especially for anything that is public-facing, like my websites. Alpine is a very low overhead, minimal distribution that includes a bunch of security-enhancing patches and development techniques.

Captain Marvel

I went to see Captain Marvel last weekend and really enjoyed it. I wouldn’t say it’s great, but it’s definitely good. It’s very well made with the now-standard Marvel approach of blending a timely political theme with fun characters and beautiful visuals. Brie Larsen does a great job and the CGI de-aging on Samuel L. Jackson is really well done. I would watch it again.

Sunday Selection 2012-06-24

Around the Web

Dr. Peter Whybrow Says We’re Addicted to Stress

As much as I love technology and connectivity, it’s very easy to let it consume your life, to feel as your’re required to be connected 24/7. This is even more true if your job doesn’t have strict timings (like being a graduate student). It’s best to set boundaries and stick to them, for our own sanity.

How to Do What You Love

This is a Paul Graham classic that I think is worth reading every few months. It’s nominally about finding work that you love but it’s also a sharp critique of how we trick ourselves into doing things we don’t want and really don’t have to do.

Humanity: Not an Immutable State

This post is from the excellent Terminally Incoherent blog. It captures a lot of what I’ve thinking about humanity’s continued technologically-catalyzed evolution. We are changing as a race and a culture and I think that’s a good thing – as long as we actively acknowledge, accept and direct that change.

From the Bookshelf

A PhD is not enough

A PhD is often considered a stepping stone on the path to an academic career. This book provides a sobering look at the reality of academic careers (especially in the pre-tenure stage) and shows how getting a PhD is just the first step on the path. If you’re considering a PhD or life in academia consider this required reading.


Aalto talk with Linus Torvalds

Classic Linus on the birth and continued evolution of Linux, the spread of open source ideas beyond software and the problem of troublesome hardware vendors.