Category Archives: Good Advice

Fresh Bread

Learning to bake bread was a top quarantine activity for many. For too long, I neglected to post the method my wife and I have been using for years. It’s time to fix that. This recipe is quick and easy, … Continue reading

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Do It Now

Epistemic Status: Reference A while ago, I read the book Getting Things Done. Like most productivity books and systems, it includes detailed advice that approximately no one will follow. Unlike most productivity books and systems, it has two highly valuable … Continue reading

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Coronavirus is Here

Even in the best case scenarios, things are going to get a lot worse from here before they get better. Please, please, please, do not rely on me here to tell you what is going on or what to do. Even more … Continue reading

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How Escape From Immoral Mazes

Previously in sequence and most on point: What is Success in an Immoral Maze?, How to Identify an Immoral Maze This post deals with the goal of avoiding or escaping being trapped in an immoral maze, accepting that for now we are … Continue reading

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What is Success in an Immoral Maze?

Previously in Sequence: Moloch Hasn’t Won, Perfect Competition, Imperfect Competition, Does Big Business Hate Your Family?, What is Life in an Immoral Maze?, Stripping Away the Protections Immoral Mazes are terrible places to be. Much worse than they naively appear. They promise the rewards and trappings … Continue reading

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Out to Get You

Epistemic Status: Reference. Expanded From: Against Facebook, as the post originally intended. Some things are fundamentally Out to Get You.  They seek resources at your expense. Fees are hidden. Extra options are foisted upon you. Things are made intentionally worse, forcing … Continue reading

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Write Down Your Process

Previously: Help Us Find Your Blog (and others) Mark Rosewater is the lead designer of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. This means he is part of Magic’s R&D department, one of the world’s few pockets of cooperation, sanity and … Continue reading

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Against Facebook: Comparison to Alternatives and Call to Action

Previously: Against Facebook: Details Take Action: Help Us Find Your Blog (and others) Epistemic Status: Shouting from the rooftops. For further details, see previous post. This post is my recommendations for how to communicate online. If you need details and/or detailed … Continue reading

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You’re Good Enough, You’re Smart Enough, and People Would Like You

Epistemic Status: Playing the odds Originality Status: Very low. These are not unique views and this has been said many times before, so apologies if you’ve seen it many times before, but the message never gets through, so we keep … Continue reading

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Why Rationality?

Previously: Responses to Tyler Cohen on Rationality Recently: Yes, We Have Noticed the Skulls, When Rationalists Remade the World Repeat as Necessary: Principle of Charity A lot of people do not understand the appeal. I was surprised to find that Will Wilkinson was among … Continue reading

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