Tag Archives: paul graham

Beating the system

[…] the probability of being able to “beat the system” increases when the system is inconsistent or corrupt. There’s something like potential energy at work here. The more arbitrary the rules imposed by an authority — the more at odds … Continue reading

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What makes Nintendo unusual

We have a Nintendo Wii and a Nintendo Switch in our home and while I still believe that Nintendo is remarkable in their ability to make comebacks, it is probably more correct to say that their real strength is this: … Continue reading

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The opinion piece cycle

Rob Henderson made this observation about the news cycle in USA, which I believe for the most part in limited to the opinion pieces over here: Step 1: It’s not really happening Step 2: Yeah, it’s happening, but it’s not … Continue reading

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How to think for yourself

Ironically, I’ll link to Paul Graham’s “How to Think for Yourself“: Without this fastidiousness about truth, you can’t be truly independent-minded. It’s not enough just to have resistance to being told what to think. Those kind of people reject conventional … Continue reading

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Aesthetics vs. usability

I am not the only one who thinks the Google app icons are confusing: Not even aesthetics, but mere uniformity. Managers drive changes like this, not artists. — Paul Graham Violates the 1st principle of effortless seeing (thanks to cog … Continue reading

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Plastic straws

Banning plastic straws achieves nothing. Or at least, nothing good. It does achieve a couple bad things though: it gives people a false sense that something is being done to address ocean plastics, and misleads people about the true sources … Continue reading

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Am I smarter than Amazon?

This is a really good question from Paul Graham: If your “high end” online store sets off some Javascript effect every time the user touches something, it might be worth asking why Amazon.com doesn’t do this. Is it because Bezos … Continue reading

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Webshops

Every Christmas season, I realize how little progress online shopping has made since the late 1990s. I’m still unsure if the item’s really in stock, still typing many characters in forms, still getting my credit card rejected with random opaque … Continue reading

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Conformism and why I think Coinbase has a point

Paul Graham, whom I really should have followed more closely, recently wrote about conformism and defined four quadrants, four types, of people: Aggressively conventional-minded, passively conventional-minded, passively independent-minded, and aggressively independent-minded. The call of the aggressively conventional-minded is “Crush <outgroup>!” … Continue reading

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