Note to self: how to live with a slouchy potato

There’s something I must confess. I have a secret alter ego. Every now and then, the creative and passionate human being that I normally am turns into a slouchy potato. This doesn’t happen very often, but enough to become a nuisance. Slouchy potato doesn’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning, and doesn’t […]

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Why we sleep

These days I’m reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, and it’s eye-opening on many levels. We all know that sleep is an important pillar of good health, but hardly anyone takes it seriously. Surviving on just 3-4 hours of sleep is something a lot of people pride themselves on, either as a proof of […]

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Time spent at school is mostly time wasted

I recently wrote about how modern education is completely detached from the things it is supposed to teach, and how it’s most visible for foreign languages. I don’t think foreign languages are taught less effectively than, say, chemistry or literature. It’s just much easier to verify the results in real life. You can be a […]

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How to tell responsibility from people pleasing

My fiancé just wrote a great article about coding, responsibility, and how software development is mostly about managing egos of everyone involved. This made me think about my own relationship with responsibility, which has been so far quite complicated and confusing. I’m a highly sensitive person and an emotional sponge. Noticing other people’s emotions and […]

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Amanda Palmer on grief and pain

Anthony was just laid out in his hospice bed. I sat there, and I looked at his dead body, and I thought, “Why are we told to be so afraid of this?” I just remember feeling like, “Wow! There’s no fear.” There’s this whole narrative about death and dead bodies, and it’s oh, so creepy, […]

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To be afraid hardly means to be in danger

There’s so many things I haven’t done because of fear. There’s even more that I did after months or even years of procrastinating. Quitting an old job or starting a new one, asking someone out or breaking up, starting a new project or saying no to someone asking for a favor. At one point I […]

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Oats and Open Source

Open Source Software is like an oatmeal. Instead of reinventing the whole thing from scratch each time, you can build on other people’s recipes, modify them to your taste, or even combine different recipes together, and then let everyone know what you came up with. You won’t lose anything by sharing the recipe you used. […]

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