• Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact

  • Careful With Luxuries

    August 9th, 2012
      [html]
    People are always asking "how did I ever put up with that?" Now that we have a dishwasher I don't want to go back to washing up by hand. Now that I have a smartphone, the idea of waiting for a bus without knowing how long it's going to be sounds very unpleasant. Having a light laptop I don't know how I managed carrying around a heavier one. Things slip from luxury to necessity as I get used to them, but the peculiar thing is I'm not any (much?) happier. [1] Once something becomes a necessity it's very hard to give it up. Which means I should be cautious about accepting new luxuries.


    [1] Not to imply that I'm unhappy; I'm lucky to have a good life and a high happiness set point. Just that I'm about the same as I was back when I didn't have any of these things I would hate to have to do without.

    Comment via: google plus, facebook

    Recent posts on blogs I like:

    What should we do about network-effect monopolies?

    Many large companies today are software monopolies that give their product away for free to get monopoly status, then do horrible things. Can we do anything about this?

    via benkuhn.net July 5, 2020

    More on the Deutschlandtakt

    The Deutschlandtakt plans are out now. They cover investment through 2040, but even beforehand, there’s a plan for something like a national integrated timetable by 2030, with trains connecting the major cities every 30 minutes rather than hourly. But the…

    via Pedestrian Observations July 1, 2020

    How do cars fare in crash tests they're not specifically optimized for?

    Any time you have a benchmark that gets taken seriously, some people will start gaming the benchmark. Some famous examples in computing are the CPU benchmark specfp and video game benchmarks. With specfp, Sun managed to increase its score on 179.art (a su…

    via Posts on Dan Luu June 30, 2020

    more     (via openring)


  • Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact