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February 6th, 2020
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A kind of post I would like to read more of is "I did X, and here's how it went." You tend to see this most with research, but I've enjoyed reading them on all sorts of things. This is one of the main kinds of post I write, and I would encourage others to give it a try!

Here's an arbitrary selection of writeups I've enjoyed:

Major reasons I like writeups include:

  • Exposure to problems that I didn't know were important to people.

  • Detailed looks at how people handled problems.

  • They're generally very concrete and written after the fact, which makes it harder to write something that's neat but wrong.

  • When I'm thinking of doing something and find a writeup by someone who did something similar it's fantastically useful.

When you voluntarily make something public, you do risk that people will irresponsibly beat you up over failings. I think it's generally worth it to go ahead anyway, tell the whole story, and help build a norm of sharing things so others can learn.

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Recent posts on blogs I like:

Let it flow

You can’t micromanage flow. It’s when your thoughts, feelings, and insights are flowing. If you try to slow down a river and tell every water molecule exactly where it goes, what you’ll have is a block of ice.

via Holly Elmore February 18, 2020

China Won’t Save You

The construction costs of Britain’s just-approved domestic high-speed rail network, High Speed 2, are extreme. The headline costs are, in 2019 figures, £80.7-88.7 billion per the Oakervee review, with one estimate going up to £106.6 billion, all for a sys…

via Pedestrian Observations February 17, 2020

95%-ile isn't that good

Reaching 95%-ile isn't very impressive because it's not that hard to do. I think this is one of my most ridiculable ideas. It doesn't help that, when stated nakedly, that sounds elitist. But I think it's just the opposite: most people can …

via Posts on Dan Luu February 7, 2020

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