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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:

    Case Selection

    Eric and I recently sent in a list of criteria for case selection. We’re currently funded for 6 detailed case studies, of which one is the Green Line Extension in Boston due to funding from a different grant. My guess is that we need about 15-20 different…

    via Pedestrian Observations August 1, 2020

    Collections: Bread, How Did They Make It? Part II: Big Farms

    This is the second part of our look at the basic structure of food production (particularly grains to make bread) in the pre-modern world. Last week, we began by looking at the great majority of our rural population, the little farmers. Now I know everyon…

    via A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry July 31, 2020

    Attention is your scarcest resource

    how to ration your shower thoughts • care viscerally • monotask • evade obligations • timebox bullshit

    via benkuhn.net July 29, 2020

    more     (via openring)


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