Illusions destroyed, 2

Ask HN: Why is nearing completion so demotivating?

534 points by danschumann 3 months ago

So I’ve been working on animation software for over two years. Part of me is very excited for launch so I can have money again (I’ve been freelancing a minimum amount these last two years, and went car-less, moved, cut lifestyle into a third). I should be wholeheartedly excited, but I’m feeling tired and generally sluggish regarding the project. I still make consistent progress, but it takes a lot of will power.

Part of me thinks it might be an aversion to sales. Part of me thinks this could have been built up so much in my head that anything short of overnight millions would be a disappointment (though I would be happy with 1500 bucks a month), part of me thinks I might be scared of success (or scared of surpassing my parents) (media attention), part of me fears the attacks that might come with success (having something to lose), part of it is the un-fun-ness of mature projects where the focus is on polish and bugs rather than broad new features, and part of me is scared of commitment: if I succeed I have to stick with this (freedom value), part of me wonders what will happen when more people become involved, if I will be able to maintain my creative direction, since I’m scratching my own itch. Part of me wonders if diet and exercise isn’t a factor.

A combination, likely…

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mikekchar 3 months ago [-]

When your project is finished, the dream is dead and the reality is born. The death of a dream is like the death of a friend. It’s probably been with you for a long time — longer even than the length of the project. A dream is the manifestation of what’s possible. When it is over, the possible diminishes very quickly and you are left with what actually is. Will people respond well to your project — in the dream stage it is possible; everything is possible. In the reality stage, it will only be what it is.

So while it’s common to think of a release as a birth of something new, realise that you also have a significant loss. You will mourn that loss. Give yourself some emotional space to deal with the mourning.

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riantogo 3 months ago [-]

This is exactly it. Tens of my personal projects have died in this stage. It was always much easier to move on to the next dream. There is always the next big problem that could use a solution. Why not build when it is what we do best? Rinse, repeat.

I took a break from side projects for several years but recently got back to it and couple weeks back finished building. It is the same story all over again. Same feeling. I’m dreading what comes next.

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— Why is nearing completion so demotivating?

— Hacker News

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2018.09.01 Saturday ACHK

Mirror selves, 5.2

Anatta 3.3 | 無我 3.3

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You fight for existence, for being alive.

However, your existence is not “yours”.

The existence of you, is not your property.

The existence of you, is a property of the group you are in.

The existence of you, is a property of other people.

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To meaningfully say the statement “I exist”, you have to specify you exist with respect to whom.

To exist, you have to specify to exist in which people’s world.

— Me@2018-05-22 7:43 AM

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2018.07.02 Monday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Plato

trowawee 4 months ago

I’m a little frustrated at the tossed-off reference to Plato and Aristotle at the beginning – “The good life may have sufficed for Plato and Aristotle, but it is no longer enough.” – because I feel like that ignores the fact that both Plato and Aristotle, along with a lot of philosophers, actually had a lot to say about physical fitness. Plato was a champion wrestler, and both he and Aristotle viewed physical education as a fundamental component to living the good life. Xenophon quotes Socrates saying this:

“For in everything that men do the body is useful; and in all uses of the body it is of great importance to be in as high a state of physical efficiency as possible. Why, even in the process of thinking, in which the use of the body seems to be reduced to a minimum, it is matter of common knowledge that grave mistakes may often be traced to bad health.”

The whole article feels a little too mired in presentism, and ignorant of the history of self-improvement ideas.

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coldtea 4 months ago

>Plato was a champion wrestler

And the name Plato is a nickname — meaning “the broad/wide one” given to him for his broad shoulders because of that training and physical appearance. Real name: Aristocles.

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kernelbandwidth 4 months ago

It’s funny to consider that one of the canonically great philosophers in history is known essentially by the equivalent of his WWE wrestling name. It’s like if in the future there were classes taught on the philosophical ideas of “The Rock”.

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coldtea 4 months ago

Some other amusing related stuff: so, Plato, was called for for the ancient greek word for broad/wide.

Modern [English] words that stem from the same root: plateau, platitude, plat, plate — via French and Latin (plattus) from Greek (platis “flat, wide, broad”).

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danohu 4 months ago

Well, the first Pope was literally called The Rock (Peter). Jesus appointed him by saying “you are The Rock, and I’ll build my church on this rock”.

Exactly what he meant has led to centuries of debate between protestants and catholics.

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acangiano 4 months ago

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

― Socrates

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— Improving Ourselves to Death

— Hacker News

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2018.06.01 Friday ACHK

Life, 3

生命 3

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We exist in time because time is change.

Growing is part of the definition of life. Growing is a kind of change.

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Also, without time/change, there would be no thinking and no thoughts.

— Me@2017-12-26 11:42 am

— Me@2018-05-23 10:05:03 PM

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time ~ change

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Time is logically necessary if change is necessary.

— Me@2018-02-04 09:07:48 PM

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2018.05.23 Wednesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Sleep apnea

erentz 3 months ago

Slightly tangential to the study here but I’ve been going down the sleep apnea rabbit hole in recent months and I strongly encourage folks to investigate their sleep. A lot of people have sleep apnea and don’t realize it. You don’t have to snore to have it. A surprising statistic I found was 20-30% of people with ADHD have sleep apnea. A lot of people may be treating symptoms of sleep apnea like ADHD and high blood pressure with medications while ignoring the root cause. My experience with this has been that doctors are surprisingly ignorant. They’ll happy prescribe you medications for anxiety, ADHD, blood pressure for years, and never think to ask you about your sleep. Do some of your own investigations or ask about it if you have any suspicions.

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copperx 3 months ago

I’m going to add myself as a data point. After suffering years of feeling sleepy regardless of how much I slept and frequently unmotivated and withdrawn, I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. A few years ago I was given Dexedrine, Ritalin, Adderall, and I even tried self-medicating with modafinil to ameliorate the symptoms of what doctors thought was ADHD with varying levels of success; but the drug-free treatment of sleep apnea with a BiPAP machine got rid of all of these issues; in addition, I feel about ten years younger.

— Sleep and Mortality: A Population-Based 22-Year Follow-Up Study (2007)

— Hacker News

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2018.05.09 Wednesday ACHK

技術細節 3

親歷其境 3

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 18 日的對話。

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一切文學,余愛以血書者。

— 尼采

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剛才講到,我想去升學那間大學的物理系,其獨特優秀之處。

世界上,只有極少數大學,提供超弦理論的課程。而且,那個碩士課程,不是純修課式。它為期兩年:第一年是上課,第二年是研究。

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對於我現在這個年紀,單純知識的吸收(簡稱「學習」),沒有大意義。對我有大意義的是,研究和製造。

或者說,即使一個人對學術有極大興趣,十分喜歡學習,都不應做「永恆學生」。「永恆學生」在這裡,作負面意思用。「永恆學生」的特徵是,知識多而能力差,簡稱「高分低能」。

留意,所謂「知識多而能力差」,其實就即是,知識流於表面,未詳細到可以應用。例如,即使你對中國象棋中的每一隻,行走的方法,非常熟悉,那並不代表,你「懂」怎樣下棋。

要真正下到棋,你要靠不斷嘗試,長期的實戰。那樣,你才可以獲得下一個層次的知識;令自己對於象棋,知得足夠詳細,詳細到足以有效實行。

有時,知易行難,是因為知得不夠深入;

有時,行而無效,是因為行得不夠徹底。

永久單純地,吸收新知識,而沒有下一個層次的發展,是沒有意義的。或者說,知識上,只有輸入而沒有輸出,是病態。

所謂「下一個層次的發展」,可以是:

1. 應用

隨著越來越多次的應用,你於該個領域的知識,再不是依書直說,而是真才實學。

2. 傳播

如果你要傳播知識,必須靠說話或文章。

無論用兩者的哪一個,你必須透過自己的「語言」。換句話說,你必須為舊知識,創造一個新的包裝;即使,有時,你是不自覺地那樣做,未必意識到自己正在從是創作。

還有,有時,你亦會無意中,有知識上的新發現—在為舊知識創造新包裝時,竟然引發了新知識。

3. 研究

透過舊知識,發掘新知識。

— Me@2018-05-05 10:06:15 AM

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Know the subject—At the Dale Carnegie public speaking class, which I highly recommend—they say anyone can make a good speech if he or she has _earned the right_ to speak on the subject in question. How do you earn the right? By living through the subject or by doing extensive research on it—which is arguably another form of living through it. Same principle applies to how-to writing. You cannot do high school student research. That is, find 21 facts and write an essay that consists solely of those 21 facts. Rather you need the proverbial iceberg of unused facts under the “tip” that is your book. The good news is virtually everyone has lived through something that fits that criterion. And, with a year or so, we can all research something that interest us to the point where we can write about it. The key to bad writing is assigned topics—the standard of high school and college teachers.

— John T. Reed

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2018.05.06 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

The Sixth Sense, 3

Mirror selves, 2 | Anatta 3.2 | 無我 3.2

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You cannot feel your own existence or non-existence. You can feel the existence or non-existence of (such as) your hair, your hands, etc.

But you cannot feel the existence or non-existence of _you_.

— Me@2018-03-17 5:12 PM

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Only OTHER people or beings can feel your existence or non-existence.

— Me@2018-04-30 11:29:08 AM

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2018.04.30 Monday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Almost nothing new

The most valuable insights are both general and surprising. F = ma for example. But general and surprising is a hard combination to achieve. That territory tends to be picked clean, precisely because those insights are so valuable.

Because these start out so general, you only need a small delta of novelty to produce a useful insight.

A small delta of novelty is all you’ll be able to get most of the time. Which means if you take this route your ideas will seem a lot like ones that already exist. Sometimes you’ll find you’ve merely rediscovered an idea that did already exist. But don’t be discouraged. Remember the huge multiplier that kicks in when you do manage to think of something even a little new.

It’s not true that there’s nothing new under the sun. There are some domains where there’s almost nothing new. But there’s a big difference between nothing and almost nothing, when it’s multiplied by the area under the sun.

— General and Surprising

— Paul Graham

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2018.04.22 Sunday ACHK

Eyes on me

dziungles 14 days ago

Hey, this is really cool to see natural eyesight topic on the hacker news.
I practice this for more than 10 years. Each day I work with computer for ~10 h., drive a car and do other things, and never wear glasses, even though the traditional ophtalmologic measures clearly indicate that I need strong glasses and I shouldn’t see even the biggest letter on the Snellen chart, but I see not only the biggest, but sometimes even the 20/20.

Doctors can’t explain this, and only congrats me on my achievement. Of course, the eyesight is not perfect. I see clearly in the daytime, but in the nighttime or low light conditions it becomes much harder to distinguish faces.

The best book I found so far is “Relearning to See” by Thomas R. Quackenbush. The originator of this theory was William Bates.

Actually, there is no clear unified theory on how to achieve this. Everyone interprets it differently and the results are inconsistent. There is also a lot of criticism from the medical establishment.

Natural eyesight improvement really works. And the unified theory, in a form of an app, or a good book, maybe including findings from neuroplasticity, would be a great gift for humanity.

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bsder 14 days ago

Natural eyesight improvement really works. And the unified theory, in a form of an app, or a good book, maybe including findings from neuroplasticity, would be a great gift for humanity.

It SORT OF works in stable and predictable situations.

What seems to be happening is that your brain, in all of its neuroplastic glory, is learning to make better inferences from the broken information it receives.

The issue is that this works as long as the inferences are correct. That’s fine when you are reading a newspaper, using the computer, etc. as the situation is stable and predictable.

The problem is that when you are suddenly confronted by a situation where the inferences are NOT correct–such as a nighttime emergency situation while driving. Now you are relying on the “uninferenced” data coming in from your eyes and that data is subpar with all the resultant problems.

The best solution is both: fix the data coming in with corrective lenses for unpredictable situations, and train your brain to make better inferences so you can deal with predictable situations better.

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dziungles 14 days ago

Before, I also had this theory in my mind for a year or so.
But for example, right now I’m in Thailand, traveling here for the first time. Everything is new, unfamiliar and unpredictable, daytime, nightime. I have no problems seeing things, everything is almost perfectly clear and sharp. I needed some time to adapt to a smaller screen of my laptop (I was using 24 inch before), but now I’m doing fine.

Actually, the more you look, the better you see. Like in Aaron Swartz blog post, if you want to retrain your weak legs, you need to walk more. Same with eyes.

https://web.archive.org/web/20180204094207/https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16194580

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2018.02.09 Friday ACHK

Zooming out

In this morning’s dream, I had seen an ultra zooming out of the universe, where in the end the universe became a particle of a super-universe.

Perhaps the afterlife (or near-death experience) is like this kind of bizarre feeling.

— Me@2011.08.17 

It is a fractal.

— Me@2011.08.22

Note: This kind of feeling is unhealthy, since it is induced by eating too little food.

— Me@2017.01.09

Several months ago, I had another this kind of super-feeling dream, in which I could get a time traveling feeling.

— Me@2011.08.17 

2017.01.14 Saturday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Euler Formula

Exponential, 2
 

a^x

general exponential increase ~ the effects are cumulative
 
e^x

natural exponential increase ~ every step has immediate and cumulative effects

— Me@2014-10-29 04:44:51 PM
 

exponent growth

e^x = \lim_{n \to \infty} \left(1 + \frac{x}{n}\right)^n

~ compound interest effects with infinitesimal time intervals
 

multiply -1

~ rotate to the opposite direction

(rotate the position vector of a number on the real number line to the opposite direction)

~ rotate 180 degrees
 

multiply i

~ rotate to the perpendicular direction

~ rotate 90 degrees
 

For example, the complex number (3, 0) times i equals (0, 3):

3 \times i = 3 i
(3, 0) (0, 1) = (0, 3)
 

multiplying i

~ change the direction to the one perpendicular to the current moving direction

(current moving direction ~ the direction of a number’s position vector)
 

exponential growth with an imaginary amount

e^{i \theta} = \lim_{n \to \infty} \left( 1 + \frac{i \theta}{n} \right)^n

~ change the direction to the one perpendicular to the current moving direction continuously

~ rotate \theta radians

— Me@2016-06-05 04:04:13 PM
 
 
 
2016.06.08 Wednesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Share

Publish! 7.2

We like to share because we like our information, ideas, and insights to have a future.

— Me@2011.08.07

2015.07.19 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Passion Test

The Top Idea in Your Mind, 6 | 事業愛情觀 6

To check whether a project is your true love, ask yourself:

Am I willing to spend INFINITE time on it?

— Me@2015-07-05 04:26:24 PM

Do you want it to be one of your lifelong projects?

Are you willing to follow it up for your whole life?

— Me@2015-07-12 11:00:11 AM

2015.07.12 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Wittgenstein’s ladder

6.54

   My propositions serve as elucidations in the following way: anyone who understands me eventually recognizes them as nonsensical, when he has used them — as steps — to climb beyond them. (He must, so to speak, throw away the ladder after he has climbed up it.)

   He must transcend these propositions, and then he will see the world aright.

— Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

Before climbing a ladder, it is higher than you; after, you are higher than it.

— Me@2011.07.31

2015.04.02 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

End-of-history illusion

The end-of-history illusion is a psychological illusion in which individuals believe that they have experienced significant personal growth and changes in tastes up to the present moment, but will not substantially grow or mature in the future. Despite recognizing that their perceptions have evolved, individuals predict that their perceptions will remain roughly the same in the future.

The illusion is based in the fact that at any given developmental stage, an individual can observe a relatively low level of maturity in previous stages. The phenomenon affects teenagers, middle-aged individuals, and seniors. In general, people tend to see significant changes in hindsight, but fail to predict that these changes will continue.

— Wikipedia on End-of-history illusion

2015.03.29 Sunday ACHK

Interest

1. The price paid for obtaining, or price received for providing, money or goods in a credit transaction, calculated as a fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed

2. A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity

— Wiktionary

interest 2 ~ interest 1  

興趣 ~ 利息 

X is interesting

~ X can generate a lot of interest

~ X can generate a lot of automatic profits

~ X can generate a lot of next steps

— Me@2015-02-19 08:02:49 PM

2015.02.21 Saturday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK