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

The favorite place to find work

fecak 4 months ago

The problem with job boards is that unless they are rather unknown, everyone is using them. Applying through boards is essentially like getting into the back of a line and hoping you get noticed.

When I coach job seekers on finding new work, I typically encourage them to be careful not to spend too much time on the boards, and instead rely on their networks/meetups or personal research.

Using LinkedIn to search for open jobs is similar to using any other site, but it’s greatest value is as a research tool.

Say you’re a Python programmer in a suburb somewhere and you’re looking for a new gig. If you use LinkedIn to search “Python” and set a geographic preference, your results will likely be other Python programmers in the area. Where do they work? Where did they used to work? Sometimes LinkedIn will offer other profiles in the sidebar (“people also viewed”) – click those and see where they worked. Now you’ve got a list of companies that have employed Python devs, so you can do a bit more research to see if they are the type of place you might want to work – and pay no attention to whether or not they have any jobs listed on their site.

Once you found some companies that interest you, use LinkedIn to figure out the best person to reach out to. Might be their CTO if it’s a small shop, could be an internal recruiter or hiring manager for a larger firm. Make the approach, tell them why you’re interested in the company, and make a soft close to try and get them to agree to a conversation.

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iridium 4 months ago

Something I read a while ago that stuck with me – ‘When you are looking for a new opportunity, you are really just looking for a person.

This reframing totally changed how I look for new jobs, and what suprised me more was how willing people were to refer me, even if they had never met me.

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fecak 4 months ago

That is great advice, and to take it a step further I’d say not to focus on getting an interview but rather a conversation.

If people you haven’t met are referring you, you are already doing something right.

— Ask HN: What is your favorite place to find work? | Hacker News

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2018.03.21 Wednesday ACHK

Writers

keenerd 9 hours ago

> Three practices set romance writers up for success: they welcome newcomers, they share competitive information and they ask advice from newbies.

That last one is interesting. People entering a field do so for a reason. It might just be to do a job and get paid, but it could also be because no one is making what they want. Newbies unconsciously represent gaps in the market where someone with better execution could make a killing.

Brb, got to dive beginner programming forums and look at the types of projects that are so pressing that someone is willing to learn how to program.

— What gig workers can learn from romance writers

— Hacker News

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2018.03.08 Thursday by ACHK

Slow down

You need to slow down, in order to enjoy NOW-HERE.

— Me@2018-01-24 08:15:35 PM
 
 
 
2018.01.25 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

I AM

無額外論 5
 
 
“God” is your self at the farthest future.

That’s why we are all becoming gods.

— Me@2018-01-12 7:08 PM
 
 
Cooper : Did it work?

TARS : I think it might have.

Cooper : How do you know?

TARS : Because, the bulk beings are closing the tesseract.

Cooper : Don’t you get it yet, TARS? They’re not *beings*… they’re us! What I’ve been doing for Murph, they’re doing for me, for all of us.

TARS : Cooper, people couldn’t build this.

Cooper : No. No, not yet. But one day. Not you and me, but a people, a civilization that’s evolved beyond the four dimensions we know.

[the tesseract closes around him in a brilliant flash of light]

Cooper : What happens now?

[he sees the Endurance on its flight through the wormhole, touches Brand’s hand through the space-time distortion]

— Interstellar (film)
 
 
 
2018.01.14 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Inception 11

如何拯救眾生 4

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Inception contains most of the important topics I have thought of in these few months:

1. Multi-mind

2. Layers of consciousness

3. Dream time

4. Lucid dream

5. Idea/software as a way to save Earth people

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The deeper the consciousness, the more powerful it is.

The deepest layer is the Light.

The Light of everyone is the same.

— Me@2010.08.06

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人同此心,心同此理

— Me@2010.08.09

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2011.01.15 Saturday (c) ACHK

E1.2

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

— Emerson

One experience [almost] always helps another, because the first experience betters you, to deal with the second experience; even if the first experience is unpleasant.

— Me@2011.07.16

— Me@2015.11.19

2015.11.19 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

回到過去 1.2

甲:這次考得這麼差。如果可以回到過去,我一定可以考得好一點。

乙:那樣,回到過去前,你必須先清除試題記憶。否則,那就是作弊。
   
甲:那樣,「回到過去」還有什麼用?

乙:沒有用。

— Me@2015-07-27 09:01:17 PM

— Me@2015-08-07 08:01:48 PM

2015.08.08 Saturday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

技巧管理

這段改編自 2010 年 8 月 11 日的對話。

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有時,你可能收集了,太多重要的讀書技巧,有吃不消的感覺。你可以這樣處理:

第一,你要意識到,讀書技巧夠用就可以。你並沒有必要,學懂或者執行,「所有」的讀書技巧。

第二,你試試每次,只針對一個問題,只執行一個讀書技巧,把它用到最盡為止。例如,我所講的「魔法筆記」技巧,並不只適用於數學科。你在其他科中,亦應大量使用。

到該個技巧自動運作時,你讀書上的下一個問題,自然會浮現出來。那時,你才考慮嘗試,下一個讀書技巧,針對該個新問題。

— Me@2015.06.29

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2015.07.02 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Physical information

Information itself may be loosely defined as “that which can distinguish one thing from another”. The information embodied by a thing can thus be said to be the identity of the particular thing itself, that is, all of its properties, all that makes it distinct from other (real or potential) things. It is a complete description of the thing, but in a sense that is divorced from any particular language.

— Wikipedia on Physical information

2014.09.12 Friday ACHK

Prayer 5

The uses of prayers:

1. Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good. But prayer as a means to effect a private end is meanness and theft. It supposes dualism and not unity in nature and consciousness. As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg. He will then see prayer in all action. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. Align yourself to reality, help you to accept reality, so that you can take actions based on objective reality, rather than expected reality.

3. Slow down your conscious thoughts, so that your unconscious minds (higher-selves) can be released.

— Me@2011.07.14

2014.08.29 Friday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

反白論起點 2.2

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 10 日的對話。

無錯。上司時常無故出現的公司,不會是效率高的公司。那正正就是老子講法的一個反例。

最佳的領袖,就是那些人民不覺其存在的領袖,因為最佳的領袖,會令到這個社會,無災無難。既然是無災無難,人民就自然不會察覺,其領袖的存在,亦不會察覺,其領袖需要存在。所以,人民反而會以為,這個領袖好像無所作業,可有可無。

正如壞醫生沒有能力,或者沒有意願,一次過醫好你,令你時常要去光顧他。換句話說,他會時常在你的世界出現。但是,好醫生有能力,亦有意願,一次過醫好你,令你短期內,也毋須再去光顧他。換而言之,他極少會在你的世界出現。那樣,你就自然不會察覺,他的重要性;甚至,你直情忘記了,他的存在。

一般人也以為,「無災無難」是自然現象。他們以為,萬事不作,就自動萬事大吉。實情是,這個世界,因為天災人禍,是一個地獄。「有災有難」,才是自然現象,才是預設狀態。

如果你不覺得這世界是個地獄,那是因為有很多人,包括你自己,為你提供了一些保護罩。例如,「上班」就是「滅災滅難」的工序之一。雖然,上班十分辛苦,但是,如果不上班,你就要捱餓,更加辛苦。

「無事發生」,就即是「無災無難」。「無災無難」,近乎是一個奇蹟。所以,單單是「無事發生」本身,就要領袖,以至是全體的大部分人民,十分刻意、十分艱苦的經營。

— Me@2014.08.03

2014.08.03 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

反白論起點 2.1

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 10 日的對話。

Chapter 17 (第十七章)

太上,下知有之;
其次,親而譽之;
其次畏之;
其次侮之。
信不足焉,有不信焉。
悠兮,其貴言,
功成事遂,
百姓皆謂我自然。

Great rulers are hardly known by their subjects,
    Then come those the people draw near and praise,
    Then those the people hold in fear,
    Then those the people revile.
    When one lacks trust, one finds no trust.

Reluctantly, without boasting;
Perform actions, accomplish deeds;
The people will say it happened naturally.

— Tao Te Ching (Wikisource translation)

老子的《道德經》之中提到,最佳的領袖,就是那些人民不覺其存在的領袖。人民反而會以為,這個領袖好像無所作業,可有可無。

(安:我現在的上司,就沒有這個智慧。我上司很刻意地,要下屬知道他的存在,繼而再顯示自己的存在價值。

我上司的管理方法,就是 Joel Spolsky 所講的「hit and run micromanagement」。「Hit and run」的原本意思是,駕車撞到人後,不顧而去;學名叫做「肇事逃逸」。

把我上司的管理方法,如果真是「方法」的話,比喻成「肇事逃逸」的原因是:

他有太多下屬,所以他其實不太知道,下屬正在執行的工序是什麼。即使知,也不會知其詳情。所以,他為下屬工作所出的主意,通常也有害無利,只會打亂下屬的工作流程,干擾公司的正常運作。

但是,他自己是不會知道那些惡果的,因為,他下了令後,就立刻走到另一組下屬的工作單位,繼續故亂下令。

從任何一個下屬的角度看,我上司就是「肇事逃逸」—— 他一時衝動,下了一些不經大腦的指令後,立刻不顧而去,導致引發一片混亂,傷亡慘重。)

無錯。上司時常無故出現的公司,不會是效率高的公司。

— Me@2014.07.28

2014.07.30 Wednesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK