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



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.


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.


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



2018.03.21 Wednesday ACHK


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



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


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


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


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



— Me@2010.08.09




2011.01.15 Saturday (c) ACHK


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




— 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


這段改編自 2010 年 8 月 11 日的對話。






— Me@2015.06.29



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。







— 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)


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)



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」。




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。)


— Me@2014.07.28

2014.07.30 Wednesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK