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Let the Right Fires Burn
When I was first learning to drive, I remember feeling completely, impossibly, overwhelmed. Eyes wide open on the road, I felt like I needed to pay attention to everything, because it was all so new. It was just too early for me to know what to do, so I relied on an experienced instructor to guide me. After many years of driving they knew when something was worth acting on, and when it wasn't.
Show Your Work
Six years ago, I shared my first piece of content online. It was a blog post, summarising ideas and notes from a software engineering conference in Montreal. It wasn't glamorous, but it was a contribution, shared on a space that I owned, in tribute to an idea: that we should just put ourselves out there, and see what happens.
Nap Like an Astronaut
Since the mid 90s, NASA has known something that most of us have not: sleeping on the job actually makes us better at what we do. This month I dig into sleep, why it matters so much to astronauts and other elite performers, and what hope there is for the rest of us.
Ace Your Interview With Neuroscience
For Deconstruct, I really care about the applicability of academic ideas. If it's a great concept, but has no practical use, it's not much good to me. Since January is the month where people are most likely to look for a new job, it's a good time to talk about the most effective and science-backed way to perform in interviews.
A Challenging Year in Review
This year has been difficult for us all, and while hope is on the horizon, there's a way to go yet. So, for the final month of 2020, Deconstruct is focused on openness and mental health: an vital area that we often neglect.
A Holiday of Learning
With the holidays on the horizon, many of us are looking for distraction, ideas for gift lists, or just something fascinating to mull over. To carry you through December, here are some of my favourite (or eagerly awaited) books I've come across this year.
The Hidden Potential of Tsundoku
Sometime around Autumn 2010 I decided to buy more books than I could ever read. I started small: a few books a month, used and new, building steam as I went. Eventually, I bought more books than I had space in my apartment. I couldn't give a reason then, but I knew it'd be worth it. Recently, I learned why.
Finding Time for Insight
The byproduct of our current cultural work practices, is that even though our industry constantly focuses on innovation, our current way of working often optimises for solving simple or immediate problems, and not the “bit hairy intangibles” that actually lead to novel solutions.
Upgrade Your Memory
I've been a fan of spaced-repetition systems for a while, and plain paper flashcards before it, but generally found them quite difficult to persist with. Tools like Anki are excellent, but to me seemed divorced from the source material in a way that made it feel more of a chore, than an assist. Then, I discovered NeuraCache.