2023-08-14 Links

Daily Reads:

Luke Burgis takes a stab at explaining How to know what you really want

This guy’s DIY tips are fantastic! Here’s a bunch of things I did not know about tape measures!

Serendipitously, a conversation with a colleague today revolved around this topic Leaving the cult of never enough

Kara Wynn: Language is a poor heuristic for intelligence

Julia Evans: Tactics for writing in public

Chris Orlob: Sales demo technique

Robin Hanson: Why Interpret Me? An astute observation that for ‘prominent’ intellectuals, we seem to use their personas as a shortcut to create opinions about what that person might say, without all the messy struggles of getting to that argument. There’s more nuance to this than my coarse summary, which is why you should read the whole thing. 🙂

This is so cool, even though I’ve not read this book. A data scientist visualises the London of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway

Ethan Mollick: Automating Creativity


The Supreme Ethical Rule: Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself. – Felix Adler, professor, lecturer, and reformer


Dean Martin: Sway