2023-12-29 Links

Daily Reads:

Jim Nielsen: Blogging is like composting

Irving Wladawsky-Berger draws parallels between the internet and the World Wide Web and the current state of play with AI in The Duelling Visions for the Soul of AI

Taking classical music recommendations from an economist. Tyler Cowen’s 2023 Classical Music discoveries

Warpnews: Advances in CRISPR technology Base editing, prime editing, epigenome editing are beyond my awareness, let alone knowledge. I’m interested in understanding a bit more about this world in 2024 and beyond. Mathias Sundin, the Angry Optimist, has a selection of fact-based optimistic articles from 2023 in this hopescrolling article

A collection of 2023 reviews, in the hope that my own imagination can take some flight 😅
Tom MacWright has a wonderful quote in his, from a NYTimes opinion piece: “I get what I want, but I know what to want.”
Ryan Holiday did "less" in 2023. His focus for 2024 is "systems". I used this as a prompt for my own exploration in my morning pages.
Ewan McIntosh on how to be messy and brilliant – with book stacks! Not strictly a 2023 review, but one for the holidays. Brad Carter, his business partner, shares a trick to remember the year gone by using a paper and pen.

Ithaca by CP Cavafy, read by Sean Connery. This moved me to tears, and I can’t describe why. …Hope that your journey is a long one…

So much good stuff in the world! Donald Hall on his wife Jane Kenyon: The Third Thing has the quote of the day.

StrangestLoop: Things that aren’t doing the thing

Michael Lopp shares his Seven Steps To Fixing Stalled To-Do Tasks

Seth Godin: Rewriting for humans is an example of taking something dense, and making it accessible.

By the way, I’m so grateful for the (new?) right click option in Firefox that says "Copy Link without site tracking" – I hate the referral links and clear them out each time I share the link.


What we did: love. We did not spend our days gazing into each other’s eyes. We did that gazing when we made love or when one of us was in trouble, but most of the time our gazes met and entwined as they looked at a third thing. Third things are essential to marriages, objects or practices or habits or arts or institutions or games or human beings that provide a site of joint rapture or contentment.
– Donald Hall


Christy Moore: Ordinary Man