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Best of Twitter - week of May 20, 2019 (1/2)

Best of Twitter - week of May 20, 2019 (1/2)
By Alexey Guzey • Issue #16 • View online

The Bay Area storms have subsided:
Work as hard as you can. Even though what you work on and who you work with are more important.

Knowledge workers train, sprint, rest, and re-assess.

Inspiration is perishable - act on it immediately.

Be impatient with actions but patient with results.
8:23 PM - 21 May 2019
prediction: the government gives you identification tattoos, BUT instead of barcodes they're cute animals, skulls, geodes. nobody revolts
7:30 AM - 2 Jul 2018
Gleb Posobin
Your own ideas mostly seem trivial to you because you have the right concept structures in place to support them. You wouldn't come up with these ideas otherwise. So it's easier to notice your own ideas in a dialogue: your friend has different concept structures and notices them.
4:09 PM - 31 Jan 2019
^ thread
Paul Graham
When I was a kid, I knew that if A hates B, he'll maltreat him. What I didn't realize till I was an adult was that if A maltreats B, he'll start to hate him. He has to to justify the maltreatment. (Psychologists call this "cognitive dissonance," but it was known long before.)
11:02 AM - 21 May 2019
Nabeel Qureshi
Tamping down notifications and distraction is a sensible thing to do, but overall I think this "smartphone addiction" meme will eventually die.

We like smartphones because the stuff 'inside' them is *interesting*; there's no reason to be suspicious of that.
5:42 AM - 24 Feb 2019
Alexey Guzey
1/ this essay is brilliant

"I’ve been a graduate student in physics for almost three years, but I only recently figured out why."

some highlights:
11:17 AM - 19 May 2019
Julia Rohrer
“But MOOOOOOM I really don’t like writing”
11:32 PM - 17 May 2019
^ thread
Kevin Riggle
I don't. Know how. To explain. To engineers. That you can't just BUILD things. YOU. HAVE. TO. TELL. PEOPLE. ABOUT. THEM. TOO.

1:27 PM - 21 May 2019
Chris Chambers
Two years later the 1st results were in & they were striking: most exaggeration in science/health news was already in the press releases issued by universities. Just process that fact for a moment. Lay write up of the study: 14/x
2:31 PM - 4 Feb 2018
Slava Akhmechet
My parents are wonderful people. But most of the things they taught me are essential in a low-trust/scarcity culture, and counterproductive in a high-trust/abundance culture. I had to do a lot of work to unwind these lessons, and it set me back by probably ~10-15 years.
7:13 AM - 21 May 2019
(^ same: most dangerous advice my parents gave me was — ironically — always of the form “you’re being duped”. Had I listened to them, I would’ve forgone the best opportunities that were presented to me. They literally just couldn’t believe that people can be so helpful to near-strangers)
A little known fact about the sharing economy is how much fraud is perpetrated by partners (e.g. Uber drivers, delivery boys, restaurants on Seamless). This article exposes an attack in which Uber drivers scam 50-100 passengers out of $500-1500.
3:25 AM - 21 May 2019
(yes, placement of tweets in my newsletter is always intentional)
Austen Allred
Because I'm thinking a lot about all the students on the edge of a new life and thinking about giving up, I'm going to share a story I've never shared before.

Many of you know I lived in my car when I first moved to Silicon Valley.

Few know that car broke down one day. [0/n]
5:39 AM - 22 May 2019
Note: Connor Dowd points out that the tweet from the previous issue that claimed that the number of money spent by the US on fighting poverty would be enough to lift everybody out of poverty was probably wrong because it didn’t take into account the people lifted out of poverty by existing programs when calculating the number of people in poverty.
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