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I’ve had to leave Evernote over the new app, and am so sad about it.
Minute Earth just did this post as a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSmurp1xOkQ . They cite you at the very end of their video description.
I’m really curious how places that are planning to be more supportive of remote work are going to handle *partially* remote teams.
Like, a meeting with 3⁄4 participants being in person is hard for the remote worker to participate in.
I’ve generally heard that remote work works best when it’s full-remote. If so then everyone’s getting a very attractive view of remote work but when the pandemic’s over, under this model, remote work will not be as viable as it currently is.
I wish more scientific authors exported their latex to html alongside their pdfs.
As it happens I was trying hypothes.is for the first time when I procrastinated by writing this.
PDFs are the preferred communication style for papers. HTML documents are the preferred communication style for most other public facing documents.
PDFs are inferior to HTML in many ways: HTML can adapt to fit the viewport and fontsize requested by the user, while PDFs are basically fancy images in this regard. This makes PDFs basically useless on mobile, and generally terrible for casual browsing.
However HTML is not as good for deep study. You can’t annotate it easily, and it’s harder to bookmark your place on a webpage.
I’d really like to see something that allows you to combine the permanence and mark-ability of PDFs with the flexibility of HTML. I’m not sure how good the profit opportunity is, but boy does it seems great. And not that technically difficult to make the product.
 Google docs, slack posts, and a long tail of web-based tools are used internally to organizations.
You can un-predict by clicking on the prediction block again.
Your point seems strong, but I’d go further. If I observe measured productivity go down, coinciding with a digital revolution, why should I update that true progress is slower rather than that digital goods are mis-measured?
I think you’re gonna need to define soul here. Not in a way that implies you’ve understood everything, but in the way that you might describe fire as the red hot stuff.
I found myself saying recently, “While this strategy does not in this case seem to have much causal connection to good outcomes, I feel like following the strategy in the past few months has been good for my soul.”*
Humans don’t have souls. I could imagine substituting, “This strategy has made me an easier agent to coordinate with and has moved me closer to the morality I was taught growing up, which has reduced my cognitive dissonance with my formerly more consequentialist actions. And it’s an important part of the strategy that I don’t alter it just because I can’t see any negative consequences here.”
I dunno, maybe that’s the right way to say the thing? I think if I’d thought of that phrasing at the time maybe I should have just said that. It seems tempting to go with the shorter “good for my soul” phrasing, but I think it’s likely to be pretty ambiguous in interpretation. I think after writing this rather stream-of-consciousness shortform that I’d rather stick to awkward but clear language instead of turning poetic.
* (A note in defense of my past self — While recently I’ve moved further in non-consequentialist directions, I’ve never been willing to defect when in coordination games with cooperating members of my communities.)
I’m here for the parables and the pun titles. Thanks for providing me a little of Scott Alexander during the SSC drought.
I doubt anyone will think the basic argument of the post is very surprising. Nevertheless, it is not something that lends itself to staying in one’s mind. The other side is dumb. “I am permitted” to continue to believe my side. A post with a very memorable title and compelling stories is a good way to fight that effect.
This is one of my favorite readings period in 2019. I remember retelling it’s message in multiple conversations and it was important in my thinking about how my organization should think about accountability.
My understanding of the value of the practices of large organizations progressed a lot in 2019. This post is one the causes.
I just want to say that this looks beautiful, and the ad you have on the homepage is fabulous. I also expect to enjoy reading it.
My partner asks if there’s an ebook version. I’m pretty sure he’s not trying to troll you.
Looks like malformed markdown. The correct link is here: https://lesswrong.com/books.
This video seems highly relevant to the luminator fans here.
I hadn’t before actually, thanks for the recommendation. I checked it out. Talon seems more like “teach yourself the alphabet, then program using vim.” Whereas Serenade is more like “teach yourself to program using our macros.” This makes Talon easier to learn, and more flexible, Serenade has the following benefits as I see them:
Programming in large well defines chunks, which it makes it easier to incorporate “pick which one you meant, or continue to use our default”
It uses more natural language, which makes me think that the accuracy has a higher ceiling
What to do if you suddenly need to rest your hands
On Monday I went from “computer work seems kind of uncomfortable, I wonder if I should be worried” to “oh crap oh crap, that’s actually painful”. Everything I’ve ever heard says not to work through RSI pain, so what now? I decided to spend a week learning hands free input. I wanted to a) get some serious rest and b) still be productive. And guess what? Learning hands free input is like the one activity that does not suffer a productivity penalty from not being able to use your hands.
When I started it was really slow going. Lots of yelling “no don’t type ‘delete word’ delete the f**king word!!!” But then I found this talk, which was just .. woah. Since then, I have been using Talon, and I am in love.
The key to understanding Talon, and the reason I think it’s heads and shoulders above everything else I’ve tried, is the basic insight that most of the time the input you want to do is not writing. Talon has the concept of modes, and most of the time you’re in the command mode. And because there’s a limited set of commands, there’s much less ambiguity between inputs.
After one week, I’m able to dictate an existing code file painlessly albeit still slowly. The thing that feels important to me, is that I’m no longer living in fear of my career being taken away from me by my wrists.
So my recommendation to you, if you find yourself in the situation I was is to rest your hands, and try learning this thing. If you do, reach out to me! I’m (at least currently) sufficiently excited about this that I would very much enjoy help you out.
Epistemic postscript: I’m writing this while still excited about it, which is providing the motivation to do the writeup, but also makes me believe that in the future I will be less optimistic, and you should take that into account when evaluating its implicit predictions.
 A word to the wise, if you have dictation software listening, yelling at your computer is the opposite of productive (this is good, a frustrating experience with quick negative reinforcement for outbursts induces a zen-like experience).
 This is similar to vim, if you’re familiar.
I had forgotten this post, reread it and still think it’s one of the better things of it’s length I’ve read recently.