My Linked Notes

  • why-the-world-has-gone-crazy

    The mingling copying mechanism Alex describes is very similar to [[Mimetic Theory]], which I first read about in Peter Thiel's Religion. It's a bit of an ironic connection, because that is an essay stroking a billionaire, the exact group that Alex argues is most affected by the defects of copying in large networks. It is interesting to point out that [[David Perrell]] does think that [[Peter Thiel]] is successful, in large part, because of his intentionally anti-mimetic lifestyle.

  • 2020-10-17

    When I look around at others who have given me great inspiration in my life, there is one common denominator: they are all great writers. From people I've been following for years like [[Tim Ferris]], [[Tim Urban]],and [[Ben Hardy]] to those I've stumbled onto more recently like [[David Perrell]] and [[Salman Ansari]], they all write extremely well and preach the importance of consistent writing. Those folks and many others are why I'm starting my Daily Notes publishing. Starting today, I am going to publish new notes every day indefinitely. These notes are low pressure, low edited, low quality, but high quantity. Many days, I write these notes in Roam anyway, so I'm just going to share them as well. Even on days when I don't think anyone could care less about what I wrote or I think the quality of the writing is terrible, I will share. The idea behind this is that making my notes public will encourage me to improve my self-expression to others, as well as make more deep connections with new people who may somehow find themselves on my site. Maybe you will like some of them. If not, my future-self will be happy I took this on either way.

  • 2020-10-25
  • 2020-11-03

    I have a bad habit of trying to give upfront context before I tell a story, in writing and in person. When I first went to write this one, I tried to explain too much - I wanted to make sure people knews I got it From [[The Art of Learning]], I wanted to lay out all the ways the metaphor expands to funny little details about learning. By the time I'd have given the context, I could have told the story three times over. To fight this habit, I took an idea from [[David Perrell]], “start the story when you’re about to get eaten by a bear.” Don’t explain, don’t give unnecessary context, get into the meat. And let the reader expand on the idea on their own. Give them a story that grabs, them. Don't beat it to death with explanation. Here's my next attempt:

  • 2020-12-20

    Inspiration to start putting together a Weekly Review from [[David Perrell]] [[Burnt Ends]]

  • 2021-01-03
  • 2021-02-07

    In [[Friday Finds]] this week, [[David Perrell]] sent an awesome video of [[Neil Gaiman]] interviews. In the first one, someone asks where he gets his ideas. Like the farmer, Neil gives the man a disappointing reply, which is that writers "don't really know and are terrified the ideas will go away" (1:00). Later, he ends by joking "I don't know, you make them up, out of your head" (4:25). But Neil did have much more wisdom in his answer than that. Between his jokes, he says "writers tend to train themselves to notice when they have an idea. It's not that they have any more ideas or get inspired more than anyone else, we just notice when it happens a little bit more" (2:10). This is the same message as the farmer, who tells the young man "I’m afraid I have no secrets to share. Every day, I tend to the crops and feed the animals. I nurture the farm, and in turn, it nurtures me.”

  • friday-finds

    Newsletter by [[David Perrell]], found here.

  • idea-queue
  • trailheads

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