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The Skill of Noticing Emotions

I like this post and think that I have personally gotten really large gains by just noticing various sensations.

A modification of the algorithm is to purposefully place yourself in situations where you experience the mental state instead of just imagining it. For instance, something I found valuable was opening reddit and just kind of sitting in the state of wanting-to-mindlessly-consume-content. The caveat is to not do this in a way that might be damaging.

Baking is Not a Ritual

To add to this, I've noticed something that I do when I'm programming is rely on various constructs/built-ins that I have a solid gears-level model of. I often find myself unwilling to use functions/constructions where I don't understand why they do what they do because I'm worried that the code might cause unintended effects that cause bugs, especially since debugging is extremely difficult without gears-level models.

I think the ideal programmer maintains probability distributions over whether or not they understand what various parts of their code is doing. If there is a bug, then they have some weighting over where the bug probably is, enabling faster debugging.

What are objects that have made your life better?

Probably? The reason I like the coleto is primarily for the multiple colors. https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/NfdHG6oHBJ8Qxc26s/the-zettelkasten-method-1#Use_of_Color describes the basic partitioning of content that I assign to colors, which I have found super useful so far.

What are objects that have made your life better?

For the people who don't know acronyms (me), RSI stands for repetitive strain injury.

What are objects that have made your life better?

Seems like it potentially increases my productivity by a non-trivial amount. Just ordered one. Thanks!

What are objects that have made your life better?

Custom - the ink cartridges need to be designed for the pen specifically.

What are objects that have made your life better?

Apple's Airpod Pro are an extremely good pair of wireless earbuds, even for people without other apple products. They're comfortable, stay in my ears fairly well, and have pretty good noise canceling.

High quality wireless earbuds in general are extremely valuable to me as they increase my willingness to exercise by a significant margin.

What are objects that have made your life better?

Uniqlo's Stretch Sweatpants are the only pants I've worn for the past month. They're fairly cheap, the fabric is high quality, and the pockets have zippers.

What are objects that have made your life better?

The Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 4 is the best pen I've used among 10+ pens. The ink is very smooth, it's highly customizable, and it's narrow enough to fit comfortably in the hand. The Coleto 5 is too thick. The downside is that the ink in the individual cartridges runs out very quickly. This is mitigated because replacing ink cartridges in a pen feels exciting.

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