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Well remembered!

I believe that our society's "mistakephobia" is crippling, a problem that begins in most elementary schools, where we learn to learn what we are taught rather than to form our own goals and to figure out how to achieve them.

We are fed with facts and tested and those who make the fewest mistakes are considered to be the smart ones, so we learn that it is embarrassing to not know and to make mistakes.

Our education system spends virtually no time on how to learn from mistakes, yet this is critical to real learning. As a result, school typically doesn’t prepare young people for real life — unless their lives are spent following instructions and pleasing others.

In my opinion, that’s why so many students who succeed in school fail in life.

— Ray Dalio in Principles

Am I?

Because the most important thing the chef knows that the cooks don’t is that real life and Grand Theft Auto aren’t actually that different. Grand Theft Auto is a fun video game because it’s a fake world where you can do things with no fear. Drive 200mph on the highway. Break into a building. Run over a prostitute with your car. All good in GTA.

Unlike GTA, in real life, the law is a thing and jail is a thing. But that’s about where the differences end. If someone gave you a perfect simulation of today’s world to play in and told you that it’s all fake with no actual consequences—with the only rules being that you can’t break the law or harm anyone, and you still have to make sure to support your and your family’s basic needs—what would you do? My guess is that most people would do all kinds of things they’d love to do in their real life but wouldn’t dare to try, and that by behaving that way, they’d end up quickly getting a life going in the simulation that’s both far more successful and much truer to themselves than the real life they’re currently living. Removing the fear and the concern with identity or the opinions of others would thrust the person into the not-actually-risky Chef Lab and have them bouncing around all the exhilarating places outside their comfort zone—and their lives would take off. That’s the life irrational fears block us from.

Tim Urban

Every open plan office I've ever worked in

Out of all virtues simplicity is my most favourite virtue. So much so that I tend to believe that simplicity can solve most of the problems, personal as well as the world problems . If the life approach is simple one need not lie so frequently, nor quarrel nor steal, nor envy, anger, abuse, kill. Everyone will have enough and plenty so need not hoard, speculate, gamble, hate. When character is beautiful, you are beautiful. That is the beauty of simplicity.

— Ela Bhatt

Dishoom It Yourself

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.

Emerson M. Pugh

(after reading this)

Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name. It is the most effective form of defence spending there is.

— Kofi Annan

Down to the ankles

Please imagine I wrote a beautiful cover letter below, gushing over Python and related technologies, and somesuch. Otherwise, it's Sunday, I want to get back to my girls, and my hands are freezing.

— me, looking for a contract


Right, let's see if I can whip up a quick review of 2016 while my eldest frustrates herself by trying the difficult task of balancing »


The smallest thing I can think of is not an atom, a quark, nor a lepton. It is my mind, amongst all the great men and women who came before me.

— an acceptance speech I made in a dream some time in August

The combination of hatred and technology is the greatest danger threatening mankind.

Simon Wiesenthal

He who suffers before it is necessary suffers more than is necessary.

– Seneca