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The Zen of Go
Something that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently, when reflecting on the body of my own work, is a common subtitle, how should I write good code? Given nobody actively seeks to write bad code, this leads to the question; how do you know when you’ve written good Go code?
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13 hours ago by samiru
A Response to Yuval Harari's 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind' > C. R. Hallpike
Summing up the book as a whole, one has often had to point out how surprisingly little he seems to have read on quite a number of essential topics. It would be fair to say that whenever his facts are broadly correct they are not new, and whenever he tries to strike out on his own he often gets things wrong, sometimes seriously. So we should not judge Sapiens as a serious contribution to knowledge but as 'infotainment', a publishing event to titillate its readers by a wild intellectual ride across the  landscape of history, dotted with sensational displays of speculation, and ending with blood-curdling predictions about human destiny. By these criteria it is a most successful book.
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19 hours ago by 1luke2
How to Write Usefully | Paul Graham
I both like and dislike Paul Graham's writing. I like that it tends to measure highly on all four axes he describes (novelty, correctness, importance, and strength). I dislike how typically self-contained it is: lacking connections to evocative people, places, or things outside a certain constrained area of interest. The ideas are broad, bold, and actionable, but I think we differ somewhat in what we care about. Which, in the end, is no criticism at all, but a slant-wise appreciation.
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2 days ago by dogrover
Communicating with Slip Boxes by Niklas Luhmann
An English translation of Luhmann expounding on his Zettelkasten methods.
zettelkasten  second-brain  tips  essay  notetaking 
2 days ago by internell
How to Write Usefully
If you narrow the topic sufficiently, you can probably find something you're an expert on. Write about that to start with. If you only have ten readers who care, that's fine. You're helping them, and you're writing. Later you can expand the breadth of topics you write about.
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2 days ago by zethraeus
如果在冬夜,两个旅人.....——阅读卡尔维诺(作者:崔子恩) - 卡尔维诺中文站
原载《花城》2000年第一期

树上的男爵没有妻子,但用砂子养育着187个儿女。他在橡树林冠上开设了著名的探戈学校,把海中都会伊索城的少男少女网罗到这里听一头耕牛大放厥词。至幼的女儿玉兰187号,为了初恋化成一株毒菌。在伊索城2000年庆典的浪潮中,长兄玉兰1号怀抱又背负着三个弟妹的尸首涕泗纵流。树上的男爵对此不闻不问,只顾在玉兰树冠上抛撒一个又一个用过报废的爱情残骸。

这不是卡尔维诺《在树上攀援的男爵》,而是我从1993年起笔写作的长篇小说《红桃A吹响号角》中的一个版块轮廓。如今,这部小说曲曲弯弯的道路仍旧在我的案头延宕,每当笔尖触碰到玉兰树、男爵甚至探戈学校,我就会与卡尔维诺邂逅重逢,就会边写作边顺沿着文字的流向,在目光中叠化出那个柯希莫,12岁起就在圣栎树、榆树、桑树、玉兰树上生活的鸟一般、花一般、叶片一般、云丝一般的人物;在红桃A、方片J和梅花O所行经的蓝宝石之街上叠现出《马可瓦多》中马可瓦多一家的步伐,他们正怀着摆脱贫穷的梦想从超级市场里偷出一推车又一推车的食品与用品;在那位有火星口音的教师讲话的时候,我还总是能听到马可波罗与忽必烈汗在《看不见的城市》中的对话隐隐传来:“从现在开始……”
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