@Elmkast Sorry to hear it man. Family situations like this are very tough and draining even when you're not in the direct conflict zone. It's awful because unlike with friends you can't exactly walk away from it. But if the family member doesn't want to change it's nigh-on impossible to do much about it.

@Elmkast Likewise. I did a month at a time this year and last and that was also great

@alper Sounds interesting! Not familiar with Christopher Alexander

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@zacharius Interesting, yeah I friend who mentioned that he used it for programming too. It's a good idea, maybe one I'll take up.

@lhwilkinson That's pretty terrifying but really interesting

@zacharius Also, Socrates worried about this: neamathisi.com/literacies/chap

And someone sent me this weird paper (PDF) users.speakeasy.net/~lion/nb/b from years ago, about writing everything down. Reminds me of GTD a bit too.

Still, I do believe in writing things down to get them off my mind. And I do find that writing itself helps consolidate thoughts. I suppose that's different from viewing it as reference material though.

I'm still split on how much to do by hand and how much to type.

@zacharius I've been thinking a lot about this issue. There's a world of difference between being able to look up a fact (ubiquitous) and knowing a fact (rare). And it's even rarer to have such a grasp of a topic that you can see abstract connections to unrelated things.

I've started using anki again, to memorise poetry of all things, and to manage a schedule of album listening. This is part of a regime of fiction, nonfiction, conversation, music, poetry, to improve writing.

@nindokag I'm pretty sure they joked about this on a recent 80,000 hours podcast. Like a subtitle to each article that gave an utilitarian ranking of how important something was. It was probably this episode:

80000hours.org/podcast/episode

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Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.

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