What I learnt the week of Aug. 15, 2019

Markdown is awesome

I plan to integrate Markdown editors wherever I can. I am by no means perfect at it, I am afterall just starting to work with. For example, this text is written in Markdown, more specifically on the admin section of my website with a Django Markdown Editor plugin.

Famous and successful people read and respond to email

  • I contacted Rosie Sherry, the creator of the Ministry of Testing with a question regarding starting a company. She gave me one of the most detailed responses I have ever received in my life, all within a couple of hours of me sending in the question. I am thankful for people like Rosie, who share their thoughts and opinions with other people. Always willing to give an advice. Thanks.
  • I also contacted Dan Ariely on the next day asking a question about career in Behavioural Economics and Neuroeconomics, by email. I got an auto response saying that Dan is extremely busy and is not likely to respond soon. I was also encouraged to llive a message (up to 500 characters on a special websitem which makes it ieasier for Dan to reply to anyone. My email was way over that limit.) I decide to wait tackle that reduction the next day. Couple of hours later I received an email from Dan with an audio he just recorded answering my question. It is crazy to me, to imagine him reading my question, thinking about it and responding with an audio. Thank you Dan, I really appreciate your advice!

Minimalism is the key to internal happiness for me (I think)

Obviously, the process of being happy is a never-ending one, I will have to work on it. The things that make me happy will change over time, but I thinnk I have found that thing that can aid in happiness acquisition process. Minimalist lifestyle, both physical and digital. Minimize wherever I can, wherevr it makes sense. For example, I plan to drop the use of Evernote and instead use my own website where possible (Books read, books to read and project ideas, for example).

The story of Aaron Swartz

Incredible story. Incredible person. Made me think that there are so many events in hte world that we might be blind to. Those events can be huge, but still miss us somehow. Learnt that there is an Internet Hall of Fame..

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