The Dream Machine tells a wonderful story about the creation of modern computers, characterized by creativity, tinkering, and idea cross-pollination. As told in The Dream Machine, it centers around J.C.R Licklider, a central figure and instigator in the early decades of computer history.
Could you ever do better than all of human civilization on some particular problem? Could you be reasonably confident that you know something experts don’t, or that you’ve discovered a novel solution to a big problem, or that you can “do better” than the best the rest of the world has to offer? Maybe it’s not so far-fetched, given that it’s quite plausible no one is working on some specific problem that you’ve come across…
Nobody gets rich from a salary. Aggressive statement; it warrants some definitions. A salary, broadly speaking, is compensation for your labor — for your input into the machination of a company. The same is true for a hourly wage, except the relationship is more obvious there. People join companies to magnify their efforts — to... Continue Reading →
Look at a company's trajectory, potential, and amount of sustained damage when deciding between work opportunities
I walked past a fancy laundromat + café place today. As a business, I think it's a great idea (although somewhat indulgent as well), but it got me thinking (as one does) about the economics of laundry, especially in apartments that have laundry on-site. My current apartment has a washer and dryer in every unit.... Continue Reading →