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"You know what's truly weird about any financial crisis? We made it up. Currency, money, finance, they're all social inventions. When the sun comes up in the morning it's shining on the same physical landscape, all the atoms are in place." ― Bruce Sterling

And now that there are talks of central banks digital currency along with cryptocurrency amongst others, plus a global economic crisis, this quote is even more obvious. We're left dumbstruck wondering why all this is happening.

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"The spectacle is not a collection of images, but a social relation among people, mediated by images." — Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle

Don't forget the online sphere is often a digital world of facades and templates. The rules we make up are all spectacles that we willingly choose to abide by. It's good to be reminded of that.

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I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone." - Aloha (on an HN thread)

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No == "can't you be more creative than that?"

The newsletter is a bit shorter this week, I was on holiday and didn't get the time to read more content.

Have a great start of end of day, wherever you are in the world!

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Why think! We have computers to do that for us. — Jean Rostand

Jean Rostand was a half-baked futurist/scholar in biology and other fields, interested in human evolution along with the degeneration of mankind and how to remediate it. A more famous quote of him is "Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a God."

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  • Better check this
    https://ciechanow.ski/archives/

    A blog full of explorable explanations done beautifully. See also "Awesome GAMES for kids!" in 23 and "This week we have fun in space" in 100.

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"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes." — Oscar Wilde

This is related to the quote in issue 125, "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.".

All and all, it seems that anything wrong, unexpected, and mistakes, will lead to more experience. Isn't that a tautology: Anything new will be an experience.

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The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards. — Gene Spafford

Is that why cold storage is great?

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There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things. — Phil Karlton

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The most potent weapon of mass destruction is the humiliated mind — Dr Evelin Lindner

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Your sixth sense works quickly and is not prone to second guessing — Nicholas Epley

We tend to think we got skills we sometimes don't have. One of them is reading other's minds, we can't do that.

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"Clothes make the man", "don't judge a book by its cover"
"birds of feather flock together", "opposites attract"
"just be yourself", "when in Rome, do as the Romans do"

We just got to admit sometimes, we have no clue what we're doing.

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Prevention is better than cure.

It's definitely better to be proactive than reactive. Yet, we can't be proactive with everything, we all have a limited amount of power.

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  • A real capability-based system
    https://sandstorm.io/how-it-works#grains
    https://sandstorm.io/how-it-works#capabilities
    https://capnproto.org/

    Sandstorm is mostly used as a proof of concept of capabilities through a WYSIWYG suite. The particularity is that in the backend it implements a capability based system, permissions are dynamic, through tokens exchanged moving from person to person, with all the management around it. See also "Don’t separate designation from authority" in 158.

  • Homoglyph attack
    https://util.unicode.org/UnicodeJsps/confusables.jsp?a=nixers.net

    We've had a couple of linked related to unicode before such as "Unicode" in 116, "Normalization of unicode" in 120, "Text on computers" in 137. Additionally, we've also dealt with normalization of URL on the forums in a thread called "having fun with domain names". What this can give rise to are homoglyph attacks.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_satiation

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Resignation

I find it fascinating to read about current social phenomena from a Wikipedia's retrospective.

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  • A website I thought I had linked before
    https://emotionalgranularity.com/

    This is quite a fun site to visite, especially to learn about how to express some things that are hard to put things into word.

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You can learn from anyone, you simply have to approach the situation with this intent and keep reminding yourself of this.

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If someone shares some piece of information that doesn't mean they agree with it, nor support it, nor imply it has anything to do with them.

Just some common sense, but that needs so often to be reminded.

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It might just be a lonely rainy night on the side of mount Everest — A random sentence from a podcast

Life's hard, sometimes we focus on momentary pain while we're on our path to something else.

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Slowdown.

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"Read a Lot, Forget Most of What You Read, and Be Slow-witted"
https://fs.blog/what-did-montaigne-like-to-read/
https://www.theatlantic.com/daily-dish/archive/2010/02/-read-a-lot-forget-most-of-what-you-read-and-be-slow-witted/190691/

Sometimes we dwell too much on the appearances or efficacy of all our minute actions. Why not take things more lightly this week, read and let it imprint you in whatever way it does, without forcing it.

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  • Software Over Time
    https://blog.jim-nielsen.com/2022/software-over-time/

    Pondering about the implications of an observation: Will this piece of software live long enough, or can it only live a small burst of time. What does it take for software to be maintainable, changeable, and adaptable? All good software architecture and engineering questions. Somehow this reminds me of the credo of chaos engineering and the stringent stress it incurs on software to make it resilient and flexible.

  • A Very Regional Thing
    https://text.npr.org/1109498551

    Plastic is omnipresent. Some places use it more than others, some places use it less but don't recycle, some places have litter issues, some have waste management issues, and some have very different issues. This article puts you in the shoes of someone in the USA, take it with a grain of salt if you're not from there and can't relate.

  • Open Source Pain Logger for Patients
    https://medevel.com/pain-diary/

    I had read about these scales in the past, and their gruesome history. It makes me happy to see that we can do that without being tracked by Big Corp, thanks to this team in Germany.

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We all gradually change, sometimes more abruptly than others, but we all do. What are some changes others have noticed in you that you might not have yet? Think back to the Johari window I mentioned back in issue 141, apart from relationships, what are other changes happening.
Boring?
Have a fun week!

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Take the time to really listen to someone this week, we often forget that.
Have a great day!

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Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead. — Will Rogers

Yet another cheesy quote! Not one to take too literally, but one to ponder upon. This isn't a call for action to let go and keep your head high, nor to lose everything, but about what it means to take risks and learning from experience. At least that's how I see it.
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Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell. — Karl Popper

Great quote that asks for due diligence. Rhetoric is an art and those who master it can often be only about talk and no actions.
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  • Software engineers and woodworking
    https://www.zainrizvi.io/blog/why-software-engineers-like-woodworking/

    The online cliché of software engineers wanting to leave their jobs to do woodworking or live on a farm has always been foreign to me. Maybe it's a cultural thing very specific to certain regions. This article sheds some light on the subject.

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Everyone should know how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think! — Steve Jobs

What a cheesy quote, right? Also a big hyperbole! Yet, I think there's some truth to it, programming computers does change the way you think about some things and approach problems. It probably doesn't teach you to "think" but it does teach you how to apply a certain methodological way to look a things, similar to how learning a new skill set would.
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Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. — Alan Kay

An inspirational quote that you can listen to while working out. In all seriousness, sometimes we pay more attention to what is happening around us, what others are planning for, than what we would like to see. Think about this for next week.
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There are no shortcuts to any place worth going ― Helen Keller

Life can take us on so many path, some of them taken deliberately, some of them serendipitously. Yet, when we yearn for something, we want to arrive there early, but for things that matter, it's the road that is more important than the end.
Enough sentimental jargon, enjoy the week!

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Wear sunscreen
https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1198000-wear-sunscreen

A classic monologue, with a single punchline. Yet, I also think sunscreen is very important, put some today maybe.

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Never wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty and the pig likes it.

In continuation with the previous link, sometimes a fight isn't worth fighting.

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A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. — John A. Shedd, according to Quote Investigator

There's a lot of things we prepare for indirectly, unconsciously, but never actually practically do. Maybe because we're afraid of failure, consequences, or the unknown. This week, let's ponder on such scenarios, turning them from tacit to explicit and deliberate.

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  • Since when have we been polite?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9qIwF5YcjA

    There's a lot of things we take for granted because we're inundated with them and haven't experienced otherwise. This channel (with videos translated in multiple languages) offers a lot of valuable historical distance to these topics.

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Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. — Khalil Gibran

Be there for the people around you, this is something these past few years have made even more apparent. "A friendship isn’t a forced duty or responsibility, it’s a relation that we choose to keep out of love."

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  • Google's Arts and Culture Exploration
    https://artsandculture.google.com/

    Yes, I know it's evil Google, but I'm personally enjoying that website quite a bit and thought of sharing. Tell me if it's worth it and whether you know other similar pages.

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If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all. — Everybody's parents, friends, and teachers

I'd take this further and put it as: prioritize talking about what you love or learned instead of what bothered you, and if you absolutely have to, at least put in a constructive way. I'm definitely guilty of this too, and I know it's hard to get out when you start going down this spiral. In the age of the internet, toxicity is omnipresent. Take some time to revise your own Johari Window too, this might help.
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Each picture has some sort of rhythm which only the director can give it. He has to be like the captain of a ship. - Fritz Lang

Coming from a film mastermind like Fritz Lang, this quote displays the difference in quality between craftmanship and mere industrial consumption. Do you feel the passion that you put in work, or that other put, shows up in the end?

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When a thing looks complicated, it's possible that we're looking at it wrong and missing some of the pieces of the puzzle.

I like this quote, it applies in multiple places. Sometimes the pieces of the puzzle are missed because they're out of our expertise, touching domains that weren't even in our concern when approaching the problem.

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The best writing is rewriting.

It's good to have the newsletter back. Think about people, hobbies, and others that you haven't given much attention to lately, maybe it's time to rekindle, to re-form bounds.

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  • Text on computers
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYd2KkuZLbE

    It's always fun to talk about the assumptions we have about textual representation on machines. This talk by Dylan Beattie does a pretty good job at going into historical tidbits and anecdotes. This is somewhat related to this forums thread on unicode.

  • Taking distance from war propaganda
    https://venam.nixers.net/blog/internet_communication_narrative_control_booklet.pdf

    This is a shameless plug of something I've written. Internet propaganda is thriving and everyone is attempting to drive others into their camp of vilification. This is a short research I did on the topic of narrative control on the internet, the first section is especially relevant today (The Artifacts And Spaces). Opinions are my own, so take everything with a grain of salt, and stay safe!

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The newsletter is alive once more!
For the first edition, as you might have noticed, we're starting the easy way by sharing stuff you might have already seen on links aggregator websites. There's some re-contextualization, and extra content, and I hope it's enough to open an appetite for the newsletter again. In the next one we'll try to touch things that aren't stuck in the zeitgeist.
Let me know what you think, if it encourages you to read more, and get in touch on IRC, or help out.
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HE is lucky who realizes that "luck" is the point where preparation meets opportunity.

This is going to be the last newsletter in quite a while. I'm going to take a pause and free up time to study software architecture, a topic that captivates me. I'll foster my love of diagrams explaning complex software stacks.

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vermaden joins us again for this issue. Be sure to check his blog there's some awesome content out there.

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https://theblog.adobe.com/the-half-life-of-your-skills-is-shrinking-heres-what-you-can-do-about-it/

Keep learning, whatever it is, keep moving.

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Just go back from vacations.
This newsletter was super hard to put together but I did it.

Also, I'm surprised that after 2 weeks nobody has even started the scavenger hunt: https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=2275

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I'm going on a two week vacations, so there won't be any newsletter in a while. Let's wish everyone a sweet month of June.

Also, enjoy the scavenger hunt: https://nixers.net/showthread.php?tid=2275

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Software engineers live in a world of deep introspection. They spend most of the day solving complex problems, breaking problems apart and reconstructing them. Often, when they are distracted, their subconscious can make the most bizarre leaps, connecting half-baked ideas and partially solved algorithms. This can happen in the oddest of places, for example, in the shower, or cooking in the kitchen, or driving in a car.

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Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones. Stephen King

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Enter with the intention of growing as an individual.

You may not always enjoy your days but there can still be something that could help you grow. You may not always enjoy a conversation but it could help you grow.

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Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.

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In science if you know what you are doing you should not be doing it.In engineering if you do not know what you are doing you should not be doing it.

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https://jamesclear.com/deliberate-practice-theory

I was dumbfounded when I heard about this concept in the first link of this issue. Not because I didn't know about it but because it's something I'm doing instinctively, naturally. I couldn't even imagine having to write an article about it. And having it as a concept means that some people out there are not benefiting from this simple thing. So here we go, be it obvious to you or not.

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Never be satisfied, that's the way you'll fall short. See past yourself.

A quote that may seem would lead to pessimism but that I think is about the contrary. I guess it goes along with the following:

Does the tournament make sense as you keep going?

or again:

There's no such thing as perfection.

It's not the end goal that matters, it's the path, the adventure on the way, the progress, the intention. Sometimes it has boundaries, sometimes it doesn't. However if you're satisfied with the status quo you'll stop your journey short.

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I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something. - Richard Feynman

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A cliched reiteration of issue 13:

Show me how you spend your day and I'll tell you what you care about.

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In today's world what people say about things is more important than what they really are. Truth is now about whatever is more popular. Like it or not.

Thought provoking, isn't it?
What can we do about it.
Let's fight information overload!

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“I am not a pessimist but I am a realist” - Always coming from the pessimist in the room

I'm reviewing old articles on my blog and I'm surprised by how some ideas are even more true today. We live in a society that is increasingly attached to realism, that cannot take metaphors, abstract topics, and ambiguity. Maybe this is an idea worth sharing for those struggling out there.

https://venam.nixers.net/blog/psychology/2017/05/23/deliberate-positive-illusion.html

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The internet is full of consequences now because real life is full of consequences. The membrane between online and real life has long since dissolved.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/18/17366528/snapchat-decline-internet-ghost-towns

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It's not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it's that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have. - Gary Keller

Sorry, no vermaden valuable news this week, he switched the publishing schedule to Mondays and so we'll get the issue next week. Or maybe we could start publishing the newsletter on Mondays too. Tell me what you think?

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"To maintain these strong counter-scientific consensus views, you kind of have to have a lack of knowledge." - Philip Fernbach

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Whenever you learn something new it adds, mixes, and changes the way you perceive the world around you.

Here's a fun Quora thread: https://www.quora.com/Does-programming-change-the-way-you-think-and-see-things

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This is the first fressh issue of this new year. As cliché as it sounds let's emphasize some thoughts about change.

Remember those "Culture clash" from 86 and "Edge effect" from 84, let's start on this tone. Give yourself permission to make yourself a priority, at least for a while. Try out new things, or continue what you've left behind, or simply grow on the same path.

"We often underestimate our capacity to reinvent ourselves" - Shankar Vedantam

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This week is a week of festivity in a lot of parts of the world. So let's share a piece that I've found helpful, maybe you'll find some value in it too.

https://www.theminimalists.com/understanding/

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This season needs elves, and this is what I'm giving you the most in this issue (actually this was so time consuming I couldn't give anything else).

I hope you enjoy it, and happy holidays!

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As you may have noticed I've removed the Random section of this newsletter. There's already enough content, brace yourself for a long read this week. Sorry for the double email, I almost missed vermaden valuable news.

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Xero's Weekly Ricing Tips

zathura is a vi{m,} like pdf and comicbook viewer.

besides having vi like bindings and a minimal ui, zathura is extremely "riceable" and has a awesome feature called "recolor". when set to true, you can define custom colors for bg and fg of textual documents, but it also sets images to greyscale and tints them in matching inverted hues. :set recolor is a toggle command, so if your set it to run by default in your ~/.config/zathura/zathurarc file, manually calling it from the ui will disable the feature.

here's my config for reference: https://github.com/xero/dotfiles/blob/master/zathura/.config/zathura/zathurarc

cite:

  • man 5 zathurarc
  • https://pwmt.org/projects/zathura/documentation/
  • https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/zathura
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| xero harrison       |
| xero.nu@gmail.com   |
| http://0w.nz        |
| http://xero.nu      |
| http://fontvir.us   |
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Issue 104, yet another 52 weeks have gone by.
After passing the 100 issues mark we've finally made it to two years of Unix newsletters.

Thanks to everyone who contributed and to all the readers.

It's fantastic, spread the word around!

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  • One of those habit building blog
    https://jamesclear.com/reset-the-room
    https://thecreativeindependent.com/guides/how-to-balance-full-time-work-with-creative-projects/

    But a good one, not an annoying listicle type. It gets 2M hits a month on the blog and I've just discovered it. The second post is also related to organizing yourself, the usual work-life balance, a quite popular topic on technology news website. It reminded me of the discussion we had on the forums about Scientifically Proven Digital Attention Helpers, things such as knowing the times in the day when you are more focused, finding what works when guiding yourself towards an intent, what keeps you focus or reminds you of what you need to do (environment or not), splitting big tasks into smaller achievable ones to be able to track them, going with the intent rather than a goal, etc.. See also "Time management and management in general" of issue 98. While also ending on a good note about the histrionic busy: see "Over-Productive" in 78, "Production" in 66, and "The busy trap" in 32.

  • Akira
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqVoEpRIaKg

    There was a time when anime wasn't associated with what it is today, a time of burgeoning. Probably one of the most impressive animated movie I've seen, along with the Studio Ghibli.

  • Information war
    https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2018/11/28/the-digital-maginot-line/

    Complementary to "7 items you won't believe are shockingly amazing!" in issue 85 and to all our "state of the internet" kind of articles.

  • Custom typeface
    https://www.arun.is/blog/custom-typefaces/

    Also, yet again, a recurrent talk in this newsletter: fonts. This episode covers custom typeface, why companies do it, should they continue doing it, and if you should you pay attention.

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Judgment is but a mirror that reflects the insecurities of the person who’s doing the judging.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpBC_jyg-go

Some people live in a world where there are haters and lovers, people that get you and others that don't, everyone judging each others, scaling and measuring their behaviors, inspecting if everyone moves in their plastic manner, pantomime, and making sure they never diverge from their cookie-cutter molds otherwise we'd have to re-invent how we perceive them. It's a world where one move means everything, where you can't make mistakes.
The thing is this only exists when we are teenagers full of hormones living the school days life (or if you're a politician). Real life is much more complex, so get over it.

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The mind can be trained just like the body.

Thinking About Thinking

Meditation, learning psychology, taking the time to teach ourselves about cognitive biases, controlling our day to day intents and attention, leading our future changes and directions. All those are things that are possible and we live in the best time to try them. As much as a cliché as this is I still thought of putting this as the thought of the week.

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If you can't tell me what you'd like to happen it means you don't have a problem yet. It's simply nagging. A problem exist only if there's a difference between what is effectively happening and what you'd like to happen.

Going along with the last link of the random section, a thought that's been playing in my head for some time now is to "Make explicit what is implicit". We often assume wrongly that some things should go unsaid but it's always better to be clear about what we have understood, what we expect, what we would wish would be the best possible outcome, that's the only good way to avoid mistakes and misunderstandings. Also we need to add that this does not only apply to problematic scenarios but to any others, if we like something we should be explicit about what exactly what done right and what exactly we liked, this way everyone progresses.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

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It's been a 100 weeks of Unix newsletters, congratulations everyone! 1763 Unix links, 569 random interesting links, all and all more than 2300 links.

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"One of the worst things you can do is force people who don't feel pain to take your aspirin." - Dan Meyer

https://www.nctm.org/blog/ifmathistheaspirin/
A reminder of "The Shirky principle" in 72.

I'm sending the newsletter early this week because I'm taking some vacations as a birthay gift to myself, I've worked 3 months in the span of 2 months.

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"There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult." ― C. A. R. Hoare

"At first I hoped that such a technically unsound project would collapse but I soon realized it was doomed to success. Almost anything in software can be implemented, sold, and even used given enough determination. There is nothing a mere scientist can say that will stand against the flood of a hundred million dollars. But there is one quality that cannot be purchased in this way - and that is reliability. The price of reliability is the pursuit of the utmost simplicity. It is a price which the very rich find most hard to pay." ― C.A.R. Hoare

https://www.innoq.com/en/blog/do-we-worship-complexity/, somewhat of a reminder of "Holding it in my head" in issue 94.

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"Confusopoly"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confusopoly
http://dilbert.com/strip/2010-11-21
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"Everyone is complex and made out of different parts. Those parts grow at different rates. Some parts of ourselves could still be teenagers while others mature more fully."

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  • The WWW is awesome (continue+)
    https://youtu.be/wSn7CJ0cNZ4

    Last weekend I had this discussion with a friend about this series I ran in this newsletter about the WWW awesomeness of niche found in there and why I was doing that. The sort of refreshment in the face of the never ending list of articles and debates about the online click-economy, privacy, and attention span issues that I've discussed so much in the state-of-the-web state-of-the-mind series. This link is from this same friend, it's quite interesting and well researched as are a lot of those sort of educational Youtube videos, maybe not as niche as the other kinds of videos I've inserted in this newsletter but still fun. This is entry is more of a reminder of the topic then being about the content of the video. So, readers, if you stumble upon things on the internet that makes you go "Waw, damn this is good" then hit me up with it and I'll happily share it in the newsletter.

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"Whatever your strengths are, they will likely lead straight into your weaknesses."

A quote from the "Twelve Natural Laws of Business", see http://www.zingermanscommunity.com/2012/01/natural-law-10-whatever-your-strengths-are-they-will-likely-lead-straight-into-your-weaknesses/ for more info.
What I have been reminded by this quote is actually the total opposite, when someone is aware of their weakness it will often appear to others as their most polished attribute.

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"Chess has shaped how I think. This idea that most chess moves are mistakes, even when made by very good players. Also, you can’t blame other people for your own problems, even though some of your problems may be their fault." - Tyler Cowen

You know the "Baader-Meinhof" effect, well it happened this week to. It seemed like everywhere I went chess made an appearance. From a series I'm watching with my significant other, to a podcast, to my coworker learning some new moves. Though I haven't got to play this week, ironically, but the concept that kept floating in my mind was the one found in this quote.

The newsletter is coming early this week because I'm taking some small vacations, have fun everyone.

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"does the tournament make sense as you keep going?"

Why are we striving for what we are striving for. Does it make sense to focus more on it or to stabilize, spread out, and balance efforts into other things. To keep going on in the tournament we have to put more of ourselves in it and so less into other things. Maybe this is a warped up way of saying "rat race" maybe it's not, it depends on how deliberate we are about our decisions.

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  • Once more... About Identity
    https://regularflolloping.com/posts/identity-in-the-wired/

    Let's bring back an old topic that keeps resurfacing in this newsletter: Identity, and specifically digital identity. This short thought piece should get you back on those thoughts, plus you can always dig in the archive to find all that has been shared.

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"Are they smart? Do they get things done? Do I want to spend a lot of time around them?" - Sam Altman

This week we have a quote related to work culture, more precisely partnering up aka having coworkers or hiring. I've noted that quote when the "How to Start a Startup" course at Standford in Fall 2014 came out and have kept it in my mind since then. How do we know that the team is holding well together. Some of the criteria are in that quote, what others do you want to add? This can be your conversation starter for next week.

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"Trust breeds trust"

Maybe I don't need to say anything and gently leave those here:

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Everything in life has an expiry date, especially for electronics. Some companies even plan ahead this expiry date and indirectly forces you to buy new. But also, most of the things can be repaired, the question is if it's worth the effort to repair it.

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"One theory says that man is a neoteny and is no longer able to evolve. If this is true, then what an absurd creature mankind has evolved into." - Eiri Masami

On a side note, we've broken the 240+ readers mark, congratulations everyone! I can't help but be happy at the thought that everyone deliberately chose to receive this newsletter, and that it only spread through word of mouth.

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A truly open mind means forcing our imaginations to conform to the evidence of reality, and not vice versa, whether or not we like the implications. - Lawrence Krauss

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