Rodrigo Guzman

Highlights & Notes

A Sport and a Pastime

Hsu's rec

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American Colonies

Matt Yglesias rec

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The Leap

recommended by Tim Ferris in a blog post about bill gates not being a risk-taker.

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Invisible Cities

I find myself wanting to quote several passages only to find that the idea at hand took at least a page to develop and cannot be adequately be captured in one or two sentences. (!)

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Invisible Cities

Memory is redundant: it replaces signs so that the city can begin to exist.

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Excellent. Tom Robins meets Isabell Allende with a twist of nerd.

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Getting Things Done

Read this. The sooner the better. It is mostly worth it.

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Getting Things Done

13. The Power of Outcome Focusing

More re-iteration: it is hard to determine the next action if you don't have a clear outcome in mind. This is a feedback loop: desired outcomes leads to formulating next actions and information gathering as a result of next actions lead to adjustment in desired outcomes.

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Getting Things Done

12. The power of the next-action decision

Most of it is re-iteration of previous ideas: you have to turn "input" into "next actions". This reduced your cognitive load because when you know what the "next action" is the "input" becomes concrete and you have an easier time thinking about it. It takes work to determine "next actions", but you have to do it. It is particularly difficult for long term projects. c.f. http://www.aaronsw.com/webl...

Adopting a culture of "next action" has huge benefits in organizations. He recommends that after half the time allocated for a meeting has elapsed someone ask "What's the next action?" Answering will usually take up the rest of the meeting.

The only interesting bit was the part about "Bright people procrastinate more". The main premise is that bright people have both active imaginations and the mental ability to follow hypothetical situations pretty well. These usually lead to great amount of anxiety about things that may happen.

This strikes me as utterly wrong. Maybe because by "bright" I understand "3-5 sigma above average" people and he just means "1-2 sigma". In my experience, "bright" people are lazy, effective, and in control. By lazy I mean "as lazy as possible given the desired outcome", not that they never work. In other words lazy is maximized but effective > lazy.

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Getting Things Done

Bright people have the capability of freaking out faster and more dramatically than anyone else.

[this doesn't seem true, but it is interesting that he says it]

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