Scott MacLeod

Five Things – 22-10-16

Novelist Connie Willis explains why telepathy is a terrible superpower—The Verge An interesting discussion around Connie Willis’ new book Crosstalk, especially around the idea that being able to hear everything that everyone is thinking in their stream of consciousness wouldn’t be so great. Also some interesting ideas around the current oversharing culture, and how it can cause unexpected damage. I’ve already added Crosstalk to my “to read” list! Zuckerberg in Africa—Backchannel Although I’m not a fan of Facebook, I think it’s great that Zuckerberg took time to schedule in a visit to Africa, as it’s one of the highest growth areas, both generally and technology-wise, for this century....

Five Things – 15-10-16

Life on a Ledge—Chicago Sun-Times A pretty emotional piece exploring a wide variety of peoples reactions to a public suicide, including people who did know the person who jumped, and people who just witnessed it. It’s interesting to see how people deal with being involved in such a shocking event. Scott Pilgrim: Make Your Transitions Count—The NerdWriter A great exploration of the importance of transitions in film, through the lens of one of my favourite movies....

Five Things - 10-09-16

[Work It Harder Make It Better Do It Faster Makes Us Stronger]—Matter I’m loving this series of articles from Kevin Roose! It’s interesting to hear about the experiments that can be done to improve certain aspects of ones life. Previous instalments in this series focused on sleeping, and even the best way to go to the toilet. I cannot wait to read the next one. [Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds]—NPR This is exciting, as I’m a much better talker than a typist (if I’m typing, I’m editing as well)....

Five Things - 20-08-16

How Facebook Made Your Birthday a Business—The Ringer An interesting look at how Facebook has cemented itself as the place where people wish “Happy Birthday” to each other, including some of the overt nudges such as the notifications, and subtle nudges in the language that Facebook uses around birthdays. AnyPixel.js—Google Creative Lab This is just a small fun thing that I’d love to setup in a space! And it’s also a great example of the democratisation of hardware and software that is becoming more prevalent today....

Warren Buffet on scheduling meetings

I love the simplicity of the rule: I can see you today if you asked me yesterday, but I can’t fill up my schedule any further in advance. This way he can determine how he wants to spend his time within the context of the next 24 hours instead of booking things weeks or months in the future. Now his schedule is relevant instead of prescient. This is what I strive for....

Some New Podcast Recommendations

Over the last couple of months I’ve been listening to some great podcasts and wanted to share them with everyone. So here we go: Causality This is a great podcast for people who are interested in the small things, both in human behaviour and mechanical design that can lead to massive disasters. John Chidgey takes us through disasters as varied as the Challenger Space Shuttle, the Maccabiah bridge collapse, the Amagasaki train crash, and the BP Texas City explosion....

My Top 5 Tips to Thinking Creatively/Deeply

Just a few of my top tips on getting the most out of your brain. 1. Get enough sleep The reason sleep is number one is simply because it’s the most important item on this list. There are two elements to sleep which make it so important, first up when you’re sleeping, and you get to REM, your brain is processing everything you learnt that day. Secondly, when your sleep deprived you think too positively, while this doesn’t sound too bad, it can lead to not assessing risk properly....

Giving Kudos When Kudos Are Due

This is something I’ve actually been thinking about for a couple of days… In a workplace, it’s very common to give a shoutout when a subordinate or a colleague has done something noteworthy. However, shoutouts very rarely go up the business organisational chart. I guess some people think that giving compliments to a boss seems like sucking up, but I think as long as it is an honest compliment, it’s worth doing....

Take the Time to Think Today

In today’s distracted world, there are so many things that take up our time. TV shows, podcasts, books, music, movies, etc. All have an important place in our society and as such often take up a lot of our free time; sometimes even encroaching on our work time as well. However, there is something that should get more dedicated time than most people do. That is time to simply think....

Why I Still Read Words Printed on Dead Trees

Learning something new should be the goal of everyone, every single day. And these days it is easy; with sources such as podcasts, Youtube videos, documentaries on Netflix, and even new platforms like Blinkist; there are ample ways to learn something new. I however am a huge fan of the very old school book, and I wanted to write up a few thoughts on why I find books valuable. Now just to be clear I’m talking about physical books, the ones printed on paper, as while it is super convenient to have thousands of books in a tiny Kindle, or to be able to work on other things while listening to an audio book, I don’t think the experience is the same....