First I’m listing them all out. With reasons. No good reason, delete.
- Quora: What could a 20 year old do to improve his life further down the line? I’m 22 and I think this is relevant to me.
- Quora: How to deal with school being an unenjoyable waste of time? I want to write for bright students who hate school.
- Quora: What makes Farmville so addictive? I want to learn to make good things addictive for me.
- Quora: Yishan Wong’s Answers. Yishan is an intelligent, thoughtful, hardworking and successful guy. He’s worked at Paypal and Facebook and he’s now the CEO of reddit. He thinks and writes clearly. I’ve been meaning to study his answers carefully. I have a lot to learn from him.
- Quora: Marcus Geduld’s Rules For Himself (Which he invites you to follow) Marcus is a Shakespearean director and he’s also one of the greatest modern gentlemen I’ve had the honour of witnessing. He’s like a modern day courtier. Everybody loves Marcus. I have a lot to learn from him.
- Quora: Hidden Habits Of Ineffective People self-evident.
- Quora: Why has Microsoft stopped innovating?
- Quora: Life Lessons from Starcraft
- Quora: Life Lessons from WoW
- Quora: How can college students become professional entrepreneurs? Build, fail, reiterate, keep shipping, velocity through mini-projects… simplest Facebook app is better than 40 page business plan
- Quora: Life Lessons
Spirituality and Living
- UrbanDharma.org – Mindfulness In Plain English I want to learn and practice meditation. This isn’t nearly “plain english” enough for me, and I’d like to create an even “plainer” summary.
- OSHO: Lost – Seeker – Becomes? - Spiritual stuff. Involves some Hindu stuff, some Tao stuff.
- reddit help/faqs: Meditation simple, elegant, clear.
- Thubten Chodron, on Buddhism I like this woman’s perspective on spirituality.
- Singapore Budget – A link I’m keeping around, that I’d like to sink my teeth into. I don’t know very much about the budget, and I presume (foolishly) that if I don’t, then most people don’t, either. Will make sense of it and share my thoughts and findings.
Books and Learning:
- streetswiki – Eyes On The Street Jane Jacobs is one of my favourite writers and her insights into the failure of urban planning have some deep implications to me. This is a summary of some of her ideas. I could and should put my own take on it. Been also curious about what the rest of the streetswiki site is like.
- Lives of a Cell, by Lewis Thomas - One of my favourite books of all time. I bookmarked it so I’d have access to it in case I ever needed to quote from it. I suppose now I can save the link here and delete the bookmark.
- WikiQuote – Simone Weil - Was planning to spend a day reading and studying Simone Weil’s quotes. French social and religious philosopher in the early 1900s, involved in the Spanish Civil War and the French Resistance. Her thoughts are a pleasure to read. So quotable. Have not yet read.
- EngineeringGuy – Summary of Made To Stick - Made to Stick is a book that really hit me in the face, and it got me thinking about how we ought to express our thoughts and ideas in a way that would do most justice to them. If saying a little less means people remember what you said better, why wouldn’t you? Need to digest this. Also curious about the rest of EngineeringGuy’s “white-papers”
- Edge.org asks a great question every year. I have about 14 years of questions to sieve through. Pretty high priority. I have a couple of the books (“What do you believe to be true, but cannot prove?”) and they get me giddy and nauseous with the raw power of their ideas.
- Nathan Jurgenson – The Data Self, a Dialectic Nathan writes about the symbiotic relationship between our online and offline identities, and how we tend to be biased in thinking that we create our profiles, forgetting that our profiles also create us. He’s a great thinker to have as we move into a new and interesting digital age. (What is “Social” exactly? Etc.)
- Brain Pickings – 10 Best Psychology/Philosophy Books 2012 one of my favourite spaces on the internet.
TwistedSifter- 20 Steve Jobs Quotes I’ve been planning to put together the phrases and words from all my favourite inspirational/motivational speeches and texts. This is a relevant source. The related links are also great- Neil Tyson quotes, general quotes on art and creativity. All good.
- YouTube – Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius
Career & Personal Development:
- ChrisGuillebeau – A Brief Guide To World Domination. I meant to get into this but I haven’t figured out how much time or energy to put into it. What do I want out of life? What can I offer that no one else can? I think I should return to this when I need to sharpen my axe. For now, chop wood.
- Tynan – The Hustler’s MBA Relevant to my “Screw Uni” ideas.
- KratosGuide – 16 Habits You Should Do Every Day (See related on the site: 50 lessons from Marcus Aurelius)
- Gizmodo – How To Be A Genius (Apple Training Guide) This one doesn’t have very much depth but I’d like to just sort of mash it up and drink it down.
- Positive Psychology is the idea that human well-being is about more than just treating mental illness, but about having a fulfilling life- good health, not just treatment of illness. Been meaning to study this.
- Midnight’s Children is a book by Salman Rushdie set in the transition of India from British colony to independent nation-state. It was recommended to me as relevant to my interests in writing a coming-of-age story set in Singapore.
- Unusual Articles
- List of common misconceptions
- List of cognitive biases
- List of fallacies
- Vilayanur Ramachandran – 3 clues to understanding your brain
- Robert Wright on optimism and non-zero-sum progress
- http://www.ted.com/playlists - Curious to see what people I care about, care about
I think I should make a list of all my favourite TED talks!
WSJ – David Foster Wallace on Life and Work I want to get to know DFW better. This is water, this is water.
Harvard Business Review – Managing Oneself, Peter Drucker - Distill and learn, Visa, distill, learn and apply.
Venkatesh Rao – A Big Little Idea Called Legibility Venkat is an interesting guy with interesting perspectives and I was hoping to make sense of this. Not a high priority.
How I Plot A Novel in 5 Steps - Relevant to when I plan to write novels.
YouTube – The Psychology of Everything Big, popular psychology.
Urbagram.net – Microplexes - Networks and Complex Systems. This got me excited. High priority. Read the other essays. Break them down and make them relevant.
Decision Making Techniques - a bit technical and dry but I’m curious to skim through it and see what I like.
The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet was and continues to be interesting to me because it features women talking to each other. We actually get very little of this in the mainstream media. I think this will be relevant and useful to me, as a man, in understanding women a little better. (See: Bechdel test)
Introduction to Logic Formal logic is something I’d like to study and understand.
On Copywriting: an infographic
GEP AMA I did this AMA on EDMW and it’s one of my prouder achievements, winning over a potentially hostile audience with tact. Bookmarked because I want to glean insights for future writing.
Ray Dalio Management Principles I don’t know who Ray Dalio is, but somebody I admire believed he was a great guy to learn from, so I’ll dissect it and break it down.
The Flinch ought to be summarized.
NYTimes – Writers on Writing John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut and many others.
Self Illusion – Interview with Bruce Hood I met this guy, he’s pretty cool. To do a summary.
Engineering Management, Yishan Wong Anything Yishan writes, I would read.
Vanity Fair: Obama’s Way, by Michael Lewis A study of Obama’s leadership, and a study of Michael Lewis’s sketch of Obama, in words
Workflowy: Power Of Now Book summary shared with me by a friend loved it, need to digest it again more thoroughly.
http://www.edwdebono.com/course Edward de Bono is a bit of an authority figure on creativity and lateral thinking, and he writes simply and cleanly.
The Art Of Complex Problem Solving I thought this infographic was cool.
Information about the Brain educational read! I think it’s important to understand the human brain- the thing that’s doing all the understanding.
Book recommendations: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (Adam Smith)
Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Ebooks and Self-publishing - relevant for when I want to start writing more seriously!
CreativePenn – Publish your ebook on Smashwords thoughts on writing and publishing
Michael Wiese – Screenwriting/writing advice
99u – 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer just digest it, break it down, delete ti
Thematic index for Marks and Meaning - some interesting stuff I found on Flickr, not sure how. Low priority.
Drawing tutorials if and when I want to sit down and learn to draw
Figure and Gesture Drawing Tool – Generates photos to use as drawing practice
www.eyercize.com/practice/read speed reading exercises. Not sure if I really care.
Be Awesome Online useful list of articles
No Excuse List - Learn Music, Programming, Languages, DIY etc free
Color Scheme Designer - for choosing colours!
Communications & Society: Multiplicity in the classroom here’s a thinker I can get behind. Going to follow him on my RSS.
WeighTrainer.net -Understanding hypertrophy a little better
The Writer’s Journey – Hero’s Journey Joseph Campbell, broken down
American Scholar – Disadvantages of an Elite Education I want to comment on this!
PR.com – Ron Reagan Jr and Stem Cells - enjoyed this article and thought I ought to read it further
Binghamton – Swarm Intel (Digest and throw)
Swarm Theory – National Geographic A single bee or ant isn’t smart, but their colonies are. Implications on humanity?
GOTTA TAKE A BREAK JUST PUTTING THIS OUT THERE