Stephen Hawking’s Theory of Productivity

From Cal Newport’s blog:

“…here’s some advice: The problem with physics is that most of the days we don’t make any major headway (on our projects). That’s why you should do other stuff: listen to music, meet good friends. There’s one exception to this rule: If you find a solution for a given problem, you work 24 hours a day and forget everything else. Until the problem is solved in its entirety.”

Three Year Olds are Huggers

After you get older than three, you forget that three-year-olds are actually tiny people with a tiny culture.

It started when they were two. Dropping off my son at day care, another two-year-old would say hi, and he’d say hi back.

Like they are real people that have any business communicating with each other.

Now we’re at a place where I can’t get near his room without the other kids yelling out that his “dad is here.”

He’s in the back of the room doing god knows what with his friends, and he’s posted lookouts at the front of the room.

But then there is the hugging. These kids like to hug. And they don’t care who you are. Tonight I had to bend down to help my son get his shoes on, and I was nearly pulled under by a room full of toddlers that were desperate to hug me.

If you are pulled under, remember to swim perpendicular to the tide, rather than against it.

DDOS Attack on the Media

Will Oremus from Slate perfectly captures Trump’s news cycle on On The Media:

The Trump campaign is a denial of service attack on the entire media.
If you have enough outrageous stuff going on at once, there’s no way the media can cover all of it, and all of it gets covered much less than it would otherwise.

The same thing is happening in my brain. I’d love to write about going to see the live Paw Patrol with my family tonight, or post a picture of an awkwardly-worded sign I saw downtown, or even something something brands, but I’m not sure what I could possibly write about that wouldn’t seem frivolous in the face of the badly written, unrealistically-over-the-top movie that’s currently governing the US.

Pastebot for Mac

I haven’t been using my Mac much since getting an iPad Pro over the summer. It’s just been more fun to use than the laptop.

Then I bought Pastebot, and I’ve been back on the Mac ever since.

Pastebot remembers everything you copy. Then you can paste any of it later, anywhere you want, in any order you want. You can also create filters that transform text in the clipboard into another format.

If you’re anything like me, and you probably are me if you’re reading this, then you’ll appreciate what this means for doing research or trying to put together a document that includes bits of text or images from elsewhere.

It’s the most useful app I have right now.

Highly recommended.

Also, Tapbots is a developer well worth supporting. They make great apps.