Since I’m not forcing you to read this article, I’ll argue that I’m not breaking this promise. Early on I realized that I didn’t like being lectured by other parents. It was often done in a talk-don’t-listen manner which was frustrating. Ever since, I’ve been reluctant to give other parents advice even when they ask directly. When forced, I will encourage them to adopt an trial-and-error / experimenting approach. Without replicating the whole context, it will be impossible/difficult to take anyone’s advice directly.
Agree with your partner (or yourself for singles) what kind of family you want and what kind…
Looking at both options, neither looks especially good. And the issue isn’t actually the countries, it’s the underlying assumption that some country or set of countries has to dominate the world. I’d hope that in the future we have a more enlightened view and way.
In my answer, I wrote that I think a world dominated by Asia, South America and Africa will be a lot like the world today and more.
A lot of how we think about countries and geopolitics is shaped by the news we read which portrays the countries of the world as single-minded competitors out…
I’m comfortable with our democracy ranking (for what little value such rankings hold) and that we are steadily moving up year by year.
Questions around democracy in Singapore often make reference to the index published by Country analysis EIU also on Wikipedia - Democracy Index.
Singapore is ranked in the 60s of those indexes which puts it in the upper 1/3 of the list. It seems to be worst hit by how EIU calculates Electorial process and pluralism. Given that Singapore has a dominate single-party that likely doesn’t sit well with the EIU evaluators.
The rankings don’t seem especially logical…
The features for a screen should be obvious on the screen. I shouldn’t need to go through so many menus and sub lists. If I’m dumb, I won’t understand why I can’t see the feature I want to use.
Most apps, services, equipment assumes a level of understanding that the app is built on. Yet, most users of apps aren’t software developers and designers. But the people building those apps are.
New apps and Web Services are beautiful and confusing. Icons are often abstractions rather than universal signs. …
Use napkins and toilet paper to wipe away leftover food, crumbs, oil before you start washing.
Your hand is better than any sponge. While rinsing the dish rub it with your hand cleaning off all the oil and junk. Then use a sponge with soap to do a clean and rinse.
Put a small garbage bag behind the faucet or next to the sink. Wipe the dishes into this bag and clean the drain filter into this bag. Once full, double bag and tie closed.
Start with the cleanest dishes and work your way steadily towards more dirty dishes. …
We see many digital collectables marketplaces these days. You can collect bitcoin, thousands of other coins, digital property, digital art. There are collectables markets in old coins, Magic the Gathering Cards, magazines and cars. Logically, we should see similar markets appear within the digital space. Anything with a limited supply and more than one person interested in collecting it creates a market.
There are many things you could choose to use your bitcoins or crypto-collector-digital-coins for, but those are side-effects of the main purpose — collection.
Because bitcoin and other similar supply-limited digital products are collectables they will have limited…
I’ve been writing this article in pieces during the last four years. It’s still incomplete. I’m publishing it in draft as I now realize I’ll be working on this until I die.
I’ve built integrations that cross shared, reposted, tagged and optimized content across multiple channels automatically. I had trackers on my phone and used a Fitbit. I logged, checked-in, tracked and rated. I was an early user of Exist.io and loved it (I still think their team is awesome).
From early in 2000 until roughly 2015, I tried to find every possible tool that could give me more reach…
You spend an hour each day working out at the gym.
I mop the floors every night.
You spend much more than an hour each day liking and commenting on your social feed. Sharing and commenting.
I write an article, work on a book, practice sketching or write in my journal.
You spend an hour in line waiting to get into that new, hot spot that everyone is raving.
I steam veggies and rice and eat at home.
You spend an hour watching Netflix to wind down. And then end up watching 6 hours on binge.
I sleep by 10:30PM.
I started wondering about why we vote at all and why do we often default to feeling that “one person, one vote” is a better/the best. The majority (around 80 countries in the world) practice some form of voting representation where each person is given a vote to cast for a representative. Even the most centrally controlled monarchies in the world still attempt some kind of voting-based-system. Voting gives us something fundamental it seems.
When we want to make a decision we have a range of uncertainty. The more complex or time-dependent the topic, (i.e. we won’t know certain things…
The science of language learning is complex. Parents stress about ensuring their children learn English, Chinese and their native languages by 5 years old. Yet we have no way to predict the utility of those languages and the cost-impact of learning and maintaining a suitable fluency. Learning multiple languages matters less than learning to work hard when needed, learn, communicate and be a good, empathetic person.
Learning multiple languages is hard, costly and frustrating. It is impossible without an environment that requires it or interests that drive it. Forcing yourself (or your children) to learn produces limited value. …