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Personal Notes On Productivity (A categorization of various resources) 2015-03-25T01:35:34.912Z · score: 5 (10 votes)

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Comment by curtisservaas on Heuristics for textbook selection · 2017-09-06T16:23:14.523Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

This might take a few hours, but selecting a good book might save you significantly more time.

Comment by curtisservaas on Models of human relationships - tools to understand people · 2017-07-29T23:24:52.659Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I wish I could upvote this more.

Comment by curtisservaas on Open thread, Jul. 03 - Jul. 09, 2017 · 2017-07-04T19:04:44.855Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I created a 1dollarscan subscription for "100 sets" (each set is 100 pages, so I paid $99 for the ability to scan up to 100sets*100pages/set = 10,000 pages), but I'm not going to use all of the sets, so if you have dead tree books that you'd like to destroy/convert to PDFs, PM me. My subscription ends on July 15th, and you'd have to mail in the books so that they arrive before then.

Comment by curtisservaas on Bring up Genius · 2017-06-09T07:10:19.656Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you so much!

I wanted to read this book a while ago, but couldn't find a copy of it online or at my library.

There doesn't exist a full English translation?

Comment by curtisservaas on Planning 101: Debiasing and Research · 2017-02-06T19:34:36.354Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I think this post was well written and well researched and want to give you positive reinforcement for writing it!

Comment by curtisservaas on What's the most annoying part of your life/job? · 2016-10-29T11:04:00.140Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

One category of solutions to this problem is to lower your costs. Your main costs will probably be food and rent.

Some ideas on making food and rent cheaper:

Cheaper food.

  • Low carb Soylent.
  • //Why is food so expensive anyway?

Cheaper rent.

  • Convince likeminded people to move somewhere with cheap land (e.g. http://www.fortgalt.com/).
  • Nice vans that are built for people to live in.
  • Dating site for roommates to share a house.
Comment by curtisservaas on What's the most annoying part of your life/job? · 2016-10-29T10:36:35.397Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Potential Solution 2: Better beds and pillows.

Helix custom beds seem pretty good.

Pillows: However, there don't seem to be good solutions for custom pillows. I'm imagining something like those curved memory foam pillows (which I need to buy/try), where the dimensions/curves are customized to your head.

Waterbeds: I've not tried a waterbed, but it seems like they relieve pressure points better than conventional mattresses. I want a waterbed that's easier to set up, less likely to break, and less likely to be a catastrophic disaster if it does break.

I've bought a buckwheat pillow, and a Mediflow pillow, and am still searching for a better pillow.

Comment by curtisservaas on What's the most annoying part of your life/job? · 2016-10-29T10:34:10.618Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Potential Solution 1: Fancy biochemistry and lab-tests.

I got excited when I first heard about a company called Gene Solve, that has the following pitch:

"By optimizing a patient's body chemistry - vitamins, enzymes, proteins, prehormones, and hormones - GeneSolve patients experience boosts in their energy levels and mental sharpness throughout the day, recover faster from injuries or job-related stress and lose fat through natural metabolic improvements.

GeneSolve achieves these benefits through extensive analysis of DNA, blood panels and family and medical history. The resulting data, when combined with GeneSolve's proprietary expert systems, allow GeneSolve's doctors to make extremely precise adjustments to each patient's unique body chemistry."

For some reason, the company got dissolved I think. But, I think that doing something like this could be very interesting.

I guess there's also WellnessFx. I just don't get the feeling that their service really knows what to do with the lab results once they get them.

Comment by curtisservaas on What's the most annoying part of your life/job? · 2016-10-29T09:55:45.802Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Mental energy. I would like to be able to maximize the amount of "deep work" that I can do.

Roughly, I should be willing to pay quite a lot for this. If I value my deep work time at $X/hr and my non-deep-work hours at $Y/hr and I can increase the amount of "deep work" hours I work in a week by A, then I should break even at paying $A*(X-Y).

Comment by curtisservaas on My simple hack for increased alertness and improved cognitive functioning: very bright light · 2016-10-15T21:26:48.289Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

http://examine.com/nutrition/let-the-sun-shine-in-to-your-retinal-ganglion-cells/

Comment by curtisservaas on Look for Lone Correct Contrarians · 2016-03-14T19:54:47.187Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Related: http://slatestarcodex.com/2015/07/23/the-general-factor-of-correctness/

Comment by curtisservaas on February 2016 Media Thread · 2016-02-04T01:43:07.120Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I also think John Yates's Progressive Stages of Mindfulness in Plain English is orders of magnitude better than all the other meditation books I've read.

From what I could tell from looking at the table of contents (and page lengths) for both, the book/pdfs I linked covers the same content, but is free! Though, I might consider buying his newest book, just because I liked the other one so much.

Comment by curtisservaas on Open thread, Jan. 18 - Jan. 24, 2016 · 2016-01-23T04:30:40.811Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm basically going back over the sequences and top posts of LW again. I'm already aware of curated lists for Yvain and Kaj, but I don't think there are curated lists for the other top all-time posters. Unfortunately, A. That tool doesn't really work well enough. B. The list of all time top-posters has disappeared, and I'm sure I'd forget some of them if I tried to go off the top of my head.

Comment by curtisservaas on Open thread, Jan. 18 - Jan. 24, 2016 · 2016-01-20T01:51:46.232Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yep! Thanks!

Edit: I see what you mean about it being slow with accounts with lots of comments.

Comment by curtisservaas on Open thread, Jan. 18 - Jan. 24, 2016 · 2016-01-19T23:04:17.261Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

There was a link (I think it was from Wedrifed) that allowed you to sort a particular user's posts/comments by karma (rather than by time). Does anybody know where that link is?

Comment by curtisservaas on Open thread, Jan. 18 - Jan. 24, 2016 · 2016-01-19T22:59:49.734Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Surprisingly, I've had more success meeting nerdy types on Tinder than OkCupid.

I think this might be because there are more people on Tinder.

Comment by curtisservaas on Lifestyle interventions to increase longevity · 2016-01-16T00:16:36.823Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The Perfect Health Diet people largely agree. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2012/01/is-it-good-to-eat-sugar/

Their recommendation is a max of 25g fructose or 15% of carbohydrates should be fructose.

Comment by curtisservaas on Lifestyle interventions to increase longevity · 2016-01-16T00:09:40.602Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'd love links to some of the studies!

Comment by curtisservaas on Sports · 2015-12-28T21:13:07.417Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I was extremely extremely dedicated to it back in middle/high school. Actually, it was pretty much all I cared about (not an exaggeration). This may or not be crazy... but I wanted to be the best player who's ever lived. That was what I genuinely aspired and was working towards (~7th-11th grade).

This was me, but more like 6th-9th grade.

Off the top of my head, I think the main benefits I got out of playing competitive basketball were:

  1. Physical fitness.
  2. Ambition and competitiveness.
  3. Something fun I do occasionally now.
  4. Hard to describe mental skills related to practicing shooting form.

Elaboration on 1: I think it's really awesome how much "excellence porn" there in sports. You can go on youtube, and see tons of motivational videos. I wish there were the equivalent for intellectual domains. The closest you get is Paul Graham's essays for startups.

Elaboration on 3: Practicing shooting feels similar to meditation. I'm trying to pay close attention to tiny details of A. how my body is moving, B. Whether that feels like a good motion/shot or bad motion/shot C. How the ball actually moves. Furthermore, there's metacognition to see how your shot/motion changes when you're playing less close attention to it (e.g. when you're actually playing a game. Or, if you were focusing on improving your form in your legs, and then you switch to focusing on your form in your arms, you may notice that your leg form degrades again. Furthermore, you notice that leg-form and arm-form are not independent, and that there are local optima and that sometimes you have to get worse in order to get better.).

There's a lot more I could say, but I'll leave it at that for now.

Comment by curtisservaas on Solving sleep: just a toe-dipping · 2015-12-03T18:34:15.637Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Small typo:

bright screens ant night

Comment by curtisservaas on Entrepreneurial autopsies · 2015-07-18T22:39:23.697Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I find it useful to use the term "startup" for Paul Grahamesque "startups" and "small-business" for pizzaria-esque "small-businesses."

Comment by curtisservaas on Optimizing Workouts for Intellectual Performance · 2015-07-11T16:40:24.273Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, I've noticed that sometimes I find it harder to do intense/hard thinking if I work out in the morning.

Comment by curtisservaas on California Drought thread · 2015-05-14T19:22:47.847Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

That figure doesn't factor in the costs of transporting the water, but these seem like minor costs to me. I wonder if there are any costs I'm not thinking of. Even if it were 3X as much, it still seems reasonable.

According to this site, Americans use ~100l/person/day.

Comment by curtisservaas on Open Thread, Apr. 20 - Apr. 26, 2015 · 2015-04-25T14:21:24.426Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I've edited the LW-wiki to make a list of LWers interested in making debate tools..

In general, I think it'd be useful to make a post similar to the "What are you working on threads", so that people with similar interest can find each other. What do people think of a "People working on X repository" post?

Comment by curtisservaas on What are "the really good ideas" that Peter Thiel says are too dangerous to mention? · 2015-04-15T01:07:59.155Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Perhaps related to seasteading. EDIT: Sorry for stating what other people have already state elsewhere in the comments.

Comment by curtisservaas on What are "the really good ideas" that Peter Thiel says are too dangerous to mention? · 2015-04-12T23:53:16.069Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Also I should add this obviously isn't true for any males.

I think you meant to type many.

Comment by curtisservaas on If you could push a button to eliminate one cognitive bias, which would you choose? · 2015-04-12T23:47:18.783Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I was about to speculate as to how many biases could be reduced to "Wishful Thinking". Certainly, most (if not all) of them are instances of being a "cognitive miser."

Comment by curtisservaas on Personal Notes On Productivity (A categorization of various resources) · 2015-03-26T03:28:20.850Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Your blog is awesome! I link to it!

Comment by curtisservaas on Personal Notes On Productivity (A categorization of various resources) · 2015-03-25T13:07:42.547Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for sharing! The "Progressive Stages of Mindfulness in Plain English" seems to actually be more about concentration meditation, so I'm glad you shared one of your favorite resources on a different type of meditation.

Comment by curtisservaas on Open thread, Mar. 23 - Mar. 31, 2015 · 2015-03-25T13:04:19.462Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

This user is spamming the forum: http://lesswrong.com/lw/lxe/personal_notes_on_productivity_a_categorization/c6i5?context=3

I don't know what standard protocol is for things like this. So, I thought I'd try to let somebody know.

Comment by curtisservaas on Personal Notes On Productivity (A categorization of various resources) · 2015-03-25T13:00:02.240Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I did this because if I just intended to look at the titles and go to the section that interested them. It's like posting the table of contents for a book. I could have edited it to display two levels of depth, but even that would have been quite long.

I agree there could be an issue with me using my own shorthand. But, I fell like if you looked at the sub-bullets of depth2 of any particular heading, that it would explain whatever shorthand I used in the heading. For example !shootDog has the sub-bullet "Book: Don't shoot the dog".

Comment by curtisservaas on Personal Notes On Productivity (A categorization of various resources) · 2015-03-24T22:06:06.887Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I had difficulties understanding how to use and interpret your workflowy.

Here's a link that gives directions on how to use workflowy if you've never used it before. As far as interpretation, what was unclear?

I'd have liked an extract though this admittedly breaks live update,

I'm not sure what you mean by this. What is an extract?

Comment by curtisservaas on Personal Notes On Productivity (A categorization of various resources) · 2015-03-24T16:59:48.238Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

"Letting go" is something that can't be forced.

IIRC, the author doesn't use the phrase "letting go" anywhere in the book. He operationalizes all the terms/skills/states he talks about like differentiating between continuity of attention and sharpness of attention. I think the goal's he's talking about are very specific/operationalized.

I have not said something about "really wanting to" being bad.

My bad. That was a bit of a straw man on my part.

The problem is attachment. If you have once a really great experience meditating and then get attached to the idea of recreating that experience you usually don't get anywhere.

The author addresses that specific concern:

A warning is inorder here. It is very important not to sacrifice the development offull-minded awareness for sake of rapid progress in concentration. Todo so will lead to the development of concentration with dullness.This will produce very pleasurable meditative states that are dead-ends in themselves, leaving the meditator without the capacity for full-minded awareness necessary for completing the 10 stages of this method.

Overall, I think the first section of the book is skippable. You can use what's useful to you and leave the rest.

Comment by curtisservaas on Personal Notes On Productivity (A categorization of various resources) · 2015-03-24T13:45:16.463Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

That's from the short-book "Progressive Stages of Mindfulness in Plain English". Specifically, it's from the section on stage1, where the goal is to develop a habit of meditating. This is the section of the book in which the author has the least original insight. The rest of the book lays out a detailed granularization of how to develop the skill of concentration.

In general, I think this advice doesn't seem to contradict advice the advice on how to deliberately practice any skill.

I would expect that most people do something that hinders meditation if you speak to them about focusing their efforts on some goal.

Why is that? How are you supposed to get better at concentration meditation unless you really want to? The goals he's talking about are things like "focus for 5 minutes without letting my mind wander once."

Comment by curtisservaas on Best Explainers on Different Subjects · 2015-03-23T16:21:57.541Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Metacademy is a knowledge graph of machine learning.

Visual Group Theory is a really well-written book on group theory.

Comment by curtisservaas on Open thread, Mar. 23 - Mar. 31, 2015 · 2015-03-23T10:40:56.432Z · score: 23 (23 votes) · LW · GW

[Cross-Posted from the "Welcome to LW" thread] I'm a long-time user of LW. My old account has ~1000 karma. I'm making this account because I would like it to be tied to my real identity.

Here is my blog/personal-workflowy-wiki. I'd like to have 20 karma, so that I can make cross-posts from here to the LW Discussion.

I'm working on a rationality power tool. Specifically, it's an open-source workflowy with revision control and general graph structure. I want to use it as a wiki to map out various topics of interest on LW. If anybody is interested in working on (or using) rationality power tools, please PM me, as I've spent a lot of time thinking about them, and can also introduce you to some other people who are interested in this area.

EDIT: Added the missing links.

EDIT: First cross-post: Personal Notes On Productivity (A categorization of various resources)

Comment by curtisservaas on Welcome to Less Wrong! (7th thread, December 2014) · 2015-03-23T02:30:43.217Z · score: 15 (15 votes) · LW · GW

I'm a long-time user of LW. My old account has ~1000 karma. I'm making this account because I would like it to be tied to my real identity.

Here is my blog/personal-workflowy-wiki. I'd like to have 20 karma, so that I can make cross-posts from here to the LW Discussion.

I'm working on a rationality power tool. Specifically, it's an open-source workflowy with revision control and general graph structure. I want to use it as a wiki to map out various topics of interest on LW. If anybody is interested in working on (or using) rationality power tools, please PM me, as I've spent a lot of time thinking about them, and can also introduce you to some other people who are interested in this area.

EDIT: First cross-post: Personal Notes On Productivity (A categorization of various resources)

EDIT: I've edited the LW-wiki to make a list of LWers interested in making debate tools..