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curiosity not passion and vocation

Elizabeth Gilbert — her book “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear,” which is part memoir, part how-to for living a life that’s less routine and more curiosity-driven.

A few notes from the interview:

–Greek word: Eudaimonia — the happiness that comes when you are engaged with your creativity at the highest level.
–We more commonly call it “being in the zone” or “a state of flow”

Gilbert on passion and vocation — scrap that and “focus on the tiny, friendly impulse of curiosity which is within all of us”

Her friend who takes up ice skating at age 40… “this is the only thing that makes her feel so alive…”

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What kind of programmer are you?

“If I were in my teens today, Zuck would not be my role model.
You know who would be my role model? Banksy!”

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Don’t quit your day job…

“I want to mention here that my latest favorite band, _____ , all have day jobs and don’t even try to make money from their music. And if we ever get an unconditional basic income, we will get to listen to millions of people who don’t have to compromise … ”

— Ran Prieur, Oct 17 2014

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The Wolf



If you build software for a living (or otherwise), go read these three posts.

  1. @rands: The Wolf
  2. @kellan: “Wolf” narrative considered harmful (also biologically unlikely)
  3. @codinghorror (from 2004): Commandos, Infantry and Police

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“If you want to get the most out of great developers like Engelbart, who are productive well into their 80s, you have to stop digging up the streets, moving the goalposts, bombing the cities, starting over just for the sake of starting over.”

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The Art of Coding at Any Age

No one asks, “Why is Yo-Yo Ma still playing the cello? Why hasn’t he moved on to conducting?”

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A post by Dave Winer on Facebook

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Old Farts Know How to Code

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