Links from the past weeks

  • I have been spending time on crosswords and the Spelling Bee on NYT.
    I was reading The Puzzler (which I really enjoyed but it opened with crosswords, which sent me down a rabbit hole, ending with my subscribing to NYT Games).

  • As might be apparent from a previous post, I am the sort who would enjoy a video titled 15 reasons why I still buy CDs.

  • I stumbled upon this vast and deeply lived resource on thinking called Less Wrong.

    It is amazing and I don’t know how I’ve never seen it before. It is “an online forum and community dedicated to improving human reasoning and decision-making. We seek to hold true beliefs and to be effective at accomplishing our goals. Each day, we aim to be less wrong about the world than the day before.”

  • This article that mentioned that employees who are motivated to be kind and helpful tend to have higher well-being at work piqued my interest.

    Workplaces are generally competitive place; an abstract idea of teamwork is generally acceptable as a positive trait in a year-end appraisal, but kindness, helpfulness and compassion are not. I don’t know whether such traits / behaviour make a difference to your renumeration, but I fall on the side of believing in the benefits of being helpful because the time spent at work is long, and even if you are incompetent, I hope you are not unhappily incompetent.

  • This is a really good video showing a slice of life in Singapore: Where Have Singapore’s Karung Gunis Gone?

    Karung gunis are in essence scrap dealers. They used to be prominent in society, roving round blocks, soliciting your trash. But the worldwide reduction in demand for the scrap they collect means lower earnings, and there seem to be fewer of them around these days. If you are interested in this topic, you can read Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter.

  • There is a tool for you to figure out the proper distance your TV ought to be placed at.