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Retrospective: DriverlessCrocodile Open Browser Tabs, December 2022

Tyler Cowen thinks this is the best interview question of all time. I’m skeptical, but concede that it’s a good way of taking a snapshot of what you’re thinking about. Below is my (only slightly curated) list – many would have made it onto the blog if I was still posting daily.

I had originally planned to paste them as links, but writing them up took a lot longer than I anticipated, and all seem to be searchable with the information provided. You may be grateful for the friction/filter offered by the need to copy and paste to Google.

  1. Wikipedia – Cimolestes
  2. QNTM – From Ignorance, Lead Me To Truth
  3. Cold-Takes – Honesty about Reading
  4. Ben Kuhn – My favourite essays of life advice
  5. Brett Scott – I, Token (the untold story of the hole in Bitcoin’s heart)
  6. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Story Conference Transcript
  7. Donald Kagan – Ave atque vale
  8. Wikipedia – Technics and Civilization
  9. LessWrong – Morality is Awesome
  10. Wikipedia – History of Writing
  11. Denise Schamndt-Besserat – The Evolution of Writing
  12. The Past – The Secret History of Writing
  13. Pre-Industrial workers had a shorter workweek than today’s
  14. Steven Sinofsky – Writing is Thinking
  15. Jeff Bezos – Letter to Shareholders (1997)
  16. Wikipedia – Global Spread of the Printing Press
  17. Listen Notes
  18. Bryne Hobart – The Promise and Paradox of Decentralization
  19. Mark J. Perry – Economic Impact of the Printing Press: Info Age 1.0
  20. Jeremiah Dittmar – Information technology and economic change: The impact of the printing press
  21. Nigella Lawson – American Breakfast Pancakes
  22. James A. Dewar – The Information Age and the Printing Press: Looking Backward to See Ahead
  23. ‘Moral Molecules’ – a new theory of what goodness is made of
  24. Matt Clancy – Combinatorial innovation and technological progress in the very long run
  25. George Orwell – Notes on Nationalism
  26. Quin Hui – Dilemmas of Twenty-First Century Globalization…
  27. Alexey Guzey – Where does talent come from?
  28. Olivia Potts – Marmalade: A Very British Obsession
  29. Tom Chivers – The genuius of John von Neumann
  30. Morgan Housel – The Same Stories, Again and Again
  31. Clive Thompson – How Processing and P5 Got Newbies Into Coding
  32. Joan Acocella – How the Rosetta Stone Yielded its Secrets
  33. Barry R. Chiswick – Review of Joel Mokyr’s A Culture of Growth
  34. Two Conspiracy Theories about Cola
  35. Teach Yourself Computer Science
  36. Markus Strasser – The Business of Extracting Knowledge from Academic Publications
  37. Karine Bengualid – Find the root cause of your productivity problem with the “5 Whys” technique
  38. David Brooks – What Happened to American Conservatism?
  39. Choices of Principles of Distributive Justice in Experimental Groups
  40. Technorealism
  41. Richard Fisher – Why ‘long rituals’ matter
  42. Mark Lawson – What’s it like to star in a flop?
  43. – The Printing Press
  44. Printing in England from William Caxton to Christopher Barker
  45. Ash Milton and Stephen Pimentel – Liberal Education is Applied History
  46. Julian Barnes – How did she (Penelope Fitzgerald) do it?
  47. Ash Maurya – Your Product is NOT “The Product”
  48. Wikipedia – List of Probability Distributions
  49. 17 Affordable Dim Sum in Singapore
  50. Eliezer Yudkowsky – An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes’ Theorem
  51. Nobel Prize in Physics 1906 Award Ceremony Speech (to J.J. Thompson)
  52. Alice Evans – Why is the Middle East and North Africa so Patriarchal?
  53. Tyler Cowen – Why education is productive – a parable of men and beasts
  54. Sean Manning – How Much Did a Shirt Really Cost in the Middle Ages?
  55. Ian Leslie – How to Be Good: Three models of global social impact
  56. Eberhard Arnold – Beyond Pacifism: Seven Theses on Christian Nonviolence
  57. Wallace K. Ferguson – The Renaissance in Historical Thought
  58. John Luttig – When Tailwinds Vanish
  59. – The History of Animation
  60. – Animated Films, Part 1
  61. Professional Development Plan: What It Is and Why You Need One
  62. Allen B. Downey – Think Stats: Exploratory Data Analysis in Python (v2.2)
  63. Wikipedia – Gustavo GutiĆ©rrez
  64. Nate Meyvis – On distributing reading time
  65. Dan Luu – What to learn
  66. Ben Kuhn – No one can teach you to have conviction
  67. Practical Common Lisp
  68. – Unit 1 on OKRs
  69. Engines4Ed – Learning by Doing
  70. Paul Graham – Beating the Averages
  71. Raptitude – Everything Must Be Paid for Twice
  72. Revolutionary Rijksmuseum exhibution reckons with Dutch colonial conflict in Indonesia
  73. The British Library – William Blake’s Printing Process
  74. 9 Lines with All of Physics
  75. Resourcing Urban Transformation
  76. Henry Oliver – The Case for Opsimaths
  77. Mark Hertling – I commanded U.S. Army Europe. Here’s what I saw in the Russian and Ukrainian Armies.
  78. The Lambda Calculus for Absolute Beginners
  79. Greg Wilson – … But With a Whimper
  80. How to Design Programs
  81. How to Read Mathematics
  82. T.S. Elliot – A Song for Simeon
  83. Efficiency of Recursion vs Iteration in C
  84. Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock – Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action
  85. C. Thi Nguyen –
  86. Can Education be Standardized? Evidence from Kenya
  87. Garrison Lovely – Do we need a better understanding of ‘progress’?
  88. Holden Karnofsky – Nonprofit Boards are Weird
  89. Jake VanderPlas – Python Data Science Handbook
  90. Why Does the Apostle’s Creed Say that Jesus Descended into Hell?
  91. Cedric Chin – Don’t Read History for Lessons
  92. Wikipedia – Four Books and Five Classics
  93. Columbia University – Difference-in-Difference Estimation
  94. Lant Pritchett – There is only one poverty strategy: (broad based) growth (Part 1)
  95. Frederick Engels – Draft of a Communist Confession of Faith
  96. Eric Gilliam – A Progress Studies History of Early MIT – Part 1: Training the engineers who built the country
  97. Ed Nather – The Story of Mel, a Real Programmer
  98. Daniel Jones – The 36 Questions that Lead to Love
  99. Bret Devereaux – Why No Roman Industrial Revolution?
  100. Giles Tremlett – Mondragon: Spain’s giant co-operative where times are hard but few go bust
  101. Don-Won Kim – The Godfather of South Korea’s Chip Industry
  102. Daryl Gibson – America’s most remarkable kid died in Newcastle, Utah – his legacy never will
  103. Our World in Data – CO2 Emissions
  104. Marc Andreessen – How to hire the best people you’ve ever worked with
  105. Nathan Baschez – Good Postitioning Makes Everything Easier
  106. Jason Kottke – Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki
  107. Cedric Chin – Focus is Saying No to Good Ideas
  108. Izumi Saburo – The Iwakura Mission: Japan’s 1871 Voyage to Discover the Western World
  109. xkcd – Password Strength
  110. A view of a million integers
  111. Joseph Conrad – … the Narcissus
  112. Brink Lindsey – The End of the Working Class
  113. Brink Lindsey – The Retreat from Reality
  114. E.B. White – Farewell, My Lovely
  115. Adam Mastroianni – Good conversations have lots of doorknobs; Or, “Spiderman Is My Boyfriend”
  116. Joel Mokyr – Review of Brad DeLong’s – Slouching Towards Utopia
  117. Robert VerBruggen – Review of Garret Jones’ The Culture Transplant
  118. Patrick McKenzie – Notes on running VaccinateCA
  119. Richard Feynman on other points of view
  120. Ross Douthatt – Hootie and the Blowfish and the End of History
  121. Ross Douthatt – The Ambivalence of Advent
  122. Dave Guarino – Masoor dal (red lentils) is a great test app for cooking
  123. William Davies – The Seductions of Declinism
  124. Wikipedia – Battle of Surabaya
  125. Cedric Chin – The Games People Play with Cash Flow
  126. Philipp Hauer – Leveling Up in the Management Skill Tree
  127. Idlewords – Why Not Mars
  128. Real Time West Jakarta Air Quality
  129. Wikipedia – Twelfth Night (holiday)
  130. Jack Geldard – Abseil Knots Explained

1 thought on “Retrospective: DriverlessCrocodile Open Browser Tabs, December 2022”

  1. Stuart,

    This is a very interesting list, however, it suffers from length, the enemy of deep concentration. You can only think of one thing at a time. Having dozens of distractions will cause your processes to suffer – conclusions may take longer to arrive at, or be less profound, than otherwise. Ideas flitter and glitter, but too many and they are transmuted to fool’s gold. My suggestion: Don’t be a fox. Be a hedgehog! (Who said that? Isaiah Berlin.)


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