The Life You Can Save

Singer’s work triggered the Effective Altruism movement, and his hugely influential book is now available as a free download in multiple formats – and as an audiobook – at thelifeyoucansave.org. I’m adding it to my reading list. This interview on The Ezra Klein show is a good place to start.

The time and the energy

As in, “I don’t know where you get them.” I can’t make more time*, and you almost certainly know more than I do about managing your energy. But here are a couple of thoughts about doing stuff – and having fun – that relate to both. Diminishing costs You can (and should) ‘create’ time and energy by saving them through…

Asal dapur ngebul*

Indonesian saying. “As long as the kitchen is smoking.” Um… “As long as there’s smoke from the kitchen (fireplace).” ? “As long as the hearth is burning.” … which is a way of saying, among other things, the important thing is that the important things keep happening… or that you’ve got to do what it takes to keep things going.…

Learning through use: Kevin Kelly on technology finding its way

I’m a big believer that the way we steer technology is through engagement, by use. I find that most of the inventors don’t even have any idea what the technology will ultimately be used for. Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, and we have his journals of… what he thought this new ability to record sound was going to be, and…