Dec 20, 2009
Books can be of any length — if they're mysteries
“People apparently only read mystery stories
of any length. With mysteries, the longer the better and people will read any
damn thing. But the indulgent, 800-page books like The Brothers
Karamazov or Moby-Dick of a hundred years ago are just not going
to be read anymore.”
McCarthy. Contrast Jeff Bezos.
Aug 12, 2009
What you do when alone affects how interesting you are around others
“The ideal forum: a bunch of people who are individually working away on
their own personal projects. Each participant has a vested interest; he or
she needs to deliver results first, and is discussing it with others only
— James Hague
Feb 18, 2009
If I get in five or six hours of writing, the other stuff [routine chores] feels
satisfying, like a kind of grace. But if I have to do that stuff when I haven’t
written—that’s a terrible thing."
—Jonathan Lethemi via
Sep 30, 2007
‘Work’ is usually doing what others tell you to. ‘Life’ is doing what you want. The modern fixation on ‘work-life balance’
becomes irrelevant if you work for yourself.
Jan 17, 2009
Aug 6, 2007
The most productive people rarely have more than 6 hours or so of really concentrated work per day. If you can ensure you get that every day, you don’t need to economize on sleep.
May 1, 2007
What can you do feel more ease at work? Act responsibly: “I belong here, and it’s ok to have my particular skills here, and my limitations, too. My code works, the work that I do is important to somebody else.” Make all status information public: “I make public commitments, I make myself accountable. Transparency at work yields freedom from fear of embarrassment.” Value feedback appropriately: take it in context, be realistic; don’t give in to flattery or attack.
Mar 27, 2008
Measure productivity over weeks and months rather than days.
May 2, 2007
Building something is easy. Evaluating what you build is hard. Iterate between the two as fast as you can.