Controlling What Lies Beneath

nathaniel —  04/05/2012 — Leave a comment

I hope to flesh this out more, later, but I’ve had some webpages open (amongst my ridiculous amount of tabs in Chrome, currently) for periodic reading and I wanted to get them someplace more concrete, for my own review. So here, for the moment, they are:

How To Become A Hacker

Which also led me to this goldmine:
How to be a Programmer: A Short, Comprehensive, and Personal Summary

And this- which is immensely important for the work-life as we just began shifting our framework-of-choice to Python: Why Python? by Eric Raymod

The following I am not 100% sure about, as they involve some heavy-duty core changes to your OS X setup… and many of them I do not yet understand, so proceed with researched caution:

OSX For Hackers (which is apparently a fork of this)

Lately I have been obsessed with reshaping my intellectual/emotional engagement with the world- which sounds quite heavy, and perhaps it is, but I have realized how many blockages and irrationalities have crept into my head from living a life (which I am sure is true of everyone) and now that I am in such a radically different work environment than I ever expected, planned for, or studied for, many of these issues are thrown into super-high relief. So it’s time to change them.

Mostly, thought, I need a new set of mental tools, and so I did some searching for “mental models” and came across a funny/interesting/insightful speech by Charles Munger (of Berkshire Hathaway fame) to the Harvard Business School. The first 1/2 of it, roughly, is what I am most interested in, where he lists (and extemporizes on) his favored “mental models” he uses regularly to apprehend his world and make decisions:

A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom As It Relates To Investment Management & Business

(I have this pumped over into the Readability service because the small fonts etc of YCombinator drive me batty, I am old now so I like my fonts robust and even serif-ed, when appropriate).

When I lump all these links together, I begin to see the shape of what I’ve been after… and though I am leaving some elements out (not for any particular reason beyond time/fatigue) which might flesh it out more, I think this is pretty sufficiently descriptive to be useful.

I must mention, even though we’re committed to Python (it makes the most immediate business/life/sanity sense) I am particularly crazed about learning LISP. I mean, all things considered, look at the compact elegance of the scheme solution to the Tower of Hanoi puzzle, especially compared to the other languages.



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