A collection of notes on general Knowledge.
The knowledge portal serves as a clipboard, a place to collect various bits of knowledge from various books and their authors.
To make a magical technology, it must be sufficiently advanced.
— Lion Kimbro
- The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose.
- The freedom to study how the program works, and change it.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others.
- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.
- Prototype before polishing. Get it working before optimizing it.
- Separate policy from mechanism, separate interfaces from engines.
- Write simple modular parts connected by clean interfaces.
- Design programs to be connected to other programs.
- Write programs to write programs when you can.
- Design for the future, because it will be here sooner than you think.
- In interface design, always do the least surprising thing.
- When a program has nothing surprising to say, it should say nothing.
- When a program must fail, it should fail noisily and as soon as possible.
- Write big programs only when it is clear by demonstration that nothing else will do.
- Consider how you would solve your immediate problem without adding anything new.
- Good design makes a product useful.
- Good design makes a product understandable.
- Good design is unobtrusive.
- Good design is honest.
- Good design is long-lasting.
- Good design is thorough down to the last detail.
- Good design is environmentally friendly.
- Good design is as little design as possible.
- The mind perceives objects as being symmetrical and forming around a center point.
- The mind perceives objects that are near, or proximate to each other, to be grouped together.
- The mind can only keep 7 (plus or minus 2) items in their working memory, on average.
- The mind has a propensity to best remember the first and last items in a series.
- The mind remembers uncompleted or interrupted tasks better than completed tasks.
- The mind will perceive and interpret ambiguous or complex images as the simplest form possible.
- The time it takes to make a decision increases with the number and complexity of choices.
- The time to acquire a target is a function of the distance to and size of the target.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
— Parkinson's law
A leader is best when people barely know they exists, when their work is done, their aim fulfilled, people will say: we did it ourselves.
— 老子(Lao Tse), 道德經(Dao De Jing)
- Find your passion and figure out how to get paid for it.
- Do whatever you want to do, but be the best at it.
- Strive for simplicity and competence, but embrace the messiness along the way.
- Under-promise and over-deliver, and own up to your screw-ups.
- Doing what everybody else is doing feels like the safest thing to do, making it the most competitive, and thus the riskiest.
- No one is on their deathbed is wishing they spent more time at work.
- Never stop learning.
- Doing the right tasks is more important than doing your tasks efficiently.
- Write down your goals. Break them down into manageable tasks.
- Tackle one task at a time, and group similar tasks together.
- You're more attentive in the morning, tackle hard stuff then.
- If you can't do it in 8 hours, you can't do it in 10.
- Don't forget to stretch, and drink plenty of water.
- Keep a record of your time use.
- Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them.
- Always stand up to shake someone's hand.
- Be conscious of your body language.
- Ask more than you answer.
- First impressions matter.
- When you walk, look straight ahead, not at your feet.
- Never hit anyone unless they are an immediate threat.
- No matter their job or status, everyone deserves your respect.
I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
— Blaise Pascal, The Provincial Letters
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign or scientific word, if you can think of an English equivalent.
- Never use a figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
- Eat varied foods, biodiversity in the diet means less monoculture in the fields.
- Pay more for foods grown or raised less intensively and with more care, eat less.
- Eat mostly plants, especially leaves. Cook, and if you can, plant a garden.
- Avoid food products with unpronounceable ingredients, or more than five in number.
- Don't eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
- Expel all of the air from your lungs.
- Keep them empty for four seconds.
- Inhale through your nose for four seconds.
- Hold for four four seconds, don’t clamp down or create pressure.
A man is wealthy in proportion to the things he can do without.
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