slow water

“I’ve come to think of this trend as the ‘Slow Water’ movement. Like the Slow Food movement founded in Italy in the late 20th century in opposition to fast food and all its ills, Slow Water seeks to remedy the ways in which redirecting and speeding water off the land causes problems. Slow …

take vitamin c

“I recommend supplemental vitamin C, which helps block the switch, both by stimulating the excretion of uric acid in the urine and blocking the effects of uric acid on the body’s energy factories. Limit the dose to 500 mg to 1,000 mg daily, as higher doses can be associated with an increased …

asking for clarification

“Based on our conversation about A, it sounds like B is the case. Is that correct?”, How to Ask Useful Questions

ask questions

“Research shows that asking questions instead of giving answers can overcome people’s defensiveness. You’re not telling your boss what to think or do; you’re giving her some control over the conversation and inviting her to share her thoughts. Questions like “What if?” and “Could we?” spark …

link purchases with good experiences

I had saved money for a new favorite chair but waited until I had published my first book to get it. That way, the chair reminds me of something that was an important accomplishment for me. We can apply the same thing to that special sweater or that pair of nice woolen socks. Save for them—but wait …


“These studies involve humans where they give them 180, 200 grams of fructose in a day. Within a couple weeks, they would have many metabolic issues. But this would not happen when these individuals received that level of fructose but had its metabolism blocked by simply giving them a gout …

moral outrage distortion

“The Moral Outrage Distortion 😱 occurs when engagement-maximizing algorithms amplify emotionally charged, moralizing content. This results in polarization, mischaracterizations of “the other side,” and the perception of more moral outrage around us than there really is.”, …

risk management

“What are my top risks? How can I mitigate them?” James Clear, 3-2-1: Eliminating Tasks, Optimizing for Your Interests, and Sharing Knowledge

outsider test

“outsider test: Imagine someone else stepped into your shoes—what do you expect they would do in your situation?” Julia Galef, The Scout Mindset

how the body makes fructose

“Scientists have known for decades that the body can make fructose. A special biological process known as the polyol pathway first converts glucose to a substance known as sorbitol,* then further converts the sorbitol to fructose. But while the polyol pathway is well known, it is generally …

favor the long-term

“If you’re ever uncertain what to do, search for the approach that maximizes your impact at the company over the next three years rather than the next three months, and do that.”, Balancing Your CEO, Peers, and Engineering

habits are the major determiner of outcomes

“What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.” Jocelyn K. Glei, 99U, Manage Your Day-to-Day

causes of fatty liver disease

“fructose causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (or NAFLD), while alcohol causes alcohol-associated fatty liver disease. However, as also mentioned earlier, the two are almost identical in appearance. This led us to wonder whether alcohol causes liver disease because it stimulates fructose …

communicate clear takeaways

" Before you start writing, consider, “What’s the one thing I want my reader to take away?” or, “What’s the one thing I want them to do next?” Try to be precise (without overwhelming them with details) and include a clear call to action. “Please leave feedback by 4 pm Friday” is better than, …

insulin sensitivity

“Insulin sensitivity can be defined as the amount of insulin the pancreas needs to produce in order to deposit a certain amount of glucose.” Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery, The Ketogenic Bible

mindful eating

“Mindful eating is the practice of paying full attention to every aspect of the eating experience— food choice, meal environment, and even the physical sensations before, during, and after a meal. It draws on principles from mindfulness practice, which seeks to engage all of the senses to …

negative filtering

“NEGATIVE FILTERING: You focus almost exclusively on the negatives and seldom notice the positives. “Look at all of the people who don’t like me.”” Greg Lukianoff, Jonathan Haidt, The Coddling of the American Mind

great acceleration

“Environmentalists now refer to the late 1940s as the “Great Acceleration” – the period in which humanity’s impact on the planet increased exponentially.” Ending Over Mending: Planned Obsolescence Is Killing the Planet | Jeff Sparrow

questions to assess personal leadership opennness

“How often do I hear points of view that differ from my own? How direct and candid are people when they disagree with me? How do I respond to them when that happens? How would the people who disagree with me characterize these interactions? When did someone last disagree with me in …

exercise for mitochondrial regrowth

“What is the best type of exercise to improve mitochondrial function? Many studies have examined this. First, it needs to be an endurance type of exercise, such as walking, exercising on a treadmill, swimming, or cycling, as opposed to a non-endurance activity like weight lifting. Second, it …

evaluating threat modeling diagrams

“Can we tell a story without changing the diagram? Can we tell that story without using words such as “sometimes” or “also”? Can we look at the diagram and see exactly where the software will make a security decision? Does the diagram show all the trust boundaries, such as where different …

done list

“keep a “done list,” which starts empty first thing in the morning, and which you then gradually fill with whatever you accomplish through the day.” Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks


Daniel Miessler, SPQA: The AI-based Architecture That’ll Replace Most Existing Software


““Safetyism” refers to a culture or belief system in which safety has become a sacred value, which means that people become unwilling to make trade-offs demanded by other practical and moral concerns. “Safety” trumps everything else, no matter how unlikely or trivial the potential …

why to say no

“The ultimate productivity hack is saying no. Not doing something will always be faster than doing it” James Clear, The Ultimate Productivity Hack Is Saying No