Week 3, 2020 - Dark Matter Developers

Scott Hanselman wrote in 2012: The web insists on moving things forward at an rate that makes people feel unable to keep up. Lots of technologies don’t iterate at this...

Week 2, 2020 - Choose Boring Technology

Dan McKinley on Choose Boring Technology: Embrace Boredom The nice thing about boringness (so constrained) is that the capabilities of these things are well understood. But more importantly, their failure...

Week 1, 2020 - They Have Read Themselves Stupid

复旦大学外文学院院长曲卫国教授在2019年6月17日毕业典礼上的发言: 我们通常相信读书能使自己强大,但在读书过程中,我们的独立意志或思想自由常常会有意无意地被绑架。 大家都认为读书是好事,但如果读书时独立意志停摆,没有了自由思想,结果也许比不读书更糟。 叔本华曾在On reading and books一书里说:许多人分秒必争地读书,都读傻了:they have read themselves stupid。 按叔本华的分析,我们常误以为阅读时我们在独立思想,其实,阅读过程中大多数是别人代替我们思想,我们只不过是重复他的思维过程。 怎么防止出现这种悲剧呢? 自由的前提是无用。 那么如何理解这里的“无用”呢? 潘光旦有一段话非常著名,是对复旦校训里“自由而无用”绝妙的注释: “自由教育下的自我只是自我,自我是自我的,不是家族的、阶级的、国家的、种族的、宗教的、党派的、职业的。” Forget what you have read? In an article1 written by Elena Chen said:...

Week 52, 2019 - Status as a Service

Highlights from Status as a Service by Eugene Wei. Social Capital One hypothesis on why social networks tend to lose heat at scale is that this type of old money...

Week 51, 2019 - Growth Mindsets

Carol Dweck wrote on HBR1: Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve...