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  1. Mar 2022
    1. This quote from G.R.R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire and other novels, offers a good illustration of the key difference between Roam and Notion: “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.”

      A good way to think about Roam vs. Notion.

      Notion is more for the "architects" and Roam is better suited for the "gardeners."

      The thing is, we ALL have parts of our life that require precision and parts where we need creativity. Both tools might be used successfully.

  2. Feb 2022
    1. What I do know if that the businesses that focus on the fundamentals will succeed in any market, up or down.

  3. Dec 2021
    1. Yet when researchers measured how fair participants felt each queuing system was, “first come, first served” was seen to be the most fair, while “last come, first serve” was seen as the least—so good luck trying to implement this system in real life.

      LOL. Which is probably why this HASN'T been implemented.

    2. The problem with “first come, first served” is it incentivizes people to arrive early, which researchers say results in people waiting for the longest period of time. When this incentive is removed—under a “last come, first served” system—the queues are more efficient. Researchers suggest that under this model, people are forced to change their behaviors and arrive at the queues at a slower rate. When people who arrive last are served first, there is less of a bottleneck and thus less congestion in queues.

      This is utterly fascinating simply because it's exactly the opposite of what you'd expect. Yet, if you think about it slowly (read through the paragraph a few times), that's very likely to make sense.

      I don't necessarily see this in airports though. One usually arrives early not to "get in line" for the plane itself, but to get through security. Ergo, working to fix the whole "queuing" thing may (or may not be) predicated on dependencies (like getting closer parking and/or getting through security).

    1. “If you invest across all asset classes—stocks, bonds, real assets and cash or cash equivalents—some of them will zig, while others zag, and you’ll get a more consistent, stable and predictable return over time.”

      Not necessarily true anymore. This is a broadbrush comment.

    2. And what retiree wants to be awakened in the middle of the night by a tenant calling to say his toilet is leaking?

      I love when people write this. As if it's the only issue ever to come up with rental real estate.

    3. Dr. Johnson said the “optimal mix” in a portfolio is 50% real estate, 30% stocks and 20% bonds.

      Optimal, eh? Says who? I don't believe this is such a thing. What's good for one person isn't for another. And that is a hefty concentration in real estate, regardless.

    1. Family cookbooks are an example of social annotation, a practice of collaborative notetaking that feels tailor-made for digital spaces even though it’s quite old.

      If anyone knows of a website that shows images of this, let me know. #Marginalia

  4. Jan 2021
    1. “Reading is an honor and a gift,” he explains, “from a warrior or a historian who—a decade or a thousand decades ago—set aside time to write.” Yet many people spurn this gift and still consider themselves educated. “If you haven’t read hundreds of books,” Mattis says, “you’re functionally illiterate.”

      General James Mattis

    2. The Stoics say over and over that it is inexcusable not to learn from the past.

      See Aurelius

  5. Jun 2020
    1. and eventually waste away and die never having taken either path.

      Reminds me of Burdian's Ass. As explained at Wikipedia:

      "Buridan's ass is an illustration of a paradox in philosophy in the conception of free will. It refers to a hypothetical situation wherein a donkey that is equally hungry and thirsty is placed precisely midway between a stack of hay and a pail of water. Since the paradox assumes the ass will always go to whichever is closer, it dies of both hunger and thirst since it cannot make any rational decision between the hay and water. A common variant of the paradox substitutes two identical piles of hay for the hay and water; the ass, unable to choose between the two, dies of hunger."