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Michael Grinich Jun 26
Gmail is forcing users to sign-in to Chrome. Are you surprised? I’m not. They’ve done it before. Here’s the story of how Gmail became Google’s secret weapon to compete with Facebook. (A thread 👇)
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Alid Castano Jun 4
Replying to @callumflack
the linked thread has restricted access (account is private). If you think it's ok, DM a screenshot maybe?
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Alid Castano Jun 4
Replying to @alidcastano
Last week I also read a post touching upon a similar point - how a design can make you feel boxed-in, and impact creativity. I was actually mid-essay when I read this!😅but I was relieved to see someone else trying to express this.
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Alid Castano Jun 4
Every time we interact with an app, we *feel* it. Not physically, of course, but mentally. I've spent a lot of time thinking about how the design of an app can impact human expression. I wrote an essay to unpack what I've learned:
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Alid Castano May 9
yea a SR system was difficult for me to adopt bc I also had to build the habit of regularly checking an external flashcard app that's why I've been working on a note-taking app that lets you create flashcards inside your actual notes ()
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Alid Castano May 4
Haha I ran there yesterday, only 4.4 miles though 😌 running was never my thing so just started building my endurance
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Alid Castano May 4
Replying to @vgr
i'm working on a related problem - rather than standalone flashcards, you create them along side your notes, which makes SR more useful for reviewing concepts but tbh I'm still working on a way to make it work well for hierarchies of knowledge
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Alid Castano May 3
Replying to @vgr
I think it's bc we underestimate the difficulty of exploring, and expressing, new conceptual ideas an example that contextualizes this for me - often we have to act out concepts (i.e. sacrificing animals) before we can fully understand them (i.e. delayed gratification)
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Venkatesh Rao Apr 28
Huh I never thought about this before — There are 2 completely different kinds of iteration in any kind of work. There’s rework loops wired to internal standards and expectations and rework loops wired to external tests and risks. Each loop you have to choose which kind it is
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Alid Castano Apr 17
thanks, hopefully it convinces you to give it a go! and glad you subscribed - i'll email you this evening w early access details for Studbits
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Alid Castano Apr 17
Replying to @webdevMason @paulg
Programming: I kept having app ideas but didn't have any technical friends. I was studying Psyc at the time, far from seeing myself as someone who could learn code. But 's "Stay Upwind" advice overrode any excuse I could make.
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Alid Castano Apr 15
Replying to @alidcastano
this makes sense if you consider that reality is always a lot messier and uglier than any simple model can account for, but it would be unproductive to teach it in that way and so instead we learn these imperfect mental models
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Alid Castano Apr 15
Replying to @alidcastano
an ex that comes to mind: reading up on MBTI or the Big Five personality types to have a model for thinking about these differences but consistently breaking it apart as you meet all sorts of different people
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Alid Castano Apr 15
education as an act of learning fixed categories to bootstrap knowledge and then unlearning those categories - and seeing the spectrum of differences that exists - to gain a deeper understanding of what is
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Alid Castano Apr 14
i see it more as an aid in memory recall. it helps me practice articulating the things I'm learning if I was a professor n had to give a lecture on a subject a few times a year, SR would be less useful for me. the practice would already be there
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Alid Castano Apr 14
Replying to @alidcastano
this is one of the reasons I believe it's important to have a note-taking app that focuses on learning: a SR system would be 10x more useful in the context of one's actual notes after all, that's where the knowledge you care about (book notes, quotes, etc) already is.
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Alid Castano Apr 14
Replying to @alidcastano
you're still faced w problem of trying to input too much info into your SR system but less so, bc the context has switched. it's not just random trivia in standalone flashcards - it's all happening in the context of your notes n the hierarchy of knowledge inside them
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Alid Castano Apr 14
Replying to @alidcastano
think about that for a second: imagine if tech made learning so easy, you didn't have to think about it? it just happened. as you're taking notes, it nudges you to ask questions. later that day, it shows you those questions n asks you to answer them. then again X days later
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Alid Castano Apr 14
imo the issue is that existing spaced-repetition systems lend themselves to being misused / not used at all. it's like saying research is a skill - which it is, but the average person doesn't have to think about it bc google makes it easy
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Alid Castano Apr 14
one of the cool things about reading someone's blog is you get a deeper look into how they think was reading Travis' blog last night n what stood out was how much he values being scrappy, hacking systems, data-crunching, meeting like minded people, and most of all, having fun
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