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Idea: Self-Improving Task Management Software

It won't make the suggestions/evaluate things itself. But it is very good for tracking productivity and getting different views into that data, and it has a bunch of plugins for common productivity things.

I meant to clarify that more in my original post.

Idea: Self-Improving Task Management Software

You should check out org-mode for Emacs. It is somewhat similar to what you describe, but being an Emacs mode it doesn't get as much love as it should. I use it daily and it is awesome. It isn't quite what you are envisioning, but it is probably the closest thing that currently exists.

That being said, I am actually working on something like this currently. Well, it is the next big step of the project, anyway. Currently it doesn't focus on the meta level as much as I would like, but is very much along the lines of trying to fix "Humans are not automatically strategic"

Based on the people we have spoken to and the research we have done, we think there is a market for something like this.

I say go for it. If it is open source I would probably contribute if for some reason my project collapses or you make something more awesome.

Random LW-parodying Statement Generator

what is true is already so. Eliezer Yudkowsky doesn't make it worse

That isn't going to help me sleep at night.

Politics is the Mind-Killer

Can we get a citation for "The evolutionary reasons for this are so obvious as to be worth belaboring: In the ancestral environment, politics was a matter of life and death."

I am just interested in how this was concluded. I have always been a little skeptical of evolutionary psychology type things, which, is what this sounds like.

What Are You Doing for Self-Quantification?

I track all of my "I should do this daily or almost daily" tasks/habits. (Review TODO lists, schedule things for tomorrow, chores)

  • How long I read for.
  • How many personal tasks I completed that aren't considered chores.
  • How many commits I made on my code.
  • If I am studying something, how many hours I spent studying and the exercises completed (the latter bit isn't of too much use, other than it being >0)
  • Which supplements did I take.
  • A rough sketch of what I ate (basically, the food items and rough macro-nutrient quantities)
  • If I exercised then I track almost every detail. When/What/Weight lifted/Sets.

I will also occasionally record what my "mental clarity" feels like on a scale from 1 - 5. I don't yet do this often enough for it to be worthwhile, and I may just stop altogether unless I figure out a useful system.

The best thing I have found for my personal habit formation is https://chains.cc/ but there are a lot of "riffs" on this idea out there. I have one desktop on my computer dedicated to tracking all of the things important to me (chains, calendar, TODO lists, long-term goals). I have Google Calendar "event" that creates a popup on this desktop every day at 5:00am, so that ensures it is the first thing I look at.

Article about LW: Faith, Hope, and Singularity: Entering the Matrix with New York’s Futurist Set

Saying that we haven't made much progress recently isn't the same as not wanting a positive singularity event. These are orthogonal. Thiel has directly supported singularity related organizations and events, while also being pessimistic on our technology progress. These are most certainly related.

Article about LW: Faith, Hope, and Singularity: Entering the Matrix with New York’s Futurist Set

The "evangelical polyamory" seems like an example of where Rationalists aren't being particularly rational.

In order to get widespread adoption of your main (more important) ideas, it seems like a good idea to me to keep your other, possibly alienating, ideas private.

Being the champion of a cause sometimes necessitates personal sacrifice beyond just hard work.

Summary thread for Coursera classes

I also liked Andrew Ng's machine learning course. It is a great introduction to the ideas and techniques of the field.

I have since started diving into a more serious treatment of the topic by studying Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning by Bishop, and I will say that the knowledge from the course has definitely helped, but its main benefit was in getting me interested in the topic.

Advice On Getting A Software Job

It requires decent knowledge of Java, XSLT, Perl, *nix command line fluency, Web stuff (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), caching, SQL, and RESTful web services. I may not have been entirely fair in calling it "pretty basic web app stuff" it is just paltry compared to what Google and Facebook (for example) do.

HOWEVER, an acquaintance of mine with no programming knowledge, no degree, just a passion for technology got a job as some kind of Visual Basic forms programmer (it is an extremely limited subset of the language). He has since taken some night classes to learn programming more formally and has moved to a normal programmer-type position. This place probably hired 3-4 people to do this.

Advice On Getting A Software Job

Thanks for responding, this is a good comment and I have considered some of what you suggest.

I do work in a very large organization, and there is a huge amount of technology in use here. The big problem is that technology is a cost center. They will never (without major changes to how the business works) do anything technologically innovative due to this. That is part of my problem with it.

I am looking at several startup jobs in the area that use more interesting technologies. I'm hoping that my incomplete side projects are enough proof that I don't only know/care about Java.

I use a ton of open source stuff (emacs, rails, countless libs) I just have problems putting myself out there when it comes to contribution.

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