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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 automat... (read more)

0Matt_Simpson9yWait, org-mode will track your productivity and make suggestions based on that? Please tell me they mention this somewhere besides buried pages deep in the manual...
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
... (read more)
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.

Probably another example: calling themselves "Rationalists"

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 ... (read more)

4gjm10yComplete at least one.
Advice On Getting A Software Job

Any advice for software developers that are in a rut? Basically, I have been working my first post-college job the last 3.5 years or so, but honestly what I do is pretty basic web app stuff.

I really want to get into a job where I have a lot more responsibility and more interesting work, but I feel like I have shot myself in the foot by working at such an easy (but decent paying) job for so long.

I am very interested in pretty much all programming related topics and study them for fun, but having not built any super awesome software makes me feel inadequate.

Honestly, I should probably just apply to some places and see if I can get a better job, but for some reason I am afraid I will just get turned down.

2Viliam_Bur10yI think this what most people in IT do. There are millions of people and organizations who want to have a web page, and you cannot satisfy all of them with one solution.
2komponisto10yOn the other hand, I'm kind of curious about what it would take to get a job like the one you've currently got. From your description, it sounds like it shouldn't be too hard, but there are some slightly worrying cautionary notes in the post ("It isn’t an overnight project; getting basic competence will take months, and true skill takes years"), and it isn't obvious from the outside what sort of specific skills one would need to demonstrate to impress an employer of this type. (That is, what specific sort of programs one should write at home in order to prepare, as opposed to just going through Project Euler or something.)
8fubarobfusco10yConsider it rejection therapy, then. It turns out it's OK to be turned down; and you might at least learn something about the interview experience. Some thoughts: * Try working for a larger organization where there are more diverse internal opportunities. * Try working for a much smaller organization (i.e. a startup or small nonprofit) where you are compelled to work on different aspects of the project. * Try programming-as-sport: programming competitions such as Ludum Dare [http://www.ludumdare.com/]. * Try a different technical hobby — learn digital electronics, for instance. * Find an open-source project that you already have an incentive to work on. Do you use an open-source text editor or other tools? Are there features you'd like those tools to have?
Minimum viable workout routine

Weight lifting bored me out of my skull until I started doing a linear progression weight lifting program. Going up in weight every time I lift not only tests my mental fortitude (which is where the main fun comes from for me), but also provides great (unexpectedly great for me) motivation.

Also, I think the technique in Attention control is critical for... could help with increasing the amount of enjoyment. Or at least lessening the friction.

Modest Superintelligences

How is Catholicism the best religion?

5wedrifid10y"It is my religion, there are many of us and our political strength ensures that you will be better off affiliating with us than any of the others."
7Will_Newsome10yThat would take way too long to really explain; but the short version is, they have very good theology, very good philosophy, good traditions, good hermeneutics, very good architecture, very good spiritual practices [http://blog.muflax.com/2012/03/14/catholics-right-again-news-at-11/], they're very widely accessible, and they have an absurdly good historical track record when it comes to doing good for humanity.
Welcome to Less Wrong! (2012)

Hi. I've studied Computer Science and Mathematics at the undergraduate level. I currently work as a software engineer, but have been looking into fields that would allow me to work with more mathematics. I am also very much interested in entrepreneurship from both the "fix problems I see with the world" and the "get really wealthy" perspectives.

I have been reading LW and OB off and on for years, but have never quite made it through all of the sequences.

I am mainly interested in efficient learning and applications of rationality to eve... (read more)