Why Snapchat is more expressive than Instagram
I was super late in the whole Snapchat craze  having installed it only a month ago or so. I knew the app was about self-destructing photos all along, but couldn’t get what the appeal was. For those who still don’t understand Snapchat, I encourage you to give it a try before blindly dismissing it. You’ve got to see to know.
December 7, 2013 at 11:30pm
My boring list of 29 writing tips (and occasional life lessons) from Neil Strauss and Tim Ferriss
Expected read time: 4-6 mins
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I believe in a good storytelling, but today out of laziness and
utter respect for Buzzfeed sense of adventure I’ll resort to the cheapest and the most unimaginative way to present information. I’ll just give you a concise list of lessons I learned from watching Neil Strauss and Tim Ferriss talk for an hour at one of the creativeLIVE seminars. Here it comes. In my own words:
November 20, 2013 at 6:22pm
Sagmeister: are you ready to take one year off every 7 working years?
Most of us live our lives following the fairly predictable trajectory:
Have you ever thought about adopting this trajectory instead where you distributed some number (five in this example) of those retirement years among the working years?
November 15, 2013 at 7:47pm
Avoid the paralysis of long negotiations
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Don’t let any kind of negotiation last too long. On Monday you tell the party you’re negotiating with that you’ll make up your mind and converge on the decision by the end of the week. Not surprisingly you fire an email declaring the conditions you’ll be happy with on Sunday. Unless you make special efforts, the entire week leading to that Sunday would be spent in unproductive two-player non-cooperative game simulations in your head. Then the next two days are spent weighted down by the background process responsible for waiting for an email and wondering what the reply would be. You get the reply on Monday evening next week, think about its contents and a day later send off the updated list of your terms. A couple of days later you get the reply promising a phone call at some point that or next week. Just think about it: two weeks and counting are wasted on the low-intensity process which doesn’t let you focus on anything else.
How to develop new positive habits without any willpower: a beginner’s guide
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It’s no news today that the willpower is the finite resource. Here’s a clever experiment described in “The Art of Thinking Clearly” - wonderful book by Rolf Dobelli - to illustrate this:
November 11, 2013 at 7:45pm
If you’re good at something, never do it for free!
Recently I’ve been thinking more and more about one of my many weaknesses. And that’s the ability to negotiate. Or the lack thereof, to be precise. I’ve never been money-driven (to my own detriment). I’ve always believed in financial independence though which is about building a water pipe rather than lugging buckets full of water several times a day. In a rare act of intended schizophrenia, here’s the letter to myself to address this issue.
November 5, 2013 at 12:38pm
What excites me
"When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again”. -Steve Jobs
October 26, 2013 at 12:03am
Don’t listen to anyone, just keep on writing every single day!
Up until the end of September I was on a good month-long streak of consistently publishing one essay a day. Then I decided to ask for advice from prominent bloggers (writing on the topics of productivity, mental and physical health, building habits, creativity, etc.) on building a popular blog. They suggested a few things:
The Bruce Lee’s definite chief aim. What is yours?
Last week I came from the 6-day trip to Hong Kong where I attended the Electronics Fair. The fair itself didn’t showcase anything impressive other than numerous Jambox-like Bluetooth speakers, Bose-like headphones, lightning connectors, white label Android smartphones and tablets, GoPro-like action cameras and so forth. The quantity was definitely there - 4,000 exhibitors. The quality is yet to come!
September 27, 2013 at 5:46pm
What I want from my ideal workplace
As I graduated from the university, I started my search for the ideal office space. The environment most conducive to the multi-hour interruption-free high-intensity work sessions.
Here’s how it all got started.