My wife says that taylor.town readers are “anal-retentive”. You’ve been labeled and stereotyped, folks!
On that note, I’m growing intolerant of life’s little frictions. I recently extinguished all push notifications and obliterated my “someday” list. I also levied a skirmish against “content” and a battle against breakfast.
I’ve been scrutinizing my work habits. I reconsidered my ideal workweek, listed my tips for remote-work, and codified my rules for good work. I also adjusted my daily routine: 6 hours of deep career work, 2 hours of chores, and 4 hours of creative work.
I’m celebrating ~10 weeks of sobriety. I guess that means I’m 1% complete with my goal.
Use December to reflect on your yearly theme! And consider scheduling a 20-minute chat with me if you’d like to discuss your theme.
If you have questions or answers, send me an e-mail.
- I made a lot of changes to taylor.town this month. How does the site look and feel?
- Have any classic book recommendations?
- Do you know of any cures for waiting mode?
- Is there anything you’d like me to think and/or write about?
- Do you have any thoughts or opinions on baby sign-language?
- I’m looking to hire a VR developer for a very small project – any recommendations?
- Weekend Whenever
- Tips for Remote Work
- 4 Rules for Good Work
- 8 Weekends Without A Drink
- Liberate Breakfast
- Eschew the New
- A Tiny HTML Snippet to “Discuss on HN”
- redesigned taylor.town
- continued home-improvement
- co-founded LLC for secret VR project
- continued UI scaffolding for secret app idea
- started training for a 550-mile bike ride
- switched from emacs to neovim
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- Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: This book is potent. It’s witty, horrific, deep, and bizarre – an unforgettable experience. ★★★★★
- The Stranger by Albert Camus: It’s very highly acclaimed. After reading it, I thought I missed something, so I read a few critical analyses – nope, I understood it perfectly. The Stranger has a decent plot with great writing. This book was probably ground-breaking in 1942, but existentialism has been beaten to death since then. On my end, this is probably a case of “Seinfeld is unfunny”. ★★★☆☆
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro: It’s a subtle story from the perspective of a charming butler. I highly recommend this book if you’re in a wistful mood or receptive to deep introspection. ★★★★☆
- roborock S7+: A small human will soon be crawling all over our carpet, so we purchased a robotic vacuum. Its mapping/navigation algorithms are impressive! So far, this seems to be a worthwhile purchase.
- Radiotopia Donation: What an incredible source of free content! Some of my favorite podcasts have originated from this network: 99% Invisible, Articles of Interest, Everything is Alive, and The Memory Palace.
- LonoLife Thai Curry Beef Bone Broth Sticks: Everybody loves sipping hot drinks during cold winters. Bone broth powder packets provide plenty of protein (sugar-free)!
- Spaghetti-Os To-Go
- cute shrimp donut
- Pied Piper Jr.
- My son put some Trix in his ant farm…
- spoopy peeps
- Mom, can I get a dolphin?
- a tiny camera umbrella
- Can Groceries Be Delivered TOO Quickly?
- How Madoka Magica Destroyed an Entire Genre
- Suburbia Doesn’t Have to Be Boring
- Making chocolate from scratch to feed an addiction
- Deferred Lights - Pixel Renderer Devlog #1
- questions (toki pona lesson four)
- 2001: CAMERAS… on PHONES? (BBC News)
- The movie where they go BACK IN TIME TO THE FIRST THANKSGIVING TO GET TURKEYS OFF THE MENU
- The Thinnest Video On YouTube
- The Great Places Erased by Suburbia (the Third Place)
- Stop Buying Stuff
- How to Write the Impossible
- But what is a convolution?
- when you stop casting your actors off the street
- Why It’s Rude to Suck at Warcraft
- What’s Your Problem: Paying People to Turn Off the Fridge
- Chemistry for Your Life: How did Bella Hadid’s spray-on dress work? (and other questions)
- University of Oxford Computer Science: Integrating Logic, Probability and Neuro-Symbolic Reasoning using Probabilistic Soft Logic
- Endless Thread: Imaginary Friend
- Derek Sivers: a daily run, party two
- Cautionary Tales: The Halloween Poisoner
- Epic Gardening Daily: Growing Global and Unusual Veggies
- Radiolab: The Weather Report
- Endless Thread: Olga of Kiev
- Everything Everywhere Daily: Philip II of Spain
- Derek Sivers: make believe
- Epic Gardening Daily: The Importance of Flowers in a Food Garden
- Software Unscripted: Static Types in Elixir with José Valim
- Everything is Alive: Charles, Party Horn
- Articles of Interest: American Ivy: Chapter 2
- Everything Everywhere Daily: Banned Techniques That Would Smash World Records in Track and Field
- Conversations with Tyler: Mary Gaitskill on Subjects That Are Vexing Everybody
- Everything Everywhere Daily: Alfred Wegener and Continental Drift
- Everything Everywhere Daily: Horses in World War II
- Radiolab: Guts
- Plant Money: Planet Money tries election polling
- Deep Questions with Cal Newport: Can Parents Do Deep Work?
- Epic Gardening Daily: The Carnivorous Plant Man
- Articles of Interest: American Ivy: Chapter 3
- Software Unscripted: Accessibility in Practice with the Accessibilibats
- Planet Money: Peak Sand
- Freakonomics Radio: The Most Interesting Fruit in the World
- Cautionary Tales: The Inventor Who Almost Ended the World
- Deep Questions with Cal Newport: Did Cavemen Use To-Do Lists?
- Software Unscripted: Software Rituals with David Nolen
- Dear Hank & John: Sphere the Atmos
- Evereything Everywhere Daily: World Population Throughout History
- Cortex: State of the Apps 2023
- Everything is Alive: Miriam and Peter, Playing Cards
- Articles of Interest: American Ivy: Chapter 4
- Twenty Thousand Hertz: Synth War II: Digital Doom
- What’s Your Problem: Sam Bankman-Fried Revisited
- The Memory Palace: One Fruit
- Chemistry for Your Life: How can mosquitos smell you? (new research!)
- Everything Everywhere Daily: Leap Seconds
- Radiolab: What’s Up Doc?
- Planet Money: How the cookie became a monster
- Software Unscripted: Derw with Noah Hall
- Deep Questions with Cal Newport: Could This Meeting Have Been An Email?
- 99% Invisible: Super Citizens
- Articles of Interest: American Ivy: Chapter 5
- Freakonomics Radio: Did Michael Lewis Just Get Lucky with “Moneyball”?
|★★★★★||Björk :: Volta|
|★★★★★||Clown Core :: Toilet|
|★★★★★||Disasterpeace :: Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar|
|★★★★★||Gil Evans :: The Individualism Of Gil Evans|
|★★★★★||The Shaggs :: Philosophy of the World|
|★★★★☆||Abel Korzeniowski :: Nocturnal Animals (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|★★★★☆||Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer :: Child Ballads|
|★★★★☆||Eisley :: Currents|
|★★★★☆||Marvin Gaye :: Let’s Get It On|
|★★★★☆||Michael Nyman :: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (Soundtrack to the Film)|
|★★★★☆||The Academy Is… :: Almost Here|
|★★★★☆||The Smiths :: Meat Is Murder|
|★★★★☆||Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile :: Not Our First Goat Rodeo|
|★★★☆☆||BADBADNOTGOOD :: III|
|★★★☆☆||Beastie Boys :: Licensed to Ill|
|★★★☆☆||Bill Laurance :: Flint|
|★★★☆☆||Covet :: Covet on Audiotree Live|
|★★★☆☆||Crying :: Get Olde / Second Wind|
|★★★☆☆||Department of Eagles :: In Ear Park|
|★★★☆☆||Five Star Hotel & Machine Girl :: Machine Girl / Five Star Hotel|
|★★★☆☆||GoGo Penguin :: Between Two Waves - EP|
|★★★☆☆||I Am Abomination :: To Our Forefathers|
|★★★☆☆||Jacob Mann Big Band :: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 - EP|
|★★★☆☆||Jyocho :: Days in the Bluish House|
|★★★☆☆||Kyary Pamyu Pamyu :: Moshimoshiharajuku|
|★★★☆☆||LITE :: Installation|
|★★★☆☆||Lightning Bolt :: Wonderful Rainbow|
|★★★☆☆||Mammal Hands :: Animalia|
|★★★☆☆||Medieval Slimes :: Medieval Slimes|
|★★★☆☆||Oklou :: Galore|
|★★★☆☆||Pinback :: Nautical Antiques|
|★★★☆☆||Portico Quartet :: Knee Deep In the North Sea|
|★★★☆☆||Purity Ring :: WOMB|
|★★★☆☆||Sun City Girls :: Torch of the Mystics|
|★★☆☆☆||2814 :: Lost Fragments|
|★★☆☆☆||BOYS LIFE :: Departures and Landfalls|
|★★☆☆☆||Black Country, New Road :: For the First Time|
|★★☆☆☆||Carpainter :: Noble Arts|
|★★☆☆☆||Cavetown :: Lemon Boy|
|★★☆☆☆||Charmer :: Charmer|
|★★☆☆☆||Cosmo’s Midnight :: What Comes Next|
|★★☆☆☆||Dr. Dog :: We All Belong|
|★★☆☆☆||Followed By Ghosts :: Dear Monsters, Be Patient|
|★★☆☆☆||Gost :: Possessor|
|★★☆☆☆||In Love With a Ghost :: Healing|
|★★☆☆☆||Joshua James :: The Sun Is Always Brighter|
|★★☆☆☆||Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers & Lucy Dacus :: Boygenius - EP|
|★★☆☆☆||Knapsack :: Day Three of My New Life|
|★★☆☆☆||La Luz :: It’s Alive|
|★★☆☆☆||Lil Nas X :: MONTERO|
|★★☆☆☆||MASTER BOOT RECORD :: Interrupt Request|
|★★☆☆☆||Manchester Orchestra :: The Million Masks Of God|
|★★☆☆☆||Mono/Poly :: Monotomic|
|★★☆☆☆||Mura Masa :: Soundtrack to a Death|
|★★☆☆☆||Necry Talkie :: Memories|
|★★☆☆☆||Nick Johnston :: Remarkably Human|
|★★☆☆☆||Sampha :: Process|
|★★☆☆☆||Sheena Ringo :: Karuki Zahmen Kuri No Hana - Kalk Samen Chestnut Flower|
|★★☆☆☆||Son Lux :: Tomorrows I|
|★★☆☆☆||Various Artists :: The 6 Machine - EP|
|★★☆☆☆||dandelion hands :: Dhid!!, Vol. 2|
|★☆☆☆☆||Akron/Family :: Sub Verses|
|★☆☆☆☆||Alanis Morissette :: Jagged Little Pill|
|★☆☆☆☆||Death from Above 1979 :: The Physical World|
|★☆☆☆☆||Destroyer :: Poison Season|
|★☆☆☆☆||JONGHYUN :: She Is - The 1st Album|
|★☆☆☆☆||Jessie Ware :: Glasshouse|
|★☆☆☆☆||Maggie Lindemann :: PARANOIA|
|★☆☆☆☆||Mono/Poly :: Manifestations - EP|
|★☆☆☆☆||Polvo :: Today’s Active Lifestyles|
|★☆☆☆☆||Poppy :: Poppy.Computer|
|★☆☆☆☆||The Academy Is… :: Fast Times at Barrington High|
|★☆☆☆☆||The Temper Trap :: Conditions|