Posts filed under “Big Ideas”

Come join me at Novice No Longer

Pssst. I moved! *deep breath* This is my last post on this blog. From now on, I’ll be spending my time on my new website: NoviceNoLonger.com. *exhale* Phew! It’s so nice to finally tell you what I’ve been working on! I didn’t just create a new website. I also wrote a book called 8 Things to […]

Tell a Compelling Story, Dammit

Colin Lee for Medium: I have learned that people decide what they think based upon narratives. A good story always has better results than merely listing out facts. Every good narrative has both characters and a plot. Edward Snowden has been releasing shreds of a story without characters while his opponents have created a complete […]

Marco Arment Discussing The “Fertile Ground” of iOS 7

Marco Arment (formerly of Tumblr, Instapaper, and The Magazine) discussing iOS 7: iOS 7 is different. It isn’t just a new skin: it introduces entirely new navigational and structural standards far beyond the extent of any previous UI changes. Existing apps can support iOS 7 fairly easily without looking broken, but they’ll look and feel ancient. If there’s […]

Where Do Ideas Come From?

I had a professor in college who, on the first day of class, told us to write step-by-step instructions detailing the process of thinking. I sat there for 15 minutes but couldn’t get past what I wrote as step one: Clear your mind. But I knew that even step one was incorrect; I don’t need […]

New Study on Tylenol and Its Effect on Moral Judgement

James Hamblin, for The Atlantic: Among people who took the placebo pill, those who wrote about existential anxiety set much higher bail ($450) [for prostitution] than those who wrote about the dentist ($300). But if they took Tylenol and wrote existentially, that sense of moral judgement seemed to be blunted. There was a tiny sample […]

Magnet Implants Can Actually be Pretty Annoying

I recently got a comment on my post Body Hacking: My Magnet Implant that I wanted to share. It comes from a reader who is also named Dan: I know a lot of people really like these things and that’s cool but I thought it would be informative to have a dissenting view (as far […]