Reading List

This list shows the last 20 articles that I saved to my Pocket account and that I haven't read yet, it updates automatically when I archive them.

Most of the articles are about science, politics and a bit of philosophy, have fun!


A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

6 minutes
A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life—money, power, jobs, university admission—should be distributed according to skill and effort.

How I Started to See Trees as Smart

7 minutes
How I Started to See Trees as Smart

A couple of decades ago, on a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada, I was marching up a mountain solo under the influence of LSD. Halfway to the top, I took a break near a scrubby tree pushing up through the rocky soil.

The Critical Difference Between Complex and Complicated

8 minutes

Before anything can be managed, it must be recognized for what it is. This is especially important for complex versus complicated systems. The manager needs to consciously take a mental step back and classify the issues.

Massive Black Holes Shown to Act Like Quantum Particles

9 minutes
Massive Black Holes Shown to Act Like Quantum Particles

Physicists are using quantum math to understand what happens when black holes collide. In a surprise, they’ve shown that a single particle can describe a collision’s entire gravitational wave. When two black holes collide, the titanic crash ripples out through the very fabric of the cosmos.

The Man Behind Ethereum Is Worried About Crypto's Future

21 minutes
The Man Behind Ethereum Is Worried About Crypto's Future

In a few minutes, electronic music will start pulsing, stuffed animals will be flung through the air, women will emerge spinning Technicolor hula hoops, and a mechanical bull will rev into action, bucking off one delighted rider after another.

How to write great OKRs

4 minutes
How to write great OKRs

To make working with OKR more practical, we split up the criteria for Objectives by must-haves and nice-to-haves. An Objective should meet the must-have criteria for it to qualify as an Objective.

So you're thinking about writing on the internet

14 minutes
So you're thinking about writing on the internet

I’m not famous or successful, so why should you care what I think? Well, I have some observations about the dynamics of writing on the internet that I think my (even more non-famous and non-successful) self would have benefited from when I started.

La Mente Hipercrítica

8 minutes
La Mente Hipercrítica

La mente, es como el software del cerebro, algunas veces juega malas pasadas siendo hipercrítica, atacando con pensamientos negativos, entorpeciendo tu potencial.

What does it mean to listen on a port?

11 minutes
What does it mean to listen on a port?

This story explores some concepts in computer networking, inspired by Michael Nielsen’s idea of discovery fiction. Code samples can also be found in this repo. Excerpts use openbsd-flavoured netcat on Debian Linux; behviour and IPv6 support may vary by version.