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    • Stephen Wolfram, the man behind Wolfram Language 12 and Wolfram Alpha: Computational Intelligence wrote about his personal productivity hacks developed over the last 40 years. In his blog post Steven wrote about a few hacks:

      I thought that these few hacks were a pure genius!

      1. Outdoor Walking Desk

      I discovered that I could walk and type perfectly well with it, even for a couple of hours. I was embarrassed I hadn’t figured out such a simple solution 20 years ago. But starting last fall—whenever the weather’s been good—I’ve tried to spend a couple of hours of each day walking outside

    • 2. Anti-carsick Glasses

      I’ve always had the problem that if I try to work on a computer while I’m being driven by someone else, I get car sick. I thought I had tried everything. Big cars. Little cars. Hard suspension. Soft suspension. Front seat. Back seat. Nothing worked. But a couple of years ago, quite by chance, I tried listening to music with big noise-canceling headphones—and I didn’t get car sick. But what if when I’m being driven I want to be on the phone while I’m using my computer? Well, at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, despite my son’s admonition that “just because you can’t tell what they’re selling at a booth doesn’t mean it’s interesting”, I stopped at a booth and got these strange objects, which, despite looking a bit odd, do seem to prevent car sickness for me, at least much of the time

      We had an interesting discussion on Cake about Anti-carsick glasses and they seem to work quite well:

    • 3. Filing in Broad Categories

      at first I thought the best way to file these papers would be in lots of different categories, with each category stored in a different physical file folder. I thought hard about the categories, often feeling quite pleased with the cleverness of associating a particular paper with a particular category. And I had the principle that if too many papers accumulated in one category, I should break it up into new categories.

      All this at first seemed like a good idea. But fairly quickly I realized it wasn’t. Because too often when I wanted to find a particular paper I couldn’t figure out just what cleverness had caused me to associate it with what category. And the result was that I completely changed my approach. Instead of insisting on narrow categories, I allowed broad, general categories—with the result that I could easily have 50 or more papers filed in a single category (often ending up with multiple well-stuffed physical file folders for a given category)

      Having broad categories instead of narrow ones may seem inefficient, but so is spending mental time thinking through micro categorization.

    • Steven was a developer on NeXT, working on Mathematica when I was there. He's a very smart mathematician but damn he had a volatile personality. The match between his software and our platform was perfect because power of UNIX, beautiful interface, but we did not sell enough machines for him to make money and it drove him crazy. I'm so happy to see him emerge as he's done.

      He's right about those glasses. It isn't pseudoscience like it sounds. I have a pair and here is Caitlyn in hers. She absolutely can ride no spinny rides or roller coasters unless she's wearing them, and then no problem.