open-sourcing my mind

I currently write in three forms: blog posts, chicken scratch, and zettelkasten

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Save your wrists and your time: lose the mouse

Note: This post is aimed at macOS users, with some cross-OS tools. Most are free and open-source. Hi, I’m Kevin and I don’t use a mouse. As a knowledge worker or keyboard warrior, most of my life exists between the four corners of a screen.

Thoughts and directions on Human Compatible (Russell, 2019)

I just finished reading Human Compatible (2019) by Stuart Russell. Unless I have compelling reasons, I usually like to read books that have aged well. Given that I’m quite invested in AI safety, and Stuart Russell is no doubt distilling decades of experience into 300 pages, this felt important enough for me to study.

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Writing a software contract

I’ve been working on starting a software collective, and spend a nontrivial amount of time doing non-technical things (namely discussions with clients and reading contracts). Here are some of the key points I’ve found so far, and what feels intuitive.

Notes on Freelancing/Agency

Sites Toptal Upwork 20%, 10%, 5% Turing Trash: https://www.quora.com/Has-anyone-tried-Turing-Is-it-any-good-for-finding-gigs-What-does-the-process-look-like-after-registering-with-them TripleByte Pros of sites invoicing social proof + testimonimals how much tax?

A summer in Auckland, New Zealand

I bought a one-way ticket to Auckland, New Zealand. With this one-way ticket, is also a two week mandatory quarantine period. This post will document my journey. Phone and data plan Vodafone NZ top-up Get currency and a way to withdraw Schwab