Some bits of wisdom: much of it about technology, spirituality, and free sustainable living -- that I've collected and wanted to keep somewhere.
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- Sustainable Living
- Self Growth
+: I found particularly insightful; recommended.
- (WIP) + The Bay Area Forager by Mia Andler and Kevin Feinstein
- Rob Greenfield
- The Moneyless Manifesto by Mark Boyle
- Moneyless World
- + The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen
- + Voyaging on a Small Budget by Annie Hill
- (WIP) + Walden by Henry Thoreau
- Religion for the Nonreligious
- Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think
- + A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
- + Peace Pilgrim
- The Enchiridion by Epictetus
- Eckhart Tolle on "Epictetus & Stoicsim"
- Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
- The Discipline of Assent
Buddhism & Zen
- + Fearless: The 7 Principles of Peace of Mind by Brenda Shoshanna
- Reflections of Zen
- Rebel Budda by Dzogchen Ponlop
- + The Issue at Hand by Gil Fronsdal
- + Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Smile at Fear by Chogyan Trungpa
- Expect Nothing by Clarice Bryan
- Stages of Meditation by Dalai Lama XIV
- The Best Buddhist Writing of 2011 by Melvin McLeod (Editor), various
- Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
- + Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
- + The Authentic Life by Ezra Bayda
- The Zen of You and Me by Diane Musho Hamilton
- + Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck
"Success is a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day." —Jim Rohn
This is not a general disdain for the new: they want to see innovation as much as anybody, but are skeptical of newborn frameworks, tools and technologies that fail to embody the timeless principles that they've found most valuable.
Frameworks descend and burn up in the atmosphere like meteors. Technology changes fast enough that today’s problems are never tomorrow’s problems. Historically, our greatest technologies have been created by those who kept digging until they hit bedrock; who understood foundational ideas and technologies well enough to improve upon them.
It's hard to get new developers interested in a software project if we force them to not just learn how it works, but also how it got there, because its process of evolution is so critical to the final shape it ended up in. [...] These kinds of clever tricks incur, not a technical, but a social debt that strictly accrues over time.
it's better for your tool to be dumb and work in predictable ways than to implement surprising "convenience" behaviors. The presence of magic numbers set by default is a good indicator that some tool is too "smart" for its own good and will cause you grief.
the unix way
Many Things; in particular:
When frameworks make your decisions for you, you very often won't even realize that a decision has been made at all so it's much harder to identify problems when the assumptions grounded in that technology choice no longer apply.
open source community
power structures in society
no internet makes you significantly more productive than bad internet -- @feross
see also meta-knowledge