January 2018

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

[Great overview](https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/what-was-this-article-about-again/551603/) of the “[forgetting curve](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forgetting_curve)”, the way that we immediately forget almost all the information we take in: > For many, the experience of consuming culture is like filling up a bathtub, soaking in it, and then watching the water run down the drain. It might leave a film in the tub, but the…more


[A fun exploration of a future world where bicycles reign supreme](https://streets.mn/?s=Bicyclopolis)

Notes from Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

A few years back I was talking with a friend about how much more frequent and easier air travel had gotten even since I was a kid. I mentioned that our kids would probably travel constantly and never settle down, and he responded “or maybe we’ll run out of resources and they won’t be able…more

Investment and love

[Dan Ariely on why we love our kids so much](http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2013/03/interview-nyt-bestselling-author-dan-ariely-talks/) (and more than others): > Kids really come with no instructions. Very tough to deal with, difficult, complex, but incredibly involving and time consuming and I think the love that comes out of it is an example of the effect of a tremendous investment.

Big man power

[Conor Dunne](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conor_Dunne), patron saint of tall cyclists, [shows what it would take for me to ride in the WorldTour](https://www.aquabluesport.com/blog/conor-dunne-tdy-power.html): > “The average rider would do well to be able to hold 390w for five minutes,” he adds. “For Conor to be able to sustain that for over four and a half hours in this bike…more

Harnessing AI to build better UI

A fascinating article (and set of demos) about [how generative and improvisational AI techniques could help us invent better interfaces](https://distill.pub/2017/aia/), and better ways of thinking for humans: > At its deepest, interface design means developing the fundamental primitives human beings think and create with… > We’ve described a third view, in which AIs actually change…more

[Gratitude increases patience and self-control](https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/opinion/sunday/the-only-way-to-keep-your-resolutions.html) – as the author asserts, a good way to keep those New Year’s resolutions!

The biggest constraint in most product development is not technical capability or design skill–it’s willingness to talk with customers.

How Fungi Saved the World

For all that we humans worry about saving the world, it was [mushrooms that rescued an Earth that had drowned in wood for 40 million years](http://feedthedatamonster.com/home/2014/7/11/how-fungi-saved-the-world), and even gave us the coal to jumpstart modern civilization: > Here is the crux of our problem: lignin made the lycopod trees a little too successful. Because their…more