There is a word for it, which I forgot, when you look something up on Wikipedia, the article contains a link to another article, and you go, "Oooh, that sounds interesting", open it in another tab, then, when reading the second article, you come across two or three more of such links, and before you know what is going on, you have dozens of tabs open. The only limit is your patience and your computer's RAM.
Eventually you'll end up reading articles that are not even remotely related to your initial inquiry, but highly interesting nonetheless.
The database of the site now contains a large record of millions of game plays of players trying to go from one Wikipedia link to another. See here for some interesting academic research that has been done on the site's dataset: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jSGFRZYrJnlDUBhGbQrO9e-n...
I know what I'll be doing next weekend! :)
OTOH, I learned a lot that afternoon. Watching TV programs has never been the same.
An interesting side note: if you repeatedly click the first link at the beginning of any wikipedia article (except links in parenthesis) you will always end up at Philosophy.
Ignoring this backlink, though, it would work:
Mathematics > Quantity > Magnitude (mathematics) > Mathematical object > Abstract and concrete > Referent > Linguistics > Science > Knowledge > Fact > Verificationism > Philosophy
But if the algorithm should ignore the already visited links then it would probably work because the pages usually describe something using the higher level concepts first. The question is how much larger the pool of "always found" pages becomes.
That was fun!
which cites Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland:
http://www.kurzweilai.net/ - Articles about some of the most interesting bleeding-edge high-tech research.
https://arstechnica.com/ - Tech and tech-related news.
Also, Reddit. Not the default front-page stuff, of course, but more in-depth and smaller subreddits, such as /r/netsec, /r/financialindependence, or /r/rust - there's a multitude of nice focused communities. Occassionally even /r/programming is more interesting than Hacker News though :)
The Economist - https://www.economist.com/ - I like that they do articles about places all over the world
Find Lectures - https://www.findlectures.com/ - Search engine focused on collecting talks
I also collect book recommendations from HN, people I follow on Twitter in an Amazon wishlist.
Hacker News (of course)
Angry Asian Man
Climate Denial Crock of the Week
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
ESA Top News (Euro. Space Agency)
Jewish Daily Forward
Jonesblog (retinal neuroscientist and photographer:http://prometheus.med.utah.edu/~bwjones/about/)
NASA Image of the Day
Physical Review Letters
Not Even Wrong
New York Times
WTOP (local news)
Schneier on Security
Slate Star Codex
Space Safety Magazine
CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (highly recommended)
Stories from the trauma bay
Google Trends - To understand what people are searching for
Reddit - Treasure trove of opinions and insights
Hacker News - Quality tech news and opinions
For my own use, I built a simple site to browse all of these sites from one place effectively: https://newsfeed.one/
> Hacker News - Quality tech news and opinions
Quanta articles are always extremely enlightening, interesting and well written.
American Scientist (distinct from Scientific American) [https://www.americanscientist.org/] for science, engineering and technology.
Foreign Affairs [https://www.foreignaffairs.com/] for international relations and politics.
although I actually switched back to reading these (and others) in ink-on-paper format, which I've found helps me focus much better.
EDIT: Also, Philosophy Now [https://philosophynow.org/] for more abstract ideas.
These are bimonthly publications, and all worth paying money for.
US Gamer: https://www.usgamer.net
Giant Bomb: https://www.giantbomb.com (I'm premium subscriber)
Ars Technica: https://arstechnica.com
NeoGAF: https://www.neogaf.com (I try not to sometimes as it's a time sink, but it's fun, mindless and stressless.)
Hacker News of course.
I try to stay away from Reddit and as it's a time sink for me and I find can stress me mentally.
http://www.econlib.org/, https://www.cato.org/, https://mises.org/ (disclaimer: austrian econ slant)
For inspiration on UI, I browse https://dribbble.com https://codepen.io and https://uplabs.com
I also read the daily email from http://oppsdaily.com/ to see if there is a problem that I can solve that someone is willing to pay for.
Infinite Series - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs4aHmggTfFrpkPcWSaBN9g (I never thought I would find a math series one of my favorite channels)
SpaceTime - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_gcs09iThXybpVgjHZ_7g
Crash Course - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6b17PVsYBQ0ip5gyeme-Q
When done properly, web video/animated content can greatly enhance learning abstract, obtuse material and can be worth 1000 words per second. From Infinite Series, I finally got the gist of quantum computing.
or to the Economist (which I order-but I tend to listen most of the articles as the audio comes free for subscribers and is of excellent quality).
I try to read books nowadays more than random blogposts. Makes my monkeybrain happier (and I secretly wish wiser).
As for the The Economist, I've found that they always gives a great dose of history and context to their articles, which is what I would be searching for in reddit anyway, so I've found reddit to be a lot less useful nowadays.
Definitively non-tech, but full of knowledge and inspiration.
Recently I've tried to make my procrastination more useful, and read random Wikipedia articles instead browsing news sites. Let's see if the habit sticks.
I also try to visit engineering blog of company that I like such as Github, Etsy, Segment, Stripe and learn from their blog. They usually have very good article about what really happening at a real company and what they do to solve.
Then I also use Youtube, subscirbe to Confreaks, and again, whenever I like some video, they suggest something very close to what I like.
Then sometimes ago, I started to collect links and realize I should share with the world and start this site: https://betterdev.link/
Stunning art, beautiful and thoughtful essays, ideas and videos.
He posts content on Windows internals, Win32 APIs, and explanations for Windows behavior.
If you program for Win32 then reading his blog will identify bugs in your code.
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http://blog.computationalcomplexity.org/ is a pretty good one
It's brief, unapologetic, patient explanations about specific cases in law that touch on popular topics. It really shows how non-black-and-white the world is and especially how bringing knowledge to it gives you clarity, even when you're not in total agreement.
Curated collections of long-form journalism.
Edit: Forgot to add Codex 99, '...an occasionally updated website about art, design and history, except when it’s about something else altogether."
Weekly - World
Youtube App on Ipad, Subscription to Joe Rogen, Tim Ferris, and many others Podcasters like these mostly point out to any random topic under the sun, and the discussion is Deep. Example - check out these podcasts and their discussion on Ethics, AI, Health, Finance and Trump :)
Facebook - mostly from friends and of personal nature, but I do visit resources they point out
Instead look at those places that have something special and make you come back. They all have some differentiating factor. The WSJ from time to time produces high quality non-redundant content. The comments or content produced by users on HN and reddit are sometimes better than the news elsewhere.
Curation and the user base confer a site personality. This is why places like HN or reddit are so popular. Reddit offers a very high degree of segmentation to users through subreddit subscriptions. This allows users with perhaps very different personalities to get along by only focusing on things they have in common. Not only that, it incentives users to create, share and enjoy content together.
Y combinator has a true commitment to provide a simple platform to a user niche they are interested in. In contrast to the laissez faire curation approach of reddit, the strategy of HN is not as broad but for this specific niche is of higher quality. Although sometimes HN is used for Y combinator's purposes, they don't abuse it and many times the interests are aligned with most of their user base.
Google News does allow you some personalization. But, I am big fan of river of news concept (Dave Winer). There are many solutions still, but I am limiting my media consumption and hacker news and couple of other sites faily satisfy the need.
Archive and RSS feed link here: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/topics/money-stuff
Also down arrow doesn't scroll as expected (maybe this is intentional).
- A whole bunch of other site/blog/channels as feed that I look at when I have time.
Stephen Colbert: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMtFAi84ehTSYSE9XoHefig/vid...
and lately I've been binge watching the Jordan Peterson lectures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8Xc2_FtpHI&list=PL22J3VaeAB...
ribbonfarm: though I usually only read the articles by Venkatesh Rao: https://www.ribbonfarm.com/author/admin/
also bingewatching lessons on 2x from http://edx.org. It used to be http://coursera.org but their servers are sluggish most of the time.
"Farnam Street is devoted to helping you develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions, and live a better life. We address such topics as mental models, decision making, learning, reading, and the art of living."
MIT OpenCourseware channel:
All Things Open:
etc., etc., etc.
Create Digital Music
Reading academic reviews and looking up the vocabulary on the fly is a great way to stay humble.
similar to HN but much much more humble in every way. I quite like it. Although I don't have account so I am mostly reading.
Email: filip.miletic at me.com
Edit: Oops, turns out I did receive an invite. Thanks, elorm!
Great tumblr, suggested by a close friend.
- Reddit (occasionally)
- Google News (rarely)
I find myself reading a lot more books in person though, namely educational books about topics I'm unfamiliar with or want to review. I think it's important to read about something that you don't know about but want to learn more about, e.g. for me: economics.
Mostly because we created it. :)
I guess I like sports? :)
And various RSS feeds and emails from MIT, IDC, personal blog, DoD and etc..
I'm sure I'll be downvoted which will be further proof of what I'm saying. Not that I care really. I make an account a week.
Further down you replied to someone else complaining about how other's work is belittled, then you write this
I am not sure if this is bait or lack of self awareness, though I'd lean towards bait, considering you are also worried about downvotes.
Or it might be that it is just good enough for the target user. My 2013 Macbook has enough power to run all the Electron apps I need without slowing down...well it did once I removed Atom and learned to love Visual Studio Code.
I think that Atom's performance woes and resource hogging tends to be a stand-in for all atom apps.
If you're young and feel the need to express dismissal to the people who take their work more seriously, that's fine -- hormones and stuff, we've all been through that, so meh, nobody is mad about it.
You still shouldn't forget it's a _job_ and not a fashion statement.
The fact that Electron is easy to work with, _for you_, means absolutely nothing about the end result of the work done through it. The topic has been beaten to death here in HN, you can check -- but then again, being that dismissive and arrogant probably means you'll never challenge your opinion. Oh well, still worth the shot in giving you the other perspective.
You've inferred that I'm young (nope), implied that I'm not mature, don't take my work seriously, that I have "hormones and stuff", that I consider electron a fashion statement (?), that I'm dismissive and arrogant, and that I'll never challenge my opinion. Phew!
For the record, I have dabbled with electron, and I'm on the fence about it. It's a quick path to MVP, but it has obvious performance issues and I'm not sure I wish to inflict these on my end users. I'm teaching myself react native and python/qt at the moment instead.
Thanks for proving my point so completely. Hey and look, a downvote too.
I still stand behind my statement that this is immature and disrespectful. The rest are "if"-s, you can check my comment. There are no claims, there are "if"-s.
Granted I made a few assumptions. If you don't want that, write more than one sentence. ;)
This is an arrogant and confrontational statement to make, especially given your respectable admission of lack of awareness outside of CSS/js.
I'll also add- it serves as a punching bag for people who can't speak up at their work- they vent their frustrations here by belittling everyone's work.