How I A/B tested my adult onset lactose intolerance

I love milk. I grew up drinking a glass of milk everyday and unlike most kids, I looked forward to it. Recently however I found myself suffering from various gastric issues and I started to notice a pattern. Anytime I drank milk, or milk related products, I would find myself rushing to the toilet within … Continue reading How I A/B tested my adult onset lactose intolerance

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Morning Meetings Only

An interesting way to optimise your peak periods of energy by ensuring that your work period doesn’t get interrupted with unscheduled or not urgent meetings.

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One of the new experiments I’m trying out is only scheduling meetings in the morning. Using Calendly, I have several different types of meetings configured, depending on the context with most meetings 20-30 minutes to keep them effective. Only, I found that standard rhythm-oriented meetings (like daily check-ins) were often followed by other catch up meetings. Then, afternoons would often be filled meeting with people outside the company and ultimately killing any long blocks of time desired for extended focus.

Here are a few thoughts on morning meetings only:

  • Jumping between doing actual work and meeting about things can be challenging, especially if there’s work that requires deeper thought
  • Grouping some or all meetings into a specific time of day is a good way to maximize personal peak energy times (e.g. if you do your best writing before 10am, you’d want to keep that time of day free of meetings)

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“But You’re Catholic!”

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I’ve heard this so many times that it’s come to mean quite the opposite: “I’m pretty sure you’re not actually Catholic.”

Granted, when I was younger, it was for more benign infractions. “You’re so rude. But you’re Catholic!” and “You drink so much. But you’re Catholic!”

These days, I hear it in connection with more contentious beliefs. “You support gay rights? But you’re Catholic!” So as much to clear my own head as anything else, I thought I’d set my thoughts in order in the most public and inadvisable way possible: on the Internet.

My poor decision-making skills have nothing to do with my religion.

What It Means
“Gay” is a weird adjective to use, really, and not just because of the “gay old time” ambiguity. It’s been used to describe such a wide spectrum of things (“gay rights”, “gay lifestyle”), even in the specific context of homosexuality, that…

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