Most appreciated blog posts
An essay about the virtue of openness.
Reflections on a course I taught in the Master of Data Science program at UBC.
A review of James Clear’s thorough and practical book on habit formation.
Most appreciated tweets
“Restored video footage of the streets of Paris from the early 1900s. 🤯 Incroyable! https://twitter.com/i/status/1183022305867378689/video/1”— David Laing (@davidklaing) October 12, 2019
“Confirmation bias makes a lot more sense under the lens, "people don't have ideas, ideas have people." When someone's views are challenged and they start digging in their heels, what you're really seeing is the thrashing of a parasite that has a death grip on its host.”— David Laing (@davidklaing) August 20, 2019
“All of those are great, and I'd add one more: for every tweet you send, reply to someone else. Finding conversational accounts is great, but you have to also *be* a conversational account. Even with few followers, it's easy to slip into broadcasting mode if you're not careful.”— David Laing (@davidklaing) November 29, 2019
“A good demonstration of this phenomenon, from @NateSilver538's The Signal and the Noise:”— David Laing (@davidklaing) August 31, 2019
“Right! The supposed sacredness of books explains so much that would otherwise seem strange, like the fact that it feels so wrong to read only 50% of a book, or that novice writers never write "covers" of their fav books (the way novice musicians learn covers of their fav songs).”— David Laing (@davidklaing) October 5, 2019
“An underappreciated benefit of habitually tidying up is that it gives you more confidence to make useful messes. A few examples:”— David Laing (@davidklaing) November 23, 2019
“In the 20th century, the popularity of the phrase "10x" grew by exactly 10x.”— David Laing (@davidklaing) October 6, 2019
“Just watched the Netflix documentary about AOC, and incidentally also just finished The Path to Power—the first volume of Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson. I recommend them both! - https://netflix.com/ca/title/81080637… - https://goodreads.com/book/show/86524.The_Path_to_Power… 3 takeaways (forgive me if obvious):”— David Laing (@davidklaing) August 11, 2019
“This is one of the articles I think about most often. Owen Pallett explains the music theory behind Teenage Dream, IMO one of the most exhilarating pop songs of the last 20 years. The most mainstream things can still involve so much craft.”— David Laing (@davidklaing) October 6, 2019