We are in a wait-and-see, try-it-and-see phase of publishing

We are in a wait-and-see, try-it-and-see phase of publishing and the web—past the initial Web 2.0 euphoria and into the hard business of creating great stuff (and finding new ways to keep old great stuff, like great writing and reporting, alive — Readability 2.0 Is Disruptive Two Ways…

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me.

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s…

Love this idea!(via The Office Music Democratizer)

Love this idea! (via The Office Music Democratizer)…

Our world is shaped by widespread statistical illiteracy.

Our world is shaped by widespread statistical illiteracy. We fear things that probably won’t kill us (terrorist attacks) and ignore things that probably will (texting while driving). We buy lottery tickets. We fall prey to misleading gut instincts, which lead to biases like loss aversion—an inability to gauge…

I just can’t ever get away from this one.

I just can’t ever get away from this one. For me, it’s what everything inevitably comes back to. The very definition of our jobs is to solve the right problem at the right level for the right reason—based on a combination of the best info we have…

On opinions

On opinions Robin Hanson lists 20 reasons why your opinions “function more to signal loyalty and ability than to estimate truth”. 2. You have little interest in getting clear on what exactly is the position being argued. 9. You find it easy to conclude that those who disagree with you…