James Ramsay

Week 25, 2017

Following the long journey back to NYC, my primary focus has been catching up on sleep and adjusting to the heat of the first days of summer.


I am currently reading Everything Is Obvious (Once You Know the Answer): How Common Sense Fails Us by Duncan Watts, and have enjoyed his observations about the prevalence of circular reasoning. He writes:

We claim to be saying that the Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world because it has attributes X, Y, and Z. But really what we're saying is that the Mona Lisa is famous because it's more like the Mona Lisa than anything else.

It's a good to be reminded regularly that understanding the world doesn't come naturally to the human mind. Answering 'Why?' is no easy task.


From the Department of Tooling, I customised my vim status line without resorting to custom fonts or vim extensions, and am trying to rely more on the command line for git and less on GitUp (the fastest, best git GUI for Mac OS).