Hi! Nice to meet you. I’m Lucas, and this is particle 17, my heterogeneous journal.
I’ve always held that it’s important to write as a tool for thought and for spreading ideas. I’ve used Twitter, different blog platforms, wikis, and all sorts of other formats, but have been mostly disappointed. The one thing I haven’t done is a journal in the style of Gwern Branwen or Devon Zuegel.
I have two main categories of entries: in the news and timeless. Entries in the news might be relevant for a short period of time, but are unlikely to get value in the long run1. In contrast, timeless posts are aimed to be always relevant.
The key difference between the Gwern format website and a blog is that chronology is not the intended navigation paradigm. While you can browse the index, the site starting point is here, and is broken up by topic, not date.
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what’s inside the orange box?
- For more detailed information about me or particle 17, check out 奥付2.
- I have a lot of different collections. For the people I look up to, books I’ve read, videos I like, and postcasts I listen to: Head to the lists.
- Posts that are not complete, or somewhat significant notes on other subjects can be found on: scraps.
- For personal data security: why you shouldn’t use a VPN.
- How to live better: explore vs exploit: a decision making refresher.
- On The Secret Commonwealth: my review of the novel and of the audiobook version.
- My exhaustive review of a wireless router: thoughts on the AmpliFi Alien (AFi-ALN-R) internet gateway.
- taste test of meal replacement systems.
- Lots of authors write blogs that mix content like this. It makes it hard to sift through what’s really relevant today and what might have been relevant years ago, but is no longer. Most tech writers have this problem, and I’m no exception. A post about why it’s okay for Apple to sell an expensive phone is only relevant until inflation makes the numbers worthless. [return]
- 「奥付」, pronounced「おくづけ」, or “a ku zu ke,” means colophon, which is a trite and overused word on pretentious blogs. [return]
- Notes are an experimental post type where I update the post in place over time and publish early. The basic premise is to continually update with new information as it becomes available. For open ended research projects or experimentation, I can write about topics that I’m not necessarily sure about earlier, rather than later. This format is specifically designed to encourage publishing of incomplete, but still somewhat useful thoughts, that would otherwise be lost to the drafts folder. [return]