I like to read about interesting things people are building and I spend too much time on Hacker News. I also find AI goal alignment, writing from the rationality community, and privacy law pretty interesting. I spent 10 years at Palantir, currently at Tlon working on Urbit.
I update this site pretty infrequently when I feel like I have something to say.
A community I started after discussing the blog discovery problem on HN.
- The HN post: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23287286
- The subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/hnblogs/
Books and articles I’ve read and liked:
Asterisk links are free to read online.
- Permutation City
- After Life*
- True Names*
- Stories of your Life and Others (Liking What You See: A Documentary)
- Rationality: From AI to Zombies
- Harry Potter and The Methods of Rationality*
- Meditations on Moloch*
- The Toxoplasma Of Rage*
- The Undoing Project
- The God Delusion
- The Relativity of Wrong*
- Policy Debates Should Not Appear One-Sided*
- Disputing Definitions*
- Belief in Belief*
- The Bottom Line*
- Local Validity as a Key to Sanity and Civilization*
- Feeling Rational*
- Science as Attire*
- How to Seem (and Be) Deep*
- Pretending to be Wise*
- Evaporative Cooling of Group Beliefs*
- Beware Isolated Demands for Rigor*
Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)
- There’s No Fire Alarm for Artificial General Intelligence*
- Sorting Pebbles Into Correct Heaps*
- The Hidden Complexity of Wishes*
- That Alien Message*
Computers, Software, and Companies
- Dan Romero’s Crypto Reading List*
- Paul Graham Essays*
- The Phoenix Project
- Zero to One
- The Dream Machine
- Facebook: The Inside Story
Podcasts, Mailing Lists, and Substacks
- Pixel Poppers* - My friend’s videogame analysis blog, I like this post.
- Obscure Dinosaur Facts* - A great blog on a variety of interesting natural history and dinosaur related topics.
- Bottomless - A coffee subscription service I like
- NextDNS - A nice encrypted DNS provider (good way to block ads and tracking)
- 1Password - My favorite password manager
* Free to read online