Daily Entry: October 19th, 2017

Fri Oct 20 00:43:04 UTC 2017

Oops, forgot to populate a post today after making my time block.

Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
0330 Computer
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
0530 SLEEP
0600 SLEEP
0630 SLEEP
0700 SLEEP
0730 SLEEP
0800 SLEEP
0830 SLEEP
0900 SLEEP
0930 SLEEP
1000 SLEEP
1030 SLEEP
1100 SLEEP
1130 SLEEP
1200 Computer
1230 Walk to work
1330 Zendesk Connector
1400 Zendesk Connector Noj Django Advice
1430 1:1 with Alex
1500 Zendesk Connector Aimless meandering
1530 Zendesk Connector
1600 Zendesk Connector
1630 WeWork Happy Hour
1700 Social buffer Walk to Library
1730 Walk to library Actions: Reading
1800 Zendesk Connector Actions: Reading
1830 Zendesk Connector Mostly distracted
1900 Actions: Reading Walk home
1930 Actions: Reading Stretching
2000 Walk home Eating
2030 Cooking Zendesk Connector
2100 Cooking Zendesk Connector
2130 Gaming: Overwatch
2200 Gaming: Overwatch
2230 Gaming: Overwatch
2300 Gaming: Overwatch
2330 End of day review Gaming: Overwatch
0000 Maintenance and YouTube Gaming: Overwatch
0030 Maintenance and YouTube Gaming: Overwatch
0100 Zendesk Connector Gaming: Overwatch
0130 Zendesk Connector End of day review
0200 Personal project Home end of day review
0230 Personal project Actions: Reading
0300 TV
0330 TV
0400 TV
Fri Oct 20 00:43:54 UTC 2017

Basic Economics reading.

I've hit a spot where the book mentions John D. Rockerfeller and his role in lowering the price of kerosene. It seems he has stopped talking about him without mentioning his role as an oil tycoon and the monopoly that was forced into being broken up.

I'll read until the end of the chapter before I comment more on this.

No mention whatsoever....

I'm legit surprised. I mean, the chapter is titled "The Rise and Fall of Businesses". Mentioning Rockerfeller and not his ensuing monopoly and its legally, not business, enforced breakup into smaller institutions is a significant socialist talking point, as far as I know (and this book goes out of its way to criticize solialism).

Rockerfeller's story is a perfect example of non-government price controls in action. It is a significant thing to bring up. His monopoly lasted decades and when his businesses were forced to be broken up, he ended up making more money than before because the economy improved as a whole.

It is both proof of the importance of competition and proof of possible value from government intervention.

Chapter 6, "The Role of Profits--and Losses", has a bit of splash text mentioning Rockerfeller. I may have spoken too soon, he may be brought up regularly. Perhaps he'll give his interpretation of Rockerfeller's monopoly in this chapter, or at some point in the book.

I don't think Rockerfeller is going to be mentioned again.

I must stress again that I agree with a lot of what this book talks about, and that it provides insights and examples that I have not come across before, but it's stuff like that that really makes me think it's philosophy has significant blind spots.

Perhaps next time I'll focus on some of the stuff I like. It may be prudent to do so. "Hire with Your Head" taught me to fight against my first-impression and early biases, and to be honest I'm clearly not doing that in my written thoughts.

Anyways, time to stop reading at the Seattle Public Library do some work at the Seattle Public Library.

Take advantage of that public WiFi speed.

One last note, though: I'm a week into reading "Basic Economics" and 125 pages in. That's 8 of my 22 days with the book spent. So over 33% of my time has been used to read 20% of the book.

Going to need to catch up, for sure.

Fri Oct 20 01:44:21 UTC 2017


Fri Oct 20 08:47:08 UTC 2017

End of day review.

The nice thing about working from home is I can start working on some habits that I've been meaning to work on.

Like, for instance, doing an end of day review, but for personal stuff on this here diary. Like what I'm going to do right now. As thoughts come to me I'll switch between work .plan file and public diary blog.

First thought: played too much Overwatch. This is the second instances, technically in a row, wherein I played too much. Might be time to set alarms for when to stop next time I start playing.

I'm really liking my building habit of posting here everyday. Who'd've thought a simple, easy-to-fill-in time-block schedule would've been what started this?

It's really been great, too. Back in 2015, when I blogged about each task on a LAN setup, there was just way too much data saved, and really I created too much overhead. End-of-day reviews took a whole 30 minutes, and weekly reviews somtimes added an hour. I even managed a few monthly reviews, adding even more time. With this system, an end of day review can be like 5 minutes, and a weekly review 30. Monthly reviews probably won't be much longer. And weekly reviews contain my end-of-day review, and so monthly reviews will contain the weekly review. I think it will scale nicely.

Though, I'd also like to do those reviews in this diary, and that'll take some rethinking of my approach.

I think, also, that my various writings on various things should also go to a massive "draft" file for that thing. So as to keep tabs on my thinking over time and have a solid reference pool when I want to write somethign "properly".

So, all my Basic Economics writing should go into a big Basic Economics review draft, as well as be in my daily entries.

Oh, hey, there's a link in the paragraph above. I did the thing, Stephan.

Review done.

Fri Oct 20 09:32:52 UTC 2017

Getting some more reading of Basic Economics in.

It makes a really neat point about bridges and tolls. The logic goes: bridges are built with peak hours in mind, and in many other proper businesses, peak hours are when costs are highest. But because of the nature of government-controlled things, all users of the bridge are charged the same amount. (I must note that private roads with tolls also have this problem.)

This is a solid point. If tolls were less during less busy times, people would be incentivized to travel during less busy times, and this would help alleviate rush-hour problems.

I've had a similar thought recently, but with non-toll highways. Carpool lanes are only usable by vehicles with more than one passenger during peak hours. I think that instead of there being a carpool lane, there should only be one non-carpool lane during peak hours. The worst lane, the right-most one that is always the slowest.

I say this because the carpool lane, while cool, isn't even that convenient to use when I'm elligible, as it's a single lane that limits me to the speed of the cars behind and in front of me (I do not like tail-gaters nor do I like the car in front to fell slow). It's also hard to get to, especially during rush-hour when traffic slows to a drizzle.

But I think the car-pool lane is an excellent idea. When I moved to Seattle, I paid attention to all the single-occupant vehicles, and they were a good 90% of vehicles. And rush-hour was crazy packed depending on the direction. I think harder carpool rules could really put a dent in that and save a lot of people time, gas, and car maintenance.

Back to reading.