Wilson Blade v8 16x19, righty, Sinner (but Fed fan for life), SF Bay Area
It’s gotten a lot better since it first came out. It will be super hard to get accurate speed measurements from the app, but I found the shot placement app to be quite helpful (and decently accurate).
“Trade up on trust even if it means you trade down on competency.” Huge change that I’ve made in my life as I’ve gotten older and realized that trust scales incredibly well.
I'm graduating this year, and this is what happens when I have the holidays and a bit more free time to think and write.
A university student is a pluripotent stem cell, with an infinite fractal of possibilities ahead of them. But, they must leave behind infinite possibility if they want to actually **be** anything. https://nicholasachow.substack.com/p/the-purgatory-of-endless-possibility
Saving calories for the foods that I enjoy more. Also intermittent fasting I guess.
Another perspective: deep thinking is also just rapid iteration of ideas and patterns within your head, all without context switching.
Been thinking about different definitions of "risk." 1) risk as volatility 2) risk as probability of permanent loss 3) risk as the residual when you think you've thought of everything Any other framings of risk that people find helpful?
It’s Steven Pressfield’s Resistance at play. Both the professional and the amateur feel fear. The difference is that the professional moves towards it in pursuit of their craft.
In a multiple iteration game, you’d want to mix in some randomness, wouldn’t you? Some variation on an epsilon-greedy strategy seems to work well.
Honestly, that's a reason why I tend to sleep on the earlier side — then I never get hungry and have midnight snacks.
A philosophical approach to why I find builders and thinkers fascinating: https://nicholasachow.substack.com/p/builders-and-thinkers
My general approach is to try to put myself in more rooms where I'm the least knowledgeable person in the conversation, and then learn from those around me as quickly as possible. It's hard though.
I think Federer and Nadal were both youth soccer players — perhaps that's why their footwork was so good?
If you're interested in the longer version of this argument: https://nicholasachow.substack.com/p/m-shaped-people
My controversial opinion is that we'll need more of these polymaths in the future, since human institutions and complex systems become much more interwoven and interdependent through time. Therefore, you're going to need more orthogonal primitives from different disciplines to sense-make correctly.
The classic example is da Vinci, but some other polymaths come to mind: - Ben Franklin (politics, random inventions, writing, statescraft) - Gottfried Leibniz (calculus, law, philosophy) - Buckminster Fuller (engineering, math, architecture) - Richard Feynman (safe-cracking, bongos, also physics apparently?)
Wonder what kind of cool insights topic modeling or other NLP methods would uncover?