Mental models

Mental models

6. Velocity
Velocity is not equivalent to speed; the two are sometimes confused. Velocity is speed plus vector: how fast something gets somewhere. An object that moves two steps forward and then two steps back has moved at a certain speed but shows no velocity. The addition of the vector, that critical distinction, is what we should consider in practical life..


Sick in bed and (oh well) getting a chance to reread some books, courtesy of libby. Some books need to be re-read over and over again:

Naval’s Almanack

4000 weeks

Consolations of Philosophy

The minimalists


Self-discipline for the rest of us

I want to say that I used to have it by the bucket loads. But now, I wouldn’t say that it’s depleted. But something — perhaps a Sisyphean perspective or knowing — makes me terribly unwilling to tap into it.

Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated: The (Troubling) Theory and Practice of Control from Within

Also, something that Master said in relation to handstands rang true or at least challenges what I thought of self-control. He said that if you needed to stay straight and tight in a handstand, you’re not really in control of it. You should be able to bring yourself back from nearly falling and change shapes in a handstand before you’re in control.

Sunday’s thought was: “No focus, no problem.” Wonder what anyone else has to say about that.