Pluralistic: Tabs give me superpowers (25 Jan 2024)

Today’s links Tabs give me superpowers: Lifehacks are good, actually. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2004, 2009, 2014, 2019 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading Tabs give me superpowers (permalink) “Lifehacking” is in pretty bad odor these days, and with good reason: a once-useful catch-all for describing how to make things easier has become a pit of productivity porn, grifter hustling, and anodyne advice wreathed in superlatives and transformed into SEO-compliant listicles. But I was there when lifehacking was born, and I’m here to tell you, it wasn’t always thus. Lifehacking attained liftoff exactly 19 years and 348 days ago, on Feb 11, 2004, when Danny O’Brien presented “Life Hacks: Tech Secrets of Overprolific Alpha Geeks” at the 0’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (aka ETCON). I was there, and I took notes: https://craphound.com/lifehacksetcon04.txt O’Brien’s inspiration was his social circle, in which people he knew to be no smarter or better or motivated than anyone else in that group were somehow able to do much more than their peers, in some specific domain. O’Brien delved deeply into these peoples’ lives and discovered that each of them had merely (“merely!”) gotten very good at using one or two tools to automate things that would otherwise take up a lot of their time. These “hacks” freed up their practitioners to focus on things that mattered more to them. They accomplished the goal set out in David Allen’s Getting Things Done: to make a conscious…Pluralistic: Tabs give me superpowers (25 Jan 2024)

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