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Paper or digital books?

I’ve been reading digital books for many, many years, but in the last few, I’ve switched almost entirely to paper. There are several reasons for that:

  • I’m looking at screens most of my waking time. Paper books are a way for me to rest my eyes a bit and detach from technology, especially before going to sleep.
  • Paper books don’t lock me into a platform. I buy digital books if they come with an open PDF or ePub that I can use the way I want, or if I want to consume them in an audio format. Also, a paper book can last a century.
  • I can lend paper books to others without a need to have particular devices or accounts. I do this a lot.
  • Having books arranged on a bookshelf makes it easier for me to look at them, think about ideas in them, and take them out and explore. I never do this with digital books because they’re not in plain sight. Also, bookshelves are neat.
  • The possibility to open several paper books at the same time is not critical, but comes in handy when researching and cross-referencing.

At the same time, I’m hoping that digital books will evolve in a way that would enable some of the current upsides of paper books. The combination would make digital books my primary choice.

LEGO pain

Two identical flat LEGO pieces pressed together.

As I’m rediscovering LEGO 25 years later with my kids, I remembered that stepping on LEGO is painful, but not even close to how painful and frustrating it is to separate two flat pieces.

Preparing a conference talk

  1. I have a brilliant idea for a talk.
  2. Talk accepted.
  3. Just realized that many other people have talked about my idea before. I’m an impostor.
  4. I don’t know where to start. Let me at least write down some initial notes.
  5. I have too much, where am I going to fit everything?
  6. [the night before the talk] OK, it’s manageable in the time I have.
  7. [minutes before] Why have I put myself in this position? If I survive, I’ll never do this again in my life.
  8. [just after the talk] Phew, it wasn’t terrible. I’m happy that it’s over.
  9. [months later] My last talk went great and I was brilliant. I have another idea …

Digital Labin 2019

Four hundred developers and designers converged on a small Istrian town Labin where Digital Lab.in conference is taking place for the second year in a row. The local organizer assembled a diverse lineup from all around Europe in a mix of workshops and talks, which is a massive win for all industry professionals in the region. I gave a keynote about how to learn foundational work skills that cross industries and can last for decades. Read more

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