Category Archives: College Humor

Digital Wellness for Grown Ups

Beyond Digital Wellness Earlier this week, the Washington Post published an article on the digital wellness movement, which attempts to use technology to help cure some of the issues caused by technology. This movement, for example, is responsible for an

Jerry Seinfeld’s Closed Door

The Price of Funny A reader recently pointed me toward a 2014 interview with Jerry Seinfeld on Alec Baldwin’s Here’s The Thing. Around 34 minutes into the conversation, Seinfeld provides a fascinating insight into the success of his eponymous television

Yoshua Bengio’s Deep Thoughts on Deep Thinking

Thinking about Thinking One of the things that surprised me when researching Deep Work was how rare it was to find examples of smart people talking coherently about the process of effective thinking. This is why I was pleased when a

Ready Player Productive: On Virtual Reality and Cognitively Demanding Work

Location-Boosted Cognition A few days ago, I wrote about the converted barn where Simon Winchester writes. By working in a quiet and scenic location, surrounded by books and nature, Winchester is leveraging a key principle of attention capital theory that

Simon Winchester’s Writing Barn

Photo by Holly Pelczynski/Berkshire Eagle Staff The Part-Time Farmer I’ve been reading Simon Winchester ever since I came across a paperback copy of The Professor and the Madman in my first year of college. Winchester writes on an eclectic mix

My New Project, Part 3

Joshua Francis Newport. Born April 25, 2018. Joins his brothers Max and Asa as another future Study Hacker… Blog – Cal Newport

Beyond Black Box Management

An Exciting Way to Make a Living Alex Honnold is an adventure climber. He specializes in free solo ascents, which means he climbs tall things with no ropes. If he falls, he dies. He’s perhaps most famous for being the first

The Disturbing High Modernism of Silicon Valley

A Revealing Memo A couple weeks ago, BuzzFeed leaked a memo written by Facebook VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth in the summer of 2016. It contained the following controversial passage: “[Connecting people] can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe

On Analog Social Media

The Declutter Experiment In late 2017, as part of my research for a book I’m writing on digital minimalism, I invited my mailing list subscribers to participate in an experiment I called the digital declutter. The idea was simple. During

Beyond #DeleteFacebook: More Thoughts on Embracing the Social Internet Over Social Media

A Social Transition Last week, I wrote a blog post emphasizing the distinction between the social internet and social media. The former describes the internet’s ability to enable connection, learning, and expression. The latter describes the attempt of a small