Topic of Minimalism

Via Negativa, Hoarding Principles and Minimalism

Nassim Taleb argues that the best way for a person or organization to become antifragile (something that gains from setbacks and chaos rather than just survives) is to first decrease their downside. How can you eliminate the downside? By avoiding it. The act of not-doing something stupid, has a neutral or positive effect. Its improvement through substraction. Substraction also leads to focus. And this is what minimalism is all about. [...]

Countermeasures Against Phone Addiction

Our phones are omni-present in our attention-driven world. And most of us have an intimate relationship with it. But are we in control? Companies optimize for engagement, and engagement with an app means for a user to be hooked. Short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops are a central part of data centric companies such as Facebook and Google, and their bought companies, such as Instagram and WhatsApp, to retrieve as much data from a user as possible. But in fact, wasting their valueable lifetime. [...]

Minimalism and Elegant Code

Minimalism is the underlying paradigm of elegant code. Like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry puts it: Elegant design is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. In this sense, the best code is the one never written. [...]