The many Selves
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by Boro Sitnikovski
2w ago
Recently I watched Kahneman on Lex Fridman’s podcast. One part that caught my attention is where they talk about the Experiencing Self (the self that lives in the moment, having experiences as they occur) and the Remembering Self (evaluates and remembers past experiences). Most of what happens to the experiencing self is eventually forgotten. The remembering self creates memories that focus on highlights, rather than the events as a whole. The experiencing self lives life, but the remembering self is what we retain and use to make decisions. Our memories, shaped by the remembering self, contro ..read more
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C.J. Wounded Healer of the Soul Overview
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by Boro Sitnikovski
3w ago
I bought this book last week and very much enjoyed it. It is a biography of Carl Jung, written by Claire Dunne. It neatly captures his path and it takes the reader through Jung’s life journey, along with his ups and downs. Similar to some of C.J.’s works, this book is filled with artistic images. These visuals are beneficial for readers, as they help create associations with the text. At times, they even add a magical quality, transitioning the reader between “consuming art” and “consuming text,” which can inspire deeper thought. As usual, I’ll provide a brief overview here. Part 1: Wounded Ju ..read more
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Read People Like a Book
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by Boro Sitnikovski
3w ago
I recently bought another psychology book at the bookstore. As I read it, I thought of myself, and the people I interact with daily and how some principles do or do not apply to me and them. Chapter 1 Motivation is the root of all behaviors in humans – understanding what motivates them will help us understand them better. To understand others, one must understand oneself (what are our biases, and expectations) to see things more objectively. Significant motivation factor: pleasure over pain – next time you meet someone, you can ask yourself what kind of pleasure are they getting (and ..read more
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Stillness Is The Key Overview
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by Boro Sitnikovski
1M ago
While randomly browsing through a library, Stillness Is The Key caught my eye. Before buying it, I skimmed it and checked reviews online which looked promising It contains a ton of good content. Some of the explained stuff I have already experienced, but it was still great to read about those and I wish I’d read this book earlier. The book contains three main parts: the mind, the spirit, and the body. Each of the parts contains several chapters, which usually start with a story and then the author proceeds to make generalizations of that story. As in my previous blog ..read more
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Au7omattic
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by Boro Sitnikovski
7M ago
Today, I turn 7 years at Automattic. Overall, 2023 was a great year: Working at Automattic allowed me to travel with my family and work from different locations. We traveled to all neighboring countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia), and also France, Turkey, and Spain. Managed to ship tons of projects; a big one was where we structured and held a Security Workshop for over 40 teams (~250 engineers). Got deeper into philosophy and psychology, and kept blogging/sharing my learnings. This helped me improve my role as a DevEx engineer. Earned my WordCamp Speaker badge at WordCamp Sk ..read more
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Lunyu (Conversations)
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by Boro Sitnikovski
7M ago
I recently read this book. This is a book by Confucius’ students – he himself never did any writings. There are many translations of the books, and while none of them are perfect, I found these quotes to be my favorite ones. [01-01] Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application? Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters? Is he not a man of complete virtue, who feels no discomposure though men may take no note of him? [01-08] If the scholar be not grave, he will not call forth any veneration, and his learning will not be solid. Hold faithfulnes ..read more
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Power of Habit overview
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by Boro Sitnikovski
7M ago
I’ve bought this book some time ago and only recently spent time reading it. Overall it is a good book – reading it made me think of my habits and also the habits of my close ones. Read more: Power of Habit overview When a habit occurs, the brain stops participating in making decisions – unless we actively fight against a habit (find other routines), this model will happen automatically. Habits are the brain’s way to save energy. A habit is a formula our brain automatically follows: When I see CUE, I will do ROUTINE in order to get a REWARD. The Habit loop: 1) signal/cue – activator tha ..read more
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Philosophy of Software Design overview (and rants)
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by Boro Sitnikovski
8M ago
Recently I spent some time reading this book that a coworker suggested. My overall feeling is that it’s a good book. The first 40% of pages can be triggering (makes some strong statements), but then some of those are rejected later, as expected in a philosophy book My take is that I think this book should be literally read in a group. The best outcome of it was just discussing it with my coworkers or ranting about it (find <rant> in this post). 1. Intro Caveat, no single solution, will talk from experiences 2. Complexity Complexity is anything related to the structure of a so ..read more
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Impressions of my first Daily Chess game
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by Boro Sitnikovski
8M ago
I recently played my first Daily Chess game with one of my friends on Chess.com, and I noticed that Daily Chess is a perfect format for improving one’s chess skills. It basically gives you 24 hours to make a move. I loved the concept of conditional moves, which allow you to define a few “if-then”s depending on the opponent’s path. All this gives you much time to do analysis without the time pressure. The most important bit is that you make a move when you feel in the mood, and each move you make can be treated like its own puzzle – this allows you to maximize your performance where for example ..read more
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The developer experience of tackling PHP internals
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by Boro Sitnikovski
9M ago
Inspired by Python’s functools.partial, I wanted to bring partial function application into PHP. This is already supported by Haskell, and other languages as well. It is similar to the concept of Currying. Partial function applications are a very powerful concept, and as such, it provides a new way to build abstractions. Recently, I decided to spend some time working with the Zend API. In this blogpost, I will document my journey. Userland (PHP) The easiest way is to start in the userland. I wrote the function cufp – short for call_user_func_partial, following the notation of call_user_func ..read more
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