Solid foundation

To keep up with the development of new technology and ever increasing flood of information one needs a strategy. Best way I know so far is: learn how to learn. Regardless if you are fourteen or forty - you need skills to learn new skills efficiently. If you had such training as part of your past education - good for you! I didn’t, so here’s a couple of free resources that were invaluable to me.

I started with “Learning how to learn” on coursera - very enjoyable experience with great practical advice on learning new skills. Free anki deck is available for the course. I find a weekly course newsletter very usefull as well.

Another great resource for inspiration and advice is Dr. Richard W. Hamming’s lectures, particularly “Intro to The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn” and rest of the course. Last lecture in the course is “You and your research” - a masterpiece.

When you know how to learn and why, it is much easier to focus on more salient questions: what to learn? What is important?


I’m Ivan Kuznetsov. This is my homepage.

I intend to exercise my writing muscle by spreading the word of good tech. All kinds of good:

  • good tools to build things with (like C programming language)
  • tools that greatly improve our everyday life (like electric toothbrush)
  • ways to do good in the world using tech (like effective charity)

First example would be the tech behind this blog itself: it’s built with Jekyll on GitHub Pages. I absolutely love this setup. It’s simple, it’s distributed and it just works! On top of that, it does not cost any money to host it (given that I already own domain name).

Read more about this technology: Documentation GitHub

Update: sure enough, 2 month later Ruby snap updated to 2.7 and my Jekyll setup became incompatible with it. Most “fun” thing is: broken part was EventMachine (1.2.7), which Jekyll needs because it’s a dependency of… em-websocket! What static blog generator has to do with websockets? That’s not a good tech, sorry. But that’s quite a learning experience!

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