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Brian Crain

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Urbit Questions

A few questions that I have been wondering about with regards to Urbit: * Privacy. How does privacy work in Urbit? If most interactions are P2P and packets emit from my planet, wouldn't metadata be extremely revealing? Even if the packets themselves are end-to-end encrypted? How much of an

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Writing and the Creative Process

So I've been trying to write a blog post for the last 30 minutes. I'm sure I had five ideas that would have made for fine posts. I'd start writing, but then cut myself off. Not good enough. Maybe I should write something else.

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Urbit

I've been aware of and fascinated by Urbit [https://urbit.org/] for a while. In 2017, Meher and I did an Epicenter podcast with Galen Wolfe-Pauly about Urbit [https://epicenter.tv/episodes/205/]. I recently listened to it again and it is great. I also bought a bunch

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Creating Space

One of the nice things about the Christmas break was to have no meetings, no Slack. It created some space and silence that I very much needed. Over the next 30 days, starting tomorrow, I want to extend that and go deeper with it. And the best way for me

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Email Processing

When it comes to interacting with emails, I am often falling into patterns that are dysfunctional. But I have also figured out patterns that feel smooth and efficient. In this post, I wanted to describe both of them. Dysfunctional Email My email inbox has a emails in it that have

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2021 Blog Posts Overview

This is the 35th post of the year. I'm really happy that I've been writing regularly, especially in the last three months. To wrap up this year of writing, I grouped most of the posts by area below. Even though I write many posts quickly with

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How to Do Things Slowly

In my last post [https://bfc.do/ghost/#/editor/post/61c9918aec40d505786019f4/], I wrote about how my goal for 2022 is to go slow. But this is easier said than done. My own default mode is to try to do things fast and rush. When I do anything, I tend to

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Slow

My goal for next year is to go slow. Do everything more slowly. Interject an extra pause. Take a breath. Lean back. Look around. Rest for a moment.

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Four Thought Cold Shower

I have been practicing the Four Thoughts [https://tricycle.org/dharmatalks/special-retreat-four-thoughts-turn-mind/] for about 18 months. I have mostly followed some of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche [https://tergar.org/]'s excellent teachings. I find this practice powerful and will write more about them another time. But one thing I also

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Writing as Liberation

I'm enjoying writing at the moment. It is scary for me to do this. It makes me feel exposed. But when I do it anyway and publish a post, it is liberation. It is especially the act of publishing that is liberation. Sometimes I try to write something