HI, I’M NICK.
I WRITE ABOUT STARTUPS, LEARNING, HACKING, AND PARENTING.

I created CodeCombat and Skritter, and wrote The Motivation Hacker.
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Willpower and Success Spirals

I was talking to a friend who seemed to be independently rediscovering what he called self-referential motivation: m...

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Active vs. Passive Learning, or Production vs. Recognition

Here's another concept from language learning pedagogy (see also Extensive vs. Intensive Learning): the difference b...

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Extensive vs. Intensive Learning

In language learning, there's a slightly obscure but useful concept of "extensive reading" vs. "intensive reading". ...

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Getting better at making accurate predictions with PredictionBook

I use a site called PredictionBook to make predictions, say how likely I think they are to occur, and then later jud...

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Murphyjitsu

Humans are naturally bad at predictions. Being bad at predictions, and figuring out how to make better ones, sounds ...

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Meet Clark

Now I have two kids. So far, it's pretty similar to just having one kid. The time and energy needed to sustain doubl...

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Fourth Year Book Sales

I always love it when people share revenue data for their apps / games / books / works, and it's been four years sin...

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Max's Vocabulary Acquisition

Max's vocabulary started exploding around 15-17 months old. I started writing down everything he could say (with und...

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Video: Max's Second Year

Max recently turned two, so I made another video! See also the video I made for his first year....

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How to Really Make an Impression When Speaking Chinese

I just got back from a business trip to China, where I visited Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. I listened to and s...

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Video: Max's First Year

Since Max turned one last week, I made a poignant video of poignancy showing him growing up over the past year....

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MealSquares, the Ultimate Lifehacker Food

I used to eat food. I still do, but I used to, too.You have probably heard of Soylent, the liquid meal replacement w...

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Surprises From Max's First Four Months

Baby Max is four months old today. I posted when he was one month, talking about what a difficult little demon he wa...

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