Ironically, perhaps the best way to develop cutting-edge ideas is to start by breaking things down to the fundamentals. Even if you aren’t trying to develop innovative ideas, understanding the first principles of your field is a smart use of your time. Without a firm grasp of the basics, there is little chance of mastering the details that make the difference at elite levels of competition.
At the same time, there is a difference between real love and displays of affection online. I realize that is obvious, but I found it surprisingly easy to confuse the two. Some of my best friends didn’t post eulogies at all. One of them later told me the pressure to sum up my life and our relationship in a few tidy paragraphs was just too much. On the flip side, not everyone who posted a eulogy showed up to the hospital, and I believe that’s one fairly reliable way to tell who your friends are. When shit goes down, real friends show up.