Derek Sivers

What I’m doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)

Updated February 25th, 2024, from my home in New Zealand.

summer holidays have ended

My boy is back at school after a long summer (January in NZ) holiday where we spent around 12 hours a day playing, and maybe 1 hour a day working.

We spent two weeks in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, and Oman, learning about Arab culture, riding camels, hot air balloon over the desert, sleeping on a canoe overnight in the fjords of Musandam Oman, and spending two days with Emirati guides.

It was wonderful, but now I’m yearning to get back to work.

finishing writing “Useful Not True

I’m fascinated with this combination of skepticism, pragmatism, and cognitive behavioral therapy. So fascinated that this is my next book — a dive into this subject so I can learn what others have thought around this and think deeper about it myself.

I’ve been learning and digesting these ideas for over a year, so it’s time to finish the book now. I feel ten months pregnant.

New epiphanies this week:
  1. The more emotional the belief, the less likely it’s a fact.
  2. We don’t say “I believe” unless it’s widely disputed.
  3. Anything disputed is not absolutely objectively true.
  4. Therefore, no beliefs are necessarily true.

hiring animators

Useful Not True” is written as many short stories. So I’m hiring many animators to do one or two animations each. See the hiring page if interested.

visiting every /now page from

I’d written automatic bots before, but those can be wrong. So now I’m visiting all 2000 /now pages listed at to see who’s current.

learning the Go programming language

I’ve used mainly Ruby for 20 years now. But for the next 20+ years I think Go is for me. (Combined with the PostgreSQL database and its built-in PL/pgSQL of course.) I’m only a few days into learning it.

the pet mouse lives another day

Our pet mouse is now three years old! That’s like 100+ in mouse years. (To be clear: she’s been our beloved pet that whole time.) We take her out in nature to play. She swims at the beach, digs in the sand, climbs trees in the forest, eats with us at the table, sits on my son’s shoulder as he reads, and has spent many hours in his hand or pocket.

Many times a day we check to make sure she’s still alive, and are so thankful she is. Her younger siblings have all died of old age. Mice are good pets.

cancelled everything else

I was supposed to be at a conference in Bangkok, but I cancelled. And the last two weeks I was supposed to be in India, but I cancelled. Why?

Because I can’t take in more inputs right now. I need to finish writing this book. I don’t want to do anything else.

I mean, yes, I want to. But I have to focus and finish this first.