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 March 20th, 2023, from my home in Wellington, New Zealand.

Useful not true

I’m fascinated with this subject of choosing beliefs that are useful to me now, not caring if they’re true. For past examples, see “Everything is my fault”, “Assume men and women are the same”, and “I assume I’m below average”.

I’m so fascinated with it that I’ve decided 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 read many books on Pragmatism, and now reviewing all past book notes for related inspiration.

Back from a social trip to India

I got back from a week in Chennai and Bangalore, where I had seven days of back-to-back meetings, 9am to 10pm every day. It was wonderful.

I liked it so much that I’d like to move there now — if it weren’t for my boy needing to stay in New Zealand. I’m an “Overseas Citizen of India” so I have the right to live there for the rest of my life, and just might do so some day.

See my detailed post at

Arch Linux

After many years of using OpenBSD as my sole operating system, I was in the mood for a change. So today I stuck a new hard drive in my computer and installed Arch Linux.

Almost everything is exactly the same as OpenBSD. I was able to copy my /home/derek directory from OpenBSD and everything just works. Just a few tweaks. But all-in-all it’s much faster. That’s the main reason I switched.

boy in middle school

It’s summer time in New Zealand, and my boy just finished a month and a half of school holidays. He started middle school this month.

We just spent a lot of time together — like 50-70 hours a week of one-on-one time in nature. Lots of walking, playing outside, time in forests and beaches, surfing, camping, etc.

It was great, but I had no time to work — to write. I’m so excited to be writing again.