Newsletter – February

I’m somewhat unhappy with the design and look of the newsletter. This is how it looks to me on my personal wiki:
Its nicer right? Please give feedback:)

We didn’t see this coming
Billy G and Melindas annual letter. Even just reading the headlines is worth it.

Larissa MacFarquhar on Getting Inside Someone’s Head – Conversations with Tyler
Interesting conversation that spans many topics.

Poor Sleep Makes People Poor: The Costs of India Standard Time – Marginal REVOLUTION
Alex Tabarrok on sleep in India – interesting.

#1250 – Johann Hari – The Joe Rogan Experience 
Interesting interview with Johan Hari about addiction.

One fun story he tells is that anyone who has been to a hospital gets heroin, but everyone who has had a surgery does not end up being an addict. So its not the heroin that’s the addictive part. It’s the broken part of people that gets mended with drugs -that’s the addictive thing. The core of addiction is about not wanting to be present in your life because your life is too painful a place. The easy lessening of pain caused by a broken society that you have no control over.

The latter half is about the drug war, interesting with good stories, but if you’ve followed the drug war story before there is nothing new under the sun.

A good story from John Gruber on whether or you should cover your webcam. Hint: No need. On Covering Webcams

Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologer Can Save the World – Marginal REVOLUTION An unknown story about Marie Tharp. Never heard of her before this. The wikipedia site is worth a read.

2 interviews with Ryan Holiday – start with the one from Pete Holmes. If you like that one, the next one is great. Its a great conversation about how to live – philosophy literarily. Ryan Holiday – You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
Ryan Holiday – ID10T with Chris Hardwick

Camus wrote, “after a certain age every man is responsible for his face” and Wilde said, “a man’s face is his autobiography”. So look happy?
A little quiz game to see if you can spot iOS UX faults.

Are Animals Getting Better at Acting?
The title says everything.

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
The book was good, inspiring to see what the human mind is capable of overcoming.

The Japanese House with her first album – its everything you want it to be. Good At Falling

Is Ayn Rand Important? 5 points from Tay Tay Is Ayn Rand important? – Marginal REVOLUTION

Goldman Sachs: “Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” analysts ask in an April 10 report entitled “The Genome Revolution.” Goldman Sachs asks in biotech research report: ‘Is curing patients a sustainable business model?’

“Barbara Deckert has a new weapon in the war against airplane noise — and she’s not afraid to use it.” The new economics of complaining – Marginal REVOLUTION


1. Best university for its students of best university for the world. There is a difference and its huge.

2. How should we look at deserved fame. Fame works as signaling and as an incentive. We tell people about Einstein in part because we hope it inspires them to be a better version of themselves. We call some jobs for heroes as they are important to society. So we collectively signal that this job can make you a hero if you do, and thats important.

3. Is it better to avoid mistakes or do good? Charlie Munger talks about how investing is more about avoiding mistakes than doing the right thing.
Can this apply to other things?

4. How would a historian look back at the fake news debacle?

  1. The people don’t trust the 4th estate.
  2. The news don’t trust the news.

The historian would surely claim that this is a deeply disturbed populace and that this is a troubled time. Yay modern life.


Astrid asks a few good questions. What I wished the article also touched on is the question of the ultimate good. Given the false dichotomy inherit in the article – Is it better for a society to create more winners or less losers? Ja, det er forskjell på kjønnene

I like these buildings- no other point to make:)

Dan Carlin doing Carlin stuff. Its great as always!
Show 62 – Supernova in the East I – Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
Show 63 – Supernova in the East II – Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

Dan and Danielle sits down and talks politics.
EP7 Hardcore History On Fire – Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: Addendum

A picture of a failed building project in Turkey where funding dried up. It looks weird and somewhat dystopian.
Read more here:

Ali / Novo Amor with a new EP No Fun / Lucky for You

Feedback is as always encouraged:)


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