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Media Consumption (Sep 2019)

>_ Summary
  • Read 4 books (760 min, -33%) and 2 long-form articles (-96%)
  • Listened to 447 songs (-17%) and 7 podcast episodes (476 min, -21%)
  • Watched 3 movies (+50%), 3 soccer games (300 min, -61%) and 5 TV episodes (297 min, -59%)
  • Played 3 video games (860 min, +1465%)
>_ Books

The Power Broker (Robert A. Caro)
░░░░░░░░░░░░░░▓ Progress: 93-100%

Super Pumped (Mike Isaac)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 0-100%

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-7%

The Dream Machine (M. Mitchell Waldrop)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-8%

>_ Recommended Articles

Almost Everything About Goodreads Is Broken (OneZero)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

Alain Bertaud on Cities, Markets, and People (Conversations with Tyler)

What Bryan Caplan Thinks About Basically Everything (Venture Stories)

>_ Video Games

Into the Breach, Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

>_ Music

Top Artists: Tool, Bon Iver, Yann Tiersen, Deichkind, Bob Moses

Oct 13, 2019  ×  Berlin, DE

Current interests (Q4 ’19)

This is a list of things and questions I’m currently interested in. I define these at the beginning of each quarter and then spend the next 3 months learning as much as possible about them. If you have any good resources (books, articles, videos, podcasts) on any of these topics, please let me know.

  • Charter cities
  • Payment processing infrastructure
    Related questions:
    • What explains the adoption of different payment methods across different countries?
    • Why is Germany so obsessed with cash?
  • Douglas Engelbart
  • Command line interfaces
  • Personal user manuals
    See Working with Claire Hughes Johnson & A Guide to Urs.
    Are there other good examples?
Oct 07, 2019  ×  Berlin, DE

Sep 21, 2019  ×  San Francisco, US

Media Consumption (Aug 2019)

>_ Summary
  • Read 3 books (1140 min, -16%) and 51 long-form articles (+88%)
  • Listened to 540 songs (+4%), 0 audiobooks (same) and 9 podcast episodes (602 min, +35%)
  • Watched 2 movies (-71%), 10 soccer games (760 min, +181%) and 11 TV episodes (727 min, -36%)
  • Played 1 video game (55 min, +∞)
>_ Books

The Power Broker (Robert A. Caro)
░░░░░░░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░ Progress: 48-93%

House of Leaves (Mark Danielewski)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 2-3%

The Dawn of Eurasia (Bruno Macaes)
░░░░░░░░░░░░░░▓ Progress: 92-100%

>_ Recommended Articles

Inside Tokyo’s Audiophile Venues (Resident Advisor)

Peter Thiel’s Religion (David Perell)

Meditations on Moloch (Slate Star Codex)

The players are the artists; the game is the venue (Alex Danco)

The Arc of Collaboration (Kevin Kwok)

Fast Software, the Best Software (Craig Mod)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

Neal Stephenson on Depictions of Reality (Conversations with Tyler)

An Era of Stagnation & Universal Institutional Failure (The Portal)

>_ Music

Top Artists: Bon Iver, Tool, Hans Zimmer, Max Richter, Oscar Peterson Trio

Sep 07, 2019  ×  San Francisco, US

List of Things I Want to Do in SF

This post is a public, work-in-progress to-do list for my stay in San Francisco (Sep 5-21). Got something I should add to my list? DM me on Twitter.

  • ✅ Start a new job ✨
  • ✅ Meet with ██████, █████████ and ████
  • ✅ Visit an Amazon Go store
  • ❌ Try both Impossible and Beyond Meat burgers
    Only got to try the Impossible burger
  • ❌ Buy some Soylent
  • ✅ Visit SF MOMA
  • ❌ Test how scooters compare to those in Berlin
Last edit: Sep 29, 18:47

Sep 06, 2019  ×  San Francisco, US

Media Consumption (July 2019)

>_ Summary
  • Read 5 books (1355 min, +179%) and 27 long-form articles (-7%)
  • Listened to 521 songs (+62%), 0 audiobooks (same) and 8 podcast episodes (445 min, -10%)
  • Watched 7 movies (+600%), 3 soccer games (-25%) and 21 TV episodes (1141 min, -28%)
  • Played 0 video games (-100%)
>_ Books

The Power Broker (Robert A. Caro)
░░░░░░▓░░░░░░░░ Progress: 40-48%

The Revolt of the Public (Martin Gurri)
░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 7-100%

Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-8%

House of Leaves (Mark Danielewski)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-2%

The Dawn of Eurasia (Bruno Macaes)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░ Progress: 0-92%

>_ Recommended Articles

How I practice at what I do (Tyler Cowen)

The Economist Who Would Fix the American Dream (The Atlantic)

Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds (New Yorker)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

Neal Stephenson on Depictions of Reality (Conversations with Tyler)

An Era of Stagnation & Universal Institutional Failure (The Portal)

>_ Music

Top Artists: The National, Thom Yorke, The Black Keys, James Blake, Van Morrison

Aug 20, 2019  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (June 2019)

>_ Summary
  • Read 5 books (485 min, +10%) and 29 long-form articles (+16%)
  • Listened to 321 songs (+21%), 0 audiobooks (0 min, -100%) and 8 podcast episodes (495 min, +114%)
  • Watched 1 movie (-80%), 4 soccer games (same) and 28 TV episodes (1577 min, +431%)
  • Played 1 video game (485 min, +52%)
>_ Books

The Power Broker (Robert A. Caro)
░░░░░▓░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 38-40%

How Asia Works (Joe Studwell)
░░░░░░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 42-100%

The Thief (Fuminori Nakamura)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 0-100%

The Revolt of the Public (Martin Gurri)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-7%

>_ Recommended Articles

It’s 2059, and the Rich Kids Are Still Winning (Ted Chiang, NYT)

You can handle the post-truth (Aaron Z. Lewis)

Kinky Labor Supply and the Attention Tax (Andrew Kortina)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

Joe Rogan Experience #1309 – Naval Ravikant

Feeling Superhuman with Rahul Vohra (The Art of Product Podcast)

Hal Varian on Taking the Academic Approach to Business (Conversations with Tyler)

>_ Music

Top Artists: The National, Hans Zimmer, Radiohead, Oasis, Thom Yorke

Jul 26, 2019  ×  Berlin, DE

My Notion Subscription Tracker

We now live in a world where pretty much everything is subscription based. Listen to music? Monthly subscription. Start a meditation habit? Monthly subscription. Faster Amazon deliveries? Monthly subscription. Life as a service, essentially.

While recurring revenue streams are great for the businesses offering them, as a consumer I find it increasingly harder to keep track all my active subscriptions. Free trials, different billing periods and automatic renewals have made it really difficult to stay on top of my finances.

So I created a little subscription tracker in Notion.

In this database I save all of my subscription services including their current status (active / paused / canceled), billing period (yearly / monthly) and calculate monthly and yearly costs.

Most importantly, I save the renewal date of each subscription and add a 1 week reminder so that I still have the option to cancel before a new payment hits my credit card.

I posted a public version of my subscription tracker here for you to copy.

Jul 25, 2019  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (May 2019)

>_ Summary
  • Read 2 books (440 min, -27%) and 25 long-form articles (+14%)
  • Listened to 266 songs (-31%), 1 audiobook (200 min, -86%) and 4 podcast episodes (231 min, -58%)
  • Watched 5 movies (+400%), 4 soccer games (-50%) and 5 TV episodes (297 min, +141%)
  • Played 1 video game (320 min, -3%)
>_ Books

Killing Commendatore (Haruki Murakami)
░░░░░░░░░░░░░░▓ Progress: 92-100%

The Power Broker (Robert A. Caro)
░░░░░▓░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 33-38%

How Asia Works (Joe Studwell)
░░▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 14-42%

>_ Recommended Articles

Why books don’t work (Andy Matuschak)

Understanding Abundance (Alex Danco)

Going Critical (Kevin Simler)

The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet (Yancey Strickler)

The making of Amazon Prime (Vox / Recode)

>_ Music

Top Artists: The National, The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age, Two Door Cinema Club, Deichkind

Jun 11, 2019  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (Apr 2019)

>_ Summary
  • Read 4 books (605 min, +30%) and 22 long-form articles (-29%)
  • Listened to 385 songs (-54%), 1 audiobook (1423 min, +7000%) and 9 podcast episodes (553 min, same)
  • Watched 1 movie (same), 8 soccer games (+33%) and 4 TV episodes (123 min, -70%)
  • Played 1 video game (330 min, +∞)
>_ Books

The Power Broker (Robert A. Caro)
░░░▓▓░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 21-33%

Meaning in History (Karl Löwith)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-9%

White (Kenya Hara)
░░░░░░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 43-100%

How Asia Works (Joe Studwell)
▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-14%

>_ Recommended Articles

Why Evernote Failed to Realize Its Potential (Hiten Shah)

End-user Programming (Ink & Switch)

I, too, am Contrarian (Alex Danco)

>_ Recommended Podcasts

End Games with Naval Ravikant (Pt 1) (After On)

End Games with Naval Ravikant (Pt 2) (After On)

>_ Video Games

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)

>_ Music

Top Artists: Hans Zimmer, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Radiohead, Gorillaz, Rammstein

May 16, 2019  ×  Tokyo, JP
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