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Mar 20, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (Feb 2018)

>_ SUMMARY

Read 0 books (0 min, -100%) and 38 long-form articles (+46%).
Listened to 912 songs (+12%), 2 audiobooks (940 min, -16%) and 3 podcasts (175 min, -34%).
Watched 5 movies (+/- 0%), 7 soccer matches (+250%) and 8 TV episodes (-62%).

>_ BOOKS

Artemis (Andy Weir)
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Principles: Life & Work (Ray Dalio)
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░ Progress: 0-81%

>_ RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

How to be good (New Yorker)

When You’re a Digital Nomad, the World Is Your Office (The New York Times)

Who Killed More: Hitler, Stalin, or Mao? (The New York Review Of Books)

One Man’s Quest to Make Google’s Gadgets Great (Wired)

Five More Years (Slate Star Codex)

Why Decentralization Matters (Chris Dixon, Medium)

>_ MOVIES
Movies crossed off the IMDB Top 250 list: 3

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Rating: 3/5)

The Hunt (Rating: 5/5)

Inside Llewyn Davis (Rating: 2/5)

2001: A Space Odyssey (Rating: 4/5)

Saving Private Ryan (Rating: 4/5)

>_ MUSIC

Top Artists: Nils Frahm, Depeche Mode, Hans Zimmer, Radiohead, Thom Yorke
Favorite Song: Philip Selway — Coming Up For Air

Mar 01, 2018  ×  Göttingen, DE

Feb 21, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Streaks

Streaks are a powerful technique for developers to increase user retention and engagement. For example, Snapchat shows you the number of consecutive days you’ve been exchanging messages with a friend and rewards you with special emojis the longer you manage to keep the streak alive.

The user’s urge to continue the streak doesn’t really come from the positive rewards though, but is mainly based on negative reinforcement, namely the fear of losing the streak. This behaviour can be attributed to the “Sunk Cost Effect”, which describes our reluctance to pull out of something we have put effort into.

There has been a lot of criticism lately about negative reinforcement loops and gamification techniques that make apps more addictive – especially when used by services or games which are primarily used by kids/teens.

But streaks can also be extremely helpful when used in the context of self-improvement because they help to build habits.

I currently use three tools that use streaks which help me to build (and maintain) habits and be more productive:

>_ Headspace
Headspace will show you the number of consecutive days you’ve been meditating. Making meditation a daily habit has been super difficult for me and the streaks have definitely helped. I wish they were more public though to add some social pressure.

>_ Swarm
This one might be a little suprising to some of you, because most people just use Swarm as a life logging tool to remember which places the have visited. Swarm introduced streaks a while ago, but I’m not sure how many people use it build habits. I use to make sure I go for a swim at least once per week. I am currently at week 73 and counting ?.

>_ WIP Chat
WIP is a community of makers and a public to-do list at the same time. Apart from the negative reinforcement (losing the streak), it also adds a lot of positive reinforcement in form of the encouragement from other makers in the community. WIP is one of the best products I’ve started using recently and has definitely helped me to be more productive. Great job, Marc! ?

Feb 16, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Emoji as a Platform Moat

There have been a few reports recently about Apple rejecting apps which make use of Apple’s emoji set outside of the keyboard.

I find this very surprising. Emojis are a completely underrated platform moat, in my opinion.

Android and iOS have become more and more similar and there are hardly any switching costs left for consumers:

  • Both operating systems offer pretty much the same features
  • You have high-end devices for both platforms (most importantly equal camera quality)
  • All major apps are available for both iOS and Android
  • Switching from iOS to Android literally doesn’t take more than a few minutes

This leaves Apple with only handful advantages over Android:

  • New apps are usually released on iOS first (temporary exclusivity)
  • Apps which are only available on iOS, most importantly iMessage
  • And: Emojis

Android has several emoji-problems:

I don’t have data to back this up, but I’m pretty sure there are psychological switching costs because you feel partly excluded from the conversations you are having with your iOS-friends (especially in group chats).

So Apple should embrace the use of its emoji set as much as possible, but prohibit developers from using them in their Android apps (which I assume has happened in the case of WhatsApp and Slack).

It’d be great if someone would come up with an open-source set of great looking emoji that become the standard across all platforms.

Feb 15, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

List of interesting food I recently tried for the first time

  • Vegan Pork Belly
  • Bánh mì
  • Fried Pickles
  • Mussels with Venison
Feb 07, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (January ’18)

>_ SUMMARY

Read (parts of) 2 books (130 min, -68%) and 26 long-form articles (-21%).
Listened to 814 songs (+26%), 2 audiobooks (1115 min, +104%) and 4 podcasts (268 min, +36%).
Watched 5 movies (+/- 0%), 2 soccer matches (-33%) and 21 TV episodes (+ ∞).

>_ BOOKS

Akira, Vol. 1 (Katsuhiro Otomo)
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Utopia for Realists (Rutger Bregman)
░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 3-100%

The Three-Body Problem (Liu Cixin)
░░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ Progress: 11-100%

Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)
░░▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 8-18%

>_ RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

My Family’s Slave (The Atlantic)

Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not (The New York Times)

In Search of the Elusive Bitcoin Billionaire (Reason)

Tyler Cowen’s 12 rules for life (Marginal Revolution)

Amazon’s Go and the Future (Stratechery)

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble (The New York Times)

>_ RECOMMENDED PODCASTS

Confronting Your Fears and Taking a Leap with Pieter Levels of Nomad List (Indie Hackers)

>_ MOVIES
Movies crossed off the IMDB Top 250 list: 4

Star Wars: Episode VIII (Rating: 3/5)

The Pianist (Rating: 4/5)

Good Will Hunting (Rating: 4/5)

To Kill a Mockingbird (Rating: 2/5)

A Beautiful Mind (Rating: 4/5)

>_ RECOMMENDED TV-SERIES

The End of the F*cking World

The Crown (Season 2)

>_ MUSIC

Top Artists: Nils Frahm, Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Nine Inch Nails, Hans Zimmer
Favorite Song: Thom Yorke – Black Swan

Feb 01, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Life Event: Turned 30 Today

Jan 27, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Media Consumption (December ’17)

>_ SUMMARY

Read (parts of) 3 books (410 min, +925%) and 33 long-form articles (-20%).
Listened to 646 songs (-6%), 3 audiobooks (547 min, +8%) and 7 podcasts (197 min, -13%).
Watched 5 movies (+67%), 3 soccer matches (-40%) and 0 TV episodes (same).

>_ Books:

Leonardo da Vinci (Walter Isaacson)
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Cryptoassets (Chris Burniske)
░▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 5-40%

Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)
▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-12%

Akira, Vol. 1 (Katsuhiro Otomo)
▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-30%

Utopia for Realists (Rutger Bregman)
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-3%

The Three-Body Problem (Liu Cixin)
▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░ Progress: 0-11%

>_ RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

I can tolerate anything except the outgroup (Slate Star Codex)

How to Hire Fake Friends and Family (The Atlantic)

What You Can’t Say (Paul Graham)

Disney and Fox (Stratechery)

The App That Reminds You You’re Going to Die (The Atlantic)

He Stole $100 Million From His Clients. Now He’s Living in Luxury on the Côte d’Azur. (Bloomberg)

The Danger of President Pence (New Yorker)

Why Cryonics Makes Sense (Wait But Why)

>_ RECOMMENDED PODCASTS

Tim Urban, Wait But Why (Kevin Rose Show)

Andy Weir on the Economics of Sci-Fi and Space (Conversations With Tyler)

>_ MOVIES
Movies from IMDB Top 250 list: 3

American Beauty (Rating: 3/5)

The Shawshank Redemption (Rating: 5/5)

Old boy (Rating: 5/5)

Gangster Squad (Rating: 2/5)

Swiss Army Man (Rating: 4/5)

>_ MUSIC

Top Artists: Portugal. The Man, Philip Glass, Radiohead, The National, Franz Ferdinand
Favorite Song: Moby – Like A Motherless Child

Jan 05, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE

Life Event: Moved to Berlin today

Jan 02, 2018  ×  Berlin, DE
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