Category: Life (page 1 of 2)
As some of you might know, I volunteered (first time!) at
The atmosphere at Aracon was quite amazing. About 500 attendees gathered at the Bölle to discuss governance for two days. I didn’t attend too many talks as I was mostly busy tracking down speakers, but the ones I did attend were quite interesting. I definitely got the feeling that many intelligent minds are coming up with great ideas on governance. Special shoutout to Jordan from Frame, and Carlos, another volunteer, who launched Guesser.io, a front-end for Augur. Decentral Identity was another hot topic, with
If you’re going to re-watch only one talk, please check Christoph Jentzsch’s “TheDAO – From the Author’s Perspective.”
I highly recommend you play around with Aragon and create your own DAO. Go to aragon.org for more information.
The last month of the year traditionally gives us the chance to reflect on what we’ve done and how we want to move forward. It’s also a great moment to give a friend or lover or parent or child a nice gift. Like a book. Here’s my list of 52 all-time favorite books.
- Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
- Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
- Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
- Letters to a Young Poet
- Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
- Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
- On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness
- We Learn Nothing: Essays
- How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel
- The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
- The World of Yesterday: Memoirs of a European
- Montaigne (Zweig)
- Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age
- The Crossroads of Should and Must: How to Find and Follow Your Passion
- Leonardo Da Vinci: The Biography
- 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
- The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
- The Meek One
- Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust
- If This Is A Man/The Truce
- Brave New World
- Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
- The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self
- On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
- How to Win Friends and Influence People
- Think On These Things
- Hannibal and Me
- Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II
- The Prophet
- The Gold Standard: Rules to Rule By (watch Entourage, the series, first)
- Milk and Honey
- Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
- The Sun and Her Flowers
- The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
- Norwegian Wood
- Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character as Told to Ralph Leighton
- Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger
- The Big Fat Surprise
- The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam
- Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History
- Atlas Shrugged (small print version. Not the nicest to read.)
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir
- Thinking, Fast and Slow
- Stories of Your Life and Others
- Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People
- Investing: The Last Liberal Art
- The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
You cannot go wrong with any work by Matt Ridley, David Deutsch or Walter Isaacson. And last but definitely not least: Elephant in the Brain.
I was just wondering what your top gift ideas are for kids that won’t just become clutter in a couple of weeks. I know how special it is for children to open gifts on Xmas but I also don’t want to just buy toys or gifts that will ultimately end up in the back of a toy box in a few weeks. What do you guys get for your nieces, nephews, and children? Board games, books…etc? I really want to stay away from regular toys.”
Spend time with them.
- We made a coupon book that has things like “Go to Zoo”, “go to library”, “Go to Christmas play”, etc. We would have done most of that anyways, but we thought it was fun to have coupon book. Plus gives us a nice list to work off when we run out of ideas 🙂
- Sometimes on their birthdays, we’ll take off work and do something fun with them. It’s one vacation day, but feel it means a lot to them (most of the time, lol)
- Gifts that include interaction. I got a “clock kit” off aliexpress. It’s just a bunch of electronics that you solder into a clock. The kit it’s self was only $4 shipped, but took us a good part of a Saturday to put together. It was a great opportunity to spend time and transfer some skill knowledge and teach them with it being fun.
It doesn’t have to be electronics, it could be wood working, painting, hiking, computer programming, etc. If you are an expert or have a hobby, then I’m sure you could find a cheap way to introduce them to it.
I fondly remember my Dad showing me how to shoot a BB gun. He made it into a big deal, going over how BB and real guns work. Showing me the mechanics using charts and videos and diagrams. He even stripped a BB gun and a shotgun to show me how they worked. Then we had a gun safety “course” and even had some super duper cheesy VHS gun safety video, but he did install a sense of respect for firearms… My Grandpa even came out, a real WWII vet to help with the training.
After lunch at the “mess hall” [my mom making us sandwiches], then he finally took me “out in the field” with “live ammo” and safety glasses and spent an afternoon pliknking paper plates with bullseyes on them. The thing is, my Dad isn’t even a “gun nut”, just knew a little about them. He really made it fun and magically but using a lot of grown up terms and having my Grandpa there. I was only 7, but felt like quality man time.
- scavenger hunt. either make one your self or if you are lazy, just go geocaching 🙂 (I almost always do the latter). Protip: your phone has a GPS unit most likely so cost is near zero. Make or print out some “lore” and a “treasure map”. Soak it in tea overnight and let it dry. It’ll look old and mystic.
In the last few months, my curiosity has led me to new and exciting places. Not only did I discover new things about myself (I’m more conservative than I thought), it also opened new avenues of conversation. New perspectives on how to talk and think about the meaning of life, what it is that we do here, and the traps to avoid. I’m 26 now, and it feels like a good moment to reflect on some things. Read more →
KRISHNAMURTI: If you persist in wanting to be an engineer even though your father turns you out of the house, do you mean to say that you won’t find ways and means to study engineering? You will beg, go to friends. Sir, life is very strange. The moment you are very clear about what you want to do, things happen. Life comes to your aid – a friend, a relation, a teacher, a grandmother, somebody helps you. But if you are afraid to try because your father may turn you out, then you are lost. Life never comes to the aid of those who merely yield to some demand out of fear. But if you say, “This is what I really want to do and I am going to pursue it,” then you will find that something miraculous takes place. Read more →
Naval Ravikant is one of my favourite thought leaders. Even if I were to actively avoid him, his work would trickle through secondary and tertiary sources, because it’s worth it. Here’s an overview of my favourite parts. Read more →