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Blamma! Blamma!’s Zsa Zsa is wonderful. But I can’t find the lyrics. Can you help me find it?

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AraCon from a volunteer’s perspective

As some of you might know, I volunteered (first time!) at Aracon One, Aragon’s first major conference. I’ll keep this short, as I’m still recovering from a whole week in Berlin – beer, kebab, a pinch of stress and a lot of love.

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, a front-end for Augur. Decentral Identity was another hot topic, with BrightID’s ( social network based ID-solution. Kudos to Adam for his live demo. There were actually quite a few live demos, come to think of it. The panel with Jordi Baylina (Iden3) and Rouven Heck (uPort) touched on many difficulties (online voting for example) and possibilities of this new technology. The most noticeable tweet-award goes to Lane Rettig, who touched on Ethereum’s scaling difficulties.

If you’re going to re-watch only one talk, please check Christoph Jentzsch’s “TheDAO – From the Author’s Perspective.”

Finally, Goerli testnet launched today:

I highly recommend you play around with Aragon and create your own DAO. Go to for more information.

No More Jordan Peterson!

Just kidding. This is probably the best interview around. It’s a great introduction to his work, life and point of view.

An introduction to the importance of sleep

In case you’re open to good New Year’s resolutions. 

TL;DW at

Take a guess

Why am I sitting the way I’m sitting?

Here’s 52 books you might want to read

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.

The list

  1. Antifragile
  2. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
  3. Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism
  4. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  5. Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
  6. Letters to a Young Poet
  7. Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
  8. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
  9. On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness
  10. We Learn Nothing: Essays
  11. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel
  12. The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  13. The World of Yesterday: Memoirs of a European
  14. Montaigne (Zweig)
  15. Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age
  16. The Crossroads of Should and Must: How to Find and Follow Your Passion
  17. Leonardo Da Vinci: The Biography
  18. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
  19. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  20. The Meek One
  21. Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust
  22. If This Is A Man/The Truce
  23. Brave New World
  24. 1984
  25. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
  26. The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self
  27. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  28. Magellan
  29. How to Win Friends and Influence People 
  30. Think On These Things
  31. Hannibal and Me
  32. Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II
  33. The Prophet
  34. The Gold Standard: Rules to Rule By (watch Entourage, the series, first)
  35. Milk and Honey
  36. Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  37. The Sun and Her Flowers
  38. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
  39. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
  40. Norwegian Wood
  41. Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character as Told to Ralph Leighton
  42. Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger
  43. The Big Fat Surprise
  44. The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam
  45. Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History
  46. Atlas Shrugged (small print version. Not the nicest to read.)
  47. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir
  48. Thinking, Fast and Slow
  49. Stories of Your Life and Others
  50. Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People
  51. Investing: The Last Liberal Art
  52. 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.

Non-materialistic gifts for kids

A Redditor asks..

“Hey guys,
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.”

Another Redditor answers..

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.

An overview of my Influences, Must Reads, Heuristics, Rules for Daily Life and more

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 →

“However much I may want to be an engineer, if my father is against it and won’t help me, how can I study engineering? “

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 →

How to Get Rich (without getting lucky) – @naval tweetstorm

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 →