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Articles & Podcasts of Note (Week of 01/13/2020)

  • A Decade of Sore Winners (outline.com): “The underdogs that are top dogs, the upstarts who are establishment — these people refused to admit they had any power, even if they had all of it.”
  • Advertising Makes Us Unhappy (hbr.org): A survey of 27 European countries concludes that country’s with higher ad spending have less happy citizens.
  • Everything I Know (nikitavoloboev.xyz): Nikita Voloboev’s personal knowledge wiki. Innovative example of how to present this information publicly.
  • Haters (paulgraham.com): Everyone wants fans but we forget the opposing force on the other side of the spectrum: the haters.
  • How to Invest in Startups (samaltman.com): “You need to do three things: get access to good investment opportunities, make good decisions about what to invest in, and get the companies you want to invest in to choose you as an investor.”
  • The Joe Rogan Experience #1309: Interview with Naval Ravikant (podcastnotes.org): I’m late to the party on this podcast episode, but the podcast episode is as idea-dense as advertised. Guest Naval Ravikant is an articulate thinker who draws interesting connections across a range of disciplines.
  • The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast: Being a Victim (jordanpeterson.com): I didn’t care for Peterson’s book “12 Rules for Life,” but this speech given in Norway during his 2018 book tour provides a glimpse into his thinking.
  • Night Rider: 21 Years Sleeping on a London Bus (bbc.com): “For more than two decades after his asylum application was rejected, Sunny found a safe haven aboard the buses that zigzag across London at night. What's it like to spend every night on the lower decks?”
  • Physician Burnout is Widespread, Especially Among Those in Midcareer (wsj.com): “Physicians between the ages of 40 and 54 experience a higher rate of burnout than older or younger doctors, according to a recent survey of more than 15,000 physicians.” Married to a midcareer physician so this is of particular interest.
  • Sports Wars (wondery.com): Fun podcast featuring topics like Nadal vs. Federer, Manning vs. Brady and LeBron vs. the Golden State Warriors. Each topic is treated as a 4-6 episode miniseries.
  • Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories (nytimes.com): “American history textbooks can differ across the country, in ways that are shaded by partisan politics.” Examples from California and Texas illustrate the cultural divide.
  • The Ultimate Workflow for Writers Obsessed with Quality (medium.com): Insightful article with practical tips on how to effectively systematize your writing.
  • War is a Racket (github.com): A decorated U.S. marine, Major General Smedley Butler, owarns about the dangers of the war-industrial complex. Originally published in 1935.
  • Why Video Gaming Will Take Over (matthewball.vc): Bullish analysis on the strategic advantages gaming holds over other media like television.


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