Roundup: Doing Stuff That Matters, The Diderot Effect, and Evidence Against the Insulin Hypotheses

‘Weekly’ Media Roundup (Oct 26th – Nov 1st)

How do I consume so much stuff? Is it healthy to read this much and listen to this many podcasts? I hope you find something enjoyable in here. This week I’ve been obsessed with nutrition, so I hope I don’t overload you there.

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Personal Improvement

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Health/Nutrition

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Fun

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Roundup: Habits of Millionaires, Fat Loss Myths, and Selling Everything

‘Weekly’ Media Roundup (Sep 26th – Oct 25th)

Time to kick this one out the door. There’s some good stuff sitting in my queue, but it will have to wait for the next one.

Fun

Decluttering

Personal Improvement

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Roundup: Gene Therapy, Radical Decluttering, and the Calories In/Calories Out Debate

‘Weekly’ Media Roundup (Sep 9th – Sep 25th)

Well, that ‘week’ got away from me. I’ve been busy decluttering, but I have consumed lots of great information. I especially like some of the nutrition podcasts I list below.

Fun

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Career

Articles:

  • dev-human – Things I was unprepared for as a lead developer
    • Interesting list of things to expect when (if) you get promoted into management
  • Matthias Felleisen – Growing a Programmer
    • Traditional university curriculums focus on teaching languages and algorithms and data structures, with little emphasis on how to design and maintain large programs. Let’s flip that script.
  • Jeff Knupp – How ‘DevOps’ is Killing the Developer
    • Stop trying to make software developers into general purpose tech workers. This might work for startups, but developers like to, you know, develop.
  • Sam Altman – Stupid Apps and Changing the World
    • Sometimes world changing apps look like toys at first. Keep on doing what you think is important.

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Health

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  • Healthy Food House – They Said That Drinking Lemon Water In The Morning Is Good For You. Here Is What They Didn’t Tell You
    • TL;DR: Start drinking a glass of lemon water every morning
  • Danny Lennon – Is Your Low-Carb, My Low-Carb?
    • No one seems to agree on what low carb actually means. What should it mean?
  • Dr. Jason Fung – Why Can’t I Lose Weight?
    • This is one article from an extremely informative series on fasting. According to Dr. Fung, fasting (in any of several forms – Leangains, Eat Stop Eat, two weeks, etc) is important if you have built up insulin resistance over time, and can help your body reset itself and drop excess fat. Read this again!
  • Flowing Data – Years You Have Left to Live, Probably
    • Over 95% chance that I’ll live another 20 years? Sweet. Of course, this is totally wrong if you believe in the Singularity.

Roundup: Giant Viruses, Pooping in Public, and the Real Reason We Get Fat?

‘Weekly’ Media Roundup (Aug 30 – Sep 8th)

Speaking of consistency, here’s the latest roundup, in which we learn about topics from viruses to low carb diets and taking a cash payout when you’re pretty sure you’re dying.

Fun

Podcasts:

  • RadioLab – Elements
    • Go on a sonic tour of physics – from lithium to carbon-14 to cosmic rays and dark matter and
  • This American Life – Petty Tyrant
    • The amazing story of one small time crooked union boss and his swath of destruction
  • This American Life – Lower 9 + 10
    • How’s life in the Lower 9th Ward 10 years after Katrina?

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Personal Improvement

Podcasts:

  • Question of the Day – Ten-Minute Advice
    • My new favorite podcast with James Altucher and Steven Dubner, with a very simple premise: ask each other an everyday question, like “What’s something you can teach me in 10 minutes that will change my life?”

Articles:

  • James Clear – Getting to Simple
    • To find out the essentials, you must master the fundamentals, often through hard work and trial and error
  • Structured Procrastination – Do Less, Deceive Yourself, And Succeed Long-Term
    • Use your tendency to procrastinate for good – by doing other lower priority tasks rather than sitting on the couch
  • The Wall Street Journal – To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved
    • If you’re a chronic procrastinator, start by examining the emotions – anxiety, etc – that come up with you’re faced with a big task
  • Jeff Ammons – Hacking the Flow State
    • Flow can be necessary to accomplishment and job satisfaction. How do you get those necessary ingredients, clear goals, clear and immediate feedback, good balance between one’s perceived skills and those perceived as necessary for the task, and uninterrupted concentration time?

Health/Fitness

Books:

  • Gary Taubes – Why We Get Fat
    • In an easy to read way, Taubes lays out how people can be fat and malnourished at the same time (here’s a spoiler: processed carbs), and shares an Atkins-like plan for tipping the scales back towards even. (I’ve decided to try this one as an experiment.)

Articles:

  • The New York Times – Gary Taubes: Diet Advice That Ignores Hunger
    • “Calories in/calories out” has a major problem: restricting calories in is unsustainable, and weight inevitably bounces back once calories are returned to normalcy.

Financial

Podcasts:

  • Freakonomics – Are You Read for a Glorious Sunset?
    • Serious question: why don’t insurance companies offer a generous payout instead of a long, drawn out stay in the hospital for terminal patients?

Roundup: Finding Your Love Language, Research into Ketogenic Diets, and Becoming an Excellent Manager

Weekly Media Roundup (August 1st – August 15th)

My apologies; this is the second Roundup in a row that I’ve been late with. I’m about to leave the country, so I’m expecting the next one will be late. I stumbled on an exceptionally quality batch of shows and books since last time – enjoy!

Relationships

Books:

  • Gary D Chapman – The Four Love Languages
    • This book should be required reading for everyone. If you haven’t read it, get it now. Learning which of the four ‘buttons’ other people respond to is invaluable, not just in love, but in work and family and friends. Teaser: the four are physical touch, words of affirmation, presence, and acts of service, and everyone has one they naturally resonate with. Buy it now.

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Fun

Podcasts:

  • TED Radio Hour – Fighting Cancer
    • Fascinating talk on detecting cancers using microRNA and new open-source drugs that could speed up the pace of research.
  • 99% Invisible – From the Sea, Freedom
    • What makes a legal state? You’d be surprised who has tried.

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The Silver Bullet

Friends often ask what I did to lose 60 lbs.

The key was simpler than you might think: I drank a glass of water every morning.

Every morning, without fail, first thing: 8oz.

How could this possibly help? It started me off on the right foot. I stopped being hungry first thing in the morning, I eliminated dehydration in my life, and I was able to avoid the soda.

It changed my mindset. It made me remember that today I am going to lose some weight, and I’m going to start by drinking a glass of water.

So simple, but so incredibly effective. From the moment I started, the weight rolled off.

* * *

Reading the above, it’s not immediately obvious, but The Silver Bullet I Just Wrote About Is Bullshit*.

I do drink a glass of water every morning (when I remember!).

I did lose 60 lbs.

But it took a lot of hard work. There was no silver bullet.

Friends ask what I changed to get to where I am right now. The answer: Everything.

I like to think that if you can imagine it, I changed it. That’s not literally true, but it feels that way. It didn’t come easy. There was no key that I turned that caused the whole castle to come crashing down.

I’ve described what steps I took, in particular, that got me to where I am now, and where I want to go: How I Lost 60lbs, and How I’ll Lose the Next 20

There is no magic. To make drastic changes in your outcomes, you must make drastic changes in your methods. Take 100% responsibility for your life. Take massive action. You can do it, but it takes perseverance, consistency, and a willingness to do something different than what you have been doing.

* If you lost 60lbs by drinking a glass of water in the morning, good for you. It didn’t work for me.

Roundup: NEAT, Untangling the Meereenese Knot, and a Dating Playbook

Weekly Media Roundup (July 4-10)

This week I focused on a couple of podcasts I really have been enjoying – Sigma Nutrition and Happier with Gretchen Rubin. I also read Andrew Ferebee’s new dating book, which I recommend as a book on how to BE the man you want to be, rather than how to ACT LIKE the man you want to be.

Fun

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Health/Fitness

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Relationships

Books:

  • Andrew Ferebee – The Dating Playbook for Men
    • The founder of Knowledge for Men drops a no bs, modern guide to dating. No tricks or gimmicks – all confidence and self improvement.

Videos:

  • Andrew Ferebee – The 10 Greatest Lessons
    • From being a confident man to taking action, this 40 minute video covers it all

Personal Improvement

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