How I used Twilio and a few lines of Python to stop all unwanted callers permanently.

I, like most people, am annoyed by telemarketers. But recently the problem has gotten so much worse due to the automation of scam calls. …

I read all the food, beverage, and CPG (consumer packaged goods) news so you don’t have to! Here’s what happened last month and why it matters:

Big Company Moves:

Amazon is again top of mind as they cut prices at Whole Foods in a move nearly everyone expected. Still hilarious to see Alexas being sold at the entrance of the store as “Farm Fresh.” Lower prices are making things harder for rival stores like Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Safeway, who were already struggling to compete with Amazon in an increasing number of categories. Read more.

IBM launched a new blockchain-based initiative aimed at improving supply chain transparency in the food sector. Blockchains are a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. IBM is increasingly reliant on marketing projects/stunts to drive consulting revenue growth and I doubt this will have any staying power, but food safety is incredibly important and I will support any initiative aimed at improving consumer health.

Reading. It’s an important thing to do and an even more important thing to do quickly. Tai Lopez, in his seminal treatise on reading titled “Here In My Garage (Official): Lamborghini, Knowledge, And Books”, argues that reading a book a day leads to overnight success, especially when paired with a paid subscription to his “Mentorship” club. In this post, I’ll show you how to take this concept to the next level, break free of all the normal constraints, and read 10 books a day!

Step 1: Use Audiobooks!

It can be very hard to find the time to sit down, get some peace and quiet, and focus on a good book. Audiobooks allow you to multitask! I often listen to audiobooks while walking the dog, doing the dishes, or running errands. …


John Coogan

Co-founder of @Soylent, was CTO there for ~5 years. I write about technology, marketing, ecommerce, food, productivity, and anything that can be hacked.

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