The best book I’ve read this year
It’s rare that I finish a book then immediately reread it, this time with a yellow marker in hand. My entire life I considered the ego a necessary evil to drive success. Something that certainly needs to be kept in check, but a tool to dominate with.
I was so wrong.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough, it was really eye-opening for me. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes, if they speak to you, consider giving the book a read:
“Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of — that’s the metric to measure yourself against…Winning is not enough. People can get lucky and win. People can be assholes and win. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves.”
“Almost universally, the kind of performance we give on social media is positive. It’s more “Let me tell you how well things are going. Look how great I am.” It’s rarely the truth: “I’m scared. I’m struggling. I don’t know.”
“Those who have subdued their ego understand that it doesn’t degrade you when others treat you poorly; it degrades them.”
Ego Is the Enemy (Kindle, Audible, Hardcover — $4.49-$15.00)
Tilt-shift Van Gogh
Love this. The tilt-shift technique applied to Van Gogh’s paintings.
Check out all 22 pictures.
How “freemium” games use behavioral psychology to inspire purchases
These free games kill me. Once or twice a year I get sucked into another game, a few weeks later I’m $100 in…why do we buy upgrades, gems, etc.? Check out some of the mind tricks used to convert players (like me and I’m sure some of you) into paying customers.
Finally, an indestructible umbrella
I purchased this umbrella a few months ago after it received hundreds of diggs on Product Hunt. I didn’t think I’d have a chance to use it until this winter, but lately it’s been rainy and windy here in NYC.
This is, without a doubt, the best umbrella I’ve ever used. It opens and closes oh so smoothly, almost like a luxury car would. The umbrella has been constructed with durability in mind and designed to withstand winds up to 72 mph. Not convinced? Check out this “drench test” video…insane.
Blunt Classic Umbrella ($78.82)
I’m loving Memrise for language learning
I’ve decided to learn conversational Japanese before my next trip. I tried a ton of language learning apps in the past. Rosetta Stone is pretty crappy, Duolingo, while good, doesn’t support Japanese.
A friend recommended Memrise (I’m using the iOS app) so I decided to give it a shot. Finally, someone has nailed this. Sensible steps towards real and usable sentences (Rosetta Stone taught me “The boy is drinking orange juice.” When the hell am I ever going to use that?)
Memrise (Web, iOS, Android, 200+ languages — Free or Pro features for $9 mo.)
David Chang’s unified theory of deliciousness
When David Chang cooks for you, every bite is “OMG, how did you do this?” He dreams up combinations that are so delicious they stun you, setting you back in your chair while you take a second to let the complex flavors roll over your tongue and into your brain.
David runs Momofuku, which includes 13 restaurants, a bakery, two bars, and a culinary lab. How does he do this? Where do these ideas come from?
It turns out that David has figured out how to develop food hits by creating dishes that are unexpected yet somewhat familiar.
“For instance, I inadvertently stumbled on a hit again in 2006, after I hired Joshua McFadden from the Italian restaurant Lupa. (He has since gone on to greatness in Portland, Oregon, at Ava Gene’s.) Joshua told me he wanted to make a version of a Bolognese, the Italian meat sauce. I told him that was fine, but he had to use only Korean ingredients. I often set these kinds of limitations, because I’m a big believer that creativity comes from working within constraints.” ~David Chang
David Chang’s Unified Theory of Deliciousness (WIRED, 15 min read)
How to build a grass hut from scratch
File this one away for apocalypse scenarios.
Badass guy building a hut (Video: 4:16)
“We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are.”
See you next month, be well.
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