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What We’re Reading, 60’s Moon Code, and The Perfect Intermittent Fasting Protocol

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The Code That Took America to the Moon Was Just Published to GitHub, and It’s Like a 1960s Time Capsule (QZ)

Charged with the monumental task of sending men to the moon, MIT programmers in the ’60s had to invent a programming language and a new way to store computer programs, which they called “rope memory.”

The engineers kept a sense of humor through it all. Their code was recently published on GitHub, and today’s programmers have been having a blast going through it.

One of the source code files, for example, is called BURN_BABY_BURN — MASTER_IGNITION_ROUTINE, a reference to a popular ’60s radio DJ, Magnificent Montague. There are also Hello and Goodbye messages, playful instructions for the astronauts, and even a Shakespeare quote contained within the code. Read more »

Around 61% of Americans Support Net Neutrality rules

Net Neutrality is the name for the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers (AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, etc.) from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use.

Bottom line: a lot of people want the internet to keep existing the way it’s always existed — uncensored and largely unregulated. Read more »

Quote We Love

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” — Epictetus

What We’re Reading

What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

In this book, Scott Carney explores the disconnect between the human race as it exists today versus what our ancestors endured. You can tell a lot about a book by it’s Epigraph:

“Instead of softening their feet with shoe or sandal, his rule was to make them hardy through going barefoot. This habit, if practiced, would, as he believed, enable them to scale heights more easily and clamber down precipices with less danger. In fact, with his feet so trained the young Spartan would leap and spring and run faster unshod than another shod in the ordinary way. Instead of making them effeminate with a variety of clothes, his rule was to habituate them to a single garment the whole year through, thinking that so they would be better prepared to withstand the variations of heat and cold.” — Xenophon of Sparta, 431– 354 BC
“The daily cold plunge does not necessarily place a man “next to the Gods,” as he so frequently thinks it does. Such cold-plungers are often very proud of their accomplishment and sneer at those who do not take this daily treatment, and the plunger is likely to “thank God that he is not like other men.” Very many times daily cold plunges or cold showers are harmful, especially to those who are underweight or are losing too much weight.” — Journal of the American Medical Association, 1914

If you’re interested in radical self-improvement backed by science, this might be the best book you read all year. Scott approached this book as a cynical skeptic, and his personal journey is just as interesting as the contents of the book. Scott sums up the hypothesis of the book perfectly here:

“The underlying hypothesis of this expedition is that when humans outsource comfort and endurance they inadvertently make their bodies weaker, and that simply reintroducing some common environmental stresses to their daily routines can bring back some of that evolutionary vigor.”

Get What Doesn’t Kill Us on Amazon »

Time Restricted Feeding: Your Solution to Longevity and Shredding Fat

Intermittent fasting is when you condense all your eating into a set period of time and fast for the rest of the day. The window in which you eat might be even more important than what you eat.

The most common intermittent fasting schedule is the 16:8.

“This is quite possibly the most popular eating schedule in the intermittent fasting world. It allows for an 8 hour eating window usually starting with a late lunch and dinner. Skipping breakfast is easier for most because lunch and dinners seem to be the most social times for meeting up and eating together.”

Benefits include: easier implementation than a diet, reduced body fat, reduced risk of cancer, longer lifespan, and it’s cheaper than your regular meal plan. Read more »

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