Inspired by Tim Ferris’s 5-bullet Friday and Scott Hanselman’s Newsletter of Wonderful Things, I’ve decided this would be a great place for me to share some of the humorous, educational, insightful, or just generally weird things I found online. It could be videos, book recommendations, gadgets, recipes, and so on.
My plan is to make this an email-based newsletter. Do not be afraid weary internet traveler, your information is not being sold to anyone else, nor am I going to try to enroll you in my time-share vacation home program. It’s just a place for me to share what I personally find interesting enough to share with other like-minded individuals, such as yourself.
If you like what you see, please sign-up for newsletter at the bottom of the page. Without further ado, below is an example of what you would receive with each volume:
- Andrew Z. Szydło does 25 chemistry experiments in 15 minutes on the TED stage.
- I recently learned about ‘The Man in the Arena’ quote from Theodore Roosevelt. I thought it really summed up the maker philosophy, and persevering despite critics.
- Did you know the MLB was using AWS to collect 17 petabytes (yes, petabytes) of raw data per season way back in 2014?
- 177 Milk Street, headed by Chris Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen fame, published their second season of Milk Street TV. It’s high signal-to-noise educational cooking programming.
- Enjoy reading? Have you heard of Goodreads? It helps me file away books I’ve read to share with friends. You can see my list here.
- Did you love turn-based role-playing games on the NES and SNES like Final Fantasy when you were growing up? If so, you should definitely check out Octopath Traveler on the Switch.
- Have an idea for a side business run and managed by yourself? Check out The Million Dollar, One Person Business book. The author was also recently featured on Tim Ferriss’s podcast.
- Kai-Fu Lee, a very famous AI expert, who has worked at Google, Microsoft, and Apple recently gave an insightful talk on Impact Theory on living without regrets.
- Anthony Bourdain was/is my favorite writer. He had such a knack for words and describing travel and food. Given his recent passing, it’s worth revisiting the New Yorker article that made him famous.
- Do you know Colin O’Brady? He just became the first person to travel solo & unaided across Antarctica. Even more impressive when you consider his legs were horribly burned in 2007 in an accident and almost never walked again.
- At AWS re:Invent 2018, Amazon recently made available the same real-time personalization and recommendation service they use on their site.
- I’m unabashedly a fan of hip-hop music. The recent appearance of Wu-Tang Clan on Tiny Desk Concert from NPR was epic. The whole series is fantastic if you’ve never heard of it.
- Nerdwriter produces my favorite channel on YouTube. This episode was particularly special for me, as he goes into great detail about how music was made on the Super Nintendo.
- The NY Times has an excellent write-up on the legendary Donald Knuth. If you’re a software developer, but have never heard of him, I encourage you to read this.
- Love food? Love documentaries? I can’t recommend Jiro Dreams of Sushi and the Chef’s Table series enough. Both by David Gelb, offer a commentary on life & work through the context of food.
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading. I plan to share more in the future, so please opt-in to the newsletter below if you’d like to be notified when I do. Also, I’d love it if you shared this list with a friend or co-worker.