This Week's Readings

// Issue #2


Thank you - President Obama - "You made me a better President, and you made me a better man."

Why ‘Idea Adventures’ Have Become the Most Important Part of My Day - Alex Mathers - "It has not been without its challenges, however. Not needing to follow a formal structure has lead to laziness and watching YouTube for hours instead of working, many times."

William James on the Psychology of the Second Wind and What Enables Us to Transcend Our Limits - Maria Popova - "“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake,” Henry David Thoreau wrote in contemplating what it really means to be awake, adding: “Only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred million to a poetic or divine life.” "

Leaps of Faith - Abhisek Vyas - "Most people who, at a young age, accomplish something significant or get their “break” did so because someone decided to take a leap of faith on them. I don’t believe in luck in the traditional sense but what I do believe in is positioning yourself for success. Whether it’s landing that dream job or internship it happened because you took some step, whether right or wrong, to get it."

Asking the wrong questions - Benedict Evans - "There are a bunch of exciting things going on, certainly, from machine learning to AR and VR to electric and autonomous cars. What content will work in VR? Who will be best placed to make AR glasses? Will EV batteries be a competitive advantage, or end up, like LCD screens, as a low-margin commodity? Who will have enough of the right kind of driving data for autonomy? But every time I think about these, I try to think what questions I'm not asking."

Fitness & Health

The power of plant-based diets - Karen Burge - "A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes can help slow or prevent various processes of disease that begin long before diagnosis."

The ‘Impossible’ Veggie Burger: A Tech Industry Answer to the Big Mac - David Gelles - "The Impossible Burger wants to be the tech industry’s answer to the Big Mac. Concocted by a team of food scientists in Silicon Valley, it is made from wheat, coconut oil and potatoes, yet it aims to be more than just another veggie patty."

By running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, Michael Wardian and 32 others push the body and mind's limits. - Kelyn Soong - "At the 2014 North Pole Marathon, the temperature dipped to minus-22 degrees Fahrenheit, with a wind chill that made it feel even colder. Along the route, armed guards roamed the large sheets of floating ice to minimize the risk of polar bear attacks."

The Joy of Running - Gary Mcdowell - "Running as clarity. The creation of. The absolution in. Threnody. Ode. Palinode. Genethliacon. Elegy. Born and born again. To celebrate: much-frequented, kept solemn. Like prayer and thanksgiving."

Design &

How To Get Into Natural Language Processing - by Vincent Chen (Y Combinator) - "We don’t often think about how easy it is for humans to understand language. In everyday conversation, we convey meaning without considering how our brains translate so much unstructured data into useful information. For machines, however, understanding human speech and language is very hard."

If your product isn’t documented it doesn’t exist - David Ryan - "If I asked you to tell me about your product’s documentation right now you would probably find someone else to talk to instead. It’s not exactly the most exciting conversation for most product teams, right?"

Getting to 10x (Results): What Any Developer Can Learn From the Best - Eric Elliott - "What if I told you that you can be 10x better than average? Not twice as good. 10 times better: An order of magnitude. You will really stand out. You’ll have access to better jobs, higher pay, and increased job satisfaction."


MovieMogul - How many of the best ever movies have you seen?

More: You Can Now Buy A Cargo Bike At Ikea - At long last, the much-anticipated Ikea bike has arrived in the Swedish brand's American brick-and-mortar and online stores. $399

Aww New Tab on ProductHunt

Startups & Entrepreneurship

AWS in Plain English - "Hey, have you heard of the new AWS services: ContainerCache, ElastiCast and QR72? Of course not, I just made those up. But with 50 plus opaquely named services, we decided that enough was enough and that some plain english descriptions were needed."

What Apple, Google, And Tesla Get Wrong - Mark Wilson - "Don Norman is a technological optimist. The author of The Design of Everyday Things and head of UC San Diego's Design Lab believes that artificial intelligence might only take the worst parts of our jobs, and when it gets smart enough, it will pity us rather than destroy humanity. "

Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein shares his 20% rule for getting ahead in your career - ""Whoever your boss is, or your bosses are, they have 20 percent of their job that they just don't like," Epstein tells..."

How to Rock a Side Project When You Have No Free Time - Alyssa Mazzina - "We’ve all heard the advice: the best developers live and breathe programming. But you’re also a human being. Maybe you’re not the stereotypical 22-year-old with no ties or responsibilities, happy to work 18-hour days. Maybe you’re a mother or a father, a husband or a wife, a caretaker of an elderly relative."

How To Start A Blog: Ten Tips To Get You Started - The London Mother - "The words ‘how to start a blog’ are searched for almost 10,000 times a month in the UK alone so safe to say, it’s something a lot of people are interested in."

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