Reaction Videos Show the Best of Humanity

[embedded content] I honestly think Reaction Videos are one of the most beautifully human things happening on the internet. If an alien race were to show up and ask me for evidence of the human ability to love and understand one other, I’d show them a few of these. What’s a reaction video? Fair question. A reaction video is where we watch people experience something significant for the first time….

September 16, 2019
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Unsupervised Learning: No. 194 (Member Edition)

I spend 5-20 hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what’s happening—and what’s coming—in security and technology. Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 25,000 subscribers. “Your newsletter has become my most important source of news. It is the only newsletter I will NOT delete until I have perused it to the very end”. ~ Frank Hall Green

September 16, 2019
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The Most Important Productivity Lesson I Ever Learned

Back in 2003, right after university, I read a book that completely upleveled my productivity. The book was called Getting Things Done, by David Allen. As the image above shows, it’s full system, but I’m going to save you a ton of time and just tell you the most important takeaway. This is for things you’re worried about forgetting, not for creative contemplation. Never let tasks or ideas sit in…

September 15, 2019
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My Current Verdict on Nootropics

I’ve always been into vitamins. If I heard that it could make me stronger or faster, I was all about it. But as I got older my priority moved from being strong to being smart. Back in the day the smart supplement was Ginko Biloba. I’ve probably had 30 lbs. of that stuff. Not sure if it helped or not. Back then we didn’t really measure such things, or talk…

September 14, 2019
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The Difference Between Studio Headphones and Regular Headphones

After too many decades on this planet, I now understand the benefit of studio headphones, and what makes them different than normal (consumer) options. My old set of Denons just died, so I decided to go with a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M70’s. Just to save you some time, the answer is threefold, in order of importance: Accurate representation of the source audio Extremely wide frequency range Higher quality construction Here’s…

September 10, 2019
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Unsupervised Learning: No. 193

I spend 5-20 hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what’s happening—and what’s coming—in security and technology. Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 25,000 subscribers. “Your newsletter has become my most important source of news. It is the only newsletter I will NOT delete until I have perused it to the very end”. ~ Frank Hall Green

September 8, 2019
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The Philosophy Behind My New Product Discovery Idea

I am currently experimenting with an idea for the show that I’m calling Product and Service Discovery. It’s pretty self-explanatory, except that I am fairly anti-ad and my show is subscriber (direct) supported, so I think the concept needs some introduction. Basically, the idea is that I want to be able to do three things simultaneously: Surface really cool, hand-picked products and services to readers and listeners Avoid all the…

September 8, 2019
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My Favorite Superhuman Shortcuts

As I talked about in an earlier post, I just started checking out Superhuman. And the first thing I like to do with a new tool is learn its shortcuts. Here are my core ones so far: Basics & nav This is how you search in Vim! / — search shift-u — show unread shift-s — show starred c — compose f — forward enter — reply all r —…

September 6, 2019
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First Impressions with Superhuman

Like many people I’ve been hearing the hype about Superhuman for a long time now. I signed up to get on the list forever ago, but forgot about it until a member sent me an invite a few weeks back. Looks like the marketing worked. That’s when I found out it was $30/month, which seems exorbitant in the current market. So much so that I was curious whether it was…

September 6, 2019
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The Fundamental Differences Between Vim and Other Editors

I’ve been deep-diving on Vim lately, as I tend to every couple of years. Check out my Vim 2019 Update. In this rotation I’ve gone deeper than ever before—including going back to what makes Vim, well, Vim. So this piece will capture as succinctly as possible what makes Vim different from other editors. Emacs Reminds me of Android actually. Basically, the whole thing with Emacs is utter, complete, and absolute…

September 5, 2019
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