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I go more into detail on a piece I am currently writing and deconstruct willpower and decision automation in today's episode. And something about apples. Links Waking Up Meditation app Hello Fresh 35000 decisions per day Decision Fatigue

I'm working on some parts of my yet-to-be-launched newsletter and had to look up some vocabulary in the Apple Dictionary.app1. Ended up procrastinating and going down a vocabulary rabbit hole. These two words came up that I love so much, I had to share them here. Enjoy:

chi-chi | ˈʃiːʃiː |
adjective
attempting stylish elegance but achieving only an over-elaborate pretentiousness: the tiny chi-chi dining room.

highfalutin | ˌhʌɪfəˈluːtɪn | (also hifalutin, highfaluting)
adjective
(especially of speech, writing, or ideas) pompous or pretentious: you don't want any highfalutin jargon.


  1. A marvel of an application. It has a fixed spot in my dock, and it's always open as soon as I write anything. You can enhance the app by downloading third-party dictionaries, and the community created a shit ton of plugin. Get this one

A whole bunch of life updates in quick succession. Take your energy drinks because this is a fast one. Links: Craig Mod's Koya Bound Walk Website My planned route so far Tim Ferriss on a boring phone (used this as inspiration)

Wharton psychology professor Adam Grant and legendary investor and billionaire Ray Dalio just came out with the mother of all self-assessment tools, called PrinciplesYou. Dalio is offering it free to anyone who wants to use it. Unlike other such tools, you can use it not only to learn about yourself, but also to better understand your relationships with your employees, your teammates, your friends, and even your partner or spouse. The pair jointly launched PrinciplesYou at the virtual Collision mega-conference this past week.

I am not the biggest fan of these types of tests, and I especially dislike the MBTI. Listen to this podcast to know why most tests are not that good.

Despite my dislike, I still do some of them. They are often fun, after all. But I give them as much weight as I'd give to reading my horoscope.1

PrinciplesYou has piqued my interest primarily because Ray Dalio is involved, whose book I enjoyed.

And if you're interested in my results, I match best with "Inventor", "Entertainer", and "Adventurer".


  1. Though I've never even read my horoscope before. 

I got deep down into a rabbit hole I need to be saved from: typewriters. In this episode, I share why I'm getting a bunch of them, what proactive rest is, and how morning pages helped me lessen my anxiety and up my creativity. Links: Olympia Monica Dan Rubin on Instagram Olivetti Lettera 32 …

Still going down this rabbit hole, and I'm taking you along for the ride. Consider me your rabbit and you my Alice1.

Did you know Tom Hanks is a huge typewriter fan? He owns over a hundred of them. And he even released an app for iPhone a while ago.


  1. Lewis Carroll also owned a typewriter. Look at this

This was the practice: I was starting to get rid of my possessions, at least the useless ones, because possessions stood between me and death. They didn't protect me from death, but they created a barrier in my understanding, like layers of bubble wrap, so that instead of thinking about what was coming and the beauty that was here now I was thinking about the piles of shiny trinkets I'd accumulated. I had begun the journey of digging out.

Fantastic piece on decluttering. For that alone, this is worth a read. But there is one part that sparked my interest even more:

I didn't need the glasses or the silver, those things that represented who I thought I would become but never did, and I didn't need the dolls, which represented who I had been and no longer was. The typewriter, on the other hand, represented both the person I had wanted to be and the person I am. Finding the typewriter was like finding the axe I'd used to chop the wood to build the house I lived in. It had been my essential tool. After all it had given me, didn't it deserve something better than to sit on a shelf?

Typewriters. What a coincidence. These last few days I've been getting deep into a rabbit hole and perusing eBay, local websites for classifieds, Facebook Marketplace, Etsy. All in search of functioning typewriters that I might be able to fix myself if anything were broken.

I never fixed one. I have no clue how to fix one. I found a few guides, but my knowledge is limited to what I read online. I still have three coming by the end of the month.

I used to own one as a child, and according to my mother, used it to write stories. Now I will own one again.

In today's episode, I explain why I skipped one and what the pandemic has to do with that, and how I plan to counteract the blues.

I am out of ideas. Ideas are my light. They are my motivational force. They are what makes me sit down and type and talk and shoot and draw and breathe. But they have left me, alone, in the dark. Ideas are like plants. And plants need to be nurtured. They need water and sun, but also healthy soil, …

Its thin form-factor should blend right in to most bookshelves, and that’s no accident. In a press release announcing the speaker, the company says its design was “inspired by the compact form factor of a book” with side panels that wrap around like a cover, and a logo on the front that’s meant to evoke a title printed on the spine.

This thing looks great. I can mentally imagine where it would stand on my bookshelf. I see what book would surround it, obviously my prettiest ones.

But 600 eurodollars for the black unit; 750 for the golden one. That's a shit ton of books you could buy instead. And I bet most of us wouldn't even hear a sound difference between this and a random Sonos or AirPlay Mini.