Books Read By is a catalogue in the service of a greater reading culture. Founded by Anonymous in 2020, the site explores the reading habits of inspiring people (founders, leaders, makers, and everyone in between). Each survey is an intimate look into the books that have shaped and changed them.

Wait, why am I not on this list? Hello?!

Jokes aside, great website. I prefer getting book-recommendations from people I know and/or trust. Unfortunately, where I live, I can't browse through bookshops since the selection is often lacking, especially as far as English books are concerned.

This is the next best thing to that.

"Introducing new chill-out arrangements of music from Square Enix’s popular game titles," reads the album's official description. "This album features a selection of classic tracks, mainly taken from Squaresoft’s 1980s releases, such as Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy Legend, Final Fantasy Legend II, Final Fantasy Legend III, and Final Fantasy Adventure."

This is fantastic. Link to the playlist.

I still vividly remember the time I purchased my first Apple computer. It was back in 2008 or 2009 when I was 17. A white slap of plastic-beauty.

Due to my decision to stop streaming, I'm sitting on a whole bunch of gear I won't need anymore. I'm planning to get rid of most of it.

Nintendo Co. plans to unveil a model of its Switch gaming console equipped with a bigger Samsung OLED display this year, hoping the larger touchscreen can prop up demand in time for the holidays, people familiar with the plan said.

Where can I preorder?

I am wrong. A lot. This is by design. I try to experiment in a lot of different areas to be "better ". Most of these things are not public. It's only later, after going through an endless cycle of failure, experimentation and learning, that I might put it out there.

But sometimes, these experiments are public. A recent one was.

Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Wordsworth, and Aristotle were all obsessive walkers, using the rhythm of walking to help them generate ideas. And while any form of exercise has been shown to activate the brain, walking is a proven creativity booster as well.

Another argument that speaks for Zoom-walks and walking in general.

Here is a little life-hack I came up with while talking to Florian on Twitter1 about using phones early in the morning.

I tend to check my phone after waking up to see if my girlfriend arrived save at work. She hates driving, and even though she's a good driver, I'd like to be sure all went well.

But iPhone in hand, I then check Twitter, Instagram, Hey, Twitter again, Safari, and Twitter once more. This annoys me, but unfortunately, willpower isn't strong enough to fight this.

So, I came up with an idea. Why not straight up block annoying apps with Downtime in the iOS-settings? All you have to do is set Downtime to a time-frame covering part of the morning until 9 am in my case. Then in the Always Allowed section, set apps that you might open early in the morning, e.g. my meditation-app, my writing-app, my banking-app.

I'll be testing this for a while.

Now to find an alarm clock that doesn't annoy me. Any recommendations?

  1. Twitter needs to rework its DM-feature. 

For the past couple of months, I have been using "Hey" without really using Hey. But now I'm using Hey. It's complicated!

Over on Twitter, I asked my followers if they knew a quicker way to resize an image than opening it up in Photoshop and exporting it.

eFrane delivered. This feature is even backed into the macOS-terminal. And probably Linux too!

All I had to do was to type this into the terminal: sips -Z 1200 picture.png

My mind has been blown!