Back from my first trip since the pandemic began, and feeling as though I certainly caught something on my way back. Since it has been a pretty empty week because of my trip, I won’t dally too much on this intro. Let’s get straight into the good stuff.
🔨What I’ve Been Making
New writing: Two new blog posts, and one new story! For the blog, we have a post about the pros and cons of external mentors as well as my favorites for 2021. On the fictional side, we now have the first story up for the upcoming collection These Little Things. You can find it on the stories page.
New video/audio: This is technically a spoiler for Monday’s blog post, but the State of the Union 2022 is now out! In the world of the podcast, we now have an episode up on Punishment and Forgiveness.
Other projects: I’ve been doing a few chill live streams on my Twitch account where I go over my past Youtube videos. You can check out the VODs for the previous streams or follow the account to get an update when I stream next.
📚What I’ve Been Reading
Runs in the Family - I’ve found that sports journalism is a great place to find just plain good stories. No gimmicks, no insights, just real narratives of the crazy things that happen to real people. This one, while certainly crazy, is an overall feel-good story which I think is a good touch for the world’s current predicament.
4 Rules for Intuitive UX - Some examples of good and bad UX, which honestly is something we all need to learn more about.
Five Ways to Build a $100 Million Business - Remember 1,000 True Fans? This post goes more in-depth on how the economics of such a thing works in the first place. It’s common sense, but not the type that comes easily to your head.
GitLab’s Pricing Model - Continuing off the previous post, GitLab’s pricing model is a good example of talking about pricing and economics more generally.
The Field of Longevity Biotech is a Mess - Those of you who got on this newsletter train early know that last year I worked on a project called Shanah, which was a piece of software dedicated to helping people create better daily habits that improve their longevity. While researching for Shanah, I found that a lot of the current longevity biotech knowledge is… sketchy. Like, “going down a dirty side road outside of Las Vegas and seeing a sleazy law firm billboard outside an overpass covered in trash” sketchy. That’s not to say all the knowledge and research going into it is illegitimate, just that I can back up this guy’s points.