Weekly Round Up 24 April 2022

What I'm reading, listening to and watching this week. Featuring Equal Rites (Terry Pratchett), Balaji Srinivasan and Elon Musk.

In a format totally lifted from Tim Ferriss:

What I'm Reading:
* Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett - full notes here

* Tune In by Mark Lewisohn - first mentioned here

Who I'm Listening To:
Podcasts
* Balaji Srinivasan  on the Tim Ferriss Show (Ep. #506)

Balaji Srinivasan is an angel investor and entrepreneur; formally the CTO of Coinbase, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he was also the co-founder of Earn.com (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center.

My friend Tim Haughton first recommended me an episode with Balaji Srinivasan several months ago (the other one is Ep. #547) and since Tim Ferriss and Balaji Srinivasan rocket through a huge range of topics, I find myself revisiting these episodes a lot. This particular episode covers the future of Bitcoin and Ethereum, how the international wealth landscape is changing (moving away from California, maybe, to states that seem friendlier to business - and other global shifts), and how - in a world where remote working has been embraced on a scale that hasn't been seen before (though, let's see how long this one lasts) - talent can be location agnostic.

There's also an interesting discussion on independence (social, cultural and financial) and how it ties in with 'being canceled'. One interesting thing that Srinivasan points out is that being canceled is as old as time, though a lot of rhetoric about it ties it with 'modern social media'. It has come in several forms throughout the years; think of being spied on by your neighbors during the Cultural Revolution in China. That still exists to some extent, of course, as well as how it can currently happen via news outlets (which is an interesting angle) and social media.

Srinivasan also makes an argument for moving back/towards pseudonyms ('search-resistant identities') -> though, of course, in recent years we've seen a move towards 'real identities' on some parts of the internet (Facebook, Instagram even Twitter (which is interesting as you consider its role in being the Internet's soapbox and how free speech plays a part / why Elon Musk has offered to take it public), and pseudonyms on others (Reddit, 4Chan). I wonder if there will be a split in the future between the 'pseudonymous' internet and the 'real identities' internet, and who will inhibit each part, and why.

Music
* Live at Blues Alley (1996) - Eva Cassidy. This is a wonderful record to listen to on a slow Sunday morning, and a rare gem.  

* Rarities - the 1978 British Beatles Compilation. It was conceived to include lesser-known songs not included in any of their albums (and therefore includes some of their German recordings). It's another great and up-beat record to put on in the morning.

* Let It Be (1969/1970) - the Beatles

What I'm Watching:
* Two great recent TED talks from Elon Musk: Elon Musk: A future worth getting excited about and Elon Musk talks Twitter, Tesla and how his brain works — live at TED2022

What I've Been Thinking About:
* How to keep from wasting brainpower on things I don't really want to waste brainpower on (e.g. things that make me irrationally annoyed or angry but don't really matter in the grand scheme of things), as well as how to better internalize putting a dollar value on my time and my aspirational hourly rate (Naval Ravikant).


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