consumed content week ending 05-01-20

Summary

The Knowledge Project once again was my primary listening rotation. I can’t emphasize enough the benefit in hearing successful, influential people describe how they think about everything.

Otherwise, work obligations command most of my mental cycles. I’m working on some ideas for some technical articles that I’m aiming to publish in the next month or so. There’s an excellent ecosystem of free content, and I feel like I owe something back for what I have eagerly taken.

Hopefully everyone is continuing to stay healthy and safe. Enjoy your weekend.

Podcasts

  • Daniel Kahneman: Putting Your Intuition on Ice The Knowledge Project Ep. #68 - Daniel Kahneman is one of the most influential and well-known behavioral psychologists. This was a great(if brief) conversation to listen around his views on intuition and cognitive biases. I particularly enjoyed his description of negotiation.
  • Stephen Schwarzman: What It Takes The Knowledge Project Ep. #69 - Stephen Schawrzman is the CEO of Blackstone Group, a successful, high-profile PE(private equity) firm. He speaks candidly about his past failures, and what he learned from them. His discussion around failure being a result of a bad process, rather than the failure of an individual struck a chord for me. Working as an operations engineer for Amazon, I learned the operational value of correlating a mistake with how a larger organizational culture or process had failed, not the shortcomings of any individual. Blame is a zero-sum game that results in no net improvements for your group.
  • Josh Wolf: Inventing The Future The Knowledge Project Ep. #50 - Josh Wolfe is a VC investor, focusing primarily on scientific tech. The common theme I see amongst successful investors is that they: have a zealous desire to improve their own personal knowledge, and place heavy value on entrepreneurs who can “see” the future. I’m also impressed how little sleep these folks can function on.

Articles/Blogs

  • The 3 kinds of non-fiction books - Lays out a classification system for the types of non-fiction books, and a potential system for “speeding” up your reading time. I still feel like a good book needs to be read end-to-end multiple times to truly glean value from it, but I can see the value in skimming books that might be more sparsely populated with good or interesting ideas.
  • Literate DevOps - I’d actually read this article several months ago, on one of my first failed attempts to integrate Emacs into my daily development workflow. Revisiting it again with the added context of being a more experienced user helped me contextualize some of the ideas here. The idea of “literate programming” was originally created by Donald Knuth. The concept of integrating documentation and code is especially powerful when you also integrate blogging/publishing into the same workflow.
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