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July 7 · Issue #1 · View online
I’ve wrestled SO hard with the idea of starting a newsletter, literally for the past two years.
My own inbox is full of weekly roundups, unsolicited content lists and more. So why should I further contribute to people’s inbox-overload?
Well, after some head-scratching, I realised I may actually have something to say. And things to share with those who are like-minded:
  • You love going deep on new & interesting topics
  • You feel a constant excitement for potential in the new, cutting-edge
  • You hate being constrained to a single category (variety FTW)
  • You’re fed up with the noise and sheer volume of dull content across the web. Ain’t no-one got time for that.
More to come on the above, but I’ll save that for another week. For now, here are the things I’ve really enjoyed this week.
Have an awesome weekend,

I've been shooting with a a medium-format film camera. I'm planning to write about the craft and the process soon... stay tuned for more!
💭 Things I've been thinking about
Sorry, this is kind of hardcore tech-focused. (see the tweetstorm from Naval below). I’ve been going further down the rabbit hole of understanding blockchains, tokens and how they can actually change our future. The first question most people ask on the topic is “That’s great but what practical use do they actually have?” – My aim is to be able to answer this, in a way that my mother can understand.
📖 Articles
My quality bar for sharing things here is ridiculously high. Of course I could just pick a few things from my Feedly, but that’s not what this is about.
The Rise of the Thought Leader | New Republic
“While public intellectuals traffic in complexity and criticism, thought leaders burst with the evangelist’s desire to ‘change the world.’”
From Russia With Blood: 14 Suspected Hits On British Soil That The Government Ignored
Holy crap, I saw the length of this article and NEARLY did that knee-jerk reaction of saving it to Pocket for later (never?!), but something really sucked me in, and kept me reading to the end. Highly recommended read, amazing investigative journalism from the company who also brought you 8 sex questions you’ll only talk about with your best friend 🤔
How To Become A Great Interviewer (Part 1) – David Noël – Medium
I’ve been reading a lot about strategies for interviewing. I think the skill of asking great questions and effectively interviewing people carries over to a far wider set of applications than you’d think. This selection of advice, compiled by David Noël (ex-Soundcloud) is really nice.
Naval Ravikant’s inspiring Blockchain tweetstorm – Ed Shelley – Medium
I wrote this tweetstorm up on Medium, mainly because the original thing is so damn hard to read in its native environment.
▶️ Videos
Tim Ferriss: Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | TED Talk | TED.com
Big follower of Tim and his never-ending journey. This is his new TED talk, hot off the stage, and it hits hard. This strategy for directly confronting fears (rather than a goal-oriented approach) is one I’ll be trying to implement moving forwards.
How to Remain Calm With People - YouTube
I recently discovered the School Of Life, and attended a brilliant talk with modern philosopher Alain de Botton. I’m sure this won’t be the last content I recommend from the organisation - it’s refreshingly straightforward, entertaining and really hits home.
🎙 Podcasts
I love podcasts. More on this in future issues! For now, here are my favorites of the week:
Invisibilia : NPR
The new season of NPR’s Invisibilia. Incredibly good. They’ve gone for this “concept album” approach with the first few episodes, journeying through topics like Emotions and Reality. Emotions part 1 will suck you in.
Whole Foods Market: John Mackey : NPR One
How I Built This: John Mackey of Whole Foods. I listened to this episode before Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods went public, but it seems even more relevant today, if you want to really understand the founding philosophy of the company and John himself.
💬 Final word
Hey, look at you - you made it to the end, and so did I. If you like the things I included this week, let me know! You know how to contact me. 
See y'all next week 👋
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