15 November 2020
Welcome to the second edition! My article about being prolific, which is linked below, went a bit viral when I shared it a few weeks ago. Hello to all the new subscribers that found me via that article!
I shared the article on Hacker News and it hit the number one spot. That led to over 15,000+ website visitors, about 50 newsletter subscribers and a similar number of new Twitter followers.
I also received several emails and Twitter DMs from people reaching out to let me know that the article had resonated with them.
Most surprising to me was the two emails asking for permission to translate the article. There is now a Portuguese and an Arabic translation, which I’ve linked to from the original.
The same day that the article was doing well I also got some sad family news. So ironically I haven’t been anywhere near as prolific as I’d have liked this past month. Despite authoring an article imploring others to be prolific.
Things I’ve written
Be prolific — Short article about the benefits of putting quantity ahead of quality.
Book notes: A Guide to the Good Life — The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy.
Books I’m reading
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson — Detailed yet approachable biography of Albert Einstein. Gives some context to his life as well as the theories that made him famous.
Money by Rob Moore — Lots of background about what money is, and what it isn’t. Also digs into some of the money beliefs that we might have inherited from society or our parents and how they might be harming us.
Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith — I’ve had this book for about a year but haven’t got around to reading it. But this past week I’ve heard two separate recommendations for it, so I’ve moved it to the top of my read-next pile.
Videos I’ve made
Lockdown 2.0 thoughts — A short vlog about shooting vlogs on the iPhone selfie camera and how the latest UK lockdown isn’t the same as the first one.
Tech I’m excited about
Raspberry Pi 400 — Back in the early 90s my family had a Commodore 64. It had already been around for about 10 years at that point, so wasn’t exactly cutting edge. I was always amazed that the whole computer fitted in the keyboard. Now this idea is back. The Raspberry Pi foundation have put a computer in a keyboard once again. There’s also an in-depth article about how it was designed.
Apple’s new M1 chip — This is the first chip that Apple have made that’s specifically designed for the Mac. It promises to bring better performance and better battery life to future Macs using this chip. The benchmarks are starting to appear and they’re impressive.
Quine Relay — “a Ruby program that generates Rust program that generates Scala program that generates …(through 128 languages in total)… REXX program that generates the original Ruby code again.” The source code for this is equal parts impressive and intimidating.
That’s all folks!
If you have any feedback I’d love to hear it! You can either reply to this email directly, or send me a DM on Twitter.