Monthly Archives: May 2019

Email Newsletters I like

As someone who has never really gotten used to an algorithmic feed (not on Facebook or Instagram or Flipboard or Pocket; rarely on Twitter; never logged in to Google or Chrome), I’ve always liked my RSS feed of blogs and … Continue reading

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Amazon Pay credit card

If there is one reason I like using it, it’s the simplicity of its rewards program. The currency is Amazon Pay points; one point is one INR. You earn 5% on Amazon (Prime customer), 2% online and 1% offline (on … Continue reading

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“This is your brain on silence”

Turns out it’s not just the lack of noise that’s what’s beneficial about silence – silence actively improves areas of the brain. As it turned out, even though all the sounds had short-term neurological effects, not one of them had … Continue reading

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An example of great, no-clickbait journalism

This Financial Times headline and the lede: “Uber IPO woes stem from a lack of innovation” “Replacing Travis Kalanick as chief sapped the company’s relentless drive” And then the article begins: “When Uber hired Dara Khosrowshahi in 2017, the company … Continue reading

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“Can caffeine improve your exercise performance?”

Yes. Though not that much. How? “During waking hours, adenosine slows down brain activity and results in feelings of fatigue. When we have caffeine, the caffeine binds to the adenosine receptors and has the opposite effect of adenosine. It reduces … Continue reading

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Notes from 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Recently read Yuval Noah Harari’s book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (he is also the writer of Sapiens and Homo Deus). Part of it on the Kindle, part on audio. The essence of the book is that our models for making … Continue reading

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