June18 Newsletter

Hey readers, 

Summer has arrived here in Europe, and that means that as a Dane I'm now 23% happier than I was in November. Maybe it’s the sun, warm weather and outdoor activities or maybe it’s just because I’m eating a lot more ice-cream. 

I have started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes and even though I’m getting beaten up by 13-year-olds that weight 20 kg less than me I’m having a blast. Sorry, Isa that you have to endure from me tons of whining about soreness and bruises. So far it seems like a fun way to exercise and be social, and if it continues to have a noticeable impact on my life, I’ll let you know. 

Happy month of June!

- Stinus

What’s interesting in May:


Did Google AI just pass the Turing test? 

At the Google keynote presentation 2018, Google Duplex was introduced. Google assistant is now upgraded from standard replies to real human interaction. People don't even realize they are talking to a robot! See the impressive demonstration here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USXoINPEhoA (10:07 min)

As an introvert, I hate talking on the phone more than I hate Joffrey Baratheon, so this would be oh so wonderful. However, it's important to take into account that the examples in the videos were prerecorded and that the Google assistant messed up many attempts.

This is not the first time Google has promised tech that will revolutionize the world and then totally fail to do so (hint Google glasses/Google+). None the less, really fucking cool.

my dog the paradox funny

Movie: Coco

I love comics, and I love dogs. That’s why the following webpage is one of my favorite things on the internet. If you ever had a dog in your life, I’m sure you can recognize a lot of the situations. If you haven’t, it’s probably still funny. 

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/dog_paradox (2 mins read)

This is America

This music video from Childish Gambino has been on the Youtube trending page for pretty much the entire last month. Personally, I’m allergic to most performance art, but I found this video captivating. No matter what your political views are, I’m sure you’ll find this entertaining in an eerie way. If you want to get fancy, look carefully at all of the stuff going on in the background, which has been discussed and analyzed a bunch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYOjWnS4cMY (4:04 min)

Month of June book recommendations:

1. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos - Jordan B. Person

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Psychologist Jordan Peterson answers that with 12 rules for a good life. 

The 12 rules were distilled from a Quora answer where someone asked: 

"What are the most valuable things everyone should know?”. 

Peterson wrote a list of 40 something points, which he based on his many years as a psychiatrist. 

In the book, my favorite rule was number 4 which states: 

"Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.” 

What a joy it is not to feel inadequate because I’m not Mark Zuckerberg. To allow myself to be content and happy with my life, progress, haves, and have-nots. 

Peterson tends to reference a lot of religious stories and symbolism that I’m not totally down with, but that is a small price to pay for these 12 beautiful rules that will improve your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

You can watch a very entertaining interview with Peterson here, that shows some of the most unsuccessful straw-manning I have ever seen (scary that it's from a mainstream media tv-channel). 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMcjxSThD54 (29:55 min)

purple cow book

2. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable - Seth Godin
You’re either a purple cow, or you’re not. Normal cows are meh. A purple cow though, now that is cool! In this short book, the brilliant marketer Seth Godin shows you what you have to do in business if you want your company to survive and thrive - Stand out. 

Traditional marketing is dying, and ads are losing effectiveness. What works are stories and word-of-mouth referrals. How do you create that? Be remarkable, so that people want to talk about you.

This book is a manifesto for marketers or anybody interested in starting their own business.

genghis khan front cover

3. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - Jack Weatherford 

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400 years. Just look at the map below. Crazy freaking Mongols!

 In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade and a blossoming of civilization. 

Even though Genghis Khan was a bloodthirsty conqueror, he also happened to be vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts. He abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom and smashed feudal systems.

This book tells you the story about the boy that was born in a tribal culture and how he ended up shaping and creating the modern world. Pick it up if you’re into history.

Bonus fact: 1 out of 200 people is descendants of fertile Genghis Khan.

All the best 

- Stinus

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