Newsletter: September 2018
In the coming editions of this Interesting Things Newsletter, I'll continue with the short format.
The danger of writing only short summaries of points and facts is that the information doesn't really stick (at least for myself). Unfortunately, I have to learn something slow, or else I forget about it. That is why skimming a book or reading a resume doesn't work well. We need to be told the same thing multiples times with different examples and stories before it sticks. Therefore, I'm going to try and entice you to click on the links instead of reading my summarized points :-).
To a great month of September,
What’s interesting in September:
Trigger Warnings Might Actually Be Harmful
Trigger warnings have made their way into American universities. However, instead of being an act of consideration, in reality, they have the opposite effect.
Beautiful Small Apartment
Cool short video of how to make a small living space attractive and functional.
I absolutely loved this animated sci-fi series. If you liked Rick and Morty, you will like this one too. Find it on Netflix and be ready to binge-watch the whole thing in a few days - oh and also fuck KVN!
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EHbt_kSkG8 (3mins)
How Cryptocurrency Works
I have spent the last few months trying to understand bitcoin and blockchain technology. This video (30min) did a great job explaining how it works. For more information about why I think it’s not a good investment, check out this article. (10min).
Zen Kōans - How to Break Your Brain
An excellent short video that will give you a look into the mysterious world of Zen Buddhism. I have been reading a book about Zen Buddhism (which will be featured next month), and I can only read a few pages a day because it's so difficult for my brain to understand these concepts.
A Great Street Musician
Usually, I'm not the biggest fan of street performers, but if I ever met this woman, I would for sure stop and listen.
Month of September book recommendations:
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl endured years of unspeakable horror in the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz. In his book, he writes about his experiences and what set the survivors apart from the millions that didn't make it. It's a heartbreaking and moving story that reminds you of some of the horrors humans are capable of as well as the incredible stamina and resolve we possess. Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.” - Nietzsche
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to
choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” -
Viktor E. Frankl
This is a well-written book by one of the world's leading researchers on longevity (living longer and healthier). It's easy to understand and goes over the most current strategies on how to add 20 healthy good years to your life. Especially his work on periodic fasting, which has fascinating implications on everything from brain health, body weight to cancer protection and diabetes remission.
All the best,