In this episode of the podcast, we appreciate the shit out of stuff. Thanks go to rad reviews, Patreon patronage and awesome audience emails.
Also, thank you to the authority on alliteration, Stan Lee. You did this to me, Stan Lee. You.
- Tim Ferriss. He’s a guy. I’ve had my misgivings about him, but I think I exorcise them on this episode. (In brief: I was upset that he’s good at a game—business—that I don’t want anyone to play anymore.) I think I experienced this change of heart while listening to his episode with Derek Sivers. Your mileage may vary.
- Joe Rogan’s conversation with Eddie Huang about basic income is revisited.
- That crazy John Maynard Keynes quotation comes from his essay “Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren.”
- Is life getting better? Are we behaving more responsibly, humanely, kindly? Are our moral standards higher now than they’ve ever been? The intellectual juggernaut Steven Pinker argues that yes, those things. He makes the case in his Edge presentation, “A History of Violence,” and more extensively in his magnificent book The Better Angels of Our Nature.
- Justin Sandercoe is one of those guys I think we should invent a heaven for. He’s a funny, charming, super likable Tasmanian that has released over 750 free guitar lessons on his website and YouTube channel. Highly recommended.
- Sam Altman (and others) on Freakonomics, waxing basic income.
- Another plug for Aeon’s Housing First piece.
- A note on strength: I meant to mention this in the episode, since we talked a bit about strength training. I dicked around with weights a bit before finding StrongLifts, but I consider that program to be where I started training for real. It’s great, and it’s just there, on the internet, free for all. Also, since, as a weird hater/lurker, I have occasionally tried to find out what semi-famous fitness people (e.g. Tim Ferriss) lift, I feel it’s only right that I disclose my numbers. My best squat and deadlift were 408 and 410 pounds, respectively. My bench always lagged significantly behind; I think my best ever was 255. So there. There it is. Am I weak? Am I strong? Only G.O.D. (Gains-Oriented Diagnostic) can judge me.
- One last Tim Ferris mention. Zach said that Tim said something about a Sufi poem about finding yourself. It comes from this episode of his podcast. I looked but could not find such a poem on the internet. The closest thing I encountered was this poem by Rumi. If you know something about Sufi poetry and would like to set the record straight, please holla.