My Viking Article Previewed, Sorting by Controversial, The Big Shorts, and More

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This week was eventful in terms of content. The failing economy alone warrants lots of reading, both for fear and curiosity. Add in Kendrick, a major update to my favorite app, and the opening of my article archive and it spirals out of control quickly.

Before we dive in, I want to give a quick preview to an article I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. It’s about Vikings, Donald Trump, Meta, Investing and History. Here’s the first paragraph so far:

I’m a nerdy dude who lives in a 3 bedroom in LA and types on a keyboard all day. Thus I’m obsessed with Viking shows. And why wouldn’t I be?

The closest I get to to a Viking battle is when my dog invades my office at the end of the work day. He arrives at 4:50 PM to trample on my keyboard and attack my face with his tongue. It’s cute as hell, and usually leads to an early end to the day.

Why, if I have such a cushy non Viking life, do I love watching bearded people duke it out?

  1. Matter II — My favorite reading app just got better. Their reveal of Matter II is both an exciting product launch and a thoughtful reflection on the state of reading today.
  2. Office perks helped companies. Remote benefits help people. —xmtp_labs is rethinking benefits from first principles for the remote world. Companies should be taking notes.
  3. Multicoin Capital: The Outsiders — Wow. This article covers everything. A fascinating story that weaves in crypto, hedge funds, and Black Swans.
  4. [TW: violent imagery] The Tragic Love Story Of Christy Mack and MMA Fighter War Machine — The story hit extra hard as Christy Mack is from 45 minutes away from my home town. An absolutely crushing read — but an important one.
  5. Sort by Controversial — A strange and hardly believable story about AI from Slate Star Codex, one of my favorite blogs out there. Discovered it on a recommendation from Tim Ferriss.
  6. The Big Short by Michael Lewis — A gripping story about the Great Recession that feels extra relevant today.
  7. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar — One of the first “real” albums I’ve heard in the last few years. Gorgeous sound abounds top to bottom. My favorites so far are Father Time and Mother I Sober.