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


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.