Weekly Review #100: A Shift From Thoughts to Essays

We’ve reached Weekly Review #100! Woohoo! Thank you for sticking with me.

I timed the release of my book The Habitual Hustler to coincide with this monumental date because I feel this is the best time to alter the nature of this blog.

So far, this is been where I think aloud. The blog allowed me to share the things I’ve found and wondered that I think are valuable to others, and it has done that beautifully.  It’s me thinking out loud – not professional, not perfect, but it gets the idea across.

This was a great strategy in order to keep me on deadline and keep me writing. I’d recommend weekly posting to any new writer who wants to make a name for themselves – it keeps you honest.

However, now that I’m writer with a paid piece of content to my name, I’ve decided to shift this blog to better match the presences of those I admire on the Internet. That means two things:

Longer Essays, Less Often

The best blog posts are longform, both in terms of content, lifespan, and virality. Big well-researched posts like that cannot be churned out as a side job every week, and so from here on out you won’t see a post from me each and every week.

Instead, I will continue to write regularly, and post here when I do. But it won’t be on a fixed schedule – maybe every two weeks, maybe longer. Rest assured a restless mind like mine won’t be able to keep my thoughts to myself – now I will simply marinate on them a bit longer and share with more background.

I’ve also noticed that nobody follows blogs anymore – either they trust the writer enough to receive their emails or they don’t read, perhaps only an errant post that crosses their social media feeds every now and then. There’s only two audiences – your email list, and anyone they share to.

This model fits in with the less often posting – I’ll email them to you first! So make sure to sign up below if you want to continue reading my work – you won’t catch them here on the blog until later. Plus, you want to sign up because….

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Weekly Reviews will continue as scheduled, but only on email. You won’t see them on this blog anymore. Instead, the weekly goodies will be distributed solely to the email list. That way, you’ll still get good stuff from me regularly, and you won’t forget who I am.

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Weekly Review #99: Secular Sunday service, virtual 9/11, and the mermaid economy

I attended the Transformative Technology Conference this weekend, full of quantified mindfulness and people-mimicking AI startups. Very interesting group of people! One company had a backpack that would shake your spine with the bass of music, and another had something you attached to your head and could apparently make your brain vibrate in a calm or excitatory way. My favorite was the guy trying to reverse engineer enlightenment using brain feedback – stick ‘enlightened’ people in an MRI, then play a game of hot and cold with the normals, to get them closer to the sample size. Clever!

I also attended Sunday’s Finest, a church service for the nonreligious. I love the idea, but there’s only so many gimmicks you can pull out of a normal service – gospel pop songs, spontaneous healings, and acrobatics are fun, but it becomes a cheap Cirque Du Soleil. Just like any event, its really all about community, and that’s hard to hack!

Tech

The 10 unscalable tactics Quibb used to build community – scarcity and feedback are king!

What Ben Franklin can teach you about Business Development – quite a lot, actually. Speaking of which, never negotiate piecemeal – do it all at once.

Lifehacks

Dann Berg shares how he built and launched an app with little coding experience.

Fun

China’s second generation millionaires are despised by everyone, but lack meaning in their life. What’s left for them?

New VR game lets you experience 9/11 from inside of a Twin Tower. Eerie….

Thousands of Americans are full time mermaids. No joke. Hear from them.

Carve your pumpkin in style with Emoji templates!

Weekly Review #98: Secret Uber Parties, Third World FB Growth, and Playa Sandwiches

TechCrunch Disrupt was this week, but my experience wasn’t nearly as impressive as its reputation would indicate. It sounds like it’s getting more noise and less signal every year, which is a problem every event has, but it’s too bad.

The only startups worth mentioning that I saw were UrbE (tiny electric bicycle that goes 20 mph), PIF (pay it forward model of introductions, trade intros for intros), and Snapshirt (make all over print shirts with a simple picture).

 

Two other events of note – I attended a free secret Uber party on Thursday with top DJ Arty, by swiping the call options over to the limited edition ‘Party’ option and going to a secret location. Clever partnership!

I also dropped by the infamous Folsom Street Fair, a completely NSFW leather fetish event in the middle of SF. It was a little overwhelming and I didn’t stay long, but I did see a guy paint a (admittedly talented) portrait of JFK using only his paint-dipped penis, no hands involved. Impressive?

Tech

Facebook’s growth strategy isn’t novel – it’s Dave McClure’s startup metrics for pirates repurposed, along with a few extra helping hands for developing countries. Nevertheless, it’s a good rundown of evergreen growth tactics

Comparison of SEO link building tools is a comprehensive look at the art.

Lifehacks

HuffPo article on habits of entrepreneurs rings some bells to me, given mywork on the Habitual Hustler. Planning, reflection, blurring of work and play, and working for a higher purpose are all spot on.

Fun

Quiznos ad spoofing Burning Man in the style of the Maze Runner nails every single joke. Hilarious, and all for sandwiches. Meanwhile, Rinse and Repeat is “a male shower simulation game” that somehow isn’t entirely NSFW (spoiler – you rub his back and that’s it)

Weekly Review #97: Defying ‘Zucky’, hacked Tinder love, and pop-up Grindr

Tech

Chinese startup Chummy got in trouble for having its Facebook employee users show unauthorized guests around the office. The CEO is unfazed, and has some defiant words for ‘Zucky’.

Nootrobox is a nootropics (cognitive enhancers) subscription service that makes biohacking easy for everyone!

Salesforce hired a cruise ship for their Dreamforce conference because San Francisco doesn’t have enough hotel rooms in the whole city….

Lifehacks

My friend Simone has a series of one sentence summaries for many good minfulness books he has read on his travels.

This SF guy hacked Tinder to autolike LA girls, and then asked one on a two week trip to Israel. Somehow it worked and they fell in love…

Fun

I swung by the Come Out and Play Festival this weekend, which is all about creative real life interaction. Definitely up my alley! Many of the games seems like they were thought up in less than ten minutes, however, I was intrigued by the projector they had set up that allowed you to go to a certain website on your phone and use it as a controller for a 20 person Joust like game. Now that’s social local multiplayer – walk right up!

This guy had a surprising Grindr experiencer, and made a pop up book all about it. Definitely NSFW, but somehow endearing.

Weekly Review #96: Arbitraging your family, Ghost DJs, and Trump saying China

I met a hustler friend this week who employs his collegiate cousins at market rate (10$ an hour) as his own personal assistants, doing whatever drudge sales/marketing work he doesn’t want to. They get paid more than minimum wage to do things that are actually interesting, while he gets onshore talent. Likewise, he has his dad doing all the accounting stuff he doesn’t care about. Why not arbitrage your family?

Tech

This guy watched every video in How To Start a Startup in one day  – here’s the notes.

Snips founder notes that good technology does not complicate our lives with push notifications and the like, but is invisible. Artificial intelligence is the best delivery of that – instead of pinging us at certain times, it can know what is the relevant action – and do it.

AnyoneInc lets you interview anyone in the world from your smartphone in a few taps. Interesting to see how this gets used for podcasting.

Lifehacks

Gretchen Rubin sketches the ‘Arrival Fallacy’ – idea that you will be happy ‘as soon as x condition is fulfilled’. Instead, be happy where you are – there’s nowhere to arrive to.

Pasquale Rotella was a dirty LA kid throwing warehouse raves in the 90s – now he’s married to a Playmate and runs the biggest EDM concert promoter in the world. Here’s a look at his rise to power. Also, the Secret Life of an EDM Ghost Producer is an interesting read – many of the biggest DJs farm out their work.

 

Fun

3 minutes of Donald Trump saying nothing but China – you’re welcome.