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Weekly Review #51: Morning club parties, Russian wakeup calls, and peeing in the sink

I went to a Daybreaker event on Halloween, a new fad started in NYC where you wake up early and go dance for 2 hours before your work starts at 9 am. No alcohol is served – just kombucha and a fruity breakfast. It was a novel take on an environment that usually leaves me hungover and wanting to go to bed – instead, I faced the day energized and happy. Plus there’s no surge pricing on Uber at 9:30 am, which is a big plus!

Wakie is a novel startup that gets total strangers to call you as your wakeup call – I understand there’s lots of drunken Russians ready to help you out on there.

James Altucher’s 22 rules of writing has some gems, mainly ‘somebody dies in the first line’ (start with a hook), ‘people read in an F – the first line then the headers of paragraphs’, and ‘life is cold – keep readers warm through the intimacy of a story’

Ryan Holiday’s guide to marketing a bestseller is yet another comprehensive take on what he does best – takeaway for me on this one is that ‘an author should measure his success based off of the assets they accumulate, not the copies sold.’

WPCurve shares 5 startups whose income reports are entirely transparent: Entrepreneur On Fire, Baremetrics, Empire Flippers, Buffer, and Groove. Proof positive that being transparent can be a good thing.

Christina Cacioppio is a woman to watch – she used to work in venture capital until she realized the future belongs to those who code so dropped everything to do exactly that. Great wishlist of what she’s reading here, plus she built Join-Startups.com, which aggregates many tech jobs all in one place quite neatly.

James Clear with two solid points: email is where keystrokes go to die (your hands only have so many movements in them before carpal tunnel; do you want to spend them on an email for one person or on blog posts that reach hundreds?), and an introduction to Sisu, a Finnish concept that is an extreme version of what we Americans call grit and is more important than IQ.

Soylent founder Rob Rhinehart’s quest to use less than 4 liters of water in one day leads to drastic steps, like peeing in the sink and using microbial sprays instead of showers. Sounds like Rob Greenfield, who similarly lives off little water, like the time he drank only from leaky faucets during a heat wave.

Lastly, there’s a helpful aggregation of website that will pay you for personal essays, and if you’re bored on the internet, Vsauce’s big list of things to do online has the potential to waste hours.