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Kill Idle Time

Kill Idle Time A friend starting his new job got a laptop and two monitors for home office. They were not new. The laptop was old, worn, and the worst: it was slow. In 2021 working with no SSD is like hiking with a child. Sometimes you have to wait for no-matter-what and make a...

Two kinds of people

On my bike way to the city is a steep decline of about 50m in elevation that needs to be passed. The path down is narrow, and a sign on the top urges bicyclists to dismount their bikes and walk. I, however, always enjoy driving down with speed. It‘s 10 seconds driving down with fun...

When computers start cooking

A friend of mine and I created an AI that writes recipes. We trained a hugging-face transformer on our own scraped dataset of german recipes. And after some fiddling it create sensible output. And now I thought it would be fun translating the german recipes into English by another AI. You can find the source...

My Stoicism Collection

My small summary of stoic thinking and philosophy. Lower your expectations and manage your perceptions Everyone wears tinted glasses of expectations which alter how the world is perceived and interpreted. The lower your expectations, the happier you are. Most things are just relative. So take your easily-disappointed, high-expectation glasses off and pop the always-grateful, low-expectation...

The Ratio Of Income And Expenses

All about money?! How much should you save? How much do you want to make? How much should you spend? Well, it all depends on what you want to “DO” in your life or if you want to “DO” something at all. What would you like to do if you would get your current salary,...

The Five Most Important Questions

by Peter Drucker buy on amazon1 Valuable advice on how to focus your organization to reach success. 1. What Is Your Mission? “The effective mission statement is short and sharply focused. It should fit on a T-shirt. The mission says why you do what you do, not the means by which you do it.” 2....

The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho buy on amazon1 A lovely story of a boy, exploring the world and learning about life. Specked with a lot of wisdom, that should be way more common. The following are quotes from the book: Intense, unexpected suffering passes more quickly than suffering that is apparently bearable; the latter goes on for...

Mastery

by Robert Greene buy on amazon1 Find a niche that is not crowded Choose your field of interest. Ho into a side/narrow field you like -> unoccupied narrow niche = your unique field First master one field of interest. Then a second one, combine them to make novel connections and create a new field Then...

Billon Dollar Lessons

by Paul B. Carrol, Chunka Mui buy on amazon1 Well written book, easy to read/listen to and learn about big failures of extremely large companies that killed them. Lessons to be learned from failed companies The root of the failures: Illusions of Synergy, oversee the clashes of culture, skills, and priorities of the integrated company...

My Quote Collection

This page lists my favorite quotes. They are categorized, but listed in no particular order. Not all quotes include its author or source. If you want to find the author just paste the quote into google search. I enjoy reading these sentences from time to time. You always get reminded of something that you can...

The Irrationality Of Risk

2020 was risky. COVID-19 posed a threat for many, not only to fall sick and threaten your health but also to destroy you economically. However, not all people did respond rationally. I think that how to take calculated risk is one of the most important skills to learn. But it seems that this skill is...

There is no Scoreboard of Life

We love to compare ourselves to others. We always think about what is better or worse, or in a fight who would win. And most of us try to actively compete for a higher ranking. The NY Times lists the most influential people every year and Forbes the most wealthy. However, the people listed there...

Is Now The Height Of Humanity

If we don’t act, now might be the height of humanity. 42 things to save the world. Our future, as we imagined it Being naive as a kid, I imagined a glorious future. Flying cars, cooperating civilizations on different planets, and everlasting peace. A bit like Star Wars, but without the wars. Now, a bit...

Extreme Ownership

by Jocko Willink buy on amazon1 Key Takeaway Be responsible for everyone under your command and all of your actions. It is your responsibility if people under your command underperform. Start problems by asking what YOU can do to fix them. OWN EVERYTHING YOU DO. NO BAD TEAMS, ONLY BAD LEADERS. PROVIDE AND ASK FOR...

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck

by Mark Manson buy on amazon1 The book is a mix of stoicism and advice on how to live. It is a really american self-help book so it might be a bit cringy to read. And most advice is well known, however the author summarizes them in a new language that is more directed to...

The Art Of War

by Sun Tzu buy on amazon1 This book very much focuses on how to lead your army into a battle. It is hard to read/listen to but quite interesting. Some insights translate to actions for modern life as well (even if you are not in the military). Only enter battles you know you can win....

Hooked

by Nir Eyal buy on amazon1 Habits form a large portion of our actions. Companies use a lot of psychology to make their products compelling and try to get you “hooked”. While the book talks about how to build habits (especially for people to use your product), the advice can be used for personal habit...

Outlier The Story Of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell buy on amazon1 Luck is often not accounted for What is the recipe for success? This book makes it clear that it takes far more luck to be in the right place at the right time with the right skills and the will to work much harder than the average. E.g. Bill...

Letters From A Self Made Merchant To His Son

by George Horace Lorimer buy on amazon1 Advice packed into a exchange of letters of a successfull father to his son. 1) It isn’t so much knowing a whole lot, as knowing a little and how to use it that counts. 2) Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard...

Talking to Humans

by Giff Constable https://www.talkingtohumans.com. buy on amazon1 It is better to challenge your risky assumptions right at the start. talk directly to your customers and partners, and observe their behavior; run experiments in which you put people trough experience and track what happens. „List out the riskiest hypotheses.“ „You need to understand your market. How...

The Richest Man In Babylon

by Walter Isaacson buy on amazon1 Basic: save as much money as you can (10%+ of income) Invest it in save investments that are proven by experts Let money work for you, invest all the time ——- Live upon less than you can earn Seek advice who are competent by their experience Let money work...