lists
☆: Wednesday, July 4, 2018. ∆: Sunday, December 1, 2019. Belief: n/a.

This is my list collection. All sorts of lists are here.

books

These are some of the books I’ve read. Some are notable, and some I have reservations about.

magic text

  • A. P. ✨
  • R. P. ✨
  • A. H. ✨
  • S. F. ✨
  • A. T. ✨
  • R. M.
  • D. M.
  • B. D.
  • S. W.
  • H. F.
  • C. Q.
  • I. G.
  • C. T.

people

My biggest influences are other people. These are the people I look up to, am inspired to be like, want to meet, or just find really inspirational, and/or awesome6. This is not a sorted list.

long videos

A good percentage of media I consume is longform, particularly talks or long videos. This is my “permanent collection” of longform talks from good people. For the purposes of simplicity, I try to collect videos by title, not by person, and I try to use the original title when appropriate. Some videos are re-uploads, which complicates this process.

podcasts

I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts, which are great for education and entertainment, particularly while walking outdoors. These are the podcasts that I actively recommend and listen to. I don’t put many podcasts on this list, though I’ve listened to and have added many more. Many of the people on the people list have interviews on specific podcasts which are good, but I typically don’t continue listening after the selected episode about them.

  • Cortex with CGP Grey and Myke Hurley. Productivity (personal and professional) focused podcast.
  • ATP with Marco Arment, John Siracusa, and Casey Liss. An “Accidental Tech Podcast” primarily focused on Apple and its ecosystem. I’ve learned a lot from this podcast (especially in the early episode).
  • Rationally Speaking is hosted by Julia Galef. Easily one of the best podcasts for long term consumption with rational discussion.
  • Do By Friday is a production with Max Temkin, Merlin Mann, and Alex Cox. It’s just its own thing, really. You have to try it to know if you’ll like it.

supported projects & people

I think it’s important to convey just how important I find some works. These are the projects & people that I financially back through some means that isn’t a product. I support these people by giving them money directly with no expectation of reward. If they’ve already been linked to, they won’t be linked to again.


  1. Consider reading Alexey Guzey’s post, Matthew Walker’s “Why We Sleep” Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors instead of this book, and just sleep more if you feel tired during the day. I do think the book is valuable as a wake up call if you don’t already sleep enough, and you need something to kick you over the edge. If you’re constantly falling asleep at work, feeling tired, or feel dead inside each day, try sleeping. You should just set a constant bedtime, turn the lights off, turn on night shift or flux, and attempt to fall asleep naturally. Don’t bother with sleep tracking, attempting to hit a target number of hours, or anything else. A good measure is this: if you’re able to wake up without an alarm and you’re awake in time to go to work or start your day, you’re doing it right. You should feel mostly refreshed at this point, even if you’re a night owl. If you constantly wish you could sleep in more, that’s a sign you aren’t getting enough sleep. [return]
  2. Not a lot of content in this airport sold book. [return]
  3. I greatly prefer the UK title — Northern Lights — over The Golden Compass. While the latter matches the naming convention for the rest of the trilogy, Northern Lights is a much more alluring title to me. I would have read the book much earlier had I known its original title. [return]
  4. His Dark Materials is the single best “fantasty” fiction book series I’ve ever read. I really regret not reading it earlier, as it asks a lot of questions about religion and belief that I found hard to grapple with when I was younger. Lyra & Will are likely to stick with me in a much more permanent way than anyone in Harry Potter did. [return]
  5. Offers a lot of insight and ideas, but runs somewhat contrary to my idea of constantly exploring new technology and taking risks with it. [return]
  6. Because it can get awkward fast, I try not to list personal acquaintances, friends, family, etc., here. This is for their privacy as well as mine. [return]
  7. British person, British spelling. [return]