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Monday Musings

6/27/22 – The Great Flattening

6/20/22 – What’s Up with Austin?

6/13/22 – The Paradox of Abundance

6/6/22 — Celebrities, Girard, Ads

5/30/22 — The Craziest Hiring Decision I’ve Ever Made

5/23/22 — The City-Country Spectrum

5/16/22 — Imitate, then Innovate, Paris Whispers, Cultural Patterns

5/09/22 — Purpose, Ownership, Architecture

5/02/22 — Learn Like an Athlete

4/25/22 — The Pilot and the Photographer

4/18/22 — The Book You Need to Read

4/11/22 — Dollar Bills, Entrepreneurship, Speed, Golf

4/4/22 — The Wisdom of Taste

3/28/22 — Maslow, Religion, Nietzche, Blurry Images

3/21/22 — Status, Discipline, Community, Bars, Politics

3/14/22 —Notes, Batman, Apple, Bible

3/07/22 — Logic, Biographies, Art, Clear Writing

2/28/22 — Sushi, Taste, Compliments, Van Gogh

2/21/22 — LBJ, Psychology, Shuhari, Authority, Science

2/14/22 — Books, Thiel, Fear, Prisons, Austin

2/7/22 — Launch, Beauty, Business, Friendship, Poker

1/31/22 — Feynman, Girard, Quality, Profit

1/24/22 — Abundance, Paul Graham, The Beatles, Girard)

1/17/22 — Travel, Sketching, Ireland, London, Olympics

1/10/22 — Cults, Censorship, Bathrooms, Kendrick Lamar

1/03/22 — Stripe, Robinhood, Conspiracies, Annual Review

12/27/21 — 3x Speed, Golf, Twitter, Agency

12/20/21 — Secrets, Thiel, Abundance, Passion, School

12/13/21 — Steve Jobs, Paradoxes, Gifts, Consensus, Delegating

12/06/21 — Maps, Insanity, Debate, Founders, Montreal

11/29/21 — Disney, Prestige, Report Card, Teaching

11/15/21 — Philosophy, Publishing, Money, Montreal

11/08/21 — Dallas, Learning, Football, Beer, Cars

11/01/21 — Wine, Buffett, Hourglass, Audiobooks, Photography

10/25/21 — News, Serendipity, Statistics, Racing, Teachers

10/18/21 — Fear, Media, Truth, Status, Prestige

10/11/21 — Music, Metaverse, Hustlers, Poets, Post-It Notes

10/4/21 — Christianity, Meditation, Perfectionism, Aircraft Carriers

9/27/21 — Birthdays, Commitment, Learning, Classics

9/20/21 — Swimming, Excellence, Parenting, Fun, BBQ

9/13/21 — Growing Up, Schooling, Class Sizes, Jeff Bezos, Ambition

9/6/21 — The Stupid Test, School, Holland, Cities, Peter Thiel

8/30/21 — Oysters, Learning, Beer, Coffee, Music

8/23/21 — McDonalds, Football, Fish, Old Books

8/16/21 — Podcast, Comedians, Wright Brothers, Sherlock Holmes, James Clear

8/9/21 — Ideas, Arizona, Storytelling, Housel, Biographies

8/2/21 — Total Recall, Grants, Radical Roots

7/26/21 — McConaughey, Principles, Jokes, Comedy, Da Vinci

7/19/21 — Liberal Arts, David Lynch, Richard Feynman

7/12/21 — Teaching, Creativity, Fitness, and Free Will

7/5/21 — Mexico, Bezos, Popularity, Great Books

6/28/21 — Mexico, Cooking, Lions, Instinct

6/21/21 — Learning, Rugs, Mezcal, Note-Taking

6/14/21 — Mexico, Pixar, Languages, Storytelling

6/7/21 — Philosophy, Editing, Customs, Fashion, Entrepreneurship

5/31/21 — Books, Grace, Nature, Disabilities

5/24/21 — Write like a Painter, Open Book Tests, Genetic Fundamentalism

5/17/21 — Bertrand Russell, Laughter, Self-Driving Cars

5/10/21 — Age-Segmented Education, Beautiful Buildings, Library Literacy

5/3/21 — The Simpsons, Andre Agassi, Dragon Blood Trees

4/26/21 — Surprising Analogies, Netflix, Crypto Wealth

4/19/21 — Psychology Class, SAT Tests, How Bill Gates Thinks

4/12/21 — Hotel Bathroom Principle, William James, The Penny Gap

4/5/21 — Creative Intuition, Fractals, Urban Housing

3/29/21 — Entrepreneurship, REM Sleep, Greatness is Mundane

3/22/21 — Niche Fame, the Paradox of Management, Hallgrímskirkja

3/15/21 — Second-Order Effects of NFTs, Sabbaticals, The Uncanny Valley

3/8/21 — The Hall of Prisoners, Online Education, Deceptive Morality

3/1/21 — But & Therefore, Facebook’s Little Red Book, European Path Dependence

2/22/21 — How to Hedge your Writing, Langar, Kansas City Library

2/15/21 — The Thanksgiving Test, Physics Envy, Skating on Ice

2/8/21 — Secret First Gigs, Paradoxes, Intellectual Fashion

2/1/21 — Secret Societies, Logo Patterns, Texas Hitchhiking

1/25/21 — Pseudonymous Influencers, Art Deco, Schizophrenia

1/18/21 — Jerry Seinfeld, Einstein, Amazon’s Algorithm

1/11/21 — Specialization, Monday Musings Challenge, ​Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

1/04/21 — Immoral Work, Elon Musk, Banksy

12/28/20 — Seeing Through Water, Conversations, Cities in Snow

12/21/20 — Punctuation, Calvin & Hobbes, Gutenberg Parenthesis

12/14/20 — Clocks, Jeff Bezos, Cruise Ships

12/07/20 — Moon Migrations, Tattoos, Frederick Olmsted

11/30/20 — Pace Layers, Bounded Rationality, Dogs & Attractiveness

11/23/20 — Etymologies, Cassandra, The Course of Empire

11/16/20 — Customer Service, Hippie Aesthetic, Scale

11/09/20 — Tocqueville Effect, Thinkism, Dmitri Cavander

11/2/20 — Amish Tech, Goldsboro B-52 Crash, Mining

10/26/20 — Toyota, Rafaelle Monti, Elite Overproduction

10/19/20 — Chick-fil-A, Sola Scriptura, Ansel Adams

10/12/20 — Beyoncé, LeBron James, Edward Hopper

10/5/20 — Otium, Casey Neistat, Porcelain Factory

9/28/20 — Feynman, Women in Government, Second Constitution

9/21/20 — The Oculus, Plato, Tajima

9/14/20 — Zuihitsu, MLK, Monet

9/7/20 — Oliver Sacks, Elon Musk, Beards

8/31/20 — NASCAR, Etymology, Bahá’í Temples

8/24/20 — Wine, Keystones, Norman Doors

8/17/20 — Polymaths, Wayne Forte, Plato

8/10/20 — Control Hueristic, Prohibition, Buckminster Fuller

8/3/20 — Pollution, Beautiful Questions, Children

7/27/20 — Bixby Creek Bridge, South Park, Knife Theory

7/20/20 — Summary Box, Netflix Brain, Fight Club

7/13/20 — Fame, Airforce One, Boston Cows

7/6/20 — Orwell, Sprezzatura, Gold Performance

6/29/20 — English Origins, Genius, Delegation

6/22/20 — Model T’s, Buffet Lines, Up-Market

6/15/20 — Inspiration, Cities, Shadows

6/8/20 — Humor, Apollo 8, Grade Inflation

6/1/20 — Longevity, Contrarians, Hitchen’s Razor

5/25/20 — Twins, Curves, Sabotage

5/18/20 — Billionaires, eCommerce, Dating

5/11/20 — Logos, Guggenheim, Pablum

5/4/20 — Storytelling, Instagram, Hard Drives

4/27/20 — Online Education, Animals, Breathing

4/20/20 — Planck’s Principle, Buzzfeed, Maps

4/13/20 — Modern Music, Cigarettes, Portraits

4/6/20 — Heroes, CLEAR Sentences, Baldwin Street

3/30/20 — Teams that Ship, DNA, San Francisco

3/23/20 — Civilization, Goodhart’s Law, Fun Definitions

3/16/20 — Diego Rivera, Education Trends, New York

3/9/20 — Edward Hopper, Panera, Shibusumi Paint

3/2/20 — Airplanes, Orange Light, Trains Through Cities

2/24/20 — Not Average Design, Warren Buffet, Monet

2/17/20 — Man in the Arena, Rappers, Islamic Architecture

2/10/20 — Tatlin’s Tower, Edict of Milan, Nassim Taleb

2/3/20 — Thiel’s Paradoxes, Josh Wolfe, Sunlight

1/27/20 — Kobe Bryant, One Big Idea, Unions

1/20/20 — Coachella, Coffee, Happiness

1/13/20 — Writing Wisdom, American Logistics, God

1/6/20 — Outsourcing, Breweries, Tradition

Friday Finds

4/8/22 — Numbers, Tiger Woods, Augusta National

4/1/22 — Singapore, Philosophy, Horses, Diet, Family

3/25/22 — Commitment, Christianity, Parliament, Human Rights

3/18/22 — Girard, Architecture, Malcolm X, MKBHD, Marriage

3/11/22 — Mr. Beast, America, Bezos, Oil

3/04/22 — Palantir, Amazon, Hayek, Philosophy, Liberalism

2/25/22 — School, Sleep, Feynman, Homes, Design

2/18/22 — Gin, Imitation, Scruton, Internet, Science

2/11/22 — Music, Whiplash, Movies, Bible, Books

2/4/22 — Netflix, Marx, Writing, Astrophysics

1/28/22 — School, YouTube, McLuhan, Wagner, Girard

1/21/22 — Career, Paul Graham, Propaganda, Art, Philosophy

1/14/22 — Poetry, Ireland, Music, Censorship

1/07/22 — JFK, Fitness, China, Music, Envy

12/31/21 — Kanye, Breath, Dreams, Beethoven, Speed

12/24/21 — Bible, Perplexed, Love, Prestige, Automation

12/17/21 — CIA, Airlines, Beauty, Thiel, Philosophy

12/10/21 — Montreal, War, Thought Police, Winners, Companies

12/3/21 — Ideas, Sperm, Education, Divinity, Aquinas

11/26/21 — Kobe, Jesus, Snapchat, Dying, Eleusis

11/19/21 — Logic, Messaging, Cities, Mumford

11/12/21 — Trader Joe’s, School, Crafts, Kanye, Philosophers

11/5/21 — Twitter, Warren Buffet, Uniqlo, Vibes, Learning

10/29/21 — Kanye, Gin, Christianity, YouTube, Urbit

10/22/21 — Cars, China, Prestige, Selfies, New York

10/15/21 — Facts, Family, Narratives, Comedy, Supply Chains

10/8/21 — Logic, Pinker, Science, Sears, Iliad

10/1/21 — Thiel, Pinker, Chomsky, Speed, Business

9/24/21 — Narratives, Education, Investing, Golf, Biology

9/17/21 — Simpsons, Boeing, Urbanism, Technology, Friendship

9/10/21 — Economics, Obesity, Silicon Valley, Fashion

9/03/21 — Philosophy, Sowell, Death, Health, Taylor Swift

8/27/21 — Sociology, Marx, Christianity, McDonalds, Taleb

8/20/21 — Madonna, Painting, Oil, History, Documentaries

8/13/21 — Wright Brothers, Time, Beer, Coffee, Creative Careers

8/6/21 — Lifting, China, War, Federer

7/30/21 — Magic, René Girard, Quentin Tarantino, Da Vinci

7/23/21 — McConaughey, Music, Genius, Tech, Documentaries

7/16/21 — Movies, Eminem, Beauty

7/09/21 — J.Cole, Bezos, Philosophy, Construction, and Beauty

7/02/21 — Seinfeld, Bezos, Accomplishment, Bodybuilding

6/25/21 — Taylor Swift, Golf, Writing, Demographics, Schwarzenegger

6/18/21 — Pixar, Taylor Swift, Geography, England

6/11/21 — Time, Propaganda, Nietzsche, Freedom

6/4/21 — Tribes, Philosophy, Tattoos, Alcohol, Geopolitics

5/28/21 — Shantaram, Free Parking, Private Life

5/21/21 — Stripe, Dishwashers, Tiger Woods & Collin Morikawa

5/14/21 — Steve Jobs Tribute, Politics & Pro Wrestling, Debt

5/7/21 — Human Rights, The Most Unruly, Pepsi’s Military

4/30/21 — The Master Switch, Pop Music, Letters to a Young Poet

4/23/21 — Munda and Modia, CodeMiko, Devon Zuegal

4/16/21 — Working Backwards, Parasite, Behind the Curtain

4/9/21 — Golf’s Holy War, Christopher Hitchens, Oil Industry Propaganda

4/2/21 — Kendrick Lamar, Thomas Aquinas, Einstein’s Dreams

3/26/21 — John Cleese, Fallen Leaves, The Courage to be Disliked

3/19/21 — Venkatesh Rao, Martin Gurri, How to Take Smart Notes

3/12/21 — Carl Schmitt, Patrick Collison, Gut Feelings

3/5/21 — Dominion, Adam Curtis, Rethinking Economics

2/26/21 — Human Nature, McDonald’s, Daft Punk

2/19/21 — David Foster Wallace, Ava, Land of the Free

2/12/21 — Manufacturing Intellect, Ken Burns, Paris Review Interviews

2/5/21 — MKBHD, Neil Gaiman, TV Tropes

1/29/21 — Chomsky, Chartism, Mr. Beast

1/22/21 — Matthew McConaughey, Soulcraft, Uniqlo

1/15/21 — Ivan Illich, Gardens, Marshal McCluhan

1/08/21 — Theory of Leisure Class, Rolf Degen, Geopolitics of Oil

1/01/21 — Beauty, LSD, The Shock of the New

12/25/20 — The Imitation of Christ, Heschel, Beauty

12/18/20 — Chess Masters, Human Misjudgment, New Old Homes

12/11/20 — Elite Education, Wagner, the Tyranny of Numbers

12/4/20 — Richard Feynman, Epic Schools, Malcolm X

11/27/20 — Zena Hitz, British Working Class, 99% Invisible

11/20/20 — Aristotle, Private Life, Peter Thiel

11/13/20 — Fallibalism, Robert Pirsig, the Enlightenment

11/6/20 — Distill, Building in Singapore, Nick Yoder

10/30/20 — Scholar’s Stage, Ngram Viewer, James Turrell

10/23/20 — Sears, Loneliness & Totalitarianism, David Whyte

10/16/20 — Preference Falsification, Mimetic Traps, Sabbath

10/9/20 — Bruno Cucinelli, Oswald Spengler, Lee Kuan Yew

10/2/20 — McLuhan Galaxy, Frequent Flyers, Michael Nielsen

9/25/20 — WEIRD Societies, Burger King, Short Introductions

9/18/20 — 3Blue1Brown, Athlete Tattoos, Ted Polhemus

9/11/20 — Plato, Justin Lehr, K-Pop

9/4/20 — Elena Shalneva, Mary Oliver, Starbucks

8/28/20 — Music, Palantir, Christianity

8/21/20 — David McCollough, Post Office, Academy of Ideas

8/14/20 — Liberal Arts, Plato, WhisperSync

8/7/20 — Thomas Sowell, Pouring Concrete, Uniqlo

7/31/20 — David Whyte, Envy, Zuckerberg

7/24/20 — Optimism, George Soros, Bryson DeChambeau

7/17/20 — Oprah, Knausgård, Saudi Armaco

7/10/20 — American Geopolitics, Idleness, Netflix

7/3/20 — Long-Haul Trucking, Instagram, Tradition

6/26/20 — Paul Graham, Farnsworth, Goodreads

6/19/20 — Kevin Kwok, Superforecasting, Startup School

6/12/20 — JUMP, Johnathan Bi, David Foster Wallace

6/5/20 — Smart Notes, Plague, Robert Sapolsky

5/29/20 — Stoicism, Basecamp, Nassim Taleb

5/22/20 — OkCupid, Seth Godin, Corporation History

5/15/20 — Conversation Tools, Horse Races, Criterion Collection

5/8/20 — David Harvey, TV Tropes, Horseshoe Theory

5/1/20 — Jacobin Magazine, Beauty, Breaking Smart

4/24/20 — Cuck Philosophy, Jose Ricon, Great Assistant

4/17/20 — Moral Equivalents, Eric Weinstein, Seeking Wisdom

4/10/20 — David Cole, Will Durant, Generic Drugs

4/3/20 — Aaron Lewis, Note-Taking, A Very Short Introduction

3/27/20 — Nicky Case, Jack Butcher, Minerva

3/20/20 — The Nuclear Family, Open, Justin Murphy

3/13/20 — 3Blue1Brown, Childhood, Based Deleuze

3/6/20 — Rich Barton, Stripe, David Ebert

2/28/20 — CO2, Amazon’s Great Courses, Leisure

2/21/20 — David Whyte, Bar Talk, The Liquid Self

2/14/20 — John David Ebert, Mushrooms, Interfluidity

2/7/20 — Singapore, Greatness, Mimetic Theory

1/24/20 — Apple, Roger Scruton, Peace of Westphalia

1/17/20 — Great Assistant, Michael Polanyi, Robert Cottrell

1/10/20 — Andrew Batson, Carlota Perez, Entrepreneurship Hacks

1/3/20 — Dishwashers, Jaques Ellul, Dominic Cummings

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