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  1. Peter Thiel on the Global Economy, the State of Our Technology, and Artificial Intelligence

    The business founder and investor discusses America, globalization, and the state of technological innovation. Click "Show more" to view all chapters. For more conversations, visit Chapter 1 (00:15 - 20:38): China and Globalization Chapter 2 (20:38 - 34:51): Is Innovation Slowing? Chapter 3 (34:51 - 57:38): On the Need to take Risks Chapter 4 (57:38 - 1:23:23): Artificial Intelligence In this wide-ranging conversation, his second on "Conversations with Bill Kristol," Peter Thiel discusses the global economy, the state of technology, and the future of computing and artificial intelligence. Thiel argues that we have had less technological innovation over the last few decades and explains one reason is an increasing aversion to risk. Finally, Kristol and Thiel discuss artificial intelligence and the extent to which it might transform our lives.

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  2. CCATP #433 I Push Hard on Greg Scown from Smile About TextExpander 6 « NosillaCast


    April 10, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Text Expander wasn’t a cheap app. Not at all. There’s a text out there for $5, which has the same core functionality. I am NOT against subscription models per se. Let’s look at an example:

    – Adobe Photoshop (CS6) used to cost $999, Lightroom something around $200. Significant updates came at a steep price, several hundert dollars, every 2-3 years.

    – Now I pay $9 a month for Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC. They added a cloud service and some goodies. $108 a year compared to the acquisition price of over thousand dollars. Sure, you could get some discounts and save 10-20%, but I think you get the point. With the subscription model, I have a yearly rate of 1/10 the original price.

    The same goes for MS Office, I get a ton of software for a modest monthly rate. I also subscribe to Backblaze, Evernote and some other stuff, because I think it’s worth it.

    Now let’s look at Text Expander:

    It cost $35 and major updates (every 2 years) cost $20. I gladly payed that. So, if I use TE for 6 years, it’s one purchase and two updates, adding up to $75 or ~$1 a month. so, with the $4/month model, I will have to pay FOUR times the amount. With the next version, I would do exactly the same, expand snippets. Sync service? What was wrong with Dropbox sync, it worked like a charm, so there’s absolutely no added value there. And if you look at a broken sync service, take a look at the Omni Group, they gave us OmniSync for free for their applications.

    Let’s get back to Adobe: for $9 I get applications that are on the cutting edge of technology. Ever looked at the feature list and the developer team? It’s 4,5 GB of software I am getting. Text Expander is a 30MB helper app. Look at MS Office 365, for ~$10 you get several applications (Excel, Word, Powerpoint….), there’s a cloud service included and even a whole programming language. I know, economies of scale, Smile is not MS or Adobe.

    Getting back to my 6-years-of-usage example, $4 dollars per month amounts to €288.

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  3. Permission to be Creative — With Special Guest, Havilah Cunnington — Shawn Blanc

    Today’s podcast episode wraps up our focus on Margin. And I’ve saved the best for last.

    Over the past several weeks we’ve covered so much ground: what margin is; why it’s important; how to get margin in our schedule, in our finances, in our creative energy, and so much more.

    For today’s podcast, I wanted to talk with someone I deeply respect: Havilah Cunnington.

    Havilah and her husband, Ben, are two of Anna’s and my dearest friends. We’ve known them for over a decade (Ben and I used to be roommates).

    The four of us often connect to talk about life, kids, family, entrepreneurship, building an audience, and more.

    Havilah is the founder of Truth to Table, an online Bible study platform. Fun fact: I totally stole inspiration from Havilah’s training videos when designing the “look” of my Focus Course videos.

    On the show, we talk about how to do your best creative work when you’re also raising kids, how to build an audience, how to keep a healthy work and personal life, and more.

    Speaking of, if you enjoy this podcast with Havilay, you should check out my free class: The Elements of Focus. It’s a 10-day video class where we’ll talk about making time, finding clarity, and gaining traction in your business or side project.

    Episode Highlights

    Havilah’s approach to building an audience was to start with tons of free training and resources. She knew that she had to build a brand people trusted. Her first training series, Radical Growth, was several short training sessions that were sharable and didn’t have any “homework” attached to them. This helped that training series gain momentum early on.

    While some people (myself included) advocate the idea of showing up every day and putting out regular content, Havilah has found success in going “dark” for a season in-between her online teaching events. She takes a season of time (a few months) to muse, write, and create her next product. Then, she comes back strong with something big and new.

    The challenge of balancing a busy traveling schedule with building a personal brand: When you’re on the road all the time, it’s hard to build your own brand. It’s difficult to build momentum with your own audience when you are putting most of your energy into serving someone else’s platform. This isn’t to say that serving other platforms is bad, but it you can’t always do both.

    One of the ways you learn how to balance work and life is through trial and error. You have to listen to the season of life your in right now and go all in with the one or two things that are most important.

    Parenting little kids is just a season of life. Aim to parent from a place of authenticity rather than social expectations.

    You’ve got to have a few core values and boundaries that keep your life healthy.

    Advice to overwhelmed moms and dads who want to build something: Stay inspired.

    Do this by: (1) having a coach, mentor, podcast, book, album, or whatever that you can turn to in order to find and build motivation when times are challenging; and (2) look to those who are ahead of you and gain strength and motivation from the work they are doing.

    Give yourself permission to be creative. Take ownership for your life and the space you need to do your best creative work. This usually requires that you challenge the assumptions of what’s normal and find what works best for you.

    Show Links

    Havilah’s Online Bible Study Courses: Radical Growth, I Do Hard Things, The Good Stuff, and Eat, Pray, Hustle.

    Havilah’s podcast series on Core Values: Pajama Days, Sleep, Learning to Grow Now, and Staying in Your Lane.

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  4. Deep Work and Focus — With Special Guest, Cal Newport — Shawn Blanc

    In today’s episode of Shawn Today I have the honor of talking with Cal Newport.

    Cal Newport is one of my favorite writers and thinkers. His book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, was one of the most impactful books I read in 2015. And his brand new book, Deep Work, is equally fantastic.

    The hypothesis behind Deep Work is this:

    The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.

    In our conversation, Cal and I talk about time management, how to develop a lifestyle where you are consistently able to spend time in your day on the things that matter most, how it’s a skill to be able to do deep work and focus and how to develop that skill, and more.

    This podcast continues in the series on Margin that I’ve been writing about for the past month. Check out this page for the central repository with I’m keeping updated with links to each article and podcast.

    There are so many components to doing your best creative work, but the very foundational one is the creative work itself. If you’re not showing up every day and practicing, then you’ll never reach your potential — you’ll never do your absolute best.

    Deep Work, Deliberate/Intentional Practice, The Craftsman Mindset, Finding Flow — all of these are synonyms for showing up every day.

    But they go beyond just showing up. Showing up and working hard isn’t enough. You need to make sure that the time you spend in deep work is productive time.

    In So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal writes that people will hit a performance plateau beyond which they fail to get any better. And his newest book, Deep Work is all about how to push through that plateau. Deep Work is about what to do when you do show up, and how to turn all of it into a part of your lifestyle.

    In short, to do your best creative work, you need to hone the skill of being able to focus.

    And that is exactly what we talk about on this podcast.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS, ETC. Deep work and focus are skills; not personality types. To develop the “skill” of deep work you have to: (1) control and protect your time; (2) slowly spend time training yourself to focus without giving in to distractions; and (3) make lifestyle changes so that even in your down time you aren’t

    To have an effective deep work session, you need to: (1) schedule the time; (2) have an expected outcome that you are aiming to accomplish during that time; (3) realize that you’re working the “focus muscle” and that it takes practice and time.

    Deep work is not a natural activity. When it comes to doing important work and improving our skills, our mind and instincts can’t be trusted.

    Schedule every minute of your day. This takes the guesswork out of where you should be focusing on, and all you have left to do is show up and do what you’ve planned to do.

    If you work with your head, then rest with your hands. For the knowledge worker, a good down-time hobby could be woodworking, gardening, yard work, etc.

    Reduce the amount of “novel stimuli” that you let in to your day-to-day life. When you have a strong baseline level of noise in all the little moments of your life, it makes it more difficult to focus on the task at hand when you’re doing deep work. Because you’re training your brain that boredom is bad.

    By reducing the baseline level of noise, it helps us to focus for extended periods of time. It also helps your mind to rest as it should during your down time.

    Quote from Deep Work: “To succeed with deep work you must rewire your brain to be comfortable resisting distracting stimuli.”

    There are four styles of deep work:

    Monastic: “This philosophy attempts to maximize deep efforts by eliminating or radically minimizing shallow obligations.” (Think seclusion somewhere) Bimodal: “This philosophy asks that you divide your time, dedicating some clearly defined stretches to deep pursuits and leaving the rest open to everything else.” Rhythmic: “This philosophy argues that the easiest way to consistently start deep work sessions is to transform them into a simple regular habit.” Journalistic: “in which you fit deep work wherever you can into your schedule.” Don’t let busyness be a proxy for productivity. For many of us, we put an emphasis on efficiency rather than effectiveness. We see time spent as being more valuable than the results themselves.

    We can change that mindset and change our paradigm about what it means to be effective. First we have to challenge the culture that values “crushing it” — that says only those who are super busy are the ones who are super hungry. Realize that you can work effectively, and you can be focused without overworking yourself. There is a division between being out-of-control busy and being a hard worker.

    Doing deep work in our everyday lives is important for several reasons: It increases our happiness, it helps us to learn new skills, it gives us a focus on effectiveness, it’s where we do our best creative work, it’s how we make progress.

    If you want to do more deep work, but you’re not sure where to start, do this: (1) look at your calendar and block out 5 hours on your schedule over the next two weeks; (2) put your phone away when you get home so that you don’t get distracted; (3) find a balanced ratio of shallow work and deep work.

    Shallow work and deep work are both necessary. The former is doing the things that need to be done for the sake of today. The latter is doing the things that need to be done for the sake of the future. Put another way: Shallow work keeps you from getting fired; deep work gets you promoted.

    FURTHER READING I highly recommend you check out Cal’s blog, and his two books: So Good They Can’t Ignore You and Deep Work.

    As mentioned earlier, this podcast episode is part of a series on Margin that I’ve been writing about for the past month. Check out this page for the central repository with I’m keeping updated with links to each article and podcast.

    Lastly, next week I’m kicking off the next session my free class, The Elements of Focus. You can learn more and sign up for the class right here.

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  5. Milo Yiannopoulos interviews Meredith Patterson and Eric Raymond

    Milo Yiannopoulos interviews prominent hackers Meredith Patterson and Eric Raymond about the social justice incursion into open-source software.

    A very Merry Christmas to faggots, trolls, shitlords and bastards everywhere.

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  6. When FOMO Meets JOMO

    Caterina Fake (the person who popularized the term "FOMO") talks with Anil Dash (the person who coined the term "JOMO"). Turns …

    If you haven't heard of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) by now… well, no fear. There are cartoons to get you up to speed. There is a definition in the Oxford English Dictionary. There are diagnostic quizzes. There is a heavily-annotated Wikipedia entry.

    There is also a meaningful counter-term: JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out). And yes, the person behind FOMO and the person behind JOMO know each other - they are, in fact, old friends. Technologists Caterina Fake and Anil Dash – popularizers of FOMO and JOMO respectively – say they wish more had changed since they published their now-famous blog posts five years ago. On this week's episode of Note to Self, the two talk about the utility of acronyms, the importance of thoughtful software design, and the recent history of the Internet as we know it.

    "I don't think Silicon valley today, the technologists coming of age today who have always had access to the Internet and were born into it, understand that there are ethical choices to be reckoned with in the way that we build our apps and the way we build technology," Dash says.

    Fake agrees. She says that sense of "oh there is something I should be paying attention to" has been built into the platforms we use – our attention is the currency by which social networks are considered successful.

    "It's a lot of work to tilt the meters more towards the JOMO end of the spectrum," she says. "Software is good at exploiting those tendencies that we are unaware of or subject to. I think that a very conscious approach – media literacy, and ethics classes –are really where we need to be. As a culture, as a society, we know the software isn't going to go away. All of this is going to be with us and we should take it for granted that it will remain."

    It's a sentiment we know a little too well. Especially the certifiable digital junkies among us.

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  7. Bruce Schneier on the Golden Age of Surveillance | The Technoskeptic

    Photo ©Geoffrey Stone.

    Happy Holidays from the Technoskeptic! Please enjoy this premium content for free. Internet security expert, privacy advocate, and author Bruce Schneier speaks with the Technoskeptic about the public-private surveillance partnership that monitors everything we do, and what needs to happen in order to restore our privacy. If you like what you hear, please subscribe to get access to all past and future podcasts on The Technoskeptic.

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