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  1. Podcast #748: Time Management for Mortals | The Art of Manliness

    A lot of ink has been spilled on time management and productivity hacking; you can find endless tips on how to master your workflow, tame your inbox, slay your to-do list. Far less examined, however, is the philosophy that underlies these strategies. My guest says that when you do examine that philosophy, you find it […]

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  2. Podcast #743: How to Get Time, Priorities, and Energy Working in Your Favor | The Art of Manliness

    When you think of your assets, you probably think of your money. But you also have three other hugely important assets at your disposal too: your time, energy, and priorities. When you manage these assets poorly, you can feel overwhelmed and scattered and yet unproductive and unfulfilled. When you manage them well, things in your […]

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  3. Form Energy Unveils Its Iron-Air Battery

    Back in 2016, Mateo Jaramillo left Tesla, where he was leading the stationary energy storage business, and started looking for a new challenge to tackle. He took on long-duration energy storage — not long duration like 8 hours or 12 hours, but days or weeks or more. In 2017 he came on the show to talk about it. 

    He formed a company, now Form Energy, that has been toiling on this problem in stealth mode. Apart from saying they were building a "metal air" battery, his team held the technology close to the vest.

    That is, until last week. 

    The company announced a $200M Series D financing led by ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, and in the process finally made public the technology, which is an iron air chemistry. 

    Full disclosure: Shayle led Energy Impact Partners’ investment in Form.

    Shayle and Mateo discuss the technology itself and the counterintuitive economics that Mateo believes will make it work. They also examine how it beat out the alternatives and how it might complement more efficient, but more expensive lithium-ion. It turns out financial modeling was far more important than spec sheets in understanding the tradeoffs.

    They tackle the critical question: Where exactly are the profitable applications of this technology before we hit very high 80% renewables? 

    They also talk about the semantics of long-duration storage vs. multi-day storage, why Mateo hates holy grails, and potential partnerships with tofu companies.

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  4. Podcast #737: College — What It Was, Is, and Should Be | The Art of Manliness

    Modern students are apt to see going to college as the way to earn a credential that will help them get a good job. But as Andrew Delbanco, Professor of American Studies at Columbia University, argues in his book College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, higher education was developed for a different purpose — one it should […]

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  5. Ramit Sethi on How Couples Can Talk about Money, Bucket Lists, the $100 Challenge, and More (#524) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

    Most memorable money conversations with couples in debt that Ramit has had since our last episode together. [06:06] A recent purchase over which I agonized to a degree that seems ludicrous in hindsight. [08:38] How do you think about money? Probably not as closely as the guy Ramit knows who has $8 million in net worth but goes out of his way to save $8 on groceries because he hates “the idea of overpaying.” [09:56] Why did it take so long for Ramit to start a podcast, and in what ways can a listener expect his show to differ vastly from this one? [12:03] Ramit justifies his fascination for toying with trolls, and I share a pro tip for anyone who’s ever being interviewed by a journalist (or podcaster). [14:12] In the last 30 days, can you think of a specific situation where you were not on the same page financially with your partner? [16:08] What is your idea of a rich life? This is a question with wildly varied answers depending on who you ask, but one truth seems consistent: People’s feelings about how they are doing financially are highly uncorrelated with their actual financial status. [17:18] Why Americans’ tendency to compare themselves to their neighbors is completely irrational. [20:16] What does Ramit’s rich life look like? [22:16] Ramit’s money rules. [23:17] What the recent decision to have fresh flowers delivered to my house every week does for my rich life. [24:36] Why asking “What is your rich life?” can be such a magical, transformational question — especially when a partner is present. [25:40] If you’re a bit of an overspender, have you ever said “No” to your partner or family? [27:38] If you were not on the same page financially with your partner at some point in the last 30 days, on a scale of 1 to 10, how big of an issue is it? [28:32] A bucket list/rich life goals vision exercise Ramit did with his wife Cassandra, inspired by Stephen King’s 2003 National Book Club Speech. [30:06] How Ramit and Cassandra have agreed to financially contribute, together, to their eight-year anniversary goal, and how it feels to watch the fund make progress. [34:55] Ramit and Cassandra meet once a month to discuss finances. What does the format look like? [38:21] Ramit’s true, but most embarrassing backlog rich life goal. [41:13] How to make conversations about money positive experiences rather than negative and depressing. [43:50] The typical approach to talking about finances when one half of a couple is an overspender (and/or people pleaser who has trouble establishing boundaries), and what Ramit suggests as a better, more effective alternative. [44:40] What needs to happen for a couple to succeed in solving whatever financial problems they have (and avoid passing along toxic money behavior to their offspring). [49:26] Why it’s not enough just to want to change your relationship with money, and how psychology and tools can easily be used to affect the desired change — with far less effort than fighting with your spouse about money for the rest of your miserable lives. [52:12] An example of a time Ramit saw a 9/10 severity problem with a couple and their money solved simply. [54:38] Thoughts and positive listener feedback about prenups since our last conversation. [57:55] The $100 challenge. [1:00:12] What would result from Ramit’s own $100 (or $1,000 or $5,000) challenge? [1:04:02] What would the result of my own challenge look like? [1:07:17] Gauging the most important lessons that can be learned from the $100 (or more) challenge, and rejecting the coded-for-fear life of frugality that many of us accept as the default. [1:08:32] How Ramit turned a couple’s conversation around a $100+ honeymoon challenge from a downward spiral into an upward one. [1:11:39] Thoughts on how we can learn to spend our money in meaningful ways on enjoying and enhancing a rich life rather than endlessly stockpiling it for some unknown purpose in an unforeseeable future. [1:13:06] Fascinating patterns around the saving and spending of money that Ramit has noticed in his conversations with couples. [1:20:03] Recommendations for further developing the skill of financial comfort and reaffirming the importance of a relationship. [1:24:02] Exercising generosity as a way of becoming more like the people we want to be and reinforcing the positive potential of the money we make. [1:25:07] How Billy Joel impressed the power of generosity and graciousness upon a teenage busboy named Tim. [1:27:23] Parting thoughts. [1:29:42]

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  6. The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 309, With John Siracusa

    The Talk Show

    ‘Pinkies on the Semicolon’, With John Siracusa

    Saturday, 27 February 2021

    The state of the Mac, with special guest John Siracusa.

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    Siracusa’s Mac OS X reviews:

    OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    OS X 10.9 Mavericks

    OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

    Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

    Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

    Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

    Mac OS X 10.3 Panther

    Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar

    Mac OS X 10.1

    Mac OS X 10.0

    Mac OS X DP4

    Mac OS X DP3

    Mac OS X DP2

    Siracusa’s entire archive at Ars Technica

    Hypercritical — Siracusa’s seldom-updated website

    This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.

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