Shiny Object Saturday - 12/03/2022
Great Online Game, Three Sides of Risk, Your Desktop, John Carmack
I hope you had a great holiday weekend.
We took time off here at The Lean Letter to be with our families and then play a week of catch-up. Fun right?
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Let’s dive in.
1) The Great Online Game
This was a great article by one of my favorite writers on the internet, Packy McCormick.
Packy was a student in David Perell’s writing course, “Write of Passage”, just a few short years ago. Now Packy runs Not Boring, one of the newsletter leaders of the internet.
If you like tech, startups, crypto, and a bit of fun, check out Not Boring.
The Great Online Game is something that can be played by anyone.
All it takes is showing up each day while doing something you love. You will meet people you admire, people you learn from, and maybe even a new career.
2) The Three Sides Of Risk
Morgan Housel is another fabulous writer on the internet.
Morgan is the author of The Psychology of Money and also a writer on CollabFund. There is always one piece that sticks out to me from Morgan, especially during the holidays.
“The Three Sides of Risk” is an essay about a fatal ski accident very close to Morgan and how it changed his life.
It’s a must read, check it out here:
3) Your Desktop Is Not a Destination
Desktop backgrounds used to be a sign of how cool you were.
You needed to find the coolest 4K nature image of the greenish-blue sea with sandy beaches. Microsoft does this well with it’s elegant backgrounds.
I was this way too until I read Jeff Atwood’s piece Your Desktop Is Not a Destination.
“The goal is to never see your desktop”, Jeff writes. If you can see your desktop, you probably aren’t working. Have data fill those screens.
Is your desktop a destination?
4) The Twitter Files
I love Twitter, and that is where my public medium is.
The Twitter Files figuratively broke the internet on Friday night and all I can think about is?
“This dude definitely just got over 100,000 new subscribers to his substack. Impressive.”
5) John Carmack On VR Star Fields
John Carmack is the most well-known video game developer of all time.
Now he is tackling space games in VR. I am bullish on John and his VR creations. Excited to see how this plays out.
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