Summary of “One year in San Francisco as a Software Engineer”

The software engineers in my company were asked to move to San Francisco.
You can imagine that at those prices, it’s very difficult for many people to live in San Francisco.
The cost of living has exploded in the last 30 years, and many people blame the tech industry for this.
Seeing people shooting up on Market Street is pretty normal.
Some people in the tech industry feel pretty awful about this, others are straight up sociopaths with zero empathy and happily broadcast how they really feel.
The truth is, aside from buying a few sandwiches for people who asked I’ve done almost nothing and feel like a hypocrite for it.
I can’t help wondering though that the only reason Silicon Valley and the Bay Area has been so prosperous is because it’s in a country where generally people are comfortable with having so much wealth, while having so many people live under the poverty line.
So if you’re a software engineer and considering moving to the Bay Area, you’re probably in for a great time.

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Summary of “Why You Should be Planning for 2020, Not 2019.”

Consider how different Star Wars would have been had Lucas created one film, without planning what would come next, or before! Vader may have just been “The bad guy,” not Luke’s father.
Most people don’t make committed decisions, which is why only 8% of people go on to accomplish their New Years Resolutions.
After setting his goals in several areas of his life, and for 1, 3, 5, and 25 years out, Assaraf’s mentor asked him, “Are you interested in achieving these goals, or are you committed?” to which Assaraf responded, “What’s the difference?”.
“If you’re interested, you come up with stories, excuses, reasons, and circumstances about why you can’t or why you won’t. If you’re committed, those go out the window. You just do whatever it takes.” Clearly, Assaraf’s life probably isn’t exactly how he planned it to be when he set those goals in 1982 at the age of 19.
Think “Confidence.”Internal locus of control = a belief that you, not external circumstances, determine the outcomes of your life.
Be Do HaveYou have to ‘Be’ the right kind of person first, then you must ‘Do’ the right thingsbefore you can expect to ‘Have.'” - Zig Ziglar Living a consciously designed life is completely possible.
Does everything in life go exactly how you plan it? Of course not.
You absolutely can live your life how Rowling wrote Harry Potter and how Lucas wrote Star Wars.You can dream and live BIG.You can live by design.

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Summary of “Leo Tolstoy on Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World”

In the delusion of my pride of intellect it seemed to me so indubitable that I and Solomon and Schopenhauer had stated the question so truly and exactly that nothing else was possible – so indubitable did it seem that all those milliards consisted of men who had not yet arrived at an apprehension of all the profundity of the question – that I sought for the meaning of my life without it once occurring to me to ask: “But what meaning is and has been given to their lives by all the milliards of common folk who live and have lived in the world?”.
Thanks either to the strange physical affection I have for the real laboring people, which compelled me to understand them and to see that they are not so stupid as we suppose, or thanks to the sincerity of my conviction that I could know nothing beyond the fact that the best I could do was to hang myself, at any rate I instinctively felt that if I wished to live and understand the meaning of life, I must seek this meaning not among those who have lost it and wish to kill themselves, but among those milliards of the past and the present who make life and who support the burden of their own lives and of ours also.
Rational knowledge presented by the learned and wise, denies the meaning of life, but the enormous masses of men, the whole of mankind receive that meaning in irrational knowledge.
I asked: “What is the meaning of my life, beyond time, cause, and space?” And I replied to quite another question: “What is the meaning of my life within time, cause, and space?” With the result that, after long efforts of thought, the answer I reached was: “None.”.
Is not a revelation; it is not only agreement with what has been told one, but faith is a knowledge of the meaning of human life in consequence of which man does not destroy himself but lives.
For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.
In contradistinction to us, who the wiser we are the less we understand the meaning of life, and see some evil irony in the fact that we suffer and die, these folk live and suffer, and they approach death and suffering with tranquility and in most cases gladly.
In complete contrast to my ignorance, [they] knew the meaning of life and death, labored quietly, endured deprivations and sufferings, and lived and died seeing therein not vanity but good.

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Summary of “The breakthroughs that could save our lives”

Then doctors at the US National Cancer Institute tried an experimental living drug.
A patient’s immune system will already be attacking the tumour, it’s just losing the fight between white blood cells and cancer.
The scientists screened her white blood cells and extracted those capable of attacking the cancer.
Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine – a universal blood test for cancer.
The vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save lives.
This year, the most common type of cancer in children was pinned on our modern germ-free lives.
The food on your plate can alter cancer’s growth and spread and scientists hope to take advantage of cancer’s “Culinary addictions” to improve treatment.
About 70% of women with the most common form of early stage breast cancer can be spared the “Agony of chemotherapy” thanks to a new test that analyses the danger of a tumour.

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Summary of “The day I tasted climate change”

Climate change doesn’t ignite wildfires, but it’s intensifying the hot, dry summer conditions that have helped fuel some of California’s deadliest and most destructive fires in recent years.
At the rate we’re going, it could take hundreds of years to shift to a global energy system that doesn’t pump out far more climate pollution-every ton of which only makes the problem worse.
President Barack Obama’s top science advisor, John Holdren, once said that our options for dealing with climate change are cutting emissions, adapting, and suffering.
The devastation from climate change will manifest in different ways in different places, in highly uneven and unfair ways: severe drought and famine across much of Africa and Australia, shrinking water supplies for the billions who rely on the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau, and the threat of forced displacement for at least tens of millions exposed to rising sea levels in South Asia.
Research has found that experiencing higher temperatures and extreme weather events is correlated with greater belief in or concern about climate change.
Younger people, who are staring at a much grimmer future, are considerably more likely to believe that climate change is real and action is required-even among millennial Republicans in the US. Overwhelmed.
Put another way, one paradoxical impact of climate change is that it could make many even more reluctant to take it on.
When I started writing seriously about climate change a little more than five years ago, the dangers largely seemed distant and abstract.

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Summary of “Meet the Entertainment Workers Living in Their Cars Amid Housing Crisis”

Though LAHSA does not survey professions in its annual Homeless Count, community engagement manager Jonathan Hans says entertainment-industry types are a familiar group: “Especially within our younger population, it’s not necessarily uncommon that a group of young kids came out [to L.A.] because somebody told them that they would get them a record deal and then they ended up living out of their van,” he says.
Still, even do-it-yourself tiny homes can cost up to six figures, so she found a more affordable solution on Instagram: living in a van.
Before living in a van, Pedroni rented a house in West Los Angeles with a large group of roommates – from nine to 13 while he was there – to keep the rent low.
He had idly thought about living in a car, but when he met a skateboarding couple living in a Sprinter van, they “Gave the dream a physical embodiment,” he says.
Still, he says he hasn’t had to change much in his daily routine because he’s used to living situations that require compromise: “I mean living with nine to 13 roommates was not ideal, but I always just made it work.”
Like all of the vehicle dwellers interviewed by THR, Chris Huelsbeck cites California’s dearth of affordable housing as a major factor in his decision to start living mobile.
Los Angeles County seems to be reconciling itself to the logic of providing help to its car-dwelling population: In August, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to roll out a pilot program administering more resources for people living in their vehicles, including funding to help individuals buy functional – rather than beat-up – RVs and better waste-disposal solutions.
While Safe Parking L.A. is open exclusively to people in need who are seeking permanent homes, those who have chosen to live in their cars say that the more mobile lifestyle has upsides for their career.

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Summary of “Three Things I Learned From My Estate Planning Lawyer Everyone Should Do”

My estate planning lawyer said something interesting before I decided to hire her.
Based on history, you can see from the chart that currently, we are at the highest estate tax exemption with the lowest death tax rate since 1997.
It may be logical to assume a continued increase in the estate tax exemption and a continued decrease in the estate tax rate given the 22-year trend.
It is also reasonable to anticipate an estate tax exemption decline and/or estate tax rate increase after the Tax Cut And Jobs Act expires in 2025.
Would you rather pay a $4,000,000 tax bill or spend more money on yourself and loved ones? If there is a high likelihood your estate will be worth more than the lifetime tax exemption amount, it seems obviously better to utilize your wealth while living, rather than after death.
If the estate tax exemption amount decreases or the death tax rate increases or both, then there’s even more reason to spend your money now while living.
My estate planning lawyer really opened my eyes to how overly frugal I am.
For those of you who’ve gone through the estate planning process, what else did you learn about yourself and about estate planning laws? Why do people hoard so much more than the estate tax exemption amounts? Wouldn’t it be better to spend and give while alive than after death?

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Summary of “Can we cheat ageing?”

BBC World Service podcast The Inquiry quizzed some of the world’s leading researchers about the nature of ageing – and about the cutting-edge science that could ‘cure’ it, from the role of microbiomes to 3D-printed organs.
Watching her grow older, all while remaining sound, made Wang wonder about the secrets of ageing.
As cells gets older, they divide to replace cells that are dying or getting worn out, but this is not a perfect process.
“It’s almost like the cell saying ‘I’m an old cell and you guys have been around here about the same sort of amount of time as I have, so you must be old too’,” says Lorna Harries, professor of molecular genetics at England’s University of Exeter.
These senescent cells are almost ‘contaminating’ other cells with age and as we grow older, more and more of our cells become senescent until our body is overwhelmed.
To test the skin cell’s age when the experiment ran its course, they applied a particular dye that would turn cells blue if they were senescent.
The experiment effectively rejuvenated old cells and turned them into young cells, making hers the first experiment ever to have reversed ageing in human cells.
Perhaps one day we will be able to replace our damaged organs, take supplements that give us a youthful microbiome and stop our cells from ageing.

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Summary of “The Tail End”

Most of the things I just mentioned happen with a similar frequency during each year of my life, which spreads them out somewhat evenly through time.
I’ve been thinking about my parents, who are in their mid-60s. During my first 18 years, I spent some time with my parents during at least 90% of my days.
Since heading off to college and then later moving out of Boston, I’ve probably seen them an average of only five times a year each, for an average of maybe two days each time.
If the ten days a year thing holds, that’s 300 days left to hang with mom and dad. Less time than I spent with them in any one of my 18 childhood years.
When you look at that reality, you realize that despite not being at the end of your life, you may very well be nearing the end of your time with some of the most important people in your life.
After living in a house with them for 10 and 13 years respectively, I now live across the country from both of them and spend maybe 15 days with each of them a year.
Now, scattered around the country with totally different lives and schedules, the five of us are in the same room at the same time probably 10 days each decade.
If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious.

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Summary of “Why I Hope to Die at 75”

So I am not talking about bargaining with God to live to 75 because I have a terminal illness.
I am talking about how long I want to live and the kind and amount of health care I will consent to after 75.
The claim is that with longer life, an ever smaller proportion of our lives will be spent in a state of decline.
It tells us exactly what we want to believe: that we will live longer lives and then abruptly die with hardly any aches, pains, or physical deterioration-the morbidity traditionally associated with growing old.
Although he didn’t die from the heart attack, no one would say he is living a vibrant life.
At age 75 we reach that unique, albeit somewhat arbitrarily chosen, moment when we have lived a rich and complete life, and have hopefully imparted the right memories to our children.
Certainly if there were to be a flu pandemic, a younger person who has yet to live a complete life ought to get the vaccine or any antiviral drugs.
Is making money, chasing the dream, all worth it? Indeed, most of us have found a way to live our lives comfortably without acknowledging, much less answering, these big questions on a regular basis.

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