Summary of “David “DHH” Heinemeier Hansson: The Entrepreneurial and Unstoppable Stoic”

The first book on Stoicism I picked up was William Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life.
Control over your emotions, your reactions, and the perspective to let all the little things in daily life flow by without putting you off course.
How do Stoicism and a rich life overlap in your eyes?
Every week to imagine what life would look like if it all went POOF!, as it frequently does for wealthy people.
How do you think Stoicism can help ambitious young people who are trying to figure out their path in life?
Trading the best decades of your life to compress work into it so you can live in retired leisure afterwards is a mistaken pursuit.
I’d start with A Guide to the Good Life., then On the Shortness of Life.
“Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.” – Seneca.

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Summary of “Why Are so Many Babies Born around 8:00 A.M?”

Sixty percent of babies are born during the day, between 6 A.M. and 6 P.M. And, 3.5 times as many babies are born at exactly 8:00 A.M., the most common minute to be born, than at the least common, 3:09 A.M. The graphic below reveals these regular birth patterns.
Only 20 percent more babies are born in the most popular week than the least popular.
Each weekday morning there is a big spike around 8 A.M. Why? Where do these repeating patterns come from? Why is there so much difference in the numbers of babies born during some times of the day than others?
For the 50 percent of babies born without intervention, we see a night/day pattern.
Roughly 20 to 30 percent more babies are born per minute between 6:45 A.M. and 6 P.M. than during the night.
The difference is larger, too, with 220 percent more babies born per minute during the peak hours than the lightest hour between 6 and 7 A.M. Medically, there is a long and variable lag between when a baby’s birth is induced and when the baby is actually born.
Roughly 10 times as many babies are born per minute during the early morning peak than the middle of the night.
This leads to seeing a more general relationship between when babies are born and how they are born.

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Summary of “This Is How To Have A Great Vacation: 6 Secrets Backed By Research”

Asked which of the two purchases made them happier, fully 57% of respondents reported that they had derived greater happiness from their experiential purchase, while only 34% reported greater happiness from their material purchase.
“Experiences do lead to more happiness when the purchase goes well.”However, for negative purchases, bad experiences lead to more lasting unhappiness than do bad material purchases.
So here’s what scientific studies say you need to know to have a great vacation.
Researchers who studied a thousand Dutch vacationers concluded that by far the greatest amount of happiness extracted from the vacation is derived from the anticipation period.
Alright, so you’re putting your getaway on the calendar ASAP. But what kind of vacation should you take? Research shows people often make two.
Why? Because the research consistently shows that when it comes to happiness, frequency beats intensity.
The research says “Savoring” is one of the keys to happiness.
Let’s round it all up and discover how to keep that vacation happiness going long after you’ve returned home.

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Summary of “How To Learn In 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months”

Students at the MTC learn in a few weeks what takes most college students three or four years.
In other words, true learning involves a permanent change in how you see and act in the world.
If you want to learn something quickly, you need to immerse yourself in that thing and immediately implement what you’re learning.
The fastest way to learn Spanish is by immersing yourself in a Spanish culture.
Get a Teacher”When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready, the teacher will disappear.” - Lao Tzu.When you move beyond dabbling to full commitment, you’ll want to learn quickly.
In these two days, I learned more than I could’ve learned in six months on my own.
Repetition Until Your Learning Becomes UnconsciousWhile implementing what I learned, my teacher would watch me from a distance.
Learning something new is all about memory and how you use it.

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Summary of “Your New Hires Won’t Succeed Unless You Onboard Them Properly”

It used to be that onboarding was a process of just a few days, but research shows that spending as much as a year helping new employees get up to speed in a new workplace is necessary to capitalize on the skills, knowledge, and excitement new employees bring to the new organization.
A new employee’s manager is one of the most important people in the onboarding experience, and winning this person’s enthusiasm may directly support or undermine a new hire’s success: 17% of new hires leave within the first six months.
New research finds that managers support new employees more when they – the managers – perceive that the employees are more committed.
What’s more, companies with successful onboarding programs are not just more likely to retain their new hires but even report measurable profit growth.
Google now uses an electronic checklist to remind managers to discuss roles and responsibilities with new hires, set up check-in meetings for the first six months, and match new hires with a peer buddy.
At Twitter, managers start thinking about onboarding well before a new hire’s first day by streamlining the many steps and interactions that must occur to make a new hire’s first days at the company welcoming and successful.
A new employee’s manager is one of the most important people in the onboarding experience, and gaining this person’s support may directly improve or undermine a new hire’s chances of succeeding.
Managers were more likely to provide new employees with helpful information when employees actively sought out information about their role and worked at making connections with new colleagues.

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Summary of “The Plot to Disrupt the NCAA with a Pay-for-Play HBCU Basketball League”

The way Schwarz and his HBCU league co-founders-Ohio-based sports and entertainment attorney Richard Volante and Washington, D.C.-based author and historian Bijan Bayne-see it, the NCAA is a bit like a traditional taxi company, while their concept is akin to Uber or Lyft.
The league would consist of at least 16 members drawn from the four current NCAA Division I and II HBCU conferences, institutions such as Howard University and Florida A&M; its athletes would be full-time students.
In the HBCU league, Schwarz says, athletes like De La Haye would be encouraged to market themselves.
A basketball league featuring the nation’s top collegiate talent-the future NBA players who currently attend schools like Duke University and the University of Kentucky-could provide a much-needed shot in the arm to HBCU athletics as a whole.
Schwarz says the proposed league also would dovetail with the HBCU mission to serve and support the African-American community.
Suppose North Carolina A&T joins a pay-for-play HBCU basketball league.
Most important, Schwarz says, a pay-for-play HBCU league will have a unique advantage over the NCAA, one that previous upstart sports operations such as the United States Football League have lacked.
Volante concedes, likely would put an HBCU league out of business.

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Summary of “Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion”

Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed.
From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign against President Tsai Ing-wen involved thousands of heavily co-ordinated – but not fully automated – accounts sharing Chinese mainland propaganda, the studies show that social media is an international battleground for dirty politics.
At their simpler end, techniques used include automated accounts to like, share and post on the social networks.
Russian propaganda on social media is well known in the west for its external-facing arm, including allegations of state involvement in the US and French presidential elections.
The nation’s social media is also heavily infiltrated with digital propaganda domestically according to the report on that country.
The report on the country’s efforts to tackle Russian misinformation highlights the StopFake project, a collaborative effort to tackle fake stories “Produced mainly by the Russian media” It also mentions a Chrome extension that allowed automatic blocking of thousands of Russian websites, and even a straightforward ban from the government aimed at certain Russian social networks, including VKontakte and Yandex, as part of the country’s sanctions against Russia.
The reports suggested an apparent disinterest from the social media firms in how their networks were being used.
He points out while social networks tend to comply only with the minimum legal requirements, occasionally they’ll be ahead of public opinion – as happened when the company decided to ban adverts for payday loans.

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Summary of “What Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods Really Means”

Last week, two days before announcing that it would be acquiring Whole Foods, Amazon released a short promotional video for a new product called the Dash Wand.
It’s unsettling because it’s an accurate portrayal of our new mail-order way of life, which Amazon has spent the past twenty-two years creating.
It’s what you purchase when you become a member of Amazon Prime.
Amazon has created the world’s most efficient order-fulfillment system, including a network of warehouses and a delivery arm, Amazon Logistics.
Using them, it’s possible to run a whole company from within the Amazon ecosystem, with servers running in Amazon’s cloud and products stored in and shipped from its warehouses.
Amazon itself launches new businesses using the primitives it has mastered.
Many people have seen the Whole Foods acquisition as a way for Amazon to sell fancier groceries online, while using its larger scale and greater efficiency to lower prices.
In Thompson’s view, the acquisition is best understood as giving Amazon access to new, grocery-based primitives, such as fruit, vegetables, meats, and food-ready warehouses.

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Summary of “Why Working from Home is the Holy Grail of Productivity Hacks”

There’s an even better reason to be working from home a few days a week: you’ll be way more productive.
The most obvious reason that working from home enhances productivity is all the office chatter that it removes.
“Someone always had a cool story to tell, or a funny video to share, or some topic to debate about. Though it was great office culture, it resulted in a lot of scrambling to catch up and hit deadlines. Working from home allows me to set the times so that I can socialize or work hard during the times that I want.” You can also reduce the mindless chit-chat by escaping the office gab master.
Working from home makes clear the advantages of alternatives to in-person meetings.
David Niu, founder of employee survey platform TINYpulse, adds that certain types of discussions make sense in-person, while others are better over email or phone-and that working from home helps clarify the advantages/disadvantages of each medium.
Working from home allows you get a shower, a fresh shave, and maybe even a nap before heading to an afterwork gathering.
Just as working from home allows you to make your workspace fit your needs, you can do the same with your environment.
Working from home allows you to skip the suit and tie and wear whatever lets you do your work better, whether that’s t-shirt and jeans, workout clothes, or nothing at all.

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