414: Microsoft + Activision (RIP), AI Spam on Amazon, China vs India, Sam Zell, Google, AWS Nitro, Nat Friedman, NASA, and Dune: Part 2
"the most restrictive big market sets the pace"
Intellectuals pride themselves on their intelligence but they'd be more intelligent if they prided themselves on their curiosity. —Gurwinder Bhogal
🚀 🍾 🎉 What a week! In case you missed it, I had a big personal announcement yesterday:
Your messages of support and kind words have truly touched me, and the amount has been almost overwhelming. It was difficult to focus on other things yesterday because Twitter and IM and email were blowing up all day!
Thank you 💚 🥃
🚨🎙️📚📺 Timed with all this was my 4th appearance on Infinite Loops as co-guest with my good friend Jimmy Soni (✍️📘) who himself has been on IL twice and on my podcast 3 times. It’s all connected! 🕸️
We discussed the current state of the publishing industry and the new opportunities emerging thanks to the internet, which will have a big impact on media and anyone reading books:
👨🍳🍳 At the top of Edition #401, I wrote about how I’m trying to add a little bit of fun to my everyday life.
It doesn’t have to be big things. Just small things that are a delight to use, fun or well-designed. Lots of these little things can add up to a real difference:
Find things that are fun to use or be around, ways to create small moments of joy and delight, and sprinkle them throughout your life!
A satisfying pepper mill, a good well-sharpened chef’s knife, and a heavy 12-inch cast iron pan all make me want to cook more. And if I cook more, it will over time improve my skills and help me eat better (for taste and health).
We often hear about removing friction so it’s easier to do the things we want to do, and it works, but we don’t focus enough on creating a pull towards these things through fun.
Here’s another thing that has made cooking more fun for me:
The specific brand probably doesn’t matter, but these are the ones I got (“600ºF High Heat-Resistant Non-Stick Silicone Tips, 18/8 Stainless Steel Handle”).
I had no idea I needed them until I got them, and now I don’t know what I did without them!
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