Friday, July 31, 2020

Podcast Episode 48: Google Keep

 -Widget on your phone

-record audio

When people give you a suggestion, make a note

When you think of something, make a note

Must plan on looking at it at some point

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Podcast Episode 47: Collective Preparedness vs Individual Preparedness

Collective preparedness is fragile

We can’t always predict everything

We can’t have stuff for everyone

Only one option, if we get it wrong everyone is hurt

Individual preparedness is anti-fragile

Most people are prepared for the things that they think are most likely

Anyone who is wrong can be helped by those who are right

There are thousands of options with varying degrees of usefulness

Distribution is easier

No single point of failure

Each area, community and person is more likely to know what their needs are

Monday, July 27, 2020

Podcast Episode 46: Time Management

Capture Tasks (Stay Focused)
When you are already doing something and you see something else that needs to be done, write it down wherever you need to so you can remember it later.
Unless it is more urgent or important than what you are doing now
Or it won’t throw you off track
Prioritize Tasks
What is Urgent?
Things that will cause major consequences if they are not done on time
What is most important
What do you enjoy
Plan Tasks
Try to eliminate as many urgent tasks as you can (Focus Funnel Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden)
Eliminate - Ignore
Automate - Invest
Delegate - Delegate
Permanence of deadline 
Rock - Cannot be changed, you do it at this time or not at all
Wood - Date is set but you could potentially change it
Clay - Better if scheduled but can be moved easily
Water - No scheduling needed, can be done any time
Focus on the most important urgent item and get it done then move on to the next
Take small breaks as desired (pomodoro)
When All your urgent tasks are done, work on the things that are most important and that you most enjoy.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Podcast Episode 44: Crowdsourced Funding

It is difficult to fight piracy.

Are copyrights moral? (another day)

You can get the product for free or maybe watch an ad or something (you would be able to anyway)

Or you can buy the product and then you get a share from all future profits

Monday, July 20, 2020

Podcast Episode 43: Make Everyone Your Coach

Ask For Advice

Ask Questions


Last week we talked about coaching. This week I will share a trick that will let you turn everyone you meet into a potential coach.

When you talk with people, the natural tendency is to do most of the talking but the people who are the best conversationalists are the people that listen the most. They listen and they ask good questions.

The trick is asking good questions, these are questions that allow the other person to share things that are important to them.

Body Language. Where are the feet pointing

While you are asking questions you may as well ask advice about the things that this person is good at.

Remember, only listen to advice from people that know what they are talking about. If someone is unhealthy, discount their advice about health. If they are poor, money. Etc. (always exceptions)

Friday, July 17, 2020

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Podcast Episode 41: Freedom of Association vs Anti-Discrimination Laws

Freedom to refuse service

Freedom of association

Lawsuits against wedding cake businesses who refuse to make a cake for gay weddings

Anti-discrimination laws for employers

This idea sounds good in theory but has unintended consequences

Whenever we try to legislate morality it becomes difficult to enforce and usually starts creating inequalities with how people are treated under law

If I have a company I have the right to refuse service to anyone no matter what because it’s my company. If I want to be a racist that is my right. I will probably go out of business but I have the right to make that choice.

If I want to fire someone I should be able to do that for any reason whatsoever. For the same reasoning. If I fire people because I’m racist then I will miss out on good employees from other races and will be less competitive. Plus as news of my stance spreads, there will be many people that will boycott my business because of that.

The market will correct itself if people truly believe in a cause.

If the government gets involved it can create many unintended consequences. If I fire someone because they are a bad employee. They might try to sue me for discrimination. Well I was discriminating... against bad employees. The creates an enforcement issue that favors bad employees because they have less to lose from the situation.

What if I have a haircutting place for people with african style hair. Someone that doesn’t have that type of hair would be discriminated against because they can’t be served.

What about a mens haircut place? Is that discriminating against women?

If I have a sales job then I might want someone who can speak fluent english. Is that discrimination?

What about movie studios, when they need someone to fill a black role is that being racist that they aren’t hiring white people?

Monday, July 13, 2020

Podcast Episode 40: Natural Talent and Hard Work Are No Longer Enough

Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

Natural Talent is no longer enough

When playing sports the older you get, the less it is about natural talent

Canadian kids highlight the advantage of coaching

Thrive 15 coaches businesses to success

Kids that have better test coaches/tutors get higher scores on standardized tests

Better schools lead to better outcomes

No matter how good/smart you are, you will not be able to compete for long without some sort of coaching.

Is this a problem that exacerbates inequality?

Friday, July 10, 2020

Podcast Episode 39: Motion Sensor Solar Lights

Solar Motion Sensor Lights


I found some cheap with a deal several years ago and really liked them. I don’t have a specific brand but Jack over at the Survival Podcast recommends these ones and his reviews are very reliable.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Podcast Episode 38: How a Free Market Handles Shortages (Toilet Paper Anyone?)

Auto-Adjusting Price

Empty shelves are evidence of government interference in the free market or an economically ignorant population educated by said government. In free markets scarce goods are always available at a price and competition keeps it as low as possible.

In an optimized market store shelves could automatically increase pricing as inventory fell and lower pricing as inventory rises.  Imagine if we used bancor to ensure everything is always available to those who need it most when they need it.

All the more reason to have prices rapidly adjusted to ration remaining supplies and reward those who prepared. Instead we punish those who prepare to serve this market by denying them profits.

Those guys take an economic bet that future demand will be higher.  Further more, if stores had dynamic pricing then it wouldn’t be possible to buy them out to resell higher.

In a market with fair money and free from government distortion those with money have earned it by providing value to others in the past.  If money is not the arbiter of scarce resources then political clout or those willing to wait in line at 3am become the “virtuous” entitled.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Podcast Episode 37: Should I Invest In Bitcoin?

What is bitcoin
Peer-to-peer network
Immutable Ledger of transactions
Bitcoin solved the “double spend” problem
World wide access (internet)
Fixed supply. Rate of inflation cannot be altered
Relatively fast and cheap transactions
In a normal market, as demand increases the price increases which leads to more supply being created by producers joining the market which lowers the price which leads to less supply being created as producers leave the market.
This happens constantly which allows the price (supply and demand) to reach an equilibrium.
If you have something with a fixed supply then there is no way for supply to adjust to meet demand. This means that the price is completely tied to demand. And because demand is the unpredictable and uncontrollable aspect of price. The swings can be irrational at times.
This is predicted to lead to volatility.
There are other, theoretically better, cryptocurrencies out there that could make bitcoin obsolete.
There could be a new technology that renders bitcoin useless. Perhaps quantum computers
Many people have gotten rich from the large price swings of bitcoin.
Many people have lost everything from the large price swings
At this early stage it isn’t really an investment, it’s speculation. Which means that you should only speculate with money that you are willing to lose because you probably will.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Podcast Episode 36:

Amazon price tracker

Notifies you when it hits a certain price

Shows best deals on amazon

Rss feeds of deals in a category

It only saves you money if you would’ve spent it anyway

Just because it’s a deal doesn’t mean you have to buy it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Podcast Episode 35: Virtual Reality Driver Training

Virtual reality simulator that mimics real driving as much as possible

Let kids drive when they get a high enough score?

Your car can judge your driving?

Yearly test or something

Maybe a vr app you could have at home.

Over time your score goes down

As you drive in the app your score goes up

Testing centers