Oh my goodness this month is going to be a big Notes.
The “ages” throughout history were named after the material that was most useful in that moment. Stone Age. Iron, bronze, etc. Recently we raced through the industrial revolution and the silicon age straight through to the current age. Exactly where the computer age ends and the age of “Atomic Design” begins will be up for debate but the reality is that we have arrived. Materials are no longer found, they are made. This is the last step of that process. From this point on the physical medium is increasingly ours to do with as we choose.
This class from MIT Opencourseware is awesome and the teacher is contagious with enthusiasm. He is amazing. I want to take every class he ever teaches.
Eric Weinstein on Glenn Beck: This interview feels like a breath of fresh air taken while stepping in the right direction. Eric Weinstein is quickly becoming the voice of the moment. If you haven’t heard of him check him out immediately. He has an amazing podcast called The Portal and large body of content available by search. He is on a mission and Glenn Beck really represents his side of the aisle well here. Disagreement cannot be the battle lines. Unwillingness to compromise is fair game. People acting on bad ideas for the right reasons cannot be tolerated. But the world needs a space where it can have civil disagreements that result in progress. I think this is an amazing start.
Harvard Business Review is amazing and everyone should follow it. Articles come out over the most fascinating range of research. The one that caught my eye most recently was about “keeping your cool under pressure” by Robert E.Quinn et al. A simple 5 step plan I found simple and applicable. Our systems create our results. Period. I love the book Principles by Ray Dalio. An absolute tour de force and great insights on how and why to systematize as much as possible. Systems last and can be improved. They allow for examination and discussion. They thrive on improvement. Systematizing allows for compound interest. I think you have to have a subscription to access the article but HMR.org is worth the price of admission if such subject matter compels you.
An amazing book I have just begun is The Soul Of America by Jon Meacham. Check it out. It is amazing… like I just said. I will leave you with a quote
“In our finest hours, though, the soul of the country manifests itself in an inclination to open our arms rather than to clench our fists;” ― Jon Meacham, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels