Alex's Notes

Pen and paper, thought and mind to the world.

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I’ve been working out again and the effects have been immediate. I can literally feel the blood flow in my brain and I am not concerned that is a sign of a stroke. Wondering if this rediscovered body high will help me stay consistent and clear my thoughts to write more, let’s find out.

How has Google been able to get away with the “Hold CMD + Q” to quit Chrome when the universal way to quit apps is simply press CMD + Q? It is a running joke that they are the gold standard of design when they break obvious patterns like this, and Chrome isn’t their only app that has incredibly frustrating design “features.”

The hilarity of this makes it impossible not to share:

“Give a man a program, frustrate him for a day. Teach a man to program, frustrate him for a lifetime.” ~Waseem Latif

“Live in the present and the message of God will come out of you.”
– Jesse Lee Peterson

An unfinished thought


In case you haven’t noticed the world has changed recently and with it one of the most revitalizing surges of opportunity in recent memory.

When businesses around you close, when fear is the strongest smell in the air, and when assumptions require second thoughts you are forced to see the truth about your surroundings to power your convictions.

To see who you are, who others are, who needs help,

Skin in the Game

Read: June 2018

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Skin in The Game

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

When I bought Skin in the Game by Nicholas Taleb, I didn’t fully understand what the book was about as I was more drawn to Taleb’s personality and witty insights from Twitter. But shortly after reading the most informative Preface of a book I’ve ever picked up, I realized what an important book Skin in the Game is for anybody who makes decisions or creates something in the modern world.

The basic idea of having Skin in the Game is that you have a personal investment tied to the outcome of an opinion, a business, and decisions over others; that if you are to make decisions that affect others, you are best and most fairly suited to do so where the results directly impact you.

Taleb illustrates these concepts brilliantly with examples ranging from the “politicians in the air-conditioned rooms” to looking deeper at the famous Golden Rule and why the Silver Rule may be a more robust way to treat others.

As of writing this (June 28, 2018) I’m about halfway through the book and know I will reread this many times in my life as the ideas are refreshingly new but have implications that will help you navigate the world in a more realistic and honest way.