Category Archives: Newsletter Archive

January 2019

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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc.

Books

Full list of books read in 2019201820172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Essays

  • I want to become a better writer so will sporadically put out essays – my attempt to dig into fun, new, and/or surprising ideas. Besides becoming a better writer, I have found that writing helps me flush out my thoughts and ideas and this process makes it painfully transparent how little I truly understand. If I can’t write about it or explain something simply, I don’t truly understand it. I also believe that ideas beget ideas and I hope this process helps unlock and uncover more of them.
  • Costanza’s Law of Contrast

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • No caffeine – first couple days were tough but made me realize the impact caffeine has on me (elevated heart rate, a bit of a frantic mood, etc.). I’ll go back to regular coffee soon but limit it to 1 per day and might do one week of no caffeine per month to cycle off

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

Problem avoidance is the strategy of avoiding head-on encounters with a stubborn problem that does not offer a good point d’appui, or toe hold. It is the most under-rated of all methods of dealing with problems. Little wonder, for its practitioners are not to be found struggling valiantly against staggering odds, nor are they to be seen fighting bloody but unbowed, nor are they observed undergoing glorious martyrdom. They are simply somewhere else, successfully doing something else. Like Lao Tzu himself, they have slipped quietly away into a happy life of satisfying obscurity. The opposite of passivity is initiative, or responsibility – not energetic futility. Choose your systems with care. Destiny is largely a set of unquestioned assumptions.” – John Gall

December 2018

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc.

Books

Full list of books read in 201820172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • Machine Learning – getting to know the basics in these topics was not only a lot of fun but I think really important as they will likely become pervasive and permeate every area of life. The language and terms used to describe these different topics also gave me some vocabulary and a new way to think about learning, AI, habits, training, and serve as great metaphors to think about other areas not directly related to AI/ML.

Monthly Challenges

  • Changed the routine up a bit this December. Rather than reading new books, I’ve reviewed what I’ve read this past year as well as the best things I’ve read over the past ~5 years or so (see links above under “Books”). My goal was to spot patterns across topics and time, making it a priority to reflect more deeply on what I’ve already read in order to let these great teachings sink in. Really enjoyed this practice and will likely keep up.

Other

As we begin 2019, I’d love any recommendations on what to read, learn about, do, how I can improve the site, and anything else that might come to mind.

I appreciate and am grateful for all your feedback and for the community we’ve built together these past 5 years.

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” – African Proverb

November 2018

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc.

Books

Full list of books read in 201820172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • Machine Learning – need another month at least to get a basic understanding but it’s a fascinating space

Monthly Challenges

  • 200 mg L-Theanine with coffee in the mornings – super sharp focus but didn’t sleep well and was hot all the time. Might do every once in a while when needed but not every day.

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“What you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself.” – Thomas Sprat

 

October 2018

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201820172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • Buffett Partnership Letters – great learning how Buffett thought about investing early on in his career and how he has adapted throughout time. Same ideas of circle of competence, margin of safety, Mr. Market, humility shine through

Other

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

 
     
   

September 2018

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201820172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

Monthly Challenges

  • 3 day fast – boring but surprisingly easy. A lot of energy but don’t sleep great on the fasts

Other

Amor Fati

Blas

 

 
     
   
   
 
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August 2018

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201820172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • Jordan Peterson Biblical Series – really enjoying these and have a couple left – will probably re-watch once I finish because there is so much depth to them…

Monthly Challenges

  • HeartMath HRV – doing just 5-10 minutes in the morning and at night in order to get into coherence and measure my heart rate variability (HRV). Definitely not a replacement for meditation but it is a great, quick way to get many of the physical benefits associated with coherence and meditation
  • Avoid lectin heavy foods (tomatoes, potatoes, legumes, beans, more) – wanted to try this after digging into Dr. Gundry’s Plant Paradox. I personally didn’t feel a huge difference and probably won’t keep up but I definitely didn’t feel worse and I know a lot of people who have felt huge differences on this protocol.

Other

Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

 
     
   
   
 
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July 2018

My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201820172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

Monthly Challenges

  • Review journal entries – helps me see where I spent my time, what was useful/useless, what brought me stress or joy, what I’ve learned, what I’ve done, etc. Broadly, this process helps me more clearly see what I should be doing more and less of
  • How to shoot a bow and arrow – not a ton of progress but learned the basics

Other

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“If you want to make money, you need to find the simple things before they become simple things.” – Phillip Lehman, one of three founding Lehman brothers

June 2018

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201820172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

Monthly Challenges

  • Pareto Spring Cleaning – done twice per year, I find this helpful to evaluate how things are going, where you’re spending your time, what’s working and what isn’t…
  • Write down one thing per day that you love about someone and give it to them at the end – great thing to do for anyone important in your life

Other

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“We have truly learned that what we really keep is what we give and that the returns are immediate. Therefore, under this new philosophy, the standard of success will eventually be the measure of service given.” – George Mecherle, Founder of State Farm

 
     
   
   
 
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May 2018

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201820172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

Monthly Challenges

  • Pushed out learning how to shoot a bow and ride a horse. Will try again in June…

Other

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“The desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” – John le Carre

 
     
   
   
 
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April 2018

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
Jump In. 
 

My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201820172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

Monthly Challenges

  • Re-read my journal entries to see how I spent my time, where I should cut down, what was productive/fun and what ended up not being useful
  • 3-day fast
  • Diet tweaks after blood work – probiotics, magnesium, and no eggs for one month

Other

  

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” – Charlie Parker

 
     
   
   
 
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