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July 2019

The Rabbit Hole
     
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My monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

  • None this month

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None this month

Monthly Challenges

  • Semi-Annual Pareto Spring Cleaning – an easy and effective way to spend 20 minutes every quarter, helping to identify distractions and amplifiers
  • 7-Minute Daily Hanging Challenge (Ido Portal) – not 7 consecutive minutes, but 7 minutes total in a day. Felt like it helped with my posture, grip strength, and shoulder flexibility. 

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“I had worked with John Tukey for some years before I found he was essentially my age, so I went to our mutual boss and asked him, “How can anyone my age know as much as John Tukey does?” He leaned back, grinned, and said, “You would be surprised how much you would know if you had worked as hard as he has for as many years.” There was nothing for me to do but slink out of his office, which I did. I thought about that remark for some weeks and decided, while I could never work as hard as John did, I could do a lot better than I had been doing.” – Richard Hamming

 
     
   
   
 
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April 2019

The Rabbit Hole

     
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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 201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Simplicity is the end result of long, hard work, not the starting point.” – Frederick Maitland

June 2019

The Rabbit Hole
     
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My monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None this month

Monthly Challenges

  • Had my first child, a daughter! That’ll be challenging enough for at least a month 😉

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.” – Walt Disney.

 
     
   
   
 
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May 2019

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

Books

Full list of books read in 201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

  • None this month

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None this month

Monthly Challenges

  • 36 Questions – an effective way to get to know someone deeply pretty quickly but, since I did it with my wife, many of the questions were a bit silly and basic. Definitely fun and worthwhile to try though – especially staring into somebody’s eyes for 4 minutes

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“My own personal opinion is that more damage to the world comes from cognitive glitches than does from malevolence.” – Charlie Munger

 
     
   
   
 
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February 2019

The Rabbit Hole
     
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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

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • None

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep burning and unquenchable.” – Bruce Lee

 
     
   
   
 
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March 2019

The Rabbit Hole
     
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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

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • Apple Watch HRV every morning – nice start to the day as it helps you get into a comfortable and relaxed state through deep and rhythmic breathing. Doesn’t replace meditation at all but it was helpful to see how the Apple Watch analyzes HRV and how it correlates to how I’m feeling.

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Take the high road. It’s never crowded.” – Charlie Munger

 
     
   
   
 
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January 2019

The Rabbit Hole
     
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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