This is Monthly Mentor, a monthly list of things I discovered that you might like. Enjoy!
🔥 Means this significantly impacts my life.
Ps. Sorry I'm late sending this. Been going hard at my book.
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- [ Article 10-20 min ] Is red meat killing us? - excellent breakdown by dr Peter Attia of epidemiology and it's drawbacks. (link)
- [ Research ] Meat Intake and Mortality - A Prospective Study of Over Half a Million People - interesting correlations where red meat spelled trouble but white meat seemedto extend lifespan. Read the above article if you want to put this is perspective. (link)
- [ Research ] Low testosterone = depression - both in men and women. In women high testosterone too correlated with deptessive symptoms. Let me stress these are all epidemiological correlations and not clinical studies. (men, women)
- [ Research ] Low serum total cholesterol - is associated with marked increase in mortality in advanced heart failure. (link)
- [ Article 10-15 min ] Do calories matter? - illustrating the importance of asking the right questions. It elloquently puts how the laws of thermodynamics are not a complete instruction manual to the human body. (link)
- [ Research ] Collagen partially reverses skin aging symptops - "The effect of oral collagen peptide supplementation on skin moisture and the dermal collagen network: evidence from an ex vivo model and randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials" (link)
- [ Article 10 min ] The Science of Internal Time, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired - I've gotten quite religious about my bedtimes, in part due to the effect of sociak jetlag. (link)
- 🔥 [ Video 1:19:04 ] How did we come to believe saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for us? - I revisit this malvellous breakdown of cholesterol and saturated fat policits periodically. It is long and well worth the watch. (link)
- [ Podcast 1:44:13 ] How to biohack your intelligence with everything from sex to modafinil to MDMA - I don't go this extreme personally, but it is great fun to listen to people who spend a lot of time and money biohacking themselves. (link)
Money & investing
- [ Tool ] Index fund value development - by mr Money Mustache. The tool allows you to visualise how an investment develops when you use a simple index fund. (link) Not sure about index funds? Read this.
- [ Article 15 min ] How Warren Buffett Won His Multi-Million Dollar Long Bet - breaks down Buffiett's bet that money managers (mutual funds) do not make money for their customers. (link)
- [ Article 20-30 min ] Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble - a breakdown of the hypothetical potential of bitcoin and blockchain tech. It ignores price speculations and looks at spcietal impact. (link)
- [ Reddit post 10 min ] I will tell you exactly what is going on here - a great piece on the emotional nature of trading cryptocurrencies, but really any financial asset. (link)
- [ Reddit post 5 min ] No, technologically illiterate boomers, cryptocurrency actually does in fact have intrinsic value - a controversial but interesting view on why cryptocurrency is not just hot air. (link)
- [ Reddit post 20 min ] Your Guide to Monero, and Why It Has Great Potential - regardless of the content, I love it when reddit users take a big chunk of time to explain their views. (link)
People & society
- [ Article 10 min ] Digital nomads are hiring and firing their governments - breaks down the interesting effect digital nomads have on the concept of citizenship. (link)
- 🔥 [ Podcast 3:01:48 ] Joe Rogan, Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying - a fascinating conversation about the dysfunctional relationship our society has with sex, gender and basic biology. Bret and Heather are evolutionary biologists (and married) and beautifully level headed.
- [ Article 10 min ] Don’t Pitch Developers on Your Startup - gives a nice perspective on how a business owner or manager should approach findng talent for their project. (link)
- [ Article 10 min ] He Helped Discover Evolution, And Then Became Extinct - turns out darwin was not working alone, but history kind of forgot about that. (link)
- [ Article 5 min ] The Spice That Hooked Medieval Nuns - the monks brew the beer, and the nuns apparently got high one of the most expensive herbs I know of. (link)
- Powercube - a power strip takes space. These people made a cube that you plug into the power, which then turns it into 5 plugs. No extra wires. I use it in the kitchen to have all my machines plugged in. (link)
- 🔥 Oversized duvet - I'm a weirdo. One of my weird preferences is to curl my divet around my feet, but also around my shoulders. With regular sized duvets this is impossible, so I decided to get one that is 240cm tall and 220cm wide. I just got a synthetic one because it's less allergy prone. Best. Decision. Ever.
- Balance skateboard - I got a standing desk from amazon last month, combined with this "balance board meets skateboard" I now spend my working days balancing on thsi thing. Love it. (link)
- Nokia smartscale - Nokia bought the whitings company, so my smartwatch/tracker and scale are now Nokia. The build quality of both is excellent, and I love data. Pro-tip, if you have low bodyfat ("can sort of see your abs" and above) enable athlete mode or your bodyfat percentage measurement will make no sense, this goes for most bioelectric impedance smart scales. (link)
- 🔥 Blue light blocking glasses - I thought these were silly, but good god I love them. They make the world look orange, but indeed block blue light (my blue backlight thermostat looks grey through it 😱). The benefit of them is blocking melatonin cycle interfering blue light. In short: you should sleep better. I wear it 4 hours before going to bed. Watching netflix makes everything look like it's summer, but for me it's worth the effect. I love these particularly because they don't look like shit so I can wear them in public without looking like I run a meth lab. (link)
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Have a great week!
Ps. The stuff I send you is intended to make your life better/easier/more fun. If you don't like the mails though, feel free to skip out. It's worth sticking around though!