🎀 Podcasts

  • Leah Garces on 80,000 hours – Leah runs the non-profit Mercy For Animals. In a non-heavy-handed way, she discuss strategy for changing a system which is cruel to both farmers and animals.
  • Audrey Tang on 80,000 hours – Audrey discusses the newly developed democtractic technology used to turn an uruely mob of 5,000 college students in to a collaborative legislative egnine.
  • Penn Jilette on The Tim Ferris Show – Penn discusses his live and career, with some dramatic scenes of working a crowd, raw trust in strangers, and his natural ability to de-escalate situations.

🍿 Video

  • Matt Ferrell - Undecided – New tech broken down for the casual audience. Focus on climate tech
  • Applied Science – This home physics lab makes all the other ones on youtube look like gradeschool science

πŸ“— Books


  • Shorting the grid – A pragmatic dose of counter-greenwash
  • Anything by Robert Caro (on LBJ) or David McCullough – two fantastic authors
  • Churchill (Roberts) – engaging and well written book
  • Omnivore’s Dilemma and How to Change Your Mind – Good dives in to the world around us
  • The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition – Hard to find a more amazing tale

Financial Systems & Economics

  • Irrational exhuberance – A good antidote to “rational actor” theory they teach you in school
  • The Story of Silver – A history of the metal, particularly it’s use as currency. A great way to understand the importance and history of our financial system. Also the Crime of 1873 is a crazy story.
  • The Other Half of Macroeconomics – Most under-rated economics book I know. Short and explains monetary base management and austerity.
  • Principles For Navigating Big Debt Crises (Dalio) – Single best guide to recessions (and inflation) that I know of.

Understanding Humans

  • Getting More (Diamond) – Ostensibly a book on negotation, when read with a good attitude this is a terrific guide on how to work with people collaboratively.
  • Attached (Heller) – Best guide to relationships that I know of
  • Mindsight (Siegel) – Our selves are often so much more capable than we typically expect. Siegel documents this inspiringly.
  • Power of Habit (Duhigg) – A guide on mindlessness which can teach you more about mindfullness than a meditation book. Or, how to build your own internal subroutines which don’t require constant attention.
  • The Body Keeps the Score – So much of science focuses on what is easily shown, such as the chemical and mechanical. This is a much needed look in to some more complex and dynamic parts of our selfs - the mind-body connections - in a way which shows many roles of our body in everyday life.
  • Range – A quick and fun read on different ways of thinking.


  • Farseer Trilogy – The best character development I’ve ever seen in a book. I originally discovered it as someone recommended the way the author handles grief, but the book is so much more than that!
  • Ivanhoe – The original story of Robin Hood. Refreshing long sentences written with a fountain pen, and a look in to Saxon England.

Short Stories & Humor

  • My Name is Aram – Humorous short stories of an Armenian growing up in Central California back when cars were new.
  • Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman – When a physiscts studies and experiments with the people around him, the results can be hilarious.
  • Farmer Takes a Wife – If you wonder what happens when a bull gets on the telephone.


  • Irma’s Passport – The story of my great-grandmother’s escape on the last plane from Nazi Austria