Ready Player One, Semi Lattes, and Extending Senses ūüŹÉ ūüöö ūüĎā#41

It was the “latte” in this Tesla semi post that made me grin.

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Books that you miss upon finishing.

I was entranced and entertained listening to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

VR/AR leaders often recommend it to experience one of our possible futures:¬†ultra-simulation (in 2045). The impressive narration by Wil Wheaton often had me chuckling, the detail in the book astounded me and of course it was fun to hear the vast number of (familiar) 1980’s references.

It’s also a Spielberg¬†movie to be released next year.

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Kevin Kelly in Recomendo.

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Favourite reads & listens

  • What senses would you extend?Neil Harbisson¬†talks¬†about going from full colourblindness to installing an antenna so he could hear sound.¬†Apparently the cleaning product isle in the supermarket is like a fun nightclub!¬†It’s an¬†uplifting, fascinating, futuristic, 9:35min watch. Actually even the first few minutes is worth it to imagine¬†a new dimension for you.Photo credit: Ted.com

     

  • Rolling Stone¬†followed Elon around for months.Here are a few quotes that struck me:



  • The world is getting better at a stunning rate“. This report has “evidence of abundance” graphs and insights. Big¬†thanks to Peter Diamandis and his team for showcasing how the world is improving. Here’s to¬†balanced¬†news.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Using algorithms and radical transparency¬†at work may make your workplace even easier.¬†(thx Jacqui Hocking)
  • The¬†Websummit opening remarks¬†are¬†a great call for designers, creators, entrepreneurs¬†and technologists to focus on building tech that is useful and fair for society. Included are: Stephen Hawking on AI, Bryan Johnson on HI,¬†a regulator’s view of Facebook and other ultra powerful tech companies.

Great presence

  • Thanks for the laugh David Roberts (of¬†Innovation and Disruption at Singularity University). Here is his¬†bio: “His fascination with technology began In fourth grade after building a hovering electric drone, to carry his younger sister to the bus stop, powered by¬†what was formerly his mother’s vacuum cleaner, and fortunately limited by the length of an electric power cord.”Have you added humour to yours?
  • Good fun at the London tube:

Have a wonderful week,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

PS.¬†One of the companies and experiences that have most impressed me in the last couple of years is¬†Manly Ocean Adventures. Knowledgeable, exceptional value, and thoughtful, they’re advertising their incredible experiences (with or¬†without whales) as¬†great¬†Christmas gift ideas. If you’re near Sydney or your people are… this could be for you!

 

 

PPS. in a previous email I wrote about the Apple Airpods. My update from a month of using them is that I’m still loving the earphones quick change between computer and iPhone and watch phonecall pickup.¬†I am missing the ease of the Jaybirds hanging around my neck. The Airpods are a bit more of a cognitive load for me. They’re fiddly to remember where they are / to put in my pocket when I’m on the move and I sense I’ve a higher risk of losing them. Jaybird X2 Sport were around my neck all the time and I could use one or two earphones and never think about the battery or getting into the practice of taking out one Airpod during a long phonecall to make sure I have enough battery. The tech of the Airpods is beautiful and clever and it’s wonderful they can be used across many bluetooth devices – not just Apple’s. Airpods around the neck!?!

Disruption, Mars & Zen ūüöÄ ūüíę ūüĎĆ #38

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Hi and welcome to the 38th edition of this email.

Airline Industry, you’re next.

Just over a week ago Elon Musk announced his Mars plans and (mic dropped) massive airline disruption.

‚ÄúThe goal of these initial missions is to find the best source of water… That‚Äôs the first mission. The second mission is to build the propellant plant.‚ÄĚ

See the Mars village come to life.

Who knows what will be discovered through exploring and living on¬†Mars. Going anywhere in the world (at similar costs to current tickets)¬†in under an hour will connect people even more¬†ūüėĄ

Elon has said¬†“life needs to be more than just solving every day problems. You need to wake up and be excited about the future”.

Each individual contributes to the whole of humanity. Here’s to his talk inspiring you.

This¬†one’s¬†great too.

Love is Love.

In Australia we’re having a vote on marriage equality so there is lots of conversations about LOVE ūüėć

I loved (ah, pun intended) seeing a t-shirt yesterday with a simple “Love is Love” across the top.

Simple. Let’s get on with things.

Learning about Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies – including Bitcoin and Ethers.

I’ve compiled and ordered 25+ easy introductory and more advanced blockchain tech and cryptocurrency links on this¬†page.

It includes a few recent links, such as “How to explain cryptocurrencies and blockchains to your friends and family” podcast and another great couple of introductory YouTube video I spotted last week.

Getting into this topic takes watching and reading so start out with those at the top of the page and find a couple of hours to enjoy learning – perhaps via your phone as you walk along the river?

Favourite reads & listens

  • Alyssa Ravasio of Hipcamp on¬†how technology is changing how we relate to nature.
  • Fascinating topics in the new¬†“Type Human” email.
  • Designing the¬†future suburb¬†for drones, autonomous vehicles and the changing environment.
  • For years I’ve been a fan of libraries offering great services and here they go again! Seeing this in Kevin Kelly’s email prompted me to check out Lynda.com at Melbourne City Library and it worked well. Perhaps you can access Lynda courses via your library?”Lynda.com has an excellent collection of training videos for learning programming, design, bitcoin fundamentals, bookkeeping, and much more. Lynda charges a monthly fee, but if you have a library card, the chances are you can become a Lynda member for free.”
  • Rebranding dyslexia. Nice one Steve.
  • Enjoy the great acting in Bladerunner 2049. Spot the zen reminders and beauty in dystopia.”It is less a movie and more of an experience. It feels like an immersion into virtual reality without 3D. The unmusical sound track, slow-pace editing (it runs almost 3 hours!), breathtaking visual details, all deliver a stunning alternative world, with even more persuasion than its famous prequel.” Kevin Kelly

For your CEO and senior leaders

  • Meet the world‚Äôs first¬†Tech Ambassador¬†& Embassy.”The new job will have four key roles: building partnerships; shaping tech companies‚Äô opinions; spotting new trends; and overhauling the Foreign Ministry itself.”
  • If your leaders haven’t yet gotten Augmented Reality,¬†this¬†may help to see how 3D spaces are being used¬†to get things done via ARKit.

You may be able to guess this photo is me looking across to and imagining myself skiing¬†my favourite Mt Hotham lines. Now that the snow season has ended,¬†I’m transitioning to the surfboard, enjoying the blossoms, being under blue skies, getting caught in the rain, and seeing the kids return to school for Term 4.

May it be a great time for you.

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

Hit reply anytime.

Enjoy reading a variety of topics in past editions here.

Learn about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies via this prioritised list of 25+ links.

The extended list of great online presence is here and here.

Tips.

Say ‘Hi’ on Instagram.

If we’re not connected, let’s do so by clicking¬†here¬†and¬†here.

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Update subscription preferences¬†or¬†unsubscribe¬†if this is no longer relevant to you. See you again sometime ¬†ūüĎč ūüėĄ

It’s all about you. ūüėć #23

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The subject this time round is YOU. (How fun!)

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It’s about YOU.

What’s on your mind? What could I help you with? Shoot me a reply with:

~ a question

~ a query on a current challenge

~ ideas of topics you’d like to read in future newsletters

Fun ūüôā

Deep Work.

Amazingly a month after finishing Cal Newport’s “Deep Work” book the learnings, reminders and productivity tips¬†have continued to (usefully) pop into my mind.

Turns out this book and Kevin Kelly’s are my favourites in the past year.

Did you enjoy them too?

Industries of the Future ~ Alec Ross

Another recent read was Alec Ross’s “Industries of the Future” which went deeper than his TED talk. The main outtake: get your unique life/career/work purpose very clear and start profiling and marketing yourself online.

Get to it!

Here’s¬†a favourite quote:

In case of overwhelm (“more books to read!”)

Any of the books I recommend have quotes on the Good Reads website. If you’re wondering about reading something, type into Google:

“good reads quotes [name of book / author]”

…and then click through to the Good Reads quotes page where you’ll gain a quick overview of the book. These days this helps me decide whether to read a book.

Examples:

Favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:

I’ve heard Spring is in the air in London, the snowfalls have¬†slowed in Japan, and we’re continuing an excellent Summer here in Melbourne. Wherever you are, have fun!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

Thank you for inviting me into your inbox. Hit reply anytime.

Say ‘hi’ on Instagram¬†and enjoy¬†these fascinating¬†audiobooks & podcasts.

 

Kevin Kelly’s Tech Forces, LinkedIn News, High Performance Tips & Sam’s Update ūüď° ūüėé ūüĎĆ #14

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Hi,

Welcome to the 14th edition of this email (over 6 months!). Did you know you can read all past editions in the archive?

This time round I’m providing a digest of the fascinating things I’m reading / spotting. ¬†Here and there I will throw in one of these more personal emails where I share things I’m enjoying right now, and what’s on my mind.¬†If you like this format, let me know by replying to this email.

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Let’s get into it.

I subscribe to Audible.com and get an audio book each month. Like podcasts, they’re a great way to be informed and now there’s no pile of books by my bed. Wahoo!

My recent favourite audiobooks are:

¬†Kevin Kelly’s “The Inevitable”¬†– within 6 hours of listening you’ll be up to date with the 12 tech forces that are shaping our future. I found listening to this at 1.25 speed worked well and the 6 hours took me about 3 week in amongst listening to other media.

¬†Ryan Holiday’s “Ego is the Enemy”¬†is exactly what you’d hope for.
¬†Bluetooth Headphones have come up a lot in my conversations in the past fortnight. Sounds like the new Jaybirds are even better. I’ve realised that I’m not in the market from Apple’s Airpods as the Jaybirds sit around my neck ready to be popped in my ear when I want to chat to Siri and don’t need to be put away (or lost/left behind on a cafe table!).
¬†I’ve upped my weekly average on podcasts and audiobook listening since writing this post about gaining extra hours of learning in February.

Don’t just take my word for it, try them for yourself. Get learning on-the-go!

Play Your Best (Work) Game.

I’ve collected the tips I’ve learnt from running The Do Lectures here in Australia. Here’s a sneak peak prior to them flying on Social Media:

Creating Incredible Experiences: Tips for the Vision Holder

How Do You Create A High Performing Team for Extraordinary Projects?

How Do You Create An Experience that Goes Beyond Delighting People?

Startup Tips for Creating (Seemingly Impossible) International Events

 

LinkedIn News

LinkedIn Learning‘s new short courses range from a few minutes to a couple of hours, you’ll pickup great tips and you can listen to many of them without needing to watch the video. I really enjoyed Guy Kawasaki’s simple and quick tips on Entrepreneurship.

¬†On the LinkedIn app, endorsements now include insights on the specialists who rate you in their skill. It takes time for people to endorse you so refresh your skills now – check they’re relevant, in a useful order and double check your settings are on for people to endorse you.¬†Here’s how.

Still not sure where to start with LinkedIn? This very possibly will save you years.

We’re increasing the price of our coaching packages significantly next year so book this month before the price goes up:

Upgrade your LinkedIn Summary

Online Profile Review

Online Presence Coaching

I hope you enjoyed this email & as always, please DO let me know via Twitter if you have feedback, ideas to include, questions or just want to send a fist bump.

Have a fun week, flying high online,

~ Sam
RunwayDigital.com

PS. The podcasts I enjoy the most end up on my Podcast recommendations list right here.


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Best Podcasts & Audiobooks for Top Performance

These are the best podcasts and audiobooks I’ve found for top performance, emerging technology, and business trends from listening to hundreds of podcasts and a couple of years worth of audiobooks.

Best Podcasts for Top Performance

1. Anatomy of Next

One of the things I love about online content at the moment is greater access to the ‘good news stories’. The Anatomy of Next is a treat. It showcases current, upcoming and longer-term technology and the effects on humanity through storyline and interviews with world experts in genetics, tech, and beyond. What’s rad about it is that it’s dispelling many of the dystopian/destruction future storylines¬†often in Hollywood blockbuster movies (think: Terminator). It’s useful in seeing¬†the¬†future brightly.

2. Blockchain tech and digital tokens

Check out the favourite podcasts and audiobooks here.

3. Kevin Kelly

IDEO Futures and Kevin Kelly creatively explore the future (Soundcloud and iTunes Episode 37). Fascinating.

4. James Altucher Interviews

A wonderful conversation between James and Gary Vaynerchuk on the realities of working hard and becoming an entrepreneur, hustling and gaining freedom in life.

Adam Grant and James will help your creativity and original thinking.

5. Tim Ferriss Interviews

Tim Ferriss podcasts are interviews with people who are¬†operating at best-in-the-world level. Learn from the best! Enjoy their wise and calm perspectives.¬†Tim is the author of the ‘Four Hour’ books¬†that are really useful for developing your mindset to identify¬†greater productivity, performance and to be globally-aware.¬†Access podcasts through searching for Tim Ferriss in the Podcasts app on your smartphone or head here.¬†These are my favourite interviews with top performers across various professions in suggested listening order:

Bryan Johnson
Naval Ravikant
Kevin Kelly (#164) – AI, Virtual Reality and The Inevitable
Joshua Waitzkin (all episodes)
Tara Brach
Caroline Paul
Maria Popova (especially useful if you do Social Media production)
Charles Poliquin
Derek Sivers
Wim Hof
Chris Sacca
Ryan Holiday
James Altucher
Ramit Sethi
Pavel Tsatsouline
Peter Diamandis
Noah Kagan
Seth Godin
Phil Libin
Joshua Skenes
Tony Robbins
Walter O’Brien
BJ Miller
Marc Andreessen (#163)

If you’re interested in productivity and gaining increased focus, Tim Ferriss also provides insight beyond his book (which is a great introduction) through these podcasts where he shares his personal experiments and what has worked:

Episode 13: “Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me)
Magic of Mindfulness: Complain Less, Appreciate More, and Live a Better Life
Episode 6: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm
Episode 9:The 9 Habits to Stop Now – the Not-To-Do List
Episode 17: The Power of Negative Visualization
Lazy: A Manifesto
How to Earn Your Freedom
How to Practice Poverty and Reduce Fear
How to 10X Your Results, One Tiny Tweak at a Time
How to Avoid the Busy Trap (And Other Misuses of Your Time)

6. Arianna Huffington

Get up to speed on why 8 hour sleep a day helps productivity.

7. Voices of VR

“VR” stands for Virtual Reality = Next big thing. Get on it: the¬†Voices of VR¬†podcast ūüôā

8. The Future of the Internet

This Freakonomics podcast investigates “Is the Internet Being Ruined”. ¬†Interesting analysis of the big players such as Facebook and aspects of privacy, as well as potential solutions. Well worth a listen.

9. No Such Thing as a Fish

“The QI researchers (known as ‘elves’) host a weekly podcast to half a million subscribers, where they discuss the most interesting facts they’ve unearthed that week.”

Fascinating, witty and good fun. Really diverse topics, you’re sure to learn something new. This episode¬†(iTunes Ep 127 here) covers objects left on the moon, the earthquake-proof bed, men-only flights and comic sans font.

10. Elizabeth Gilbert Interviews

Feeling a¬†creative block? Check in to the¬†great insights in¬†Episode 207 of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons.

11. Stacking the Bricks

Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman help creatives, consultants, small business owners, entrepreneurs and freelancers grow their online presence, business and set up their online marketing systems to attract relevant leads by first finding a niche group of customers and deeply researching and analysing their needs.

Their Year of Hustle roadmap  explains their system.  Enjoy their podcasts Рmy favourites are:

1 – How Pat Maddox went from 0 subscribers to over $3k MRR in 10 days

EP12 – “I’m shipping ebombs, now what?” – From Pain to Product with Nick Piegari

EP13 – Justin Weiss’s shift from side projects to successful product launches

EP18 – Our Profitable Mess (and how we’re cleaning it up)

EP19 – A Swift Kick in the Ass (The Game of Business)

EP20 – A Swift Kick in the Ass (Accountability)

EP 22 – How to make an offer they can’t refuse (Outreach Masterclass with Kai Davis)

Favourite Audiobooks

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success by Cal Newport. Develop this marketable skill, it’ll be worth it. Exceptional book with practical tips that repeatedly (and usefully) popped into my head weeks after reading. Unique.

Cal’s “Be So Good they Can’t Ignore You” is fabulous too. “He debunks the passion hypothesis (that you need to follow your passions to find work you love) and courage culture (that you need to be emotionally brave too) and instead highlights people who have developed their experience and skills (career capital) prior to using it for greater autonomy, income, flexibility and more.” Although the audiobook is repetitive, its concise length and clearly presented arguments make it well worth the listen.

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance” by master Josh Waitzkin is a peaceful, kind offering of clever learning and high performance tools, including insightful stories from Josh’s life in uncovering top human performance. Enjoy this one.

Kevin Kelly’s “The Inevitable”¬†– within 6 hours of listening you’ll be up to date with the 12 tech forces that are shaping our future. I found listening to this at 1.25 speed worked well and the 6 hours took me about 3 week in amongst listening to other media.

Ready Player One” immerses you in a VR future – great for strategists and future thinkers to better imagine aspects of what could come to be. Have a bit of fun!

The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross. Fascinating.

Care about your company’s culture and doing things differently (exceptionally)? Get into “Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman – Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual” by legendary Yvon Chouinard & Naomi Klein.

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. Entertaining, wise and insightful.

Radical Candor: Be A Kick-Ass Boss Without Using Your Humanity¬†has great leadership tips for building exceptional teams as does “Extreme Teams: Why Pixar, Netflix, AirBnB, and Other Cutting-Edge Companies Succeed Where Most Fail” by Robert Bruce Shaw.

Ryan Holiday’s “Ego is the Enemy”¬†is exactly what you’d hope for.

Love yourself like your life depends on it¬†by Kamal Ravikant (Kamal’s brother Naval mentioned above) is soothing (well done Kamal!) and basic and strengthening. Kamal and Naval are successful entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley’s investors.

Grit by Angela Duckworth hones in on attributes and activities that can build perseverance.

Pop over here for favourite blockchain and cryptocurrency audiobooks.

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Listening Tips

I download a few at a time to my iPhone so I can listen whether or not I’m connected to the internet.

Oh! And I’m a fan of Jaybird headphones¬†and Apple Airpods so learning can happen quickly, anywhere. Clever earphones have had me learning many more hours a week for a while now.

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Have a favourite? Let us know so this list continues to be alive with useful tips.

Check in here regularly as I update this list.

Happy learning and doing!

~ Sam

Last update – 29 January, 2018.

Original post – May, 2016.

 

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