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!?!

Best Blogposts for Top Performance #2

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Best Podcasts for Top Performance

Best Podcasts for Top Performance

Hi Online Pilot,

I hope this reaches you grinning!

I’ve been sending the list below to friends and thought you’d like it too. It has my favourite interviews with top performers in sports, tech, business, mindfulness, health and more.

My HOT TIP before you listen is to purchase a set of bluetooth in-ear headphones.

I really had no idea headphones would improve life so much. The Jaybird X2 pair I bought in February have taken me from rarely listening to a podcast to 3+ a week.

I‚Äôve learnt from top performers in the world while I‚Äôve been at the gym, driving, doing chores, on public transport, walking to the market,… They optimise in-between times.

They also sit comfortably around my neck when I’m not using them as there is no cord to the phone.

I press play more often (even if it‚Äôs a few minutes) and it doesn’t matter if my phone is close¬†or in another room.

I’m excited about headphones!

Knowing you’re interested in top performance, future trends, and/or new technology, I imagine you’ll highly enjoy these Tim Ferriss interviews. Tim is the author of the Four Hour Work Week book which is really useful for a productive and globally-aware mindset.

Either access these podcasts via searching for Tim Ferriss in the Podcasts app on your smartphone or head here. I download a few at a time to my phone so that I can listen whether I’m connected to the internet or not.

These are my favourite podcast interviews in suggested listening order:

Bryan Johnson
Naval Ravikant
Joshua Waitzkin (all episodes)
Tara Brach
Caroline Paul
Maria Popova
Charles Poliquin
…check the longer list here.

Listen to at least one in the next week and reply to this email¬†and let me know what was useful. I’ll be fascinated.

Do share the love by forwarding this email as your friends might enjoy these podcasts too.

We’re receiving truly fascinating comments from entrants to our competition – thankyou. If you’ve not yet entered, please do¬†here¬†as it is closing soon and we’d love to see you look amazing online. You could win¬†2 coaching sessions and support in between (valued at $1,500).

Have fun!

~ Sam
Runway Digital.com

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P.S. The Jaybird X headphones have¬†a known power issue¬†– they¬†sometimes don’t turn on with full charge. I‚Äôve experienced this only a couple of times though not often enough to be concerned. The buds are a bit big for my ears too though they work fine with the smallest earbud covers. The battery life is fantastic! I can use them for a day – which is¬†about 4 or more hours of on and off use.¬†Jaybird also have the Freedom pair coming out soon. I highly recommend purchasing some sort of bluetooth in-ear headphones now – there‚Äôs learning to be had!

P.P.S. These headphones save time too.¬†Try out handsfree calling:¬†press and hold the bottom button on your iPhone for a moment, let go then¬†say¬†“Call Tess” and hey presto the phone is ringing for Tess. So easy! For reminders, press and hold the bottom button then say “remind me tomorrow at 9 to call Geoff”… and at 9am tomorrow you’ll be reminded and given the option to call too!¬†Try it out a few times and you’ll get the hang of it. Enjoy!

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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