Nerd Corner #58

Tiny Rockets, Morals and more!

Hi All!

Today I have some special news to share with you, together with my friend Orlando we’re launching our latest project tinyrockets.app. Head over to the Nerd Corner to know find out more about it! 

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Summer in San Francisco seems to be slowly coming to and end. After weeks of warm weather and a few days of smoke due to the recent fires, the air is now clean and much cooler, perfect for early morning or late afternoon runs!


What I am reading 📚

I’m still trying to prioritize books from my 2020 reading list so I picked up “The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus”. Publius Syrus was a roman slave from Siria that was later freed and became one of the most famous mimes and improvisers of Ancient Rome. He wrote a variety of works but all that survives is this collection of aphorisms. And it is a very good collection. A lot of what he said, centuries before Christ, can be found in more modern religious texts. Some of my favorite lines so far are:

Even when we get what we wish, it is not ours.

A wise man rules his passions, a fool obeys them.

Excessive severity misses its own aim. 

He keeps furthest from danger who looks out while he is safe.

Even calamity becomes virtue’s opportunity.

Since aphorisms are better read few at a time and digested slowly, I also started reading a short book from Penguin’s Great Ideas collection, “Of Human Freedom”, a book on morals, freedom and stoicism by Epictetus. If you haven’t read anything by Epictetus, I can’t recommend this one enough, it makes for a very good and short introduction to his Stoic philosophy! 


Nerd Corner 🤓

I'm obsessed with building better practices and healthier habits. They’re the foundation to a healthy and enjoyable life. Luckily, I'm not alone. There are plenty of books like The Power Of Habit and James Clear’s best-seller Atomic Habits that teach us how to create better habits. 

But, on their own, these resources are not enough for us to start working on our habits. In my own experience I’ve always started with the best of intentions only to fall through and stop. It wasn't until I realized I needed a support group that would hold me accountable that most of these ideas started to click.

So, after trying multiple apps, and online services I decided to team up with my friend Orlando—who like me failed to find a great tool to build his own peer group to develop and improve his habits—and make our vision a reality!

This week we’re launching tinyrockets.app an online service that helps you improve and build your habits, teaches you about the science and psychology behind them, and allows you to create your own group of success partners with whom you can develop accountability and work towards your goals!

See you inside!


Cool Finds 🤯

  • Last week the latest novel of my friend Karl Krispin, "Ve a comprar cigarrillos y desaparece”, made its debut in Spain. Now you can get it on Amazon in the US as well. I’ll be reading it soon, you should check it out as well!

  • This clip from Joe Rogan’s podcast with Garrett Reisman sheds light on how it is to work with Elon Musk who somehow manages to operate 4 companies all at the same time. Reisman mentions how Elon is all about business and doesn’t waste time when talking to the experts, they always go straight to the point. Elon doesn’t have time for coffee. 

  • Last week I discovered Edge.org a site filled with articles and podcasts with some of the world’s best thinkers. I’ve been reading everything in it like crazy. My favorite pieces so far have been “Brain plus Brawn” on how humans evolved for running and “The Fourth Quadrant: A Map Of The Limits Of Statistics” a somewhat technical piece by Nassim Taleb.


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