I have read Walter Isaacson's "The Innovators", about the history of computers and the digital revolution.

It felt rather lengthy at times, partially because I'm already familiar with some stories (Apple and the PC revolution, Bill Gates and his software empire), partially because Isaacson explains history in detail I can't comprehend (differences early computer models, military research).

I'll make a thread with some points I found interesting.

All the differen scripts that the website embeds: facebook, google, perimeterx, stripe. I block everything, no problem.

I read Edward Snowden's "Permanent Record" and liked it quite a lot. It's a nice autobiography, a recount of his nerdy youth, his career in intelligence and his way towards whistleblowing.

I'll thread some quotes that may be interesting.

I've read "The Automatic Millionaire" by David Bach, and I'm not impressed.

It's a short little book on , mostly urging you to start saving early, tax-efficient, and automatic.

"Pay yourself first" is the mantra of this book. While everything he says is certainly true, I couldn't take much fruitful impulses from it. Also, it was very American: 401(k)s, credit card debt, etc.

Apparently, if you apply for a mortgage in the US, the interest rate that you get depends on your score. Consequently, Sethi argues to open some credit cards, get huge credit lines, and use them responsibly, all of which will improve your credit score, and thus get you a cheaper mortage. Does somebody know if the same applies in EU countries?

Next book will be "I will teach you to be rich" by Ramit Sethi. I finally need to come up with a proper plan towards wealth.

I re-read "Awaken the Giant Within" by and made quite some annotations. I consider his work phenomenal, but this book from 1993 is the most extensive guide covering his "life coaching" that I could find.

Even though it comprises the main teachings of Robbins, the book's structure is a little confusing, making the re-read worth my time. I'll try to come back to it periodically, to refresh my memory.

Now reading: Tony Robbins' "Awaken the Giant within". I've read this book two years ago in English, now again in German. The concepts and ideas are truly amazing. I will annotate and highlight the shit out of this book. πŸŽ‰

It's a shame that the book is a little unstructured, and that this twenty-five year old book is still the best thing you can find from Tony.

I just got explained the EU political system by a youtube video. I guess it's 2019.

Now reading: "Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood" by Trevor Noah.

Interesting to see he east-west-difference. The population is growing in the west, and decreasing in the east, essentially since the war:

IBM Simon, released in 1993: Calls, E-Mails, Calendar, Calculator, Touchscreen.

"The point isn't that Apple ripped off the Simon. It's that the conceptual framework for the smartphone, what people imagined they could do with a computer, has been around far far longer than the iPhone."

Next book I'll be reading is "The One Device" by Brian Merchant, a book on the development of the iPhone.

"Radical, civilization-scale transformations arent usually rapid *and* seamless. But smartphones took over the world quietly and completely in a matter of years, and we barely noticed."

Here's the only inspiring idea that I took from the book on financial independence:

As soon as your (decreasing?) expenses and your (increasing?) returns from invested capital match, you live from your investments.

Plotting this crossover point (pic related) may be motiating as hell, because it tells you "how many more years" you need to keep working. It gives you a clear goal. I might try that.

Book that I'm reading right now: "Your money or your life" by Vicki Robin. I'll try to put some highlights and quotes on this thread as they come up...

I read Stephen Pinker's "Enlightenment now!" and it was a brilliant book.

Over 500 pages, he argues that we should acknowledge how enlightenment and science has improved our lives over the past hundred years. Of course, this reads as an antithesis to modern populism that claims things are getting worse somehow...

I've read "Becoming" by Michelle .

It is a highly entertaining, straightforward autobiography. Her writing style is very vivid and allowed me to fell with her along the way, often laughing out physically while reading. And, obviously, the Obama's story is plenty interesting.


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