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The Monday 6 - May 17, 2021

Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger
Hi, friend!
The family and I are at Disneyland today, and despite that we need to wear masks all day, we’re all quite excited. 25% capacity Disneyland sounds like an ideal Disneyland.
As of Sunday, May 16, 59.8% of US adults have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine administered. 📈 Walk-in vaccinations are now available virtually everywhere. 💪🏻 I cannot encourage you enough: get your shot as soon as you can. And if you’re hesitant, I’m happy to talk with you about it without judgment. 🤗
Here are the 6!

1. Hidden Meaning of Tesla's Logo
I’ve always thought Tesla’s logo was quite sharp but knowing it contains a hidden meaning makes it an all-timer.
Click the tweet below to see a few more examples of other Elon company logos.
Trung Phan 🇨🇦
Pretty interesting: the logos for Elon's companies each have an industry-specific background.

1/ Tesla (the "T" logo is a single rotor from an EV motor) https://t.co/iJ4cgDQuB5
2. Malaria Vaccine Breakthrough
Did you know (per Our World in Data) that malaria kills upwards of 600,000 people per year worldwide, with over half of those deaths occurring in children under 5 years old? Heartbreaking.
While there are treatments available for malaria, they’re not very accessible, and death rates (while declining) are still stubbornly high.
To date, no vaccine has proved to be effective or safe in fighting the disease. However, there’s been a very promising breakthrough in a new vaccine that showed 77% efficacy, unheard of until recently.
I’ll all for more encouraging news like this!
3. The Complexity Bias & How To Overcome It
Complexity Bias: Why We Overcomplicate Our Lives
I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel myself slipping into the complexity bias, especially when a task or project feels large or important.
I found this article to be a helpful guide to identifying the bias and attempting to overcome it.
Develop a bias for action over research. You don’t have to fully understand a concept to get started. Instead of seeking perfect knowledge at the start, take an iterative approach to your endeavors: Try things, see how they work, and slowly improve over time. It’s the fastest way to learn. Done is better than perfect.
Choose the system you’ll stick with. It may be that intermittent fasting is objectively the best way to burn fat or that GTD is the ideal way of organizing your tasks, but it won’t do you any good if you can’t stick to it long-term. Look for systems that work with your natural inclinations, even if they aren’t the “best” way of doing things.
Apply Occam’s Razor. Occam’s Razor states that, when faced with two possible explanations for the same evidence, the one that requires the fewest assumptions is most likely to be true. While there are exceptions to every mental model, Occam’s Razor is a good rule of thumb for counterbalancing the complexity bias.
4. 99 Bits of Unsolicited Advice
Kevin Kelly is a prolific thinker, writer, and futurist who I’ve followed loosely for a while. His background & life experiences are fascinating.
He created this list of 99 bits of advice a while ago, and I find it to be inspiring, thoughtful, and practical.
Here are a few I really liked:
The foundation of maturity: Just because it’s not your fault doesn’t mean it’s not your responsibility.
Be strict with yourself and forgiving of others. The reverse is hell for everyone.
When brainstorming, improvising, jamming with others, you’ll go much further and deeper if you build upon each contribution with a playful “yes — and” example instead of a deflating “no — but” reply.
You can reduce the annoyance of someone’s stupid belief by increasing your understanding of why they believe it.
5. Unreal Volcano in Iceland
This video by Iurie Belegurschi of a volcano in Reykjavík, Iceland is 🤯
Iurie Belegurschi on Instagram
Iurie Belegurschi on Instagram
6. Pocket Casts
I’ve mentioned this when previously sharing podcasts, but if you’re still using the standard Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts app, give Pocket Casts a try. It is by far my favorite podcast player.
Here are a few things I love about it:
  1. I’m insane and listen to most (but not all) podcasts at ~2.2X speed. Most players offer speed adjustments, but Pocket Casts allows you to adjust the speed per podcast.
  2. It has 3 separate modes for cutting out pauses: mild, medium, mad max.
  3. It is very customizable in episode organization. Have a favorite and want to listen as soon as it drops? It’s easy to dial that in.
  4. It’s intuitively and carefully designed. This is a feature-rich app, but it’s very accessible if you don’t want to dig in deep.
  5. It has full support for episode chapters.
  6. It’s 100% free. There is a paid tier if you want desktop playback, the ability to upload custom files, and more themes, but these are pretty niche features.
  7. Full Apple CarPlay (and Android Auto) support.
There’s definitely a lot to like, and I recommend trying it out.
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That’s it for this week. If you found anything useful or fun, let me know! And if you have any suggestions, shoot them my way. 😊 See you next week!
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