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May 22 · Issue #307 · View online

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Exit Scam podcast
I have only listened to the first episode of Exit Scam, an eight-episode podcast about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the founder of Canada’s biggest Bitcoin exchange. When Gerald Cotten died, the password to $215 million of cryptpcurrency was lost, and some people think he faked his own death. This is my favorite podcast since Serial. — MF
Positive adventures
The most positive and uplifting channel on YouTube might be YesTheory. A small band of travelers and filmmakers immerse themselves in strange places (staying with Amish family), challenging situations (total darkness for 5 days), and long periods cruising out of their comfort zone in order to grow and become better people. Their motto is “seek discomfort.” They do it with humor and integrity (for 7.5 million subscribers), so their adventures truly are encouraging and inspiring. — KK
Contactless payments
I’m traveling in England and no stores seem to want to use cash anymore. Everyone uses Apple Pay even for the smallest purchase. Contactless payment made by hovering your phone near a device is rapidly becoming common all around the world, US included. I was immensely surprised how easy it was to hook my credit card up to my iPhone to make payments. Took 30 seconds, and no new accounts, no bank, no wallet, just my usual credit card.  Now it’s Apple Pay all the time for me. — KK
Time zones visualized
I do Zoom meetings with people all over the world, and I use Every Time Zone to find times that are convenient for all participants. It’s free, it’s browser-based, and it remembers my settings. I keep it in my menu bar. — MF
How to set boundaries with your to-do list
When writing out my daily to-do list I often remember this advice tweeted by Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris: “I started dividing my to-do list into 1) things I have to do, 2) things I want to do, and 3) things other people want me to do. Life changing! I often don’t get to 3 and I finally realized omg, is this what it means to have boundaries?!” — CD
5 quotables about life and nature and reality
Here are some of the recent beautiful quotes and metaphors and advice I’ve been collecting:
  • “The fragrance of flowers is their prayer.” — Bulgarian philosopher Peter Deunov
  • “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” — Joseph Campbell, h/t Down The Rabbit Hole
  • “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu, h/t Dense Discovery
  • “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” — Dutch Theosophist Jacobus Johannes van der Leeuw
  • “When stumped by a life choice, choose “enlargement” over happiness.” — Oliver Burkeman, h/t The Mental Health Update
— CD

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