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Life Designed: Habits, Languages, Privacy & Holidays

Hello from my new home in Valencia! If you ever decide to move to Spain long-term, don't do it in sum
Life Designed: Habits, Languages, Privacy & Holidays
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #35 • View online
Hello from my new home in Valencia!
If you ever decide to move to Spain long-term, don’t do it in summer, it’s really hard to find good apartments and they want 1+ year contract.
After a week of Airbnb, we just moved into an apartment in Valencia. I like it here so far.
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the knowledge and resources to help you live better.

Meet Aaron Nace, an inspiring artist, educator, photographer and entrepreneur teaching millions how to be more creative through his courses and tutorials. In this interview, he openly shares his habits and routines that help him stay sharp, balanced and creative.
While I don’t find Duolingo the best way to learn to actually speak the language, it’s a fun way to train your brain and learn new words. If you haven’t tried it yet, learn a language with me for free!
The Duolingo English Test (DET) costs $49, lasts 45 minutes or less and can be taken remotely provided a student’s computer has a working speaker and camera to prevent cheating. More than 180 schools, including Yale, Columbia and Duke, already accept it as a substitute for the TOEFL.
Alex Berger from Adform shared an interesting insight regarding online privacy and our self-awareness. Countless times, I granted access to some questionable apps just to follow my curiosity without even thinking about possible consequences.
Everyone spends hours bitching about privacy, tons of rants about tracking, some justified and some overflowing with straight up nonsensical conspiracy theories, etc.
….then a ton of folks (you?) turn around and randomly give your photos, access to your camera roll, etc. to a random nameless Russian App developer (FaceApp).
Humans are ignorant. That’s just our nature. The climate change is real but it’s too slow to affect us in any way for us to suffer. I think that we don’t need global effort to change it, we just need people with resources and power to believe that it’s their duty to prevent the worst happening. Here’s the (long) story of the greatest technological challenge in human history.
We’ve just had a crazy summer in the northern hemisphere of the planet. Los Angeles, Marrakech, Montreal, Denver, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Belfast and Tbilisi have all recorded their highest ever temperatures. In Siberia, for the first time in memory, the ground that insulates some of the deepest layers of permafrost did not freeze, and in the Arctic, some of the oldest and thickest sea ice has started to break up, a phenomenon that has never been recorded before. In the past two months new temperature records have been set in Algeria (51.3℃), South Korea (40.7°C), Norway (33.5°C) and Japan (41.1℃). Oman has recorded the hottest ever global overnight minimum (42.6℃), and California’s Death Valley set the record for the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, with an average temperature of (42.2℃).
“I’m just a perfectionist.” What a beautiful excuse and what a curse. Social psychologist Thomas Curran explores how the pressure to be perfect – in our social media feeds, in school, at work – is driving a rise in mental illness, especially among young people.
I’m a bit skeptic when it comes to electric vehicles but what Tesla and Ford are building may change my opinion. With innovative companies, responsible governments banning fossil oil cars and renewable energy we may escape the climate change disaster.
The electric prototype is seen pulling 10 double-decker rail cars over 1,000 feet. It does it once when the rail cars are empty and a second time with them loaded with 42 regular, gas-burning F-150s. The latter stunt puts the entire load at 1.25 million pounds, according to Linda Zhang, chief engineer on the electric truck project.
The company has said it will spend $11.5 billion to produce over a dozen electrified models (which includes EVs and hybrids) by 2022.
Startups are attractive. Think about it, you pitch an idea, raise millions and possibly change the world. Rarely happens, but there’s a whole Silicon Valley culture of tech bros stealing the world’s brightest minds to make pointless apps. Here’s your dictionary guide.
FAANG (ph) An acronym for Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google. Originally coined to refer to the company’s high-performing tech stocks, but also used to denote a certain amount of status. “His boyfriend is a software engineer, but not at a FAANG so he’s not really marriage material.”
Josh Hoffman shares a very simple formula you can use to produce interesting content.
1. Lead with a short story, anecdote, experience or observation.
2. State why your audience should care.
3. Explain how this relates to your audience.
4. Outline the expected results if they take the right steps.
Accountability works and here’s a deep dive into the past, present, and future of income share agreements.
Imagine if there was a “Kickstarter for people” where you could support up-and-coming artists, developers, entrepreneurs — when they need the cash the most, and most importantly, you’d only profit when they profit.
Imagine if you could diversify by pooling 1% of your future income with your ten smartest friends.
Rooki is the online magazine for students, interns and juniors with intimate interviews, free design student awards and free resources. Created by Edoardo Rainoldi.
While I don’t like to call myself a digital nomad, the lifestyle itself has its advantages and there are some interesting people to learn from.
As digital nomads, we are constantly adapting and changing. Whether you’re a freelancer, a remote employee or you own an online business, we change our plans, our revenue streams; we change the habits and routines that drive our very selves. Often those promptings come from those chance interactions we have with one another, but there are also plenty of occasions where a well-placed piece of content will knock our socks off with inspiration. Written lightbulb moments that can change the course of a journey.
If you’re looking for some holiday deals, HolidayPirates team finds the cheapest travel deals for hotels, flights and package tours every single day. I haven’t used them yet, but some of the deals look surprisingly cheap.
Artwork by James Gilleard.
Artwork by James Gilleard.
Food for Thought
“The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” – William Butler Yeat
“The most dangerous world views are the world views of those who have never viewed the world.” – Alexander von Humboldt
“You should focus relentlessly on something you’re good at doing, but before that you must think hard about whether it will be valuable in the future.” – Peter Thiel
“What I’m saying is greatness isn’t easy to achieve. It requires a lot of time, a lot of sacrifices. It requires a lot of tough choices. It requires your loved ones to sacrifice, too, so you have to have an understanding circle of family and friends.” – Kobe Bryant
“Construct your lifestyle ladder. Write out each level of money in your personal bank account that you’ve moved through that has made a meaningful difference in your life.” – Dan Andrews
⏰ Time: 15:29
🎧 Listening: Spektrum 019
📖 Reading: The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope
🍿 Watching: The Impossible
🇪🇸 Location: Valencia, Spain
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