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🎁 Valentin's Present - want to want, playflow, do what you can't


🎁 Valentin's Present

April 15 · Issue #33 · View online

The best content I've ever found. Mouthwatering concepts, tempting questions, juicy books, delicious songs, exquisite short films, and other surprises.

To all the new readers: welcome on board.

Provoking Picture
zoomed-out picture of a black hole
zoomed-out picture of a black hole
If you weren’t hiding this week, you saw the first picture of a black hole. I thought this zoomed-out version was just as amazing, but it wasn’t as popular.
Mouthwatering Concepts
Concept of “Playflow” (more here):
There is currently a growing, dim recognition of the ongoing convergence of work and play. It is slow and patchy as yet, and very unevenly distributed, but it’s taking root.
But much of the excitement around the trend is wishful thinking (imagining work lose the parts you don’t like in merging with play), delusional (playing pure games and imagining it is work), or cynical (much of “gamification”).
The play-like soul of the future of work will manifest in a different way: work becoming continuously challenging and therefore stimulating. Work requiring imagination. Work acquiring ludic qualities. Work fostering deep immersion.
Charles Darwin on Energy and Attention, from his Autobiography:
“The above various special studies were, however, of no importance compared with the habit of energetic industry and of concentrated attention to whatever I was engaged in, which I then acquired. Everything about which I thought or read was made to bear directly on what I had seen and was likely to see; and this habit of mind was continued during the five years of the voyage. I feel sure that it was this training which has enabled me to do whatever I have done in science.
Also cool: he paid special attention to collecting facts which did not agree with his prior conceptions. He called this a golden rule. Great proxy for finding breakthrough ideas.
Two thoughts on leverage and judgement by Naval:
In an age of infinite leverage, judgement is the most important skill. Leverage is a force multiplier for your judgement.
Tempting Question
This week I saw again the concept of “things we want to want”.
Then came up with a thought exercise / tempting question:
Let’s say you want something. Do you want to want it?
Thought it was a cool filter to remain with “better” wanted things.
Exquisite Short Film
One of the classic / most watched Casey Neistat videos/short films (4mins). For a good reason:
Finger-licking Quote
“Spend time with those you love, because some day you’ll say either "I wish I had” or “I’m glad I did”“
Re Human Stories
I’m still doing my Re Human project - this past week I experimented with doing a weekly recap instead of daily posts.
Delicious Music
This week I came across an artist called Ash. Loving his music. He fuses melodic Middle eastern sounds with Deep House. Two songs I particularly loved:
More energetic: Soldi by Mahmood. Discovered this Italian artist a couple of weeks ago and I loved this song, pretty unique vibe. Started an “Italian with energy” playlist but there’s still not a lot of stuff there. If you have recs send them my way.
Hope you have a great week,
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