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Next Laptop: Razer Blade with RTX2080


This laptop is super sexy. In the world of architecture where rendering programs such as Lumion and Twinmotion are GPU hogs, needing a machine that can handle that task is very necessary. You can't even play with these programs without hitting the minimum threshold of system requirements.

I really like this review by Andrey Lebrov he is a CG artist that does work that pushes this machine to the extremes. Much more than I will ever. His review gives me confidence on the possibilities.


For The Record, Music Producers talk about the current state of the industry


Producers !llmind and  Statik Selektah sit down with GENIUS for an interview that digs deeper into how producers and songwriters are getting paid. It an interesting discussion on how someone can make it as an independent producer as well as of tactics on how to see the full potential on revenue streams.


Mr. Beast x Casey Neistat Interview


Great to see these two get together for a video. This an interview with Casey Neistat directly all the questions to Mr. Beast. It was probably less than a year ago i found out about Mr. Beast and his crew. In an odd way his videos were hypnotic. I remember spending all night watching all the crazy videos where he was gifting exorbitant amounts of money to random people he found online. It was incredible. Same with a lot of the wild stunts he did. I find a lot youtube prankters to be a little egotistic. With Mr. Beast I didn't find that, he was kind to people in his videos as well as to allowing the viewer behind the screen to enjoy in all the fun surprising interaction he got into.

Mr Beast Youtube 


Doing The Things (short song) - Louis Cole


Musicians: 

  • flute: Rob Sheppard 
  • trumpet: Sean Okaguchi 
  • trombone: Jon Hatamiya 
  • saxophone: Henry Solomon 
  • violin: Leah Zeger 
  • cello: Isaiah Gage 

Absolutely amazing!! I love Louis Cole's music, KNOWER, Live Seshs, all of it.

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Links from Hacker Newsletter #422

My own abridged lists of links I found interesting via the Hacker Newsletter this week.

Hacker News


How To Manage your Monies

Save and don’t touch

Before getting into any deep thoughts on money management. Simply set an amount per paycheck you can live without. Set your account to automatically direct these funds to your savings account every pay period. Leave this account out of sight and out of mind. This is not meant for spending or even as a buffer. Create an emergency fund and leave that as a buffer in your checking. Simply don’t touch your savings until it’s necessary. All banks have restrictions on how many withdrawals you can make from your savings.

Stay away from credit

I got my first credit card when I was 31. I am happy I resisted it this long. Google the word obfuscate. Credit cards help to render your financial management into confusion aka obfuscation. It’s not worth the hassle. Keep it simple, spend only what you have. If you chose to forgo this advice, since there are some great benefits of having credit. Pay off your entire balance to zero at every statement. Not just the statement balance, I mean it, to zero. If you credit card is currently a debt, start aggressively pay it down.

Take inventory

You need to know what is coming in and what is going out. Print out your last two months of bank statements. Create a spreadsheet and figure out what is your monthly take home pay income and what are your recurring monthly expenses. (Round up to the nearest dollar) Budget for eating out, groceries, gas, and other predictable monthly expenses, round up. List out all your recurring annual expenses, divide that number by 12. Now you should have a rough idea of you expenses and what you have left over for spending and saving. Once you figure out your savings goal treat it as an expense, it’s important to never perceive your savings as spending money.

To save or to pay off debt

First save $1000, this will be your emergency fund if your car breaks down or any miscellaneous repairs. Then start a goal to save roughly 3 months of living. Do this based off your current lifestyle. If something goes wrong with your job you got 3 months to continue living your normal lifestyle or you can pare down your expenses and be able to extend those funds for more time. After you have both emergency funds fully funded. Start paying down debt. Pay off the smallest balance first. Regardless of interest fee, the motivation gain by achieving this lower hanging goal will be priceless. Now move the funds that were allocated to pay off the previous debt to your next lowest balance. This is called the snowball effect.

Reduce your expenses

After you have taken inventory of your bills, see what you really need to survive. Start cancelling all your subscriptions one by one. You can re-subscribe back to them a la carte. Crazy enough, a lot of the services you are subscribed to will give you discounted rates not to leave. Take the savings you just earned from cancelling and roll them into funding your savings goals or paying off debt.

Have a goal in mind

If it’s saving for something big like a trip, paying off debt, or just the knowledge you know you are good. After you hit this moment it’s time to think about investing.

My current setup

For checking, I use Simple. I really enjoy this online bank. There are zeros fees and no such thing as overdraft. I been with them for a year now and I have been extremely happy moving to them. They have great features that help you manage your expenses, goals, and savings.

For Savings, I use Marcus by Goldman Sachs. When I initially started with Simple they did not offer savings, now they do. I still enjoy having my funds move over to Marcus. It aligns with my ‘out of sight out of mind’ philosophy of no touching your savings. Additionally, it will take 2-3 business days for these funds to transfer back to your checking, I see this as a plus, since you be forced to always see your savings as untouchable. I have a portion of my emergency funds in savings at Simple, so this would not be an issue. Lastly, Marcus has one of the best interest rates for savings accounts and it continues to go up ever couple of months, so that is more money in your pocket.

For Password Management, Last Pass. There are those pesky bills you only pay once a year and you always forget the password to. Get a password management system like Last Pass. This will make things way easier and more secure.


Simon Sinek at Jen Waldman Studio


Simon Sinek visits Jen Waldman Studio for a conversation about what it means to live an artistic life and start with Why. Recorded at JWS on March 2, 2018.

I really enjoyed this conversation, I been harping on his ideas on the infinite game vs the finite game for weeks. Additionally he has some great insights on being an artist vs being an interpretive artist, I have never thought to isolate the two before. I would recommend watching any of this guy's long form discussion, so much to unpack in each one of his lectures.