February 2020 Favorites

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Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.

Otto von Bismarck


TV Shows

  • SpongeBob 4 P
  • Vikings 6 P – The first half of the last season is finished. I hope they soon air the last half.
  • The Big Bang Theory 12 N – This show was funny until the last season.
  • SpongeBob 5 N
  • Easy 2 N
  • La Casa de Papel 3 N – I hadn’t started Season 3 for a while, because I thought it might not live up to the first two seasons. I was so wrong. I can’t wait for Season 4 in April.


Music & Podcasts


  • Why We Sleep (Amazon) – A really fantastic book. Since I started reading this book I changed my sleep habits from 6-7 hours to 7-8 hours.
  • The Daily Stoic (Amazon) – I re-read this book a third time.



Stuff & Things

  • Stencil – A nice JavaScript library to build Design Systems with Web Components.
  • The GitHub CLI
  • Matrix – An open network for secure, decentralized communication. I like the concept of decentralizing the web again.
  • Riot.im – The official chat client for Matrix.
  • levels.fyi – Compare salaries in engineering jobs.
  • Internet Archive – This website exists forever now, most people know the Wayback Machine. But I just recently discovered the Open Library that holds a nearly unlimited amount of books, videos, images, audio files, and software. Everything is free to download.
  • Neverthink: Handpicked videos – YouTube videos sorted by groups.
  • Hardly Everything – A nice minimalist project for remembering websites to visit regularly. The data is stored in the browser and can be exported.
  • Breaker Browser – Another cool project for the decentralized web: A web browser for a peer-to-peer web. It’s possible to create a website in seconds, stored on your computer, distributed by others around the network. Still an early concept but I like it!
  • Fish: a tap essay – A fantastic short tap essay about the difference between liking something on the internet and loving something on the internet.
  • Affinity 1.8 – The new version of my favorite design suite was just released.
  • Smithsonian Open Access – The Smithsonian opened their archives and released 3 million 2D and 3D digital items for everybody for free.


I was once fond of saying: Sleep is the third pillar of good health, alongside diet and exercise. I have changed my tune. Sleep is more than a pillar; it is the foundation on which the other two health bastions sit. Take away the bedrock of sleep, or weaken it just a little, and careful eating or physical exercise become less than effective.

You want to eat fish? Eat fish. You want to eat seafood? Eat seafood. You want to eat some lean meat? Do. You want to eat eggs? Do. You want to eat dairy? Do. But the bulk of your diet should be vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds. This is true all around the world where people do the best.

David Katz

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish.

I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.

You should always let people underestimate you. Because when people misappraise your intelligence and abilities, they’re merely pointing out their own vulnerabilities–the gaping holes in their judgment that need to stay open if you want to cartwheel through later on a flaming horse, correcting the record with your sword of justice.

Ultimately, saying that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different from saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say.