Looking back at 2018 after one day into 2019, one word comes to mind, tumultuous. I started a new job, read more books in a year than ever before, and got back into writing and recording original music. Picked up some new life lessons that I'll be trying to implement in 2019. We'll see how that goes.
2018 included some Nordic highlights. I finally got to live the dream of seeing Finnish rock vocalist (ex Nightwish singer) Tarja Turunen sing a medley of Nightwish songs. Her concert was one of the best live shows I saw in 2018. Thanks to a friend I was also introduced to the Finnish rock group Sturm und Drang. Although the band is unfortunately no longer together, their 2012 album "Graduation Day" is one of the best rock albums I've heard in a long time (here is one the singles from the album). I also found out from 23andme that I'm 2.4% Finnish! Hence my affinity for everything Nordic.
As an avid podcast listener I've added a new section to this year-in-review, "Current Podcast Subscriptions". It's a snapshot of the podcasts I'm subscribed to right now. Curious to see how this list evolves in years to come.
I wanted to also surface this wonderful Scott Forstall interview from 2017. Scott was the software leader for the first iPhone, and this was his first public interview since he had left Apple. The interview is inspirational and includes some fantastic lessons and stories.
- Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly
- Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio García Martínez
- City of Thieves by David Benioff
- Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health by Ben Lynch
- Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It by Charlamagne Tha God
- Machine Learning Yearning by Andrew Ng
- How Does The Oura Ring Work by Ben Greenfield
- Productivity by Sam Altman
- How Airbnb Democratizes Data Science With Data University by Jeff Feng
- The Big Business of Becoming Bhad Bhabie by Jamie Lauren Keiles
Movies & Documentaries
- War Of The Worlds, Pt. 1 by Michael Romeo
- Sleepwalking by NINA
- Equinoxe Infinity by Jean-Michel Jarre
- Songs About People Including Myself by The Bad Dreamers
- Life Is Not Beautiful by Arion
- Kids by The Midnight
Current Podcast Subscriptions
- Jocko Podcast
- Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher
- The Ben Shapiro Show
- The Bill Simmons Podcast
- The Daily
- The Joe Rogan Experience
- The Kevin Rose Show
- The Lowe Post
- The Tim Ferriss Show
- This Week in Startups
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