Notes on media, productivity and money

Author: Wong Joon Ian

xDai Meetup Economics at Personal Talkens

For the last Personal Talkens, nearly three weeks ago, we tweaked the meetup economics to account for high gas prices. The original idea behind Personal Talkens was to give people a reason to use $joon. This was done by requiring people to stake $joon on Kickback to attend. However, a gas price boom meant it […]

Timeboxing consulting hours

I spend a lot of time consulting on projects these days. One of the perils of the job is budgeting sufficient amounts of time for each client. One heuristic my colleague Nolan Bauerle suggested, which I like, is for every unit of time spent talking to the client, you should reserve the same unit for […]

How to stop searching for your Zoom link when sending a calendar invite

One of my great frustrations in sending out calendar invites for meetings was having the calendar open, then stopping, switching to Zoom, clicking in Meetings, then ‘Copy Invitation’, then going back to the calendar and pasting the Zoom details in the tiny little window. I’m pleased to say I got around that for the […]

What personal tokens are useful for

I’ve spent some time noodling in the personal tokens space (more on this nomenclature later) in the last couple of months. I entered the space as an interested sceptic: I wasn’t sure there was a point to personal tokens beyond treating them as discounted future cashflows. But I was happy to be proved wrong as […]

Notes on reading and note-taking with Bear

I just read this Superorganizers interview with Robert Cottrell who writes a newsletter called The Browser. The headline, of course, caught my eye: this guy reads 1,000 articles a day! At the end of the interview, Cottrell talks about using an app called Bear, which is billed a beautiful note-taking app. This, naturally, grabs my […]

Notes from Ametora

I just finished the really fun and deeply researched Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style by W. David Marx. (As an aside, I used to follow Marx and his fellow expat in Japan, Momus, on Livejournal!) I want to write a longer post talking about how WASPs had their traditional clothing culturally appropriated and didn’t […]

Why I shouldn’t have used WordPress

I triumphantly tweeted my new website address the other day and the backlash was swift. “Look at my new website!” I chirped. Then to show my new, cool, website-owning chops, I complained about WordPress. (Just to add that Tweet I had to fiddle around in the blocks menu for five seconds). My colleague Brady Dale […]

Biohacker bros should meet crypto bros

A feature by Margaret Talbot in the New Yorker on the movement to decentralise pharmaceutical manufacturing caught my attention this week, my last to decompress after the exertions of Consensus: Distributed earlier in the month. Things about decentralisation generally draw my attention because of the opportunity to apply lessons to the cryptocurrency world. In this […]

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