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Adam Singer
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Created 15 Jan 2020
  • Pop is dead, and no one cares
    30 Sep 2021 • 16 min read • 3 0
    “Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.” -Andrew Fletcher This is an updated version of a post I started a few years ago that was inspired by Chris Sacca …I finished it ...
  • Ditching your commute: worth ~$40K/year in happiness
    29 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    I stumbled upon a report from the Scandinavian Journal of Economics titled: Stress that doesn’t pay: the commuting paradox. The abstract of the report was, as follows: People spend a lot of time commu...
  • How to overcome writer’s block
    28 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    As someone who spends a majority of their professional and leisure time writing (communications by day, blogging by night, music on weekends) I have battled the elusive writer’s block on more than one...
  • How to say nothing in 500 words
    27 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    There’s a fantastic essay by Paul McHenry: How To Say Nothing In 500 Words. Ironically, it’s 10 pages! You can read the full thing as PDF here, but I’m about to save you the effort in a fraction of th...
  • Social proofiness: spotting digital potemkin numbers
    02 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 3 1
    Scene from Arrested Development where they build a fake “potemkin neighborhood” that looked real from afar to create investor confidence The concept of digital social proof is not a new one. It’s been...
  • The art of the lede
    31 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 3 2
    You hear it everywhere: if you want to be successful in sharing ideas online - only write short, pithy posts. Nonsense. Length is irrelevant – if and only if you craft a strong lede. If your opening i...
  • Fishing/poker TV …and investing?
    27 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    Yes, I’m sort of obsessed with analogies lately. I thought of another fun one for you, but I’ll let you think about the answer first: what do fishing and poker shown on TV have in common with how mode...
  • The forgotten value of archival content
    26 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 1
    “Stand out. Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious than the bland and timid masses." -Robert Greene, 48 Laws of Power The ...
  • How and why the Internet is causing the demise of traditional organized religion
    27 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 4 0
    I saw the below chart being shared the other day created by Twitter user Ryan Burge, and it went reasonably viral so I’m using it as a reason to bring up a topic I’ve spent time thinking about for man...
  • Response to Sam Dogen AKA Financial Samurai
    26 Jul 2021 • 9 min read • 8 1
    Thank you Sam for writing an article on my new employer and startup, of which I of course believe in completely and plan to see through to success. I greatly appreciate your thoughts on what we are do...
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