The myth of 1 g/lb: Optimal protein intake for bodybuilders
• There is normally no advantage to consuming more than 0.82g/lb (1.8g/kg) of protein per day to preserve or build muscle for natural trainees. This already includes a mark-up, since most research finds no more benefits after 0.64g/lb.
• Optimal protein intake decreases with training age, because your body becomes more efficient at preventing protein breakdown resulting from training and less protein is needed for the increasingly smaller amount of muscle that is built after each training session.
fitness  diet 
Research Debt
Fantastic article. Technical debt is a form of abstract debt. What if research (i.e. knowledge or information) debt is also a problem?
research_ideas  distill.pub  possible_bets  technical_communication 
13 days ago
Stratechery Merch, The New York Times on Facebook, Facebook Morale
A culture and hiring update, disguised as an update about Facebook.
hiring  stratechery 
13 days ago
The Experience Economy
Strong argument for the Qualtrics/SAP pairing.
saas  business_strategy  stratechery 
13 days ago
How to read | Robert Heaton
How to remember things I have read that are worth remembering.
reading  productivity 
15 days ago
Spotify’s Earnings; Spotify, Supply, and Acquiring Marginal Customers; Spotify’s Research and Development – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
The R&D section is especially interesting. R&D is absolutely expensive - it’s the salaries and compute needed by hundreds of data people in NYC.
music-business  stratechery  aggregation_theory  customer_acquisition  business_strategy 
15 days ago
The Procrastination Matrix - Wait But Why
The Dwight Eisenhower Production Function, the various modes of procrastination, and having the confidence to stay in Quadrant 2 to build lifelong skills.
waitbutwhy  productivity  procrastination 
20 days ago
How to Beat Procrastination - Wait But Why
Transitioning from procrastination to accomplishment and peace of mind.
waitbutwhy  procrastination  productivity 
20 days ago
Why Procrastinators Procrastinate - Wait But Why
Part 1 on procrastination. Introducing the Immediate Gratification Monkey, the Panic Monster, and the Happy & Dark Playgrounds.
productivity  waitbutwhy  procrastination 
20 days ago
Imputation and Convergence
A switchpoint model for changes in Poisson counts.
22 days ago
To Gain an Edge, Run Up Stairs
The recipe, then, goes something like this.

- identify your strengths
- find the hardest problems for which your strengths may be an advantage in solving
drive hard in that direction.
- Find the right stairway, and run up it.
26 days ago
The Mental Model Fallacy
The explicit mental models lend themselves to codification, and consist of lenses for seeing the world — know-what frameworks (facts) and know-why frameworks (science). They include things like “winner-take-all markets exist, and these are its properties” as well as “this is how a deflationary debt cycle affects the equity markets.”

But there also exist mental models that are nearly impossible to communicate. We call this tacit knowledge. These mental models are the ones that I believe best explains a practitioner’s success. It is what execution feels like. It is the sequence of moves that an MMA fighter displays when he lunges in for a throw. It is what goes through your head when you make a decision, barely noticeable to your conscious mind. It is what I feel when I need to convince my boss of something, or when I need to introduce a new policy while navigating the political terrain of my organisation.
career_advice  critical-thinking 
27 days ago
Why Passivity Breeds Mediocrity and Mental Illness - YouTube
A bit iffy about mental issues, but the idea that creatives who act passively end up depressed is interesting.

"Merely to do what others have done is often safe, and comfortable; but to do something truly original, and do it well, whether it is appreciated by others or not - that is what being human is really all about, and it is alone what justifies the love that is self-pride."
career_advice  career_growth  creativity  youtube 
7 weeks ago
Why 500 Startups is betting on Miami, and so should you - 500 Startups
Interesting. If I take a shot in Miami, I would benefit greatly from linking up with 500 Startups at some point.
business_strategy  miami-business 
7 weeks ago
Sears Files for Bankruptcy, Sears’ Spinoffs, Value in the Age of the Internet – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Interesting post on business models and spinning out promising segments even while a parent business fails.
business_strategy  stratechery 
8 weeks ago
Schopenhauer: On Reading and Books
Such, however, is the case with many men of learning: they have read themselves stupid. For to read in every spare moment, and to read constantly, is more paralyzing to the mind than constant manual work, which, at any rate, allows one to follow one’s own thoughts.

For the more one reads the fewer are the traces left of what one has read; the mind is like a tablet that has been written over and over. Hence it is impossible to reflect; and it is only by reflection that one can assimilate what one has read if one reads straight ahead without pondering over it later, what has been read does not take root, but is for the most part lost.
reading  learning_to_learn 
8 weeks ago
#47 Embracing Both Sides of Yourself - with Amir Salihefendic & Jerry Colonna — The Reboot Podcast — Overcast
Instead of offsetting different sides of your personality against each other, try integrating those two sides together.
balance  career_growth  career_advice 
8 weeks ago
A Precious Hour – Rands in Repose
The Zone is a well understood mental state where you are fully dedicated to the problem in front of you. First, you take the time to get the complete state of the problem in your head, which then allows you to make massive, creative mental leaps using a precious type of focus that is fleeting. In the 45 minutes leading up to my 8am meeting, I did not get in the Zone. However, don’t tell my brain because I’ve worked hard to create the illusion that I am: massive amounts of data flowing about, a sense of purpose, and scads of coffee, but I am not in the Zone. I’m just busy.
flow  tech_management  time_management 
8 weeks ago
Against Waldenponding
Venkatesh Rao tweeted this recently. It's fantastic.

Note: "bet" means "Act on information in some way to derive a return from consuming it. See yellow bubbles."
9 weeks ago
Instagram’s CEO – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
On how great product design decreases in importance relative to business model and monetization as a company ages.
product_design  business_strategy  stratechery 
10 weeks ago
San Francisco and Scooters, Skip’s Strategic Moat, Santa Monica and Scooters – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
That, perhaps, gets at the biggest takeaway of all: it is natural to immediately compare scooter to ride-sharing, but the reality is that they are have all kinds of differences that make it difficult to compare one to the other. To put it another way, the more costs and supply are located on the network’s balance sheet, the more that government regulation matters on one hand, and the more quickly that winners — or losers — can be identified.
scooters  stratechery  business_strategy  business_growth 
september 2018
Xbox All Access Pass, The Eighth-Generation of Consoles, Console Subscriptions: Now and the Future – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
"I suspect that point can be generalized far beyond consoles: transaction-based business models have always been sub-optimal for niche audiences that care about having the best; from a producer perspective, they didn’t gain nearly as much of the surplus they were generating, while from a consumer perspective producers were not sufficiently focused on serving their needs. Subscriptions fix that: producers can, over the long run, capture more of the surplus they are generating for their best customers, and are thus incentivized to serve the needs of those most-willing to pay."
stratechery  pricing  business_models 
september 2018
Uber’s Bundles – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
On leveraging network effects to create revenue-increasing bundles...*outside* of cable channels.
stratechery  business_strategy  transportation  business_models 
september 2018
Tweet from Mekka Okereke.
"Hey underrepresented folks in technical roles! Performance review season is upon us."
performance  career_growth 
august 2018
Tip: If you're struggling to get your writing done, you might not understand what writing actually is. : writing
Writing is not the act of creating a finished product. No, writing is simply the act of creating something.

*Writing means messing up. It means putting words on a page that make no sense. It means writing a scene that doesn't work. It means developing an unrealistic character. It means typos. It means over-describing things. Under-describing them.*
writing  writing_advice 
august 2018
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