Distilled - #1

I learn so I can live a better life; I distill the information to save you time.

I’m starting a newsletter called “Distilled” where I write about cool stuff I’m learning about, as well as new posts on the blog. I hope you enjoy it.

Personal Update

I changed jobs recently and started working at Echo Health last week. Echo is a UK-based online pharmacy startup that delivers your prescriptions free of charge. It makes receiving ongoing medications particularly easy. At Echo, almost every process from ordering medications from the supplier to dispensing and delivery uses tech in one way or another. It’s a well orchestrated system and I am excited to start contributing to it. I’ll be using The Go language and React.js to do this.

Before that I had a glorious time off, camping in Wales, UK, reading, writing and accidentally attending a brilliant magic act by Magical Bones. I was reading and writing at the Wellcome Collection in London and as I was leaving I learned that there was a special event themed around magic, so I decided to stay.

Magical Bones gave the most entertaining magic show of the night, doing a backflip while catching the correct card mid-air, for instance. But the most memorable was the story of Henry Box Brown. A 19th-century slave who had the ingenious idea of mailing himself in a wooden box to abolitionists in Philadelphia, rendering him free.

Henry Box Brown Henry Box Brown. Source: Wikipedia

Climbing in Wales Friends climbing in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Wellcome collection reading room The Reading Room at Wellcome Collection in London.


My latest post is 👉Wait But Why: A List of Tim Urban’s Best Ideas. Where I introduce my favourite blogger Tim Urban’s best ideas. Climbing in Wales


Currently, I’m reading Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker which is brilliant. I plan to write a summary of it in the coming weeks.

Barking up the wrong tree book

I’m also reading Radical Self-Acceptance by Tara Brach and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

Fascinating Podcast Episodes

🎙What Keith Rabois Thinks About Basically Everything

Keith Rabois’s career advice: Select your boss, somebody you can learn from, who’s excellent, if that goes well, you’d be preparing yourself for over a longer time horizon to be in the right place at the right time, but you shouldn’t try to choose the right place and right time specially early in your career.

🎙Graham Duncan — Talent Is the Best Asset Class

“It’s not how well you play a game, it’s deciding what game you want to play”. (Quoted by Graham)

🎙Kapil Gupta: It’s All a Scam – Crazy Wisdom Part 1 and Part 2

“Most physical pains are a manifestation of psychological pain.”

Thanks for reading! Let me know if there are any specific topics you’d like me to write about. And if you have any feedback, I’d love to hear your thoughts. You can reply to this email or tweet me.

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19 May 2019