Pearl Runner Banner

Issue #11

Welcome to Pearl Runner’s 11th Issue! To start us off, our favorite GIF this week:

In Our 11th Issue:

  • 💡 50 Life-Changing Ideas
  • 🆓 A Website to Give You Free Access to Paid Articles
  • 🎧 A Free Search Tool to Find Songs in Your Favorite TV Shows and Movies
  • 🥣 The Definitive Cereal Poll

50 Ideas That Changed My Life

by David Perell

David Perell is a prolific internet writer and blogger, and has developed a massive following over the last few years. In this article, he lists 50 different ideas that shaped how he thinks about the world. Each one has a short, simple description to give you the basic idea.

A couple of our favorites:

Inversion: Avoiding stupidity is easier than trying to be brilliant. Instead of asking, “How can I help my company?” you should ask, “What’s hurting my company the most and how can I avoid it?” Identify obvious failure points, and steer clear of them.
Hock Principle: Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.

Check out all 50 here 👇

12 Foot Ladder - Website

Although their logo is a bit much, the value of this website is undeniable. Ever get really excited to read an article, then click on it only to get blasted with an immovable screen forcing you to start a paid subscription to continue reading? 12 foot ladder uses software magic to get past the “paywall” and show you the article anyway.

Just post the link in the form on their homepage, and the site strips away formatting and displays the article text. It may not be as pretty as it once was, but you’ll get what you came for.

Want to try it out? Use the Orange button below to get to the 12 ft. ladder home page, and paste in this link to a Popular Mechanics Article about how to survive a 35,000 ft. fall. How dare they hide this essential knowledge from us anyway.

Tunefind - Website

This website will become a cherished bookmark during your next TV Binge sesh. It’s a free tool to search for the music that played in your favorite TV shows, movies and even video games.

The site is also pretty great for finding new music in general. There’s a page for trending music, so you can see the most popular songs and shows being searched by the world at the time. With too many new great shows coming out weekly, you can at least avoid missing out on the best new soundtracks as they come.

Try it out here 👇

Elon Musk - The First Principles Method

You’ve probably seen Elon blowing up in the news recently, and might be wondering what the hell he’s thinking. We thought it’d be a good time to share this old-school clip of Elon explaining how he reasons. The method he describes is “Reasoning from First Principles”.

Referencing this way of thinking is pretty trendy these days, so it’s pretty cool to hear it explained by the guy who does it bigger and better than anyone.

Newsletter of the Week - Time Machiner

This week we’re happy to mention another great newsletter called Time Machiner, created by Aaron Crocco.

Time Machiner is a biweekly newsletter that delivers interesting content related to Tech, culture, and nostalgia.

If you sign up, you can expect to consistently get emails with 3-6 valuable or interesting links, along with stories for the forever-curious that are great conversation starters. Click the link below to subscribe! 👇

Our Other Favorite Newsletters (click the logos to subscribe)

Morning Brew: Gets you up to speed on business, finance, and tech in just 5 minutes

1440: All your news in a single email

The Daily Upside: Business news that’s worth you’re time.

Poll Question of the Week:

First, last week’s poll results:

Intriguing spread here! Looks like overall, about 3/4 of you think it’ll either likely or definitely play a big role. We agree, but we also wouldn’t mind if it didn’t – and all the annoying crypto bros/gals had to admit they were wrong 😏

This Week's Question: 🍜

If you could only eat one of these cereals for the rest of your life, what would it be?

And that’s a wrap! If you have any comments, suggestions, recommendations, or just general feedback we’d love to hear from you! Email us at and we’ll include our favorite comments in next week’s edition (and maybe in our Instagram feed 🧐). Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Pearl Runner Logo Transparent

Keep in touch