by Hunter S. Thompson, featured in the Farnam Street Blog
This letter from a 22-year-old Hunter S. Thompson – who would become one of the most brilliant writers of the 20th century – is simply some of the most engaging and elegant life advice we’ve ever read.
His writing is so entertaining that when you finish, you want to go right back to read it again just to re-visit all the wit and wisdom packed into each sentence. Imagine having this much insight at age 22!
A short article to break down the simple facts about what will happen if you start your next “thing” today. What “thing” is that? It’s different for everyone, but we all have one.
Short and to the point, this might be just what you needed to hear today.
This twitter thread by Alexandros Marinos shows fascinating examples of computer-optimized designs in different objects and systems. Scroll through a few and you’ll see, the final products look much different (and a lot more like the natural world) than you’d expect.
Key Quote: “Machines tend to depend on us to define the high-level objectives, but they can explore infinitely more of the solution space than we could hope to. Their results are often much much better than we could ever hope to produce.”
But wait! First, last week’s best responses to the question: If I could hand-pick my own super power, it would be ____, because _______.
A Note From the Editors:
We got a few other entries about flying, and feel the need to point out a few downsides to this potentially overrated option:
There are plenty more, but we’ll leave it there. For now, consider us Team Teleport.
If I could pick a single personality trait/attribute to turn up to the MAX, it would 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!