Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Book Review: WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Daniel H. Pink's book WHEN: the Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing is good addition to your library if you are working towards optimizing your life. The book was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal. I gave it a 5-star review.

What you want to do is first see whether you are a lark (14% of people), a third bird (65%) or an owl (21%). Then find your optimal time. The optimal time for creative tasks for most people (third birds) is in the morning. Pink comes with different examples of how our cognitive capacities decline after midday, and why we slump in the early afternoons. It is important we know our slump time because if you are engaged in a decisive task at 2, 3, or 4 o'clock in the afternoon and it is not going well..well, maybe, you should have picked up a different time.

Daniel Pink tells us that "what ultimately matters is the syncrony effect -that the type, task, and time align."

Pink has a useful "Time Hacker's Handbook" after each chapter. These workbook sections are meant to help the reader implement his solutions. For example, to determine your own slump time, Pink suggests you check your mental alertness and physical energy levels thoughout the day every 90 minutes, for a week.

We learn that is not a good idea to schedule medical examinations or medical procedures at 2 PM, 3 PM or 4 PM because of impaired physician vigilance.

Quote of the day:

John Milton: "Free will. It's like butterfly wings: once touched, they never get off the ground. No, I only set the stage. You pull your own strings." [The Devil's Advocate, Warner Bros. Studios]
Max Cantor to John: "Yes, but that butterfly can still walk, John. Most of us walk and don't fly. Your wings are useless on the ground, buttercup."

Saturday, August 11, 2018

On network effects and critical mass

There are some very good points in Tren Griffin's article reprinted on Andreessen Horowitz's website Two Powerful Mental Models: Network Effects and Critical Mass in 2016. The article discusses how some network effects are weak while others are strong. There's the example of Friendster, a social network that existed before Facebook and before MySpace.

"the strength of network effects is not just determined by the number of participants in a network." -citing a study by Andrew Odlyzko
There's an examination of why Friendster failed: "the bonds linking the network were loose."

Why did the VHS tape won over the Sony Betamax back in the 70's and 80's in the home VCR market ? VHS got to critical mass before Betamax. VHS recorders and tapes were cheaper.

The author also mentions the apparent reason why Facebook overtook MySpace "Facebook held off monetizing until its moat was secure".

Thought of the day: "Let's talk less about the elites and let us become the elites." -Max Cantor

Thursday, August 9, 2018

BOOM ! The Book of the Underdog is here

I released the Kindle (Ebook) version of The Book of the Underdog, The Manual to Rise to The Top, Win over the Competition and Crush your Boss. You can go over to Amazon and get it. Time to celebrate with a song and champagne. I also have chocolate ice cream in the freezer to get this party going. Does anybody know of a good pool party in this Summer heat today?

The book was a labor of 11 months: 207-page manuscript.

It is heavily researched and documented, with tons of articles and research papers. Six pages of Bibliography.

Above everything, this is a book of power. It is my gift to the Underdogs of the world.

Only the Fist Chapter talks about the job market, which is what you see on the 10-page Amazon free preview. The best stuff is the rest of it.


How to turn fear into anger


I discuss what psychopaths are according to science. Then I show you how to play the game. What you need to overcome your boss. What bosses are really made of. How to engage with your boss. This is a book about bosses and how to become the boss.

When I started last year, I was thinking of writing  the "How to destroy your Boss" book. Then I realized such title would not be palatable. I also thought about "The Bible of the Underdog" but why link it to religion. There could be people out there who don't believe in a 2000-year old book. But we all believe in Machiavelli. (CEOs and politicians, we know what you're made of). So I wrote the Book of the Underdog.

I've had some wonderful people who received advanced copies review the book. Look at what they said. Judge for yourself.

Quote of the Day:
"A man is never too weak or too ill to fight
If the cause he is standing for is greater than his own." -Oenomaues, Spartacus Starz series

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The last manly man standing ?

Somebody forwarded me this article from Institutional Investor, Inside the Always Nasty, Frequently Sexist, and Often Litigious World of Financial Twitter by Michelle Celalier and, having seen some of those tweets, I came to the conclusion I am the last (manly) man standing in Fintwit. Fintwit is a connotation for financial twitter.

1. Why am I not mentioned, since I have the premier men's personal power blog in the world?  Ooh, Ok, only dingbats got mentioned. Got it. The worst get the spread. Good soldiers, who cares about them.

2. There are no "Twitterati". There are time-wasters. Those who are on Twtr all the time, do they even do serious work? You can't do serious work and tweet every hour. These people need to learn how to use social media. It seems social media is using them. You don't spat on Twitter. Who takes this shit serious, anyway ? I thought people know every time they tweet they work for free, for Jack. People don't even read their emails, why would they even read your tweets ?

3. No, the trading floor of old has not moved online. There is no comparison. Real world vs. Spelunky World.

4. Elon Musk seems to be a prolific twitter-er. He may be, but remember: this guy doesn't care about you, he cares about himself. And he hasn't "attacked" anybody. You can't "attack" a bunch of snakearoons (Yes, I've invented a word here, by my count it is the second word I've invented on this site, the first one was nogoodnick). Once again, you don't attack anybody on fantasyland Twtr.

5. If you compare the spares women have on Twtr with the ones men have, I'm sure women's are as silly as men's, possibly more so. People need to do something better with their time.

Friday, August 3, 2018

What are the best diets ? Keto vs. Paleo Diet

Those who keep a diet based on their body needs are wise and advised. While no single diet is perfect, I recently came across the news that Jenna Jameson lost 57 lbs. on the keto diet and intermittent fasting. Such achievement speaks volumes for the ketogenic diet.

Young readers will not know who Jenna Jameson is. Older readers know her well. Some 15 years ago, she was perhaps the world's most famous pornstar and the richest. Her TWTR profile reads "conservative", "libslayer". I don't know how many liberals Jenna has slayed, but she cashed out big time when she sold Club Jenna to Playboy Enterprises back in 2006. That business was grossing some $20 MM a year. Apply a multimedia multiple to EBITD in a boom year like 2006 and guess the fat margins they had to figure out the price.

Fox News had a piece on her remarkable weight loss journey. Now, if I put a Fox Video on my site, it should come with a reciprocation of Fox doing an interview with me. I could come in and talk about a favorite subject of mine: greatness. How greatness can be accomplished. Greeted by greatness.  Where did all the greatness go ? Greatness at play. Indubitable greatness. Why isn't anyone talking about greatness? What's greatness got to do with ?  If they want a panel of three, we can do that: myself, Yoda (or a substitute), and Unbounded Awareness. Just mentally. That makes for a very telling panel. Let's do it.

Quote of the day: "Knowledge and patience: the only counter to greater skill." -Marcus Crassus , Spartacus War of the Damned as he defeats gladiator Hilarus

The differences between the paleo and the ketogenic diets 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tattoos Hit the C-Suite: 10 Tips for CEOs

Guys in the manosphere space frequently exchange tips about women, one such "tip" is women who get a ton of ink (as in tattooed) are sluts.

From my personal experience, I do see an exponential rise in the number of tattooed young women. Tattoos are more popular with millennial women (those 28 years and younger) than they were with the previous generations, the Y-ers or the X-ers.

It seems tattoos are not for young women only. The Wall Street Journal had a weekend article today, Tattoos Hit the C-Suite by Brennan Kilbane. We learn male CEOs in their 40s and 50s are also getting inked.

"Tattoos are becoming another way to try to figure out who you are, said Scott Campbell, an artist known for working on celebrities like Justin Theroux. Not that your tattoo need announce your identity explicitly: CEO of Twitter and Square Jack Dorsey, 41, told the New Yorker magazine that his large S-shape forearm tattoo symbolizes the form of the collarbone, the integral symbol in calculus and the violin's f-hole."
Important when it comes to tattoos :

1. They should not be visible, i.e. no neck or arm. It's Ok to get a tattoo on your buttock, but only if your butt is firm.

2. The number of tattoos: is it a small number (as in one or two) or is it a cacophony ?

3. The tattoos should not commemorate a one-night stand or the red-haired devil who stole your heart. Those tattoos are reserved for girls.

4. You can tattoo the company symbol you took public in the IPO, but not the first day opening price.

5. Somebody suggested the yin-yang circle. The real question is: Where are you going to do it ?  Are you going to do it around your belly button ? Do you need navel piercing with that ? Decisions, decisions. Tip from Inkme.tatoo: "The black barbell is always a mysterious style that gives you that badass feeling. The shiny black really stands out, and it will give you that element of mystery"

Quote of the day: "Everyone should consider his body as a priceless gift from one whom he loves above all, a marvelous work of art, of indescribable beauty, and mystery beyond human conception, and so delicate that a word, a breath, a look, nay, a thought may injure it." -Nikola Tesla

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

FOMO: What it is and how to stop it

Millennials are the greatest of their generation. They endowed Mark Zuckerberg, an average man, with the third largest wealth in the world: Zuckerberg, 34, is "now worth $81.6 billion, about $373 million more than Buffett, the 87-year-old chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc".(Fortune) They also threw a riddle at me this morning: Who is smarter, Donald Trump or a lamppost ? I would think that's insulting.

Millennials also invented a thing called FOMO, and they want me to solve it. FOMO stands for Fear of Missing Out.  FOMO is that itch you get when Facebook or Twitter beckons. You got that phone in your pocket, and, like a good beta orbiter, you wanna check out on your girlfriend's FB feed. (You haven't been to any of those Jedi Council meetings, or you would know phones aren't allowed in. Jedi Council members are all wired, they record each others, but they surrender their phones prior to meetings as a matter of principle. Every one in those meetings thinks: "I'll get that bastard one way or the other, and the best thing he's got no clue what I'm packing.")

FOMO is the consequence of poor habits. FOMO denotes a lack of focus.

1. People that fall for FOMO have poor self-esteem. It is not just ADHD people that have FOMO. You need to work on that self-esteem, pronto.

2. Since FOMO appears to catch people while on their "downtime", plan your downtime better.

3. Social Media has made it too easy to get attention. Social media is an engineered method to get you a little shot of dopamine. If you still desperately want to check out what your friends are doing, why not reconsider and check out Zuckerberg's page ? See if you want to give that a like, repost, or retweet. How interesting is it now ?

Your redpill quote of the day: "One man's gain so often rests on another man's pain." (R. Southey, The Battle of Bleinheim)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

How to pitch a VC

A lot of my readers are entrepreneurs who want to know how to pitch their enterprises to venture capitalists.

I've seen dozens of pitches, some that are better, some that are not. David Rose's TED 2007 video is still an excellent framework for what you need to do. (Don't watch Shark Tank. That is not how investing works in the real world !

1. It always helps to look at examples of previously funded startups.

On the Piktochart Blog you can see 30 companies' pitch decks, from Facebook in 2004 to Sequoia Capital's.

2. There's a practice mock-up that guides you through the most common concepts, called Pitchbot designed by angel investor and Gigster CEO Roger Dickey. Practice often !

Quote of the day: "When you take a risk for who you are you are betting for you, and when you don't, you are betting against you."-AK

Looking forward to Disrupt SF 2018 !

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Is texting making you dumber ? What about taking selfies ?

Did you know there are studies that show your "smartphone" may actually make you dumber.

From Psychology Today: "Cognitive capacity and overall brain power are significantly reduced when your smartphone is within glancing distance—even if it’s turned off and face down—according to a recent study. This new report from the University of Texas at Austin, 'Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity,' was published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research." -Christopher Bergland, June 25, 2017

What about texting ?

Texting all the time is another sign of a feeble mind.

The Wall Street Journal had an article last weekend on how a "sexting scandal",The Sexting Scandal That Toppled One of America’s Most Powerful Lawyers" toppled a prominent lawyer, William Voge, who was Chairman at Latham and Watkins LLP. A woman toppled a man with whom she has never had a physical relationship.
The woman (Andrea Vassell): "You are insane if you think I am not coming after you with everything I have," Men abuse and exploit women and then the church that is dominated by the male Elders steps forward and tells the women to forgive. That stupid shit-stops with me!" 
"Don't you think we both could be at fault ?"

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Max Cantor Q&A -Watch out for the Silicon Valley mongoose

Interviewer: He, he, hey. This is [Bleep], your bond trader and Max fan. Lock up your daughters and horses, cause we have Max Cantor today for you. Max, thanks for doing a Q&A with me today. This is our third, isn't it ?

Max Cantor: It is. It is the third in two-and-a-half years (2016, and 2017, here). Thanks for doing it on Friday the 13th.

Interviewer: I can't believe it is Friday already. When I talked to you earlier today, you said you had an announcement to make. I just hope it isn't about Yoda.

Max: Why not ? You brought up Master Yoda, and I'm happy to talk about him.

Interviewer: Really ? Is that your announcement today ?

Max: No, but you've brought him up, it's the aperitif in your interviews. So Yoda came to me.

Interviewer: He did ? How ? He came to you into your dreams or on a spaceship ? What are you saying ?

Max: He came to me in a vision. And told me about a great secret, called "Sitting In a Tight Bush".

Interviewer: Ok. Can you elaborate ? I'm sure your readers want to know everything about it, even if it involves drinking 4 oz. of dry scotch.

Max: This is a technique Master Yoda uses, every morning. He goes out, finds a bush, then sits there with his eyes closed until he has the vision of him sitting in a tight bush.

Interviewer: I see. And that takes a lot of imagination.

Max: He told me that's his technique. Now, when he goes to sleep he'll have the same dream, "Sitting in a Tight Bush".

Interviewer: Marvelous. You can paint the sky blue with that. What else would you like to tell your readers today ?

Max: Thanks all for being a loyal reader ! What you're reading is the best, no holds-barred, personal power blog in the world. There's nothing out there that comes even close. And watch out for a dangerous animal called the Silicon Valley mongoose. Let's watch this video together: