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5 things #5 (Week 4 โ€“ 2021)

Phew! That’s been a pretty darn busy week for me with everything happening at work and trying to clear up as much of my weekend as possible to participate in Amsterdam’s Startup Weekend. Read on!

๐Ÿšฟ Shivering

End of January marks for me a whole month of doing only and exclusively ice cold showers. Given this winter is pretty brutal in Poland anyway (temperatures are sometimes as low as -15 Celsius) this has been pretty challenging one for me at the beginning, however now I’m pretty well into it. I’ll probably do a few warm showers just to see how it is and be back to cold for more months. Turns out these ice cold showers lower my resting heart rate significantly, especially during night time. One helpful resource to do this was Wim Hof’s Method.

๐Ÿ–ฅ Making models

I have friends who invest in buying vintage computers hoping they’ll be able to sell them off on eBay a decade from now and make some sweet money. While I’ll pass making that kind of investment (mainly because I don’t have ‘fuck you’ money as Joe Rogan says it) I’d really love to have one of these on my shelfs. Turns out there are DYI paper craft models of these. Trying this out very soon!

๐Ÿ‘„ Processing natural language

Check out this very cool demo of live NLP running in browser – pretty rad, right? NLP has been hovering around my interests for a while now, actually ever since we built a proof-of-technology of CallBot on TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon 2019 in Berlin. Very eager to get this project back on track so expect it to get back into one of these blogposts in the (hopefully) near future.

๐Ÿš€ Starting up

I’ve been a huge fan of hackathons and you probably all know that by now. Startup Weekend is a special kind of hackathon which rather than hacks usually tries to have you arrive with a viable business at the end of 53 hour death march. So that’s what we’re doing this weekend with @srgtuszy (my brother). What’s even more special it’s Startup Weekend Amsterdam that we’re attending (I’m an ex-Amsterdamer and Amsterdam is still my favorite city). Expect to see the result of our sleepless weekend in next week’s post. Until then, keep your fingers x’ed.

๐Ÿ‘‚ Listening

Lot’s of interesting podcasts hit the web this past week, but I had the most pleasure listening to Joe Rogan talking with Lex Fridman. If you like listening to Lex and have some interest in AI/ML/Science you should also check out his podcast.

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5 things #4 (Week 3 โ€“ 2021)

Last week it’s been a bit lousy on blogging side, however hopefully this week’s entry will make up for that and hopefully next week I’ll be ready to post a longer form entry. Let’s see how it goes! Here’s five things from this week.

๐Ÿค” Getting smarter

One of my resolutions that I’m trying to keep (I got a whole list of ones I probably won’t keep) is upping my supplementation game. I’ll be spending 1st quarter of this year trying out different stuff, but there’s already something I know I’ll be sticking to – Lions Mane. According to Paul Stamets it’s a smart mushroom and there is scientific research confirming some of its interesting properties (anti-inflammatory, promotes gut and cognitive health).

๐Ÿ„ Thinking of fungi

Lot’s of references to fungi this week, but that’s fine. I don’t have a spirit animal instead I have a spirit fungi. Here’s an interesting article that I ran across this week which explains how fungi are a bit closer related to animals than plants, and why they have their own kingdom.

๐Ÿ˜ผ Tripping on catnip

I’m a proud partner in crime to our two cats we have at home and I’ve always been curious how come they react in such interesting way to catnip. Check out this article that explains this phenomenon in detail. I don’t want to spoil it to you, but in a nutshell it opens up cats’ opioid system that closely resemble human and heroin reaction. Super interesting!

๐Ÿ”Š Listening

I listen to a TON of various podcasts, however one I always greatly enjoy and can’t ever get enough of is The Random Show which is basically Kevin Rose and Tim Ferris talking through many random topics ranging from crypto and DeFi to lucid dreaming. Literary. Have a listen and checkout their show notes which are just packed with lots of things to checkout.

๐Ÿ’ญ Mentoring

I feel 2020 was the year of shutting the hell up for me in many ways, which is good because you cannot be in the loop all the time. When looking back at how that year has gone by and what I want 2021 to be, I can definitely say I will be doing much more knowledge sharing and mentoring this year. I already have received a very exciting offer from one of the leading startup accelerators from EU which hopefully I will announce soon, and basically I will be double downing on helping folks and giving back to the community in 2021.

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5 things #3 (Week 2 โ€“ 2021)

Happy CES week! Here’s five three (weeks like that will happen) things that popped on my radar these last days:

๐ŸŽฐ Not going to Vegas

Consumer Electronics Show is happening in virtual formula and it’s nowhere near as exciting as the in-person event. On the flipside my liver, my circadian rhythm and overall wellbeing is much better. So, what’s dominating this pandemic edition of CES? 8K TVs, affordable OLEDs, obviously COVID (like Razers RGB mask), manufacturers further dipping their toes into smart glasses, AI on the edge, however all in all I haven’t yet seen anything net new yet.

โŒš Checking the time

Pine64, known for their open-source phone, this time came up with a hackable smart watch that got me really curious. After a bit of research it turns out they repurposed a widely popular P8 smartwatch, so I ordered one to see if its possible to flash it with open source WaspOS or similar operating system, if it is this may be the cheapest wearable prototyping platform out there.

๐Ÿฆนโ€โ™‚๏ธ Getting hacked

As an aftermath of horrific events that happened in US Capitol, Parler (alt-tech microblogging, communication platform used by rioters) got kicked off pretty much every infrastructure they could (AppStore, Google Play, AWS etc). Yet before going dark a security researcher was able to pull ALL the content off the platform through a bunch of open API endpoints that required no authentication whatsoever. What a great reminder to put effort into properly securing your APIs.

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5 things #2 (Week 1 – 2021)

What up 2021! I’m more than confident this year will be like no other, and it’s got “21” in it, so will be lucky for sure. Here’s five things I stumbled upon this very first week of 2021, have a look.

๐Ÿ‘€ Looking back

Listened to Joe Rogan’s interview with Alex Brenson, and while I don’t agree with most of stuff Alex has been saying on there, one statistic that was brought up shows the often underestimated impact COVID19 had on our society. This last year there’s been a spike in overdose deaths thorough out the US – over 30k more than past year. I believe that K-shaped recovery folks on Bloomberg TV mention all the time in many businesses will happen, however the society will struggle getting out of the psychological dent COVID19 made.

๐Ÿ˜ด Sleeping

Stumbled upon a very interesting article which proposes a completely new theory to the purpose of dreams. Go read the whole thing, but in a nutshell group of scientists claim it is a protective mechanism aiming at making sure neurons in visual cortex don’t get re-assigned to other tasks. Sleep has been an aspect of my life I have worked hard on improving these past few years and I continuously jump on anything new to read in that department. If you’re looking for a good entry point to sleep checkout Matthew Walker and his book.

๐Ÿ‘พ Not playing

Along with a long overdue phase-out of Flash another interesting piece of technology got waved good-bye recently – Farmville. While I never been a fan of that format or games in general it’s hard to argue the impact this game made (and number of hours mankind put into this thing). Here’s a very informative tweet storm from no one other than Mark Pincus (ex. CEO of Zynga, maker of Farmville) outlining some details about the game.

๐Ÿ‘‚ Listening

Finally got my hands on a Clubhouse invite. For folks living under a rock, it’s an app that allows for creation of moderated live audio rooms around certain topics. I really dig the format and over the past few days I listened to a LOT of very interesting convos. I’m super interested in how this startup grows since already being on a platform for a short amount of time, you can see the quality of content degrades along with user base growth.

๐ŸŽจ Drawing

Folks at Open.Ai did it again. You may remember lots of press covering their GPT-3 model which was capable of generating text based on a short prompt. The quality of the output it produced was really hard to distinguish from human written text (someone put together a website with examples). Well, now they came up with Dall-E which generates images based on a text prompt, and it can generate some amazing, very abstract things – checkout the link to see some examples.