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April 2021: Consuming and Producing

March-April 2021

A list of books, audiobooks, podcasts, television and more that I am consuming.
A list of achievements, articles, or plans in the shop to showcase my producing.

This series also maps my consumer habits, and how my time on Youtube and Instagram leads to shop projects and purchases, as well as influences my thoughts.

What I am Reading this Month:

  • Lyotard Reader
  • “The Order of Time” Carlo Rovellie
  • “The Overstory” Richard Powers
  • “Utopia for Realists” Rutger Bregman

What I am listening to this month:

Audio Books:

  • Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions [link]
  • Ernest Kline, Ready Player Two


  • Russell Brand: Death Grief, and Finding Meaning (David Kessler) [link]
  • The Knowledge Project: Matt Ridley [link]
  • The Philosopher’s Zone: Nuerophenomenology [link]
  • The Philosopher’s Zone: The Problem with ‘moral machines’ [link]
  • The Philosopher’s Zone: Honour in the Institution [link]
  • The Philosopher’s Zone: Identity Politics [link]
  • Acid Horizon: The Early Engels: Capitalism, Morality [link]
  • Acid Horizon: Why we choose gods and masters- Walter Reich [link]
  • Making Sense: 243 A Few points of confusion [link]
  • Making sense: 242 Psychedelics and the Self [link]
  • Making Sense: 240 The Boundaries of Self [link]
  • Partially Examined Life: 266: Jonathan Lear’s Plato [link]
  • The Art of Manliness: 696 Theodore Roosevelt
  • The Art of Manliness: 693 Why is it so hard to admit you are wrong?
  • The Art of Manliness: 669 Change is a Rest
  • Philosophize This! #152, #153 The Frankfurt School, Walter Benjamin [link]
  • Philosophize This: 124 Simulacra & Simulation
  • Philosophize this! 121 Michel Foucault
  • Tim Ferriss: Vitalik Buterin, Creator of Ethereum, on Understanding Ethereum, ETH vs. BTC, ETH2, Scaling Plans and Timelines, NFTs, Future Considerations, Life Extension, and More (Featuring Naval Ravikant) (#504) [link]
  • Tim Ferris: Walter Isaacson on CRISPR, Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race (#503) [link]
  • Tim Ferris: Steven Pressfield — How to Overcome Self-Sabotage and Resistance, Routines for Little Successes, and The Hero’s Journey vs. The Artist’s Journey (#501) [link]
  • Tim Ferris: 497 Joyce Carol Oates
  • Tim Ferris: #506: Balaji Srinivasan on The Future of Bitcoin and Ethereum
  • 99% Invisible: 436 Oops, Our Bad [link]
  • 99% Invisible: 436 Science vs Snakes [link]
  • The Jordan Harbinger Show: McKeown, The Discipline Pursuit of
  • Hidden Brain: The Story of Your Life
  • hidden Brain: Made of Honor
  • The Daily Stoic, several of the daily podcasts
  • Naval Rivkant: Everything in March 2021 (The Beginning of Infinity)
  • Therapist Uncensored: 142 Trauma Transformed
  • Therapist Uncensored: 05: How attachment impacts
  • Therapist Uncensored: 79: Attachment Spectrum
  • Delimma: s2e20, Conspiracies Everywhere
  • Delimma: s2e21: Are we in a simulation?

Article that had an impact:

Reading like Napoleon: Philosophy at a Gallup, Will Buckingham [link]

What I am watching this month:

  • Schitt’s Creek, Netflix
  • Finished Wayne, Utopia
  • Still watching Regular Show, Bob’s Burgers
  • Tried some ole Key & Peele

What I am consuming online


Jordan Peterson vs. Slavoj Zizek
Philosophy Tube: Jordan Peterson
Philosophy Tube: Elon Musk
The Spirited Man
Sizek, debate

Shop layout: Wood Whisperer [link]


Tobe Nwigwe
War Paint
Smashing Pumpkins

New product

Four Sigmatic (mushroom protein and coffee and immune booster)


What I want:

From Forever ago: So… I don’t have 220 power in the shop, and yet want 220 tools, and then my wife bought a second car to race with and has taken up the front 3 feet of the garage and part of my storage shed with all of her new autocross car racing stuff. I am now looking at building a shop. Maybe 1,200 sq feet. (30×40 or 60×20)

Problem: zoning requires me to have engineered plans, a certified contractor pour the concrete, have a concrete drive all the way to the shop, and the shop has to be clad the same as the house. So, all that doubles whatever the shop would normally cost.
(If I can build a shop for $40k or $50k, then pulling the concrete driveway 100 feet back to it also costs $30k, then cladding it in brick would cost an extra $10k.)

March: I just bit the bullet on a Florip dovetail saw, even though they are super backordered.
I still want the Jet planer/jointer combo, because after messing with the Cherry Wood for the bed, and the Hard Maple the previous month, I am tired of trying to hand plane or sand out all the problems I get from my Rigid Planer, and then the table saw. None of it is awful, it is just annoying.

What I got:

Small luxury purchases: Garrett Wade goggles, cause they look cool.
Bridge City Tools, larger Multi Tool.
Savage Industries: An apron for the shop with lots of pockets and a split front.
2 Hand Screw clamps from Woodcraft.
Pica pencil from Lee Valley

What I produced:

3 podcasts this month.

I also interviewed someone and that will come out next month.
And I am setting up a couple more interview based podcasts.

step33: specter of uselessness

The Specter of Uselessness (Culture of the New Capitalism pt 2)

The Specter of Uselessness (Culture of the New Capitalism pt 2)

The Specter of Uselessness (Culture of the New Capitalism pt 2)

What I built:

A bed frame from Cherry


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