Assorted links from week10, 2024

🌀 There some extremely meaningful pieces of wisdom in this 40 life lessons I know at 40 by Mark Manson. #40: IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO CHANGE is quite powerful:

A friend of mine once told me a story about his grandmother. He said that when her husband died, she was 62 and for the first time in her life, she began to take piano lessons.

For weeks, she practiced all day, every day.

At first, the family thought it was just a phase, a way for her to process her grief. But months went by and she continued to play every day.

People started to wonder if she was crazy or something was wrong with her. They told her to give it up, face reality. But she kept going.

By the time she was in her 90s, she’d been playing piano every day for over 30 years, longer than most professional musicians have been alive. She had mastered all of the classics—Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi.

Everyone who heard her play swore that she must have been a concert pianist in her youth. No one believed her when she said that she took her first lesson in her 60s.

I love this story because it shows that even at an impractical old age, you still have more time left to learn something than most professionals at that thing have even been alive.

📱Ted Gioia is delivering another utterly important piece here: how to break free from dopamine culture. His ‘quest for a healthier relationship with technology’ should definitely become all of us’ quest.

🌐 Talking about dopamine culture and broken relationships, Kyle Chayka makes us wonder why are we even sharing XYZ on the web: the internet's distribution problem.

like a luxury hotel that doesn’t need to advertise

🐎 Many things impressed me in the Hermès episode from Acquired I shared last week. One of them was the saddle stitch. Colin Nagy dove into it in The Saddle Stitch Edition.