Max Holzheu's Weekly Newsletter - Issue #5

Hi friends! I’ve spent the last week in my home in Guatemala, so I got some time to catch up. As you have probably noticed by now, I love revisiting the same topics over and over from different sources to increase my understanding. This issue includes a couple Bitcoin explainers (using emoji!) that I found helpful. Enjoy :)

Quote of the Day 🔑

Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.

- Richard Feynman

Todos deberíamos aprender a programar. Sin excepción. No, no para ser developers todos. Sino para entender cómo funciona el mundo.

- Freddy Vega, cofounder & CEO, Platzi

What I'm reading 📖

- Am I Being Too Subtle? by Sam Zell. Sam Zell is an American businessman, with investments in commercial real estate, energy, manufacturing, and tons of others. He hasn’t worn a suit since the 1970’s. A couple quotes:

If you dress funny and are really good at what you do, you’re eccentric. If you dress funny and you’re not so good at what you do, then you’re a jackass.

I’m not interested in your agreeing with me. Take me on. Challenge me.

- The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly. KK is the founder of Wired Magazine and overall a fascinating character. I recommend you check out his podcast episodes with Tim Ferriss here. Quote from KK:

“If somebody else can do it, I am NOT going to do it.”


The hacker known as "Alex" — Operation Luigi: How I hacked my friend without her noticing

Apart from informative, this is a hysterical read. Starts like this: Operation Luigi: How I hacked my friend without her noticing Hello and welcome to a blog post. I am writing it and you are reading it. It’s amazing what we can do with computers these days…

Bitcoin with Emojis (Pt 1): Making Money – Tess Rinearson

Bitcoin is a revolutionary way to save or spend digital money, and has the potential to transform other realms too. You don’t need to be a mathematician or a cryptographer to understand it, and when…

Bitcoin with Emojis (Pt 2): Making Money Trustworthy – Tess Rinearson – Medium

In Part 1, we learned that Bitcoin is a decentralized currency, not generated or owned by any government or financial institution, and what hashing is. Now, we’ll learn how Bitcoin miners use hashing…

Just a quick reminder why Bitcoin was invented in the first place.

Why was Bitcoin invented in the first place? What’s so wrong about money today that needs changing? This redditor has answers.

Using Hilbert Curves to 100% Zelda

tl;dr: I used Hilbert Curves to make it quicker to walk through a list of locations on a map, so I could could fully complete a video game.

Most Recommended Books by Seth Godin

The Most Recommended list of book recommendations from Seth Godin

Cool Stuff 🕶

The Crash Course (2014 version) - YouTube

HOLY SHIT. My brains are exploding while I watch this guy explain why we’re living in a big, economy-wide experiment. This is the most important link of this newsletter. If you haven’t seen these videos, stop everything and watch them.

Thanks to my cousin Ramix for the tip!