🔥 The fireside #5

Why the world is getting weirder and millennials are screwed.

🔥 The fireside #5

Hello beautiful human being 👋

How is life treating you?

Personally, I’ve just returned from my adventure of almost two months between Cuba, Perù and Dominican Republic. Needless to say, it’s been amazing:

  • I’ve seen Macchu Picchu
  • I’ve had lots of Peruvian food (hint: it’s amazing)
  • I’ve been in a car from the 50s!
  • I’ve seen a lobster as big as a person
  • Bonus: I’ve avoided the European winter

More importantly, however, this trip has made me think a lot about my mental health and life-work balance because, once again, I sucked at both. If you have any tips on how to cope with the pressures of running a business, as well as making the most of every moment whilst travelling, I’d love to hear from you!

PS: Speaking of mental health, my girlfriend Vicky is organising a retreat in wonderful Tuscany (Italy) for people who need to “Unwind, Reflect & Reconnect” and there are only a few spaces still available. Check it out!

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What is making me think 🤔

🔬 What science is like in North Korea

Being a scientist in North Korea is like nowhere else in the world: no support from the international community, no peer-review, no Internet and no advanced technology.

💉 Drug addiction: The complex truth

We’re told studies have proven drug use instantly hooks a user. But it’s not that simple, little-known experiments over 30 years ago tell a very different tale.

💩 Millennials are screwed

Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression. Fantastically written, gorgeous editorial design and LOTS of food for thought.

🙃 The world will only get weirder

Do you ever have the impression that the world is getting weirder every day? Over-regulation is probably to blame: as we create more rules, safety nets, and regulations, the only things that will get through are the tailed events.

☢️ Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

For decades there’s been a joke in physics: nuclear fusion is the energy of the future – and always will be. Now MIT thinks they can ‘put it on the grid in 15 years’.

What I'm reading 📚

I’m currently reading “Life of Pi”, based on the real story of Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, who survived 227 days on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a 200 kg Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

There is lots of talk about spirituality, family, values and… well, surviving on a boat with a tiger. I found this book exceptionally well-written and often hilarious. Truly recommended.

WTF?!? 🙃

Matt Lieberman


Best illusion I've seen, maybe ever. The blue and black lines are NOT moving. Insanely good. https://t.co/gHGx5u3vTO

5:19 AM - 10 Mar 2018

Pastor fakes own kidnap, demands 3 BTC ransom from family

An evangelical pastor from São José dos Campos, Brazil, staged his own kidnapping in an attempt to shake down his own family for 3 (three) BTC. When his family refused to pay the bitcoin ransom, the pastor turned himself in.