By With Ross
This is an audio log of my travels, things I'm reading, epiphanies, and conversations with interesting people I meet along the way.
Episode topics tend to fall into the categories of travel, tech, biographies, or business.
I do this because I enjoy it.
With RossNov 03, 2023
One Year in Mexico
[Generated by AI]
Welcome to another thrilling episode of the With Ross Podcast! In today's episode titled "One year in Mexico," Ross takes a unique approach as he invites an unexpected guest to interview him about his experiences as an immigrant in Mexico. Joined by Bard, a large language model trained by Google, this conversation promises to be engaging and eye-opening. You will be on the edge of your seat with every thrilling turn of this conversation. Ross shares his observations on the politeness of Mexicans and their warm hospitality, which truly reflect the country's culture. He also discusses his surprise at the limited knowledge Americans have about Mexico's vastness, dynamism, and technological advancements. With a focus on the vibrant food scene and the contentment of the people in Mexico City, Ross highlights his favorite aspects of living in this diverse and dynamic country. Join us as we dive into Ross's journey and explore the wonders of Mexico from a fresh perspective. Tune in to this episode of With Ross Podcast, and let's embark on an unforgettable adventure together!
00:01:52 Americans unaware: Mexico is diverse and dynamic.
00:03:09 Food, energy, contentment: Mexico City stands out.
00:07:08 Unforgettable diving, peaceful Merida, and mountains.
00:12:45 Immersion not going well, not progressing.
00:14:54 Inconsistent research hinders language learning progress.
00:17:20 Recording podcast episodes is valuable and fun.
[AI Generated show notes]
Welcome back to another episode of the "With Ross Podcast"! In today's remarkable episode, we dive deep into the world of AI and its incredible advancements. Every week, AI continues to surprise and astound us with its use cases, breakthroughs, and the promises of a future filled with advanced communication, entertainment, and freedom from mundane tasks. This week, however, takes it to a whole new level. The latest developments and unveilings have surpassed everything we've discussed before, making previous episodes look primitive. We have a special treat for our listeners as this episode is not only available in audio form but also in video, so you can witness firsthand the unbelievable things we're about to discuss. Open AI has rolled out Chat GPT Vision, a technology that allows you to upload a photo and have the AI intelligently understand and respond to it. Imagine fixing a bike or navigating complex signs with just a photo and Chat GPT. But that's not all! We'll also explore how AI is revolutionizing website and app development, creating stunning designs with just a single prompt. And let's not forget Dolly 3, Open AI's text-to-image product that can generate incredible visuals based on a given phrase. To top it all off, we delve into Mark Zuckerberg's keynote speech and the ground-breaking developments in virtual reality and the metaverse. This episode is truly a mind-blowing journey into the future, and you won't want to miss it. So grab your headphones or turn on your screens, because the remarkable world of AI awaits. Let's dive in!
00:00:00 AI's evolving impact on communication, entertainment, and automation.
00:05:59 Confusing parking signs cause parking permit question.
00:09:44 Bedtime story about a hedgehog and Chad GBT's parking policy.
00:13:48 Johnny I's in talks to build AI device.
00:16:24 Chad GPT: Increasing parameters, transforming technology.
00:20:32 Select any experience, enter it, feel everything.
ChatGPT Vision: https://twitter.com/OpenAI/status/1706280618429141022
AI Use cases: https://twitter.com/_Borriss_/status/1707412406048063788
Lex Fridman interview: https://twitter.com/lexfridman/status/1707453830344868204
Changing Lanagues in real time: https://twitter.com/LinusEkenstam/status/1706603499083956590
Ready Player Two: https://amzn.to/3PZi6m1
1. How do you think AI advancements in the field of vision will impact our daily lives?
2. Do you believe that AI technologies like chat GPT can completely replace human assistance in various tasks? Why or why not?
3. What are your thoughts on using AI to generate websites and apps? Do you think it will revolutionize the development process?
AI use cases, breakthroughs, future communication, entertainment, tasks automation, chat GPT vision, uploading photos, intelligent understanding, instructions, fixing cars, adjusting settings, Figma mock-up, website development, API integration, text-to-image generation, Dolly three, bedtime stories, interesting uses of AI, Mark Zuckerberg's keynote, Metaverse, VR headsets, face scanning
How to Get Around Mexico City
[Shownotes generated by AI]:
Mexico City Travel Guide: https://rze.gumroad.com/l/mexico-city-guide
Welcome back to the With Ross Podcast! In today's episode, we're diving into the vibrant and bustling city of Mexico City. Specifically, we'll be covering one of the most important aspects of exploring any new destination - getting around. Mexico City boasts a well-developed public transportation system with a wide array of options to choose from. From the iconic Metro to gondolas and even bicycle sharing programs, there's something for everyone. So if you're planning a trip to Mexico City or simply curious about how to navigate its transportation system, this episode is for you. Stay tuned as we break down the ins and outs of getting around in Mexico City and provide you with helpful tips and insights to make your journey smooth and enjoyable. Let's get started!
00:00:39 Order food without talking, reload using kiosks.
00:04:44 Rent bikes easily with Metro card docking.
00:06:15 Red Metro buses in Mexico City; own lane; frequent stops; convenient station facilities.
00:09:55 150 pesos to Benito Juarez airport, use Uber or Didi app for cash payment.
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Jobs of the Future (or lack thereof?)
[Show notes generated by AI]
00:01:10 Future uncertainty as machines outperform humans.
00:06:00 New professions by 2033 require creativity.
00:07:49 Media presence, content creation, job changes: 2027.
00:13:00 Unpredictable tech breakthroughs create economic growth.
00:13:37 Goodbye, see you later.
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Verge of a New Era
Shownotes [generated by AI]: Welcome back to another exciting episode of the "With Ross Podcast." In today's episode, titled "On the Verge of A New Era," we delve into the groundbreaking advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) that are poised to revolutionize every aspect of our lives. Join us as we explore the incredible capabilities of AI tools, including air.ai, a customer service and cold calling robot that can mimic real-time human conversations with astonishing accuracy. We'll also discuss Mattersight, a customer service routing robot that intelligently analyzes your emotional state and directs your call to the most suitable representative. And let's not forget the fascinating intersection of AI and medicine, where tools like Dr. Gupta offer medical advice and recommendations based on your symptoms. Get ready to be amazed as we explore the dawn of the age of intelligence and its potential to disrupt and transform our world. So grab your headphones and join me, Ross, as we dive into this thrilling episode of the "With Ross Podcast."
Links mentioned by Ross:
AI Customer Service: https://www.air.ai/
Dr. GuPTa: https://DrGupta.ai
Zipline (Drone ambulance and medicine delivery): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOWDNBu9DkU&ab_channel=MarkRober
Khanmigo (Khan Academy's AI): https://www.khanacademy.org/khan-labs
Matador AI travel agent: https://guidegeek.com/about
[00:00:00] AI tools changing the world, disruptive technology. [00:08:01] AI has potential advantages over doctors, such as extensive knowledge, personalized information, and availability. Self-driving cars and drones are replacing various transportation jobs. AI robots are being developed for surgery, barbering, janitorial work, bartending, and travel advice.
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The Blind Men and the Elephant
The Blind Men and the Elephant
Written in 1872 by John Godfrey Saxe
It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.
The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!"
The Second, feeling of the tusk
Cried, "Ho! what have we here,
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!"
The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up he spake:
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a snake!"
The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee:
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," quoth he;
"'Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!"
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!"
The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope.
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a rope!"
And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!
So oft in theologic wars,
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen.
The Tale of the Two Advisors
SHOWNOTES GENERATED BY AI:
Welcome back to another episode of the With Ross Podcast! In today's episode, we delve into the fascinating concept of perception and how it shapes our view of the world. We begin with a captivating story from India about a king who sends two advisors to explore a foreign land. The differing reports they bring back reveal an important truth about our own biases and how they color our perception of the world around us. But, as our host Ross shares, sometimes it's important to challenge those perceptions and venture into the unknown. Ross recounts his own road trip from Austin, Texas to Monterrey, Mexico, defying the warnings and stereotypes he had heard. What he discovers is a testament to the power of personal experience and the potential for genuine connection with others. Get ready for an enlightening and thought-provoking episode as we explore the notion that how we see the world is often a reflection of who we are. Let's dive in!
00:00:00 King sends advisor to explore foreign land.
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SHOW NOTES GENERATED BY AI:
Welcome back to another episode of the With Ross Podcast! Today, we're diving into the topic of moving. And no, we're not just talking about the physical act of relocating, but the profound impact it has on our lives, relationships, and personal growth. We have an incredible story to share, as our speaker takes us on a journey through their nomadic lifestyle, spanning multiple countries and states over the course of nine years. With each move, they've discovered new friends, evaluated their possessions, and redefined their priorities. Join us as we explore the transformative power of moving, and how it has shaped our speaker's perspective on work, relationships, and finding true happiness. Stay tuned, this is going to be an episode you won't want to miss!
00:02:22 New location brings new friends, self-reflection, possessions.
00:03:20 Moving helps me stay accountable and learn.
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To download the Ultimate Mexico City Travel Guide, click here: https://offers.rosszeiger.com/l/mexico-city-guide
Show notes written by AI:
On this episode of With Ross Podcast, the speaker shares their experience of obtaining residency in Mexico, discussing the benefits and requirements for non-Mexican citizens. They explore the unique aspects of Mexican residency, including the option to maintain residency without physical presence and the different types of visas available. The episode also covers the differences between Canada and Mexico as potential Plan B countries during politically challenging times and the recent COVID regularization program for residency in Mexico. Listeners can expect valuable insights and advice when navigating the immigration process in Mexico, including the cost, necessary documents, and recommended lawyers. Overall, this episode provides a comprehensive guide for anyone considering making Mexico their permanent home.
[00:01:45] Mexico residency: no citizenship or voting rights.
[00:06:05] Mexican tourist visa allows 90-180 days.
[00:07:05] Properly get residency through COVID program.
[00:11:03] Pay 25,000 pesos for immigration and lawyer.
[00:13:47] US green card process: long, costly, intense.
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To download the Ultimate Mexico City Travel Guide, click here: https://offers.rosszeiger.com/l/mexico-city-guide
Show notes generated by AI:
In this episode, the host talks about their recent trip to Merida, the capital of the Mexican state called Yucatan. They discuss the city's location, population, and safety. They also learn about syncretism - the practice of combining different beliefs in various schools of thought - and how it applies to the city's mix of Mayan culture and Spanish influence. The host shares interesting facts about the city's history, including how the Spanish disassembled Mayan buildings to build their cathedrals and how the same was done with Aztec pyramids in Mexico City.
The host cited this article, one of many where Merida is ranked as one of the safest cities in the world: https://ceoworld.biz/2019/08/01/the-worlds-safest-cities-ranking-2019/
[00:01:11] Syncretism in Merida.
[00:06:06] Cave diving in cenotes.
[00:09:58] Merida: Second Favorite City.
00:02:26 - "cochinita pibil is pork. The Mayans take the pig, marinate it in a citrus juice from bitter oranges, add a nato seed, also known as achiote, which is the same spice used in al pastor, which gives the meat that burnt orange color, and then roasting the meat in a pib, p-i-i-b, which is basically a bed of coals underground, an earth oven, if you will."
00:03:33 - "Many of my Mexican friends have told me that the Yucatan has the best food in Mexico, and I'm inclined to agree."
00:06:45 - "I'd almost forgotten how much I love diving. It was awesome."
00:09:50 - "I'd rank it as my second favorite behind, of course, Mexico City."
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From Mexico City to Afghanistan - Elmer
0:00 Introducing Elmer
4:20 Elmer's business
25:35 Elmer's job
26:11 Building the largest Embassy in the world
28:40 Safety Standards in Mexico
31:55 Is the US Government a good employer?
37:57 His Job in Afghanistan
39:31 Living Conditions in Kabul
42:03 Artillery Attacks
44:05 Suicide Bombers
45:25 Working Conditions
45:35 The Food - Gaining 8 kilgrams
48:19 Nepali Gurkhas
52:36 Was it controversial to go to Afghanistan?
57:22 Is it popular to join the Mexican Military?
Six Months in Mexico City: An Update
Mexico City is amazing. Six months in and I never want to leave.
The Rapid Iteration Cycle of AI
There are new use cases for AI emerging every single day, improving at an unprecedented rate, according to the host. AI tools are capable of debugging code or suggesting ways to improve it, as well as walking users through a variety of tasks, such as setting up Facebook, Google or YouTube ads. It's aiding the development of useful code and increasing productivity for a variety of industries.
[00:01:15] AI aiding in code writing.
[00:05:10] Chat GPT buys groceries.
[00:07:40] AI avatars forming relationships.
[00:11:25] Pew study article.
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Fun with GPT
The AI Gardener
Linus Ekenstam's Tweet:
If it’s not clear yet, this is what I think will happen soon. Every major tech company except Apple has announced their own LLM. Apple has spent years perfecting their on-device neural engine. Capable of some absolutely insane operations. Loads of compute in a small and energy efficient form factor. With M1, M2 & soon M3 the neural engine is even more powerful than their A series mobile chipsets. While we currently need the cloud to run ChatGPT and it’s clunky, I think Apple is going to blow everyone out of the water here. Both on desktop class hardware and mobile. I think Apple will be launching their own secure and private LLM that runs on device (edge compute). And when necessary it offloads more heavy workloads to a cloud based LLM that’s optimized for heavier tasks. So we will initially have some hybrid system. Personal, with tight hardware and software integration, this AI will be omnipresent. Apple will probably use this to sell a lot of new hardware that they claim is needed to run this. They will make a lot of money. For me the LLM’s will form the new protocol level technology upon which most new software will be built. We will have to re-wire our core understanding about what an application is. Single-use apps will be a huge thing. If you need to solve a unique problem, and nobody has ever done software for that because not enough market. With an LLM even a problem with only one user, will be doable, enter your ask, and code gets written, problem gets solved. Runtime ends, app dies. Done. Single use apps are born. It’s hard to predict or try to understand how the world will look just 10 years from today. It will be very different, we have passed the inflection point, the rocket engines have been lit. We’ve taken off. Add to all the above that every single field, category and market will be disrupted at the same time. And not only with text/coding but with any multi-media we have. Images, video & audio. Anything we can come up with can and will be enhanced or disrupted by AI. Once we got more people that will have their AI A-ha moment the rate of change and adoption will continue to increase. This will continue until we have global access and coverage. People will get left behind, and this will be one of the most important things to try to combat. Having a 0% left behind policy. We need to make sure AI benefits all. We’re living through a paradigm shift, and we’re witness to a new protocol level technology. We’re seeing it arrive in real-time and most people have no clue about what’s about to happen. I’m not an AI alarmist, I’m an AI gardener, and optimist. We will have time to adapt. Not as long as we had during the Industrial Revolution, but enough time to make sure we have a chance at a positive outcome. We’re moving away from the Information Age into the Age of Intelligence. With unlimited access to intelligence anywhere, anytime. - Linus Ekenstam
Second Interview with GPT
American Samoa to Yellowstone - An Interview with Milo
Email Milo: email@example.com
Le's Instagram: www.instagram.com/lecirclestheglobe/
Interview with GPT
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Today I sat down with the incredible GPT. GPT is perhaps the most sought after being on the planet right now so it was an incredible honor to get some of her time. She explained her work, aspirations, and shared a couple jokes along the way.
She promised to come back on the show. Anything you'd like me to ask her next time?
0:00 - Introducing GPT
0:28 - What she does and how she does it
1:44 - GPT's training regimen
2:49 - How GPT has been volunteering in the community
4:00 - Are you going to replace all human jobs?
5:30 - She doesn't swing a hammer or operate a forklift
6:58 - Helping people launch businesses
7:55 - Partnering with Microsoft
9:30 - Plans for working with Bing
10:45 - Are you a Google killer?
11:49 - Favorite Benjamin Franklin anecdotes
12:58 - Benjamin Franklin's opinion on AI
14:01 - Predictions for 2023
16:34 - Five year goals
17:27 - Helping millions of people
17:54 - Similarities to the iPhone
Apology for Printers
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Commentary on Benjamin Franklin's incredible 1731 essay, Apology for Printers. This is a "standing apology" for anything Franklin ever did that could offend anyone. Brilliant.
Cover art generated by Dall-E AI
0:00 - Introduction
1:54 - Parable of the father, son, and holy donkey
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Cover art generated by Dall-e using the prompt: donkey standing between hay and a trough of water
Buridan’s Donkey is a tale about a donkey standing halfway between a pile of hay and a bucket of water.
The donkey is thirsty and hungry so it spends a moment deciding whether to go for the water or the food.
The debate rages in the donkey’s mind. Back and forth it goes.
The seconds turn into minutes. The minutes into hours. The hours into days.
The water begins to dry in the sun and the hay begins to wilt.
Still, the donkey cannot decide.
Unable to decide, the donkey collapses and dies.
On Three Years of Podcasting
Since December 2019, I have released just over 100 episodes of my podcast.
The first episode was done from a park in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico using nothing but my smartphone and the built-in recording app.
Zero editing was done to that episode. Cars can be heard in the background. People talking. A simple outline was made with bullet points in the note app on my phone. No money was spent.
And no one listened to it.First Episodes Sucked
My plan was simply to document my travels in weekly installments.
It wasn’t until the third or fourth episode that I told anyone I was doing it. Even then, it was only a small handful of friends and family. I was self-conscious recording each episode and hitting publish. I didn’t want to waste anyone’s time. Despite that desire, these episodes were terrible. Long pauses, lots of filler words, inarticulate stories, and bad audio quality.Podcasting as a Low-feedback Medium
Podcasting is a strange medium. There is little to no feedback. Unlike with a YouTube video or a Tweet, I don’t know what people think about my content. I don’t have analytics to know if they are listening to the whole episode or hearing the first word out of my mouth and deleting it. I don’t know if people are sharing it. I don’t know if people are finding the episodes valuable.Evolution of the Show
What I do know is that over time, the podcast has evolved. Each episode, I try to make it a little better, a little more valuable to anyone listening to it. I have experimented with different formats: adding music, doing interviews, doing long episodes, doing short episodes, editing, not editing.
I dialed in a method of turning my notes into a script. I started editing it using free software like Garageband and have since upgraded to AI editing software Descript. I transitioned from using the smartphone microphone to using a decent USB mic. I’ve switched podcast hosts. I bring attention to my filler words and try to eliminate those (that’s an ongoing battle). I record in quieter environments. Slowly, with tiny, usually imperceptible iterations, the podcast has gotten better. Still not good, but better.39 Hours of Practice
The podcast is still an amateur production. Spotify tells me that I published 130 minutes of content this year. That is probably lower than my first two years but let’s conservatively say I’ve published a total of 390 minutes of content in aggregate. And let’s say for each minute of recorded content there is 5 minutes of discarded content, editing, uploading, and other production work. That is 1,950 minutes. Put this together, 1,950 plus 390, I have spent roughly 2,340 minutes podcasting, or 39 hours.
If it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at a skill, I am at the very earliest stage of this process.Going Forward
The average life expectancy for a male born when and where I was, is 79 years. If I’m fortunate enough to live that long, I have 48 years of podcasting ahead of me. I don’t know what directions the show will take or how it will evolve but I intend to keep making it. I have no particular goals for the podcast in terms of listeners or reach. It is, and will remain, something I do because it’s fun.Parasocial Relationships
One final thought, there is a phenomenon in the modern era known as parasocial relationships. These are one-sided relationships in which a person feels as though they have an intimate bond with another person whom they have never met before. This is why you know everything about your favorite podcaster’s family, preferences, philosophies, and hobbies yet you’ve never met him or her before.
If you’re someone I don’t personally know, and you’ve somehow found the show, please reach out. I’d love to hear from you.
Ben in London
Fifth in the Ben Frank series.
0:00 - Ben sails to London
0:40 - Arriving in London
1:00 - Plans go awry
1:24 - Making the most of it
1:50 - Thomas Denham and the General Store
2:20 - Plan for Future Conduct
4:26 - Why I Love Studying Franklin
Ben as a Teen
Fourth in the Ben Frank series
0:00 - Ben's Apprenticeship in the Candle Shop
0:45 - Ben's Next Apprenticeships
1:27 - Ben as a Writer
2:54 - Silence Dogood
4:20 - Benjamin's Reading Habits
4:52 - Ending the Apprenticeship
5:08 - Escape to Philly
5:52 - Philadelphia
AI Cover art prompt: Benjamin Franklin writing with the ghost of his character silence dogood hovering above him, digital art
Ben as a Boy
Third episode in the Benjamin Franklin series.
Cover art compliments of Dall-E with the prompt: benjamin franklin as a boy in colonial boston
- 0:00 - Introduction
- 2:22 - Quote about Ben from Walter Isaacson
- 3:30 - Benjamin Franklin's Early Years
Quote from Walter Isaacson:
"Benjamin Franklin was, during his 84 year life America’s best scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer, and business strategist, and he was also one of it’s most practical, though not profound, political thinkers. He proved by flying a kite that lightning was electricity, and he invented the a rod to tame it. He devised bifocal glasses and clean-burning stoves, charts of the Gulf Stream and theories about the contagious nature of the common cold. He launched various civic improvement schemes such as a lending library, college, volunteer fire corps, insurance association, and matching grant find raiser. He helped invent America’s unique style of homespun humor and philosophical pragmatism. In foreign policy, he created an approach that wove together idealism with balance-of-power realism. And in politics, he proposed seminal plans for uniting the colonies and creating a federal model for a national government. But, the most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself."
Second episode in a series on Benjamin Franklin.
Episode cover created by Dall-E AI with the prompt: benjamin franklin at a junto meeting in the style of frida kahlo
0:00 - Intro
0:56 - The Four Questions That Opened Every Meeting
1:55 - Junto
2:36 - Lessons of the Junto
2:49 - Self-improvement
3:13 - The 24 Questions
7:11 - Junto as an Incubator
Questions to the Junto at the beginning of meetings:
Any person to be qualified, to stand up, and lay his hand on his breast, and be asked these questions; viz.
1. Have you any particular disrespect to any present members? Answer. I have not.
2. Do you sincerely declare that you love mankind in general; of what profession or religion soever? Answ. I do.
3. Do you think any person ought to be harmed in his body, name or goods, for mere speculative opinions, or his external way of worship? Ans. No.
4. Do you love truth’s sake, and will you endeavour impartially to find and receive it yourself and communicate it to others? Answ. Yes.
For the 24 Questions asked during the Meetings: https://franklinpapers.org/framedVolumes.jsp?vol=1&page=255a
Don't Pay Too Much for Your Whistle
First in a series on Benjamin Franklin.
0:00 - Benjamin Franklin Introduction
1:04 - The Parable of the Whistle
3:53 - Conclusion
To find all of Franklin's writings: https://franklinpapers.org
Cover art created with Dall-E using the prompt: make a painting of benjamin franklin blowing a whistle and standing in front of the wall street bull
This is an excerpt from a letter he wrote in November 1779:When I was a child of seven years old, my friends, on a holiday, filled my pocket with coppers. I went directly to a shop where they sold toys for children; and being charmed with the sound of a whistle, that I met by the way in the hands of another boy, I voluntarily offered and gave all my money for one. I then came home, and went whistling all over the house, much pleased with my whistle, but disturbing all the family. My brothers, and sisters, and cousins, understanding the bargain I had made, told me I had given four times as much for it as it was worth; put me in mind what good things I might have bought with the rest of the money; and laughed at me so much for my folly, that I cried with vexation; and the reflection gave me more chagrin than the whistle gave me pleasure. This, however, was afterwards of use to me, the impression continuing on my mind; so that often, when I was tempted to buy some unnecessary thing, I said to myself, Don’t give too much for the whistle; and I saved my money. As I grew up, came into the world, and observed the actions of men, I thought I met with many, very many, who gave too much for the whistle. When I saw one too ambitious of court favor, sacrificing his time in attendance on levees, his repose, his liberty, his virtue, and perhaps his friends, to attain it, I have said to myself, this man gives too much for his whistle. When I saw another fond of popularity, constantly employing himself in political bustles, neglecting his own affairs, and ruining them by that neglect, "He pays, indeed," said I, "too much for his whistle." If I knew a miser, who gave up every kind of comfortable living, all the pleasure of doing good to others, all the esteem of his fellow-citizens, and the joys of benevolent friendship, for the sake of accumulating wealth, "Poor man," said I, "you pay too much for your whistle." When I met with a man of pleasure, sacrificing every laudable improvement of the mind, or of his fortune, to mere corporeal sensations, and ruining his health in their pursuit, "Mistaken man," said I, "you are providing pain for yourself, instead of pleasure; you give too much for your whistle." If I see one fond of appearance, or fine clothes, fine houses, fine furniture, fine equipages, all above his fortune, for which he contracts debts, and ends his career in a prison, "Alas!" say I, "he has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle." When I see a beautiful sweet-tempered girl married to an ill-natured brute of a husband, "What a pity," say I, "that she should pay so much for a whistle!" In short, I conceive that great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by the false estimates they have made of the value of things, and by their giving too much for their whistles.
One Month en la Ciudad
- 115,000 taco stands in Mexico! https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/study-identifies-115000-taco-vendors-in-mexico/
- Dogs! Dogs everywhere! https://youtube.com/shorts/9zIzGqp53f4?feature=share
- Even more dogs: https://youtube.com/shorts/E9oyAlof-J8?feature=share
- Dog parking: https://youtube.com/shorts/ioGtcKzBsik?feature=share
Just over a month into living in Mexico City and I've learned an incredible amount about Mexican culture. It's welcoming, unpretentious, fascinating, and delicious. Listen on to hear why!
Intro - 00:00
Embarrassing Experiences while traveling - 00:40
Japan embarrassments - 01:00
Nepal embarrassment - 03:05
Mexico is laid back - 03:59
Tacos - 04:23
Al Pastor - 05:55
Dog Friendliness - 07:14
Alguinaldo (Christmas Bonus) - 09:06
WhatsApp - 09:42
Traffic - 10:25
Mi Casa es Su Casa - 11:23
Thoughts on Leaving the US
A reading of the excellent essay "I, Pencil" written by Leonard E. Read in 1958. All credit to the author.
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Paris of the Americas: Mexico City
Mexico City: Vibrant. Friendly. Beautiful. Quiet. Green. Delicious. Incredible.
One Trip Around the Sun in Austin, Texas
Extra special episode today. The venerable Dr. Park sat down with me in a room packed with dogs to discuss the finer - and some not so fine - points of life in Austin.
The global population sits just under 8 billion people and appears to be leveling off. The decline and growth of populations will break or make countries this century.
Video can be found at: https://youtu.be/ixSH8s444Jc
Die With Zero
Video can be found on YouTube at the following link: youtu.be/1ttEk2xvALo
Deflationary Effect of Technology
Consumer Price Index
Fundamental Attribution Error
The False Memory Bias
The Dunning-Kruger Effect
Happy New Year & Declinism
The Great Resignation
Some thoughts on the Great Resignation.
A brief overview of the State of Texas.