Weekend Coffee Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books (#8)

I probably should be reading up on the government shutdown, but I became enthralled by the Silk Road bust instead. Silk Road was the largest marketplace for illicit drugs — a billion-dollar Amazon.com of the drug trade — and its founder was a 29-year-old guy living a modest (almost Breaking Bad-esque) life in San Francisco. Most fascinating to me is that entire encrypted underground Internet networks exist (Silk Road was one of many sites promoting illegal activity on the Tor network) and that it's all powered by BitCoin, a digital currency slowly winding its way toward the mainstream.

In other news, I turn 30 (!) on Wednesday. I still laugh every time I think back to starting Life After College in 2005, thinking at the time that the late 20-something and 30-year-old experts talking about post-grad life were too old and out of touch. OOPS. #facepalm


"A) View it as a roadmap to what is going on inside of you. B ) It’s never about the other person. C) Jealousy is the first arrow. But the second arrow (shame, regret, etc) is what will kill you. That arrow stays in you and bleeds and infects you and never leaves."

—Keep reading James Altucher's How to Cure Jealousy


"Sugar can be the willpower you need to undereat." "Sugar keeps your energy up — and your appetite down." "Which is less fattening?" (A spoonful of sugar versus an apple or grapefruit)

—Read more at One of the Biggest Con Jobs in Advertising History - Part 2 (Part 1 was a series of Lysol campaigns for women that almost made me hurl.)


"The bottom line, Williams said, is that the internet is 'a giant machine designed to give people what they want.' It’s not a utopia. It’s not magical. It’s simply an engine of convenience. Those who can tune that engine well — who solve basic human problems with greater speed and simplicity than those who came before — will profit immensely. Those who lose sight of basic human needs — who want to give people the next great idea — will have problems."

—Ev Williams in Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online


Hah! "Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college."

–Kurt Vonnegut in 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors

Just for Fun

"But, you say, what if your talking partner is just quiet and loves to listen? Stop it. She doesn't. Listening is like reading a corporate report. Talking is like eating a cinnamon bun."

"I can hear you complaining already: 'One minute? But I need to include all the details.' No you don't. Just get to the part when, on a crowded elevator, your mom turned to you and said, 'I wish I could press the up button on your boobs.' Your job is to quickly entertain and inform, and then to ask good questions."

"At parties people always say to you, 'Excuse me while I grab another drink.' People at parties are so thirsty!"

—Rob Lazebnik in It's True: You Talk Too Much

Those dimples . . . those dance moves . . . if you haven't seem this yet, it's a must! Joseph Gordan-Levitt crushes the competition in his lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant (skip to 8:05 for Levitt's smash hit, though all six performances are pretty hilarious):

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