In a recent podcast, Tim Ferriss interviewed Jerry Seinfeld. If you have the chance to listen, you’ll find the whole interview worthwhile. I’ll leave you with three insights from the interview you might find useful.

  1. Block off a time to write. Sit down and don’t do anything else. If you have written something, don’t invite feedback from anyone until the next day. Let the act of writing something be the reward.
  2. Confront problems immediately. Don’t let things fester.
  3. Manage your energy, not your time. Take breaks, work out, whatever you need to do to stay energized.

As Tim says in his title, there’s a lot to learn from Jerry’s systems and routines. You can listen to the full episode here.

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I chanced on a Polina Pompliano interview of James Clear on YouTube the other day. (Nice job, algorithm.) It was riddled with useful tips. As I pull this from memory, forgive me if I mix a some of the ideas up.

Here's just a few:

  • Join a group where your desired behavior is common behavior.
  • Your thoughts are down stream from what you consume. Consume better things.
  • When you choose whom to follow, you're choosing your future thoughts.

They also discussed the differences between habits of thought and habits of action. A habit of action, say grabbing a donut from the counter and eating it, is infinitely easier to fix than a habit of thought. With action, your brain has a few seconds to react before scarfing the donut, lighting the cigarette, or downing the entire bottle of wine. …

The Vector W8 was designed and manufactured by Vector Aeromotive Corporation. The company, founded by Gerald Weigart in 1971, was an American attempt to compete with Lamborghini and Ferrari. Sadly, Weigart passed away on January 15, 2021.

Inspired by the Alfa Romeo Carano, the W8 is powered by a 6.0 L Rodeck twin-turbocharged V8 and mated to a 3-speed General Motors Turbo-Hydramatic 425 automatic transmission. The chassis is semi-aluminum monocoque, epoxy bonded and riveted with an aluminum honeycomb floor pan; all held together by 5,000 aircraft specification rivets. The body is mostly carbon fiber and Kevlar.

A total of 22 Vector W8s were produced between 1989 and 1993. …

My favorite self-made billionaire is Thomas Kaplan. His hair is awesome for one thing, and he sports 3-piece suits all the time for another. The suit obsession started back when he got his first one shortly before his bar mitzvah. Tom states he has an affinity for what he calls a relatively conservative outlook. Not conservative in what you’d call a social or political sense, but conservative in the sense he prefers present happiness to future utopia. Tom notes the beautiful part about his 3-piece suits is every couple of years he becomes quite fashionable again.

Besides 3-piece suits, Tom has a passion for Rembrandt. He and his wife have the world’s largest private collection of works from the Dutch Golden Age. Tom’s also heavily involved with wildlife conservation. …

The French. Love them or hate them, the cheese-eating surrender monkeys may well have been the original petrolheads.

In the early 1920s and 1930s, France was home to dozens of garagistes turning out hundreds of quirky cars, most destined to fail.

Salmson stood out. The firm, founded by Émile Salmson in 1890, was an established maker of airplane engines and industrial tools. The automobile was a natural progression.

The 1927 GSC San Sebastian is reminiscent of the Bugatti's of the day. Light, fast, but much less expensive.

Salmson ceased producing automobiles in 1957. Focus turned back to industrial pumps. The company was bought by ITT-LMT in 1962, and then by Thomson in 1976.

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Legend has it Ferruccio Lamborghini was heard complaining about some issues he was having with his Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari him self caught wind and said, "What does a tractor manufacturer know about sports cars?"

Challenge accepted. An incensed Lamborghini went about building his own 'supercar.'

Former Ferrari man, Giotto Bizzarrini, built the V12 and Bertone designer Franco Scaglione styled the body, which was built by Carrozzeria Sargiotto in Turin.

Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 350 GTV was released to the world at the 1963 Turin Auto Show. Rumor has it the car attended the show without the engine. Mr. Lamborghini simply explained the hood couldn’t be opened because he forgot the key.

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Ron Howard needs no introduction. He's known for directing the greatest movie of all time, Rush.

The film dives into the rivalry between two Formula One legends James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 F1 season.

I could go on, but this post is about Mr. Howard, creativity, and writing.

During an interview on the Infinite Loops podcast, Ron laid out some bare bones advice worth heeding:

“Keep writing. I always think that whether you think you're a writer or not, that's the one thing that any of us can do, is sit down, write story ideas, write scripts. It doesn't matter if they're ever shot or not. …

Aston Martin DB5. Three words guaranteed to make your heart beat faster.

There's a 99.9% chance you first discovered the Aston Martin DB5 through Ian Fleming's James Bond. What else would a cunning, skillful, and sophisticated Intelligence Officer drive?

Just 1,021 examples of the DB5 were built between 1963 and 1965. Of those, only 123 were Convertibles. Rarest of the rare though, are the 39 left hand drive Convertibles.

Rarer still is chassis number DB5C/1278/L with engine number 400/4711/VC. The Vantage engine features three legendary Weber carburetors, renowned for delivering top-end performance. …

If you're active on Twitter, and listen to podcasts, odds are you've come across Podcast Notes (@podcastnotes) - THE place to explore the wonderful world of podcasts.

I caught up with Podcast Notes founder, Adam Fox, and had the opportunity to submit a few questions on business, life, and success. Here's what he had to say:

Where did you get your entrepreneurial spirit?

It was imprinted on me from my parents and then from my older brother who has been starting businesses since he was in college. …

We all have a dark side. There's a monster inside each one of us. Trouble is, most of us just stuff it deep down and carry on with our day. We either ignore it, or deny its existence.

Carl Jung didn't believe you could be a good person until you recognized and overcame your capacity for evil. You have to identify it, acknowledge it, and bring it under control.

Jordan Peterson says there's a big difference between someone who's just naive and someone who's truly a good person. The naive are good because they can't not be. They're like a domesticated house cat. …


Pete Weishaupt

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