- Golf practice app that shows charts, average scores and best scores for practice items of your choice (like how many putts from 3 feet went in out of 10 or something).
- Gin Rummy
Great article on the most important issue of our time outside of the rise of AI.
The Economist | Trying to restrain the robots https://www.economist.com/node/21757464?frsc=dg%7Ce
I spoke with two men recently who shared my political philosophy of libertarianism. However, when we talked about current issues we were on opposite sides of the table. The only reason for this was they read one news source and I read another. We believed different facts. Truth however is real and one of us is wrong. It’s hard for even intelligent people to discern who is right though due to the high amount of false information and narratives being pushed.
Intentionally fake news should be criminalized and civil recourse should be offered in order to cut down on the severe damage our democracy is facing.
If a TV station accidentally publishes inaccurate stories, that is okay as long as they retract it. If the TV station purposefully publishes news they think is inaccurate, the people involved should face penalties.
I think news should be required to be entirely separate business entities from opinion. There is too much conflict of interest when you combine the two.
There is a great discussion on Hacker News about this. I actually have changed my mind about criminalizing fake news. I like the idea of making it a tort instead. This way it is not the government setting definitions, but courts handling it on a case by case basis.
I had never played golf in my life before six months ago, but I have taken up the game in a big way since then. I have improved massively over that time – my first few rounds were 128’s, but my round yesterday I scored an 88! I dropped 40 strokes in just six months.
I am not some gifted athlete; my wife regularly reminds me she is far more athletic than I am. I just used the same approach to building my golf game that I used for building my business.
Below you will see tons of videos and tips I have compiled over time, but first I will give you a prioritized list of principles for improving your golf game:
- Take weekly lessons. A lesson will run $30-50 for a half hour. You will spend more than that on greens fees to play a round. A coach can spot issues in your swing that you will never identify alone. Try out a variety of coaches and don’t feel bad when you switch. At the end of every lesson, video tape your coach giving you a one minute summary of the key things he wants you to practice. Rewatch this daily.
- Practice every day, even if you only have time to stop at the range for a half hour or hour. Rewatch your coach’s video prior to each session and try to drill in whatever they are teaching you.
- Spend as much time on the putting green as you do the driving range – more strokes come from putts than any other area of your game.
- Spend about half the time you do putting or driving on chipping practice. Overall time breakdown should be 40% driving, 40% putting, 20% chipping.
Below are a series of videos and notes that I found to be especially helpful for my golf game:
Phil Mickelson made a one hour video on your short game. The techniques here are solid gold and have been very helpful to me. I even bought the Pelz putting tutor device he mentions. So good.
- Keep left foot down
- Shorter backswing – In backswing have club point at target not across to the right. Limit backswing even further than you think. Do a practice one and look at it to make sure it points downrange.
- Station slightly further from ball so hands hang below face.
- Start of backswing should come more straight back THEN shallow the club… don’t start with it shallow.
- Swing with my abs, arms relax. Don’t start backswing or downswing with arms. At moment of contact, I should see left butt cheekand left shoulder should be hidden from rear view. I am not turning enough with hips to start swing. I think I am starting swing with arms, not hips.
- Straighten back in setup and throughout backswing & swing.
- Finish with left bicep parallel to ground.
Schools, both public and private, should be able to expel bad kids permanently. Those kids should not have the option to get a free education after that. They could pay a private school if they decided it was important. Bad kids ruin school for all kids.
I am mostly referring to high school ages here.
We need to tax wealth, not income, to increase social mobility. Taxing income hurts entrepreneurs, taxing wealth pushes the idle rich to work harder.
Americans spend more on healthcare but get less for one simple reason. We artificially restrict the number of new doctors each year through licensing and other government regulations, which reduces the supply of medical professionals. When you restrict the supply of anything and demand is inelastic, prices go up.
I am wondering how much it is reasonable for a golfer to improve in six months and also in a year with an hour a day of practice. I have been practicing about that much for the last six months and my handicap has come down from a brand new player level of probably 50 to a 23 now. I wonder if it is reasonable for me to reach a 12 within six more months? Or even a 3 or 4?
Donald Trump has shut down the government to distract from investigations into his crimes and to try to fire up his racist base with scare tactics about a border wall. If a government shutdown stopped useless agencies or entitlements, I wouldn’t mind so much. However, it is stopping lots of vital work done by the government such as air traffic control, fatal accident investigations, etc. 800,000 government workers will quit and new ones will need to be hired at great expense. We have corrupt government run by a Russian pawn and our country is now headed the direction of Venezuela. The Trump shutdown is extremely foolish and shortsighted.
- Exercise every single day. Run and get your heart rate as high as you can sustain for twenty minutes.
- Eat healthy food (especially blender drinks with walnuts, spinach, banana, blueberries!). Avoid processed sugar of any kind like the plague it is.
- Avoid drugs. Caffeine and alcohol are both drugs. The most productive times in life came when I was completely drug free.
- Marry well. Find someone who is stable, kind, and wants to be with you.
- Persistence and hard work are the two most important traits in success in anything you do.
- Tracking what is most important to you each day is very powerful. Systems, processes, and checklists are superchargers for life.
- Being open to consider new ideas and reconsider old ones is absolutely essential. Use the scientific method in your own life. Look at evidence, test things out, and always be willing to change your mind.
- Find healthy friends, avoid unhealthy family and friends.