One of my quarterly reviews.


This review represents the media I have consumed and enjoyed over the previous quarter. The goal of this blogchain is to give myself a chance to reflect on some of the great work I have consumed and to help others discover new material.

It’s difficult to know exactly what kind of rigour to apply when selecting based on quality or enjoyment but I generally follow the logic that the more of a particular medium I consume, the more selective I am. If I complete a book, for example, that alone is enough to warrant inclusion in this review since I will not finish a book unless it is suitably interesting or entertaining. Conversely, I read many articles and have only included those I believe will be highly impactful for myself and potentially others. The same goal applies to the music I have selected, although I imagine future reviews will include much more new music as my process began late in this quarter.

I have treated podcasts differently to the other mediums in this review; I have only listed those which I believe are consistently impressive but have listed every episode that I listened to of each series as I expect these same series to be featured in reviews to come, so the emphasis is more on tracking which specific episodes I consumed.

If you have any comments on my selections or recommendations for the future, I’d love to hear them. Please reach out through email or Telegram, both of which are linked in the footer of my site.



Movies & TV


  • Choi: Blockcrunch
    • Kyber vs. Uniswap: Building Moats in DeFi - Deniz Omer, Kyber Network, Ep. 102
    • Is DeFi in a Bubble? - Ben Forman, ParaFi Capital, Ep. 108
    • Balancer vs. Uniswap, Yield Farming and DeFi Moats - Fernando Martinelli, Balancer Labs, Ep. 109
    • The Secret to Synthetix’s Success - Kain Warwick, Ep. 110
    • Serum: What it Means for DeFi - Sam Bankman-Fried (FTX), Anatoly Yakovenko (Solana), Ep. 112
  • Cowen: Conversations with Tyler
    • Peter Thiel on Stagnation, Innovation and What Not to Call your Company
    • Nicholas Bloom on Management, Productivity, and Scientific Progress
    • Jason Furman on Productivity, Compettion, and Growth
  • Harris: Making Sense with Sam Harris
    • #207 — Can We Pull Back From The Brink?
    • #208 — Existential Risk
    • #209 — A Good Life
    • #210 — The Logic of Doomsday
    • #210 — The Nature of Human Nature
    • #213 — The Worst Epidemic
    • #214 — August 13, 2020
    • #215 — August 21, 2020
    • #216 — September 3, 2020
    • #217 — The New Religion of Anti-Racism
    • #218 — Welcome to the Cult Factory
  • Kofinas: Hidden Forces
    • How the Wealth Gap Drives Imbalances in Global Trade & Finance
    • The Age of Monopoly: Power, Censorship, & The New Consensus
    • Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation & Political Warfare
    • ‘Stonks’, the rise of Retail Bros, & Powell’s Money Printer
    • The Great Monetary Inflation & the Future of Digital Money | Michael Casey
    • Monetary Revolution: Innovation in the Age of Financial Repression with Nic Carter
    • Mike Green | Passive Investing’s Role in the Coronavirus Market Melt-Down & Prospects for a Melt-Up
    • Cal Newport | Digital Minimalism: Choosing Life in a Hyperconnected World
    • The Rise of Ethereum, the Future of DeFi, & the Transformation of Crypto Media | Camila Russo
    • The Rise of Decentralized Finance | Framework Ventures’ Michael Anderson & Vance Spender
    • Don’t Label Me: How to Do Diversity Without Inflaming the Culture Wars | Irshad Manji
    • The Death of Engagement: America’s New Cold War with China | Orville Schell
    • Uncharted Future: Learning to Navigate an Unpredictable World | Margaret Heffernan
    • Is Gold in a New Bull Market? A Deep-Dive into Humanity’s 5000-Year-Old Obsession | Rick Rule
    • The Hype Machine: The Promise and the Peril of Social Media | Sinan Aral
  • Rogan: The Joe Rogan Experience
    • #1489 — Ronnie Coleman
    • #1492 — Jocko Willink
    • #1494 — Bret Weinstein
    • #1512 — Ben Shapiro
  • Weinstein: The Portal
    • 16: Tyler Cowen - The Revolution Will Not Be Marginalized
    • 34: Zev Weinstein
    • 35: Balaji Srinivasan
    • 36: Dark Matter, Black Matters and All That Jazz
    • 37: Andrew Marantz - Surfing the Wake of the Woke
    • 38: Mass Media, Markets, and Human Malware: A Portal Q&A
    • 39: Admission to Sugar Baby U
    • 40: Introducing The Portal Essay Club - What if everyone is simply insane?