Bennett Green

May 14, 2021

BFL #022 -- Clairvoyant Sitcom Writers; Ambient Mothers Day Shopping

Never Too Small .. For a little while now I have been hanging out for each new episode of Never Too Small, a YouTube series that explores really well designed tiny houses. When I see a house has been featured I immediately click. If you haven't been following their series already you absolutely should! Mansfield Tiny Home | Youtube -- ...
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May 12, 2021

B5L #021 -- Smarter than the average hybrid-working, white-hat, late-sleeping productivity-focused, bear

-- Daniel Kazinsky.. A sad story to begin with. A very impressive gentleman named Daniel Kazinsky died. What first caught my attention was that he died from keto-acidosis, which is the same condition that sent me to hospital a few years ago. But then what kept my attention was the incredible work he did throughout his life to improve t...
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May 12, 2021

B5L #020 -- Artistic Rich People With Side-Families and Side-Hustles

— I may not know art, but I know what I like.. Some people are talented. I am not one of those people. But if I was, I’d like to think I’d have a sense of humour about it. Like this painter, who has decorated his house with painted memes on canvas. Very classy. Artist’s House Full of Painted Memes (via /r/damnthatsinteresting) — Rich p...
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April 14, 2021

B5L #019 -- Nora's Solution, Stoicism, FU Money, and a Cure to the Imposter Syndrome

--- A more palatable solution to the Trolley Problem Back in B5L007 I described the Trolley Problem, and linked to young Nicholas' creative solution to that moral quandary. Well, three years after that video was filmed, the same parent recorded the crafty solution presented by Nicholas' sister, Nora. It's not quite as funny but still c...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #018 -- Mentors, Mailoji, and magenta mini-Monets

— Ahead of his time This has made me laugh nearly every time I come back to it. Now we all half expect children or pets or front-door-knockers or break-and-enterers to walk through the background of our vidcons. This man was truly ahead of his time. Happy 4 year anniversary to the best interview of all time — 🚀 I love me a good domain ...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #017 -- a Privacy Pledge; Delete LinkedIn; Thinking on Paper About Organised Lightning

— A Shift for Five Links Because I’m a rampant Apple Fanboi, every once in a while I like to visit John Gruber’s Daring Fireball. I’m very jealous of what he has created with Daring Fireball. It’s clean and crisp — completely text only — and has a massive following, which means he can keep it the way he wants it rather than chasing com...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #016 -- Leather and Less Friends; This Free-Trade Rice is Making Me Thirsty

— Leather Fetish Ok. To begin with, a confession. Come closer. Real talk right now. Let’s get personal. I’ve developed a bit of a thing. It’s not a weird thing. Lots of people do it. Chill. You see, I’ve picked up a bit of a thing for leather. Yes, traditional leather. Animal hide stuff. The look of it. The sound of it. Not the touch o...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #015 -- Career Choices, Hustlin’ and Gettin’ Squeezed

— To Begin, Let’s Question Everything Easily the most popular link I’ve included in these first 15 issues has been the wonderful ‘momento mori’ style article by Wait But Why, linked to in Issue #004. In fact, after I linked to that seven year old article, another much more popular newsletter also linked to it. I’m not saying they copie...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #014 -- Unions, Stacks, Trends, Tips, and Out-of-Offices

— Unfortunately I’ve started my 2021 in a bit of a career-funk. It’s probably normal for the beginning of a new year, and given how woeful 2020 was I’m giving myself a pass for any lack of optimism and enthusiasm for the months ahead. But my bad mood has led me to some great resources for the start-of-the-year Monday-itis that you too ...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #013 -- Unbelievable, but then at the same time sadly believable

— What’s Shakin’, Bacon? A heartwarming link to get us started into 2021! An American big-brother named Noah Tingle has been wearing a different novelty costume to welcome his little-brother off the school bus each afternoon since August last year. It’s adorable. “"Knowing I’m going to college next year and won’t see him on a daily bas...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #012 -- Zooming Eagles, Festive Fast Cars, and Flying Whales

(I really tried hard to find a ‘Graffiti Santa’ or something similarly Christmassey but came up short - street artists take note there’s an opportunity there!) — Pull the Ripcord One of the better parts of this year (in my view at least although I accept others might disagree) has been the acceptance of remote working and in particular...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #011 -- Gates, Gifts, and Getting Better at Stuff

— Wrap Battle ‘Tis the season, and whether you’re getting the [new thing] you covet or a disappointing [unit of fossil fuel] - at the very least let’s hope it’s well wrapped! So, in what might a contender for the best link of the year, I present to you this excellent resource summarising a few very advanced gift wrapping techniques. 13...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #010 -- DuetTok, Creative Destruction, and Check, Mate

— Probably the most popular gambit Over the past week I’ve been devouring the addictive Netflix series, the Queen’s Gambit. I loved it. I almost made this entire issue of Five Links chess themed in homage. But then I figured that might alienate a few of you and so I will limit my gushing to just this one link. I can’t put my finger on ...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #009 -- Trump and other penises

So … it has been a bit slow these past two weeks. Anything going on with you? — Ya’ll Crazy Now, y’Hear? Well the US Election happened. And yep, it was as messy as many predicted it would be. Unbelievably, more Americans voted for President Trump this time around even after having seen his performance over the past 4 years, but whateve...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #008 — Bubblebands Buttdials and Better Briefs

— Better Brief Writing I believe that writing well is a superpower. It's one of the reasons I enjoy preparing this newsletter - it gives me an opportunity to practice writing and (hopefully) I get a tiny bit better each issue. So I particularly enjoyed this sarcastic article on how to draft judicial submissions. It has some excellent t...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #007 — If Everybody Minded Their Own Business

— The President Got COVID and What the Hell is Going On Over There?! Just a few hours after I sent out Issue B5L #006 news broke that President Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. Much media hand-wringing ensued. There has been a lot written about the President's recent diagnosis. Firstly, there is some confusion over when he was d...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #006 — Have I Gone Mad

I am afraid so, you are entirely bonkers.. but I will tell you a secret… all the best people are. — Facebook Engineer Resignation Letter In the first issue of Bennett’s Five Links I linked to this excellent resignation letterby a reporter at the New York Times. It’s cute then that the Washington Post (long-time rival to the New York Ti...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #005 — And What Is the Use of a Book

... without pictures or conversations? — Are you still working from home? Barely keeping in one piece? Hang in there - you’re not the only one - it might feel like everyone else has their shit together but remember you just see a tiny window into their lives. See below, for example. Just so I'm being honest. — Have you seen this excell...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #004 — No Use Going Back to Yesterday

.. because I was a different person then — Are you a fan of mystery movies? Yes? If so, skip to the next link because I’m about to ruin a bunch of them for you. Turns out movie producers need to ask Apple for permission to use an iPhone in their movies. And that’s fine - no big deal - Apple would be very happy for you to use an iPhone ...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #003 — If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you

... is that a bargain? — It has been a long time since I was in the dating game. I was terrible at it then I’m sure I would be even worse now. But this bloke has set an excellent example; creating a PowerPoint presentation for his Tinder profile. Can't tell if this was the best or dumbest thing I ever decided to do on tinder? — The COV...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #002 — I knew who I was this morning

... but I've changed a few times since then I have recently become a True Believer in the potential of Roam Research. You should try it out and let me know what you think of it. You should also read this excellent summary of how another recent substacker has implemented Roam Research into her parenting. “This is an amazing opportunity ...
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March 22, 2021

B5L #001 — Begin at the Beginning

... and go on till you come to the end: then stop. I wrote a thing. “People aren't going to stop humblebragging. I wonder though whether my connections could try to add a little bit more value to their chest beating. For example, the next time you tell me how 'delighted' you are to be nominated for some phony industry award, perhaps al...
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