Ross Zeiger

You’ve found my public journal. This is where I post movie reviews, book notes, essays on things I’m thinking about, and record personal milestones.

It's Objectively Simple

What stands between me right now and the best possible version of myself is objectively simple. Not easy. In fact, it's really hard. But it's simple. What I mean is that everyone knows objectively what to do to get better at anything in life whether it's running faster, losing fat, saving more money, or getting better at another language. In any of those cases, it's simple. Here are the answers, respectively: Run more and harder. Eat healthier foods and fewer calories. Spend less than you...
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All In Episode 166 - Show Notes

Show notes: Are we underestimating or overhyping AI? Friedberg: we have to see productivity gains in the application layer then meet the demand with enough computing power. Arm’s valuation has doubled in the last few weeks. The Vision Fund bought 90% of Arm - giant win for Masa. Chamath: people who don’t understand the market or the tech will critique good investors but time reveals who’s right. Massive credit to Masa for tuning out the crowd and sticking to his convictions. Sacks: Masa is a...
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Every Company is a Media Company

In this new era, every company is a media company. Whether you are a solopreneur or a small business, and whether you’ve accepted it or not, you are a media company. You have to be if you want to be successful. In the past, you could run a newspaper ad or radio ads or even put up a sign and you’d be able to generate some awareness for your product or service. With some exceptions, those don’t work as well anymore. Consumers are inundated with advertising and it’s harder to get noticed. Now,...
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The Two Triangles of Life

For life satisfaction, there are three fundamental questions to address: Who am I doing life with? (partner/friends) Where am I living? (Physical location) What am I doing with my time? (Profession/hobbies) Then, at any given time, there are three things to strive for: Health Wealth Time ...
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The Lobster - Movie Review

How much I recommend it: 2/10 This is one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen. Couples are the most important thing in society. And single people get sent to a hotel. The hotel is a 45 day holding area where if they don’t meet someone to partner with, they get turned into an animal. Yup. It’s super weird. Every few days, the single people go hunting with tranquilizer guns for other single people who have escaped the system and are living in the woods. For each one they catch, they earn o...
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How to Run an LLM (AI Chatbot) Locally on Your Computer

Here's a simple and quick tutorial to install and run an open-source LLM AI Chatbot on your computer's hard drive. Note: these instructions are for MacOS and Linux (no Windows option at the time of writing) First-time instructions: Go to https://ollama.com/ Click Download Open the Ollama .zip file Open the Ollama app and follow the instructions to setup Copy the Terminal prompt at the end of the dialogue Paste the prompt into your computer's terminal Allow it to install Once done, you offici...
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Three things I believe right now

Key phrase is “right now.” I’m a big believer in pivoting my beliefs and philosophies in light of new and better information. I try not to be dogmatic about anything. In my head, the best ideas must win. I’m also sharing this because these three things pretty much cover the topics I write about on this blog. My three things right now are: Technology - Software is eating the world (credit to Marc Andreessen for that line) Self-mastery - The degree to which we get what we want in life or not ...
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There is only one battle

There is only one battle in life. It’s not me versus my enemies. It’s not me versus my friends or family. It’s not me versus the world, economy, or government. It’s not even me versus intangibles like time, energy, or intelligence. It’s not me versus my competition - in business, in sports, in school, in anything. They don’t matter. There is only one battle. It is me versus me. This is the only battle. Everything else is an excuse. And that’s liberating. In any area of life, I know if...
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All-In Podcast Episode 156 - Show Notes

Show notes: Besties discuss the Apple Vision Pro. Friedberg mentions the huge potential he sees for training and on-the-job augmentation. Chamath expresses concern for the younger generation who is suffering massively from depression and health issues that now they might be spending even more time in virtual worlds. Sacks: we’ve been on the verge of VR ‘happening’ for 30 years but we’re still not there yet - form factor still needs to shrink down and get more natural. Is the Vision Pro like b...
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Anthology of Balaji - Book notes

How much I recommend it: 10/10 Author: Eric Jorgensen; Balaji Srinivasan My all-time most read book is Eric Jorgensen’s other book called The Almanack of Naval Ravikant. This book is similar in many, many ways which I why I enjoyed it so much. Both books are compilations of essays, tweets, and transcripts from influential Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors - Balaji Srinivasan (in the case of Anthology of Balaji) and Naval Ravikant (in the case of The Almanack of Naval). Both books st...
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It takes discipline to be a modern human

I have no nostalgia for the past - this is objectively the greatest time to be alive. The last few decades are the first time in known history where the leading cause of death isn’t famine, disease, or war. Instead, the modern human is more likely to die from obesity, addiction, or suicide. Mankind’s basic needs are largely met and now our struggles are ones of abundance. For that reason, I believe, it takes a special discipline to be a modern human. In the majority of countries around t...
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Value of a Dollar

Not all dollars are the same. They aren’t the same in how they’re earned nor in how they’re spent. Earning a Dollar Consider a dollar earned through legitimate means versus one earned illegally or immorally. In the case of the legitimately earned dollar, the Earner can sleep well knowing that according to the laws of the country in which it was earned, it belongs to them. And according to the customer or employer who gave it to them, it is the Earners’ as a reward for providing something of ...
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Flatliners - Movie Review

How much I’d recommend it: 8/10 Plot w/ spoiler: A medical student persuades her friends to perform an experiment on her which involves stopping her heart for a minute to allow her enter the afterlife, then resuscitate her. She has a very trippy, dream-like experience in the afterlife but toward the end, things start to go dark and turn into a bit of a nightmare. The next day, in class, she is a superstar. She remembers everything she has ever read and is able to diagnose patients quickly ...
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Run - Movie review

How much I’d recommend it: 7/10 Complete plot w/ spoiler: This is a really creepy movie. Set in small-town Pasco, Washington, a mother and her 17-year old homeschooled daughter (Chloe) are living together, preparing Chloe for college. She has her sights set on attending the University of Washington in Seattle. Every day, she eagerly checks the mail for a decision letter but her mom always beat her to the mailman and tells her she’ll let her know if anything comes. Chloe, by the way, is paralyze...
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It was a lesson

Remember these four words: It was a lesson. For any regret, any missed opportunity, any pain from the past whatsoever: It was a lesson. But it’s only a lesson if something was learned. Most of my regrets come from times I was selfish, dishonest, timid, or cowardly. The right lesson to learn from these are to be more generous, more honest, bolder, and more courageous. The wrong lesson would be to assume that those mistakes define me forever and I cannot fix them in the future. The past is ...
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On Being a Mid-Wit (🫵 You Are) and What To Do About It

There’s a meme I love called the mid-wit meme. In this meme, there is a bell curve of intelligence from 55 IQ up to 145 IQ. On the left side of the curve, there are the low-wits. The low-wit is depicted as a caveman-looking character with a big forehead and blank stare on his face. In the middle, there are the average intelligence people, the mid-wits. The mid-wit is depicted as a frustrated, crying guy. And on the right, there are the high-wits. The high-wit is depicted as a Jedi. This ...
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Over-do and over-measure, then don't

In college, a friend of mine entered a body building contest. He went from having an average body to Greek god in six months. It was remarkable to watch him prepare. He started with a bulk where he ate a huge surplus of calories every day and worked out daily, sometimes multiple times per day. Then, as the contest approached, he entered a cut where he had a calorie deficit. Throughout it all, he meticulously counted every calorie and every rep of every weight lifted. Now, over a decade l...
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How to Invest by Net Worth

This is the blueprint I would give to 18 year old me to become a billionaire within a few decades. It's a framework I wrote in a Notion doc about a year ago and is by no means a prescription for anyone else. It's not necessarily based off of any mainstream financial planning principles. This is solely based off my own risk profile, my circle of competence, the type of investments I like, and the type of responsibility I want to deal with (for example, investing in public markets takes none o...
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Leave the World Behind - A Movie Review

How much I recommend it: 7/10 Leave the World Behind is a Netflix film in the which cyberattackers take down the grid. Throughout the film, we are only shown one little town in rural New York but presumably the attack is nationwide or even global. Once the grid is down, cell networks fail. GPS doesn’t work. Electricity goes out in NYC. Oil tankers start washing up on shores. And planes are falling from the sky. I really enjoy these type of dystopian stories and I’ve read a great number of t...
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Old - Movie Review

How Much I recommend it: 3/10 Life is too short to watch bad movies. The idea behind Old is interesting but this movie was very poorly made and I skipped forward through over half of it. The premise is that a family of four arrives for a vacation at a luxury resort on an unnamed tropical island, probably in the Caribbean. The owner of the resort they are staying at arranges to have them taken to a secret beach that no one else can access. They go, along with some other guests, and get dro...
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Naval Ravikant Quotes

The following are all quotes from The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant, my favorite book. I re-read it annually, sometimes several times. All credit to Naval: Everybody wants to get rich immediately, but the world is an efficient place; immediate doesn’t work. You do have to put in the time. You do have to put in the hours, and so I think you have to put yourself in the position with the specific knowledge, with accountability, with leverage, with the authentic skill set you have, to be the best in ...
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Zero Basing

Zero basing means starting from zero. The concept comes from accounting. In business and other organizations, budgets tend to continually grow or at least get neglected. That budget for the [insert irrelevant thing here] is still in the budget even though no one has used one for 20 years. Each year, at year’s end, I like to zero base my life. How I zero base: Unsubscribe from podcasts Unsubscribe from newsletters Unfollow people on social media Delete all the apps off my devices Unsubscr...
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Lucy - Movie Review

How much I recommend it: 8/10 Lucy is a sci-fi thriller in which the main character (played by Scarlett Johansson) overdoses on a drug which causes her brain to work at max capacity and gives her all sorts of incredible abilities. In that sense, it had some similarities to the movie Limitless. The bad guy is a Korean guy named Mr. Jang who has developed a synthetic version of CPH4 (I have no idea if there is any real science to this movie but that is the name of the molecule). He is using Lucy...
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On Journaling

I’ve long believed that all problems - both internal and external - can be solved by the mind. After all, nearly everything you and I use on a daily basis has come from the human mind including the airplane, wifi, and running water. As for internal problems like anxiety and depression those are all created by the mind and they can only be solved by the mind that created them. There is one tool that works better than any other I’ve found for channeling the mind and bringing its solutions into ...
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Review of Durante La Tormenta

How much I recommend it: 7/10 Spanish movie (that I watched in Spanish with English subtitles) This movie has some Back to The Future vibes but is a psychological thriller rather than a comedy. A massive storm in 1989 allows a young kid to communicate through his television with a woman 25 years in the future. It opens with a kid who witnesses some sort of fight going on at his neighbor’s house. He goes over to investigate and finds the neighbor lady dead on the ground with her husband walk...
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There are no hacks. There are no shortcuts.

Everyone wants easy. “Get Rich From Your Couch!” Everyone wants fast. “10 Minute Abs!” Everyone wants simple. “This One Trick Will Make You Happy Forever!” But, there are no hacks and there are no shortcuts. For anything worth doing, the hard way is the easy way. For anything worth doing, the slow way is the fast way. For anything worth doing, the complex way is the simple way. ...
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Do Less, Better

“Do less, better.” - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations I’m a systems and routines guy. I like to set daily habits to move to me toward a goal. But, I tend to take on too much. A pattern that has played out over and over in my life is that I layer on more and more commitments. More and more projects, goals, and habits. My calendar gets cluttered and soon I’m not sticking to any of the systems I established. So I scale back. It’s only when I keep my focus to 1 to 3 things at a time that I ma...
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Conquer the Desire

This thought won’t apply to everyone. Just people who want to be happy. And the thought is to overcome the desire to be #1 at anything. I am not encouraging mediocrity or even discouraging competition. But there are some people for whom the demon of being #1 stalks their every move. For them, there is no peace. There is no satisfaction. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad these people exist. You know them. You work with some of them. You went to school with some of them. And some of them are famou...
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Notes on Cal Newport's video Learn Any Hard Skill in 2024 - How to Eliminate Distraction and Master Productivity

Video link: https://youtu.be/dDV1bDiJSWE?si=-Kpq-8vQ37Ok4iE1 These are my notes on Cal Newport’s video: Learn Any Hard Skill in 2024 - How to Eliminate Distraction and Master Productivity Anyone can learn almost anything. However, you cannot learn everything. So you must prioritize your efforts. Also, people will vary in how fast they can learn. There is an element of nature vs nurture in learning. He gave the example of Arnold Schwarzenegger whose dad made him do pushups and squats to get di...
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Society of the Snow

Watched: January 6, 2024 How Strongly I Recommend It: 5/10 Spanish language movie on Netflix Story of an Uruguayan rugby team who got into a plane crash en route to Chile in October 1972. Of 40 passengers and 5 crew, 33 survive the crash. For the next 72 days, they are struggling to survive in the Andes in freezing cold, avalanches, starvation, and hopelessness. Many die along the way but 16 survived to make it off the mountain. The survivors were completely unprepared. They were only wear...
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