A particular set of skills 💎 Issue #76
Plus: history beliefs, starting an online business and a sex club.
What’s up? 🏰
We are approaching the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. Some of you might be thinking of changing something in your lives. Companies with fresh budgets might be looking to make new hires. It’s only in your favor to give another look to your resume and see if that’s the best you can do: either in how you describe your skills and/or in what those skills shall be.
There is no pressure, but I’m going to leave you with Leonardo da Vinci resume, so we can all learn how to be hired by rich families. No seriously, take a moment to study the language and what is working in convincing you of his capabilities.
1. I have a sort of extremely light and strong bridges, adapted to be most easily carried, and with them you may pursue, and at any time flee from the enemy; and others, secure and indestructible by fire and battle, easy and convenient to lift and place. Also methods of burning and destroying those of the enemy.
2. I know how, when a place is besieged, to take the water out of the trenches, and make endless variety of bridges, and covered ways and ladders, and other machines pertaining to such expeditions.
3. If, by reason of the height of the banks, or the strength of the place and its position, it is impossible, when besieging a place, to avail oneself of the plan of bombardment, I have methods for destroying every rock or other fortress, even if it were founded on a rock, etc.
4. Again, I have kinds of mortars; most convenient and easy to carry; and with these I can fling small stones almost resembling a storm; and with the smoke of these cause great terror to the enemy, to his great detriment and confusion.
5. And if the fight should be at sea I have kinds of many machines most efficient for offense and defense; and vessels which will resist the attack of the largest guns and powder and fumes.
6. I have means by secret and tortuous mines and ways, made without noise, to reach a designated spot, even if it were needed to pass under a trench or a river.
7. I will make covered chariots, safe and unattackable, which, entering among the enemy with their artillery, there is no body of men so great but they would break them. And behind these, infantry could follow quite unhurt and without any hindrance.
8. In case of need I will make big guns, mortars, and light ordnance of fine and useful forms, out of the common type.
9. Where the operation of bombardment might fail, I would contrive catapults, mangonels, trabocchi, and other machines of marvellous efficacy and not in common use. And in short, according to the variety of cases, I can contrive various and endless means of offense and defense.
10. In times of peace I believe I can give perfect satisfaction and to the equal of any other in architecture and the composition of buildings public and private; and in guiding water from one place to another.
11. I can carry out sculpture in marble, bronze, or clay, and also I can do in painting whatever may be done, as well as any other, be he who he may.
Again, the bronze horse may be taken in hand, which is to be to the immortal glory and eternal honor of the prince your father of happy memory, and of the illustrious house of Sforza.
And if any of the above-named things seem to anyone to be impossible or not feasible, I am most ready to make the experiment in your park, or in whatever place may please your Excellency – to whom I comment myself with the utmost humility, etc.
And now, the best things I found on the Internet this week.
New to me 💡
History's Seductive Beliefs | 8 min read
🤡 A nice collection of examples of the dumb things we do in order to learn (hopefully) the lessons learned by previous generations after committing the same mistakes.
🧵 “My deepest forecasting belief is that you can better understand the future if you focus on the behaviors that never change instead of the events that might.”
Why I'm quitting my job to build an online business | 6 min read
😎 I’m always eager to know of this adventures and try to see if there is some clue I’m missing in order to see if it’s something that I would be able to do or not. Maybe we don’t even need to quit our jobs, but once again, being able to code these days almost seems like a blessing we can’t fully take advantage of.
🚀 “In 2020 I took two months off work and added some basic monetization. I regarded it as an experiment which turned out be successful: my hobby was suddenly making 500 USD per month. This was the point where I thought it would be a good bet to invest more time into it.”
🔞 And now for something completely different.
😏 “We arrive at the unmarked façade of 1 rue de Therèse a little after midnight and a good amount of wine. The taxi driver knows exactly where we’re headed to and our attempts to have him drop us off more discretely at the corner under the statue of Molière prove futile. “Amusez-vous bien!” he grins as we sheepishly file out of the car onto the dimly-lit backstreet behind the Palais Royale.”
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High note ⚡
This issue cover picture comes from here.
Last issue most clicked link was The greatest resume I've ever seen.
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Until next week,