Weekly roundup

Here are my favorite links from the week:

  1. A long but fascinating read into our 16th President’s mental state and how it influenced his administration: Lincoln’s Great Depression
  2. Why don’t trees touch each other more?
  3. Twitter thread about One woman’s grad school #metoo moment
  4. I think about this a lot: Everyone Has An Opinion About Government But Many Citizens Would Flunk Civics
  5. Yikes. TL;DR: Publishing malicious packages and getting developers to adopt them by issuing rogue PRs: I’m harvesting credit card numbers and passwords from your site. Here’s how.
  6. Software engineering as industrial design: Consider the bicycle
  7. A very cool, interactive post about special relativity: Inside Einstein’s head: an explorable explanation of relativistic spacetime
  8. Doomsday Prep for the Super-rich
  9. Astronomy picture of the day: Clouds of Andromeda
  10. One person’s opinion on Why the rewards for ambitious problem solving are about to get bigger
  11. A weekly digest from the winter keeper at Yellowstone National Park: A Life in Wonderland
  12. One person’s reflection on how hiking the Appalachian Trail changed her life
  13. Ever wonder How emoji are born?
  14. The Oatmeal: Multiplicative Idiocy. I have been in these meetings.
  15. I believe the highest leverage problem to solve in K-12 education today is fixing teacher tenure & comp. Here’s a blurb about how teacher collective bargaining harms student outcomes.
  16. YC published a decent overview for new developers on Building for the blockchain
  17. A neat writeup of the parallels and differences between today’s opioid addiction and the 19th century’s
  18. The original notes on Albert Hofman’s discovery of LSD
  19. After reading Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial, and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down?, I’m considering how to even further reduce my usage.
  20. Red Dawn in Lapland is a good reminder of the history of Russia’s military activity (and WWII history)
  21. Is President Trump Above the Law? (FiveThirtyEight)
  22. An excellent David Brooks opinion piece: The Decline of Anti-Trumpism
  23. Tesla Model 3: The First Serious Review
  24. An early investor in FB wrote How to Fix Facebook — Before It Fixes Us and while I disagree with much of it (FB will never relinquish control of their user data!) it was an interesting read
  25. Excellent graphic essay about the relationship between WW2 and 9/11
  26. A great post on old english writing: Why do we continue to torture ESL students with bizarrities like the sentence “a rough coughing thoughtful ploughman from Scarborough bought tough dough in Slough”?
  27. The stages one woman went through when returning from a long-term backpacking trip
  28. FiveThirtyEight reports that It’s probably not possible to end Gerrymandering

Have a great weekend!

Weekly roundup

My favorite links from this week:

  1. This Is The Hollowed-Out World That Outrage Culture Has Created
  2. Dunkirk re-edited as a silent film
  3. Seriously, You — OK, We — need to stop watching the news this year
  4. The unreasonable efficiency of black holes
  5. The first humans in America may not have been homo sapiens
  6. Long Rise and Fade Fall of New York’s Black Mafia
  7. Land is underrated as a source of wealth
  8. The first photo of the moon from 1839
  9. Palm webOS gestures w/ voiceover from iPhone X keynote
  10. Why Do We Need to Sleep?
  11. Nissan reveals predictive brain-to-vehicle technology
  12. NSA’s top talent is leaving
  13. Don’t Be Evil
  14. Meltdown and Spectre
  15. What Self-Awareness Really Is
  16. Ancient Infant’s DNA Reveals New Clues to How the Americas Were Peopled
  17. How One Company Made It’s Analytics Investment Pay Off (and my take)
  18. You’re Descended from Royalty and So Is Everyone Else
  19. Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and CEO Social Capital, on Money as an Instrument of Change
  20. Some good news, for once
  21. The Jobs that AI Will Create
  22. US road grid corrections because of earth’s curvature
  23. Dronestagram’s photo collection
  24. The Continental Divide Trail in 4 minutes
  25. Plants going up on SpaceX CRS-13
  26. Twilight of the Winterkeepers
  27. Act Last, Read the Room, and Taste the Soup
  28. Ask Dr. Time: Orality and Literacy from Homer to Twitter
  29. The Midlife Crisis Trilogy, Part 3

Have a great weekend!

My favorites from 2017


I started this year with a goal of reading 50 books. Then in May my life changed and all of my goals changed. But I still made it through 23 books. Here’s my list if you’re interested. My favorites:
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – A fantastic, if long book written by a british journalist in the 50s who was living in Berlin from 1939 – 1944. Entirely written from the POV of Axis powers, very little about the Allies viewpoint, which made it a really interesting book.
  • Once Upon a Time in Russia – An easy to read book about the rise of the oligarchs in russia after the fall of the soviet union. I learned a lot.
  • Nexus – best fiction book I’ve read in a long time. It’s set slightly in the future, and the plot revolves around tiny programmable CPUs that you can inject into your blood, that bond with your neurons and form a sort of super computer for your brain that lets people communicate telepathically. Quite good!
  • The Timeless Way of Building – Famed architect Christopher Alexander’s seminal work. Applies to things outside of architecture, especially software and other systems.


  • Desire Lines by Camera Obscura – I must’ve listened to this 50 times on my Oregon road trip
  • Whiteout Conditions by the New Pornographers
  • Plural by Electric Guest – poppy, altish
  • Animal Shapes by Geographer – poppy, techno-ey
  • And the War Came by the Shakey Graves – folksy
  • American Dream by LCD Soundsystem – NEW LCD AW YEA
  • Men Amongst Mountains by The Revivalists – NOLA based awesomeness


I watched a lot more recently than in the early part of the year, but here are my faves:
  • Finally caught up on the first 3 seasons of Game of Thrones. I love the show, can’t help it.
  • The OA – Netflix original
  • Season 1 of Narcos
  • Ip man 1, 2, and 3
  • Happy People – Werner Herzog documentary about living in Siberia
  • Planet Earth 2


I bought a PS4. The only game I can say I really enjoyed was Rise of Tomb Raider. I loved it. High replay value. I sold my Xbox One last month and am not sure what the future of my PS4 holds.
Played a ton of settlers, though.


  • 2-week solo road trip through Oregon
  • Backpacking in Big Sur several times
  • Killer bachelor party in Kentucky
  • Killer wedding in Cleveland
  • Off-roading in the Mojave Desert
  • August summer cabin trip
  • Solo backpacking in Buck’s Lake Wilderness
  • Float down russian river, got sunburned
  • Wedding in Sonoma over Memorial Day
  • Friends visit for Bay 2 Breakers
  • Bachelor party in Chicago for a college buddy
  • Backpacking in Mendocino National Forest
  • Tons of snowboarding