Weekly Roundup

Here’s my collection of favorite links from this week:

  1. A small NY town with 5 used bookstores
  2. Discovered the ChangeMyView subreddit from this Wired article
  3. A decent write-up of the sheer number of details that confront us when we build things
  4. Benedict Evans predicts the future of TV, retail, and advertising
  5. A cool photo collection of Moscow’s metro system
  6. A picture from the Upper Michigan Blizzard of 1938:snowpoles_brinkman_960
  7. Primitive Technology is one of my favorite youtube channels. Here’s the newest: A frame hut
  8. Good news: legal marijuana seems to be making a sizable impact on the Mexican drug trafficking organizations
  9. Why hasn’t the world been destroyed in a nuclear war yet?
  10. This is fairly insane: If you watch closely enough, everything is a speaker
  11. Steve Yegge is leaving Google after many years. Here’s why. (Also, what a great piece of recruiting collateral.)
  12. A 1-hr video by Jason Cohen (ASmartBear): Designing the Ideal Bootstrapped Business
  13. Dumb but hilarious: What if Wookiees sounded like Pee-Wee Herman
  14. Self explanatory: Snowboarding surfing powder listening to Debussy

Have a great week!

Weekly Roundup

Didn’t get much of a chance to write this week. However, here are my favorite links:

  1. It certainly seems as if the “social media is toxic” movement is catching on a bit more. I am delighted that Facebook is cutting back on its News Feed
  2. Two-day shipping has helped boost the price of industrial land Mark Twain would say “I told you so.”
  3. Unsurprising at this point: Uber’s secret tool for keeping the cops in the dark
  4. How to make blue/green milk from Star Wars – Aunt Beru and Uncle Lars would be proud
  5. OK, I didn’t actually read the paper but the abstract is…fascinating. Reversing the thermodynamic arrow of time using quantum correlations.
  6. That last link reminds me of this excellent 1964 Messenger Lecture by Richard Feynman: The Distinction of Past and Future.
  7. Russia’s Reserve Fund Runs out of Money 14 years after its founding (and 4 other interesting stories)
  8. Asymco on music’s importance at Apple. “HomePod will surprise not because it will be a better at chatting. It will surprise because it will cause you to sit down and listen in awe.”
  9. One of those videos that demonstrates where we are in the scale of the universe
  10. Apparently there’s a board came called Captain Sonar that is pretty cool
  11. A good post on the trade-offs of distributed apps running on the ethereum virtual machine: Miners aren’t your friends
  12. Why does home solar energy cost so much in the US? (Hint: it’s regulation)
  13. Tom Tunguz on the upsides of the current ICO trend
  14. How a young freestyler snapped up a prime piece of Squaw Valley property
  15. A great (short) writeup by Google on how they’ve handled the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities over the last several months
  16. Jeff Bezos is getting more comfortable in the spotlight
  17. How a photographer took a photo of the stealth bomber over the Rose Bowl (he used a plane)
  18. What Putin really wants – some gems of truth in here, if you ask me
  19. FiveThirtyEight weighs in: Should Trump Give North Korea a bloody nose?
  20. The majority of the NPS advisory board have resigned
  21. This was hilarious: A Whole New World dubbed with realistic audio
  22. A comparison of blockchain criticisms to version control criticisms
  23. Map of every US State’s most important trading partner
  24. How Israel manages its water
  25. How to perfectly sear meat
  26. This week’s Yellowstone winter keeper journal: Foxes
  27. Brexit stamps
  28. What a story about Travis Kalanick
  29. This is sorta dry but it’s so true: your data is worth more than you think
  30. Asymco continues to be a great place to read about Apple: The Apple Cash FAQ

And, to join the club of people matching their selfies with famous works of art, I give you:


Personally I don’t see the resemblance. Oh well! Have a great weekend!

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!