Mental Pivot

Notes and observations from a lifelong pursuit of learning.


Articles & Podcasts of Note (Week of 02/18/2020)

Every Friday I highlight the most interesting or entertaining items from my media diet from the past week. These weekly lists will include a variety of media—articles, blog posts, forum threads, podcasts and videos—from a range of sources.

Articles:

Podcasts:

  • Containers (flexport.com): An 8-part documentary mini-series from 2018 that explains how the largely invisible global shipping infrastructure is at the center of modern logistics and global trade.
  • Darknet Diaries: The Courthouse (darknetdiaries.com): Two seasoned penetration testers are contracted by the state to break into judicial facilities in Iowa. Everything goes wrong one night while breaking into a courthouse in Dallas County.
  • Dead Eyes with Connor Ratliff (headgum.com): Host Connor Ratliff attempts to solve a mystery that’s nagged at him for nearly two decades: Why did Tom Hanks cut Ratliff from a small speaking role in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers”? Despite the trivial premise, Ratliff spins a surprisingly relatable yarn about reconciling our past failures.
  • Rocketship: Product Failures: Google+ (rocketship.fm): Google poured millions of dollars into competing with Facebook and failed. The Rocketship team looks into the story of Google’s ill-fated foray into social networking.