Every Friday I highlight the most interesting or entertaining items from my media diet from the past week.
- Announcing the 2020 Hugo Award Finalists (tor.com): The Hugos are a literary award for science fiction and fantasy works. The lists of nominees are a great way to add to your reading list.
- How Coronavirus Infected My Brain (jborichevskiy.com): “Much of this recent surge of anxiety is being caused by spending so much time on the internet trying to stay up-to-date with the situation as it unfolds across the planet.”
- How to Edit Your Own Writing (nytimes.com): “The secret to good writing is good editing.”
- Inside the Circus Capital of the World (atlasobscura.com): “The big top came to Peru, Indiana, in the late 19th century. It never left.”
- I’ve Read the Plans to Reopen the Economy. They’re Scary. (vox.com): Plans from various American think tanks consider long-term social distancing, digital surveillance and aggressive testing measures for the next phase of managing the pandemic.
- The Weirdly Enduring Appeal of Weird Al Yankovic (nytimes.com): Long form article on the origins, career and staying-power of Weird Al (yes, you do learn about the where the nickname comes from).
- Why It’s So Freaking Hard to Make a Good COVID-19 Model (fivethirtyeight.com): Overview of the complexities and wide range of variables to considering when developing a useful model.
- You’ve Been Closing Chip Bags Wrong Your Entire Life (hunker.com): It may be trivial, but it’s still a cool little trick!
- Zuckerberg’s Jealousy Held Back Instagram and Drove Off Founders (bloomberg.com): An excerpt from Sarah Frier’s book on Instagram “No Filter,” explores the personality and culture clash following the Facebook acquisition.
- Ben Todd on the Key Ideas of 80,000 Hours (80000hours.org): “A show about the world's most pressing problems and how you can use your career to solve them.”
- What Happens When Everyone Stays Home to Eat? (freakonomics.com): The winners, the losers and the unintended consequences on the food industry as a result of COVID-19.