Every Friday I highlight the most interesting or entertaining items from my media diet from the past week.
- 200 Days Drawing Challenge (lunadio.com): Visible progress from a relatively short period of daily drawing. I applaud people who share their uplifting learning experiences online.
- An Oral History of the Day Everything Changed (wired.com): “On March 11, 2020, the coronavirus pandemic seemed to crystallize in the national consciousness. Americans look back on the turning point.”
- The Anti-Amazon Alliance (stratechery.com): Ben Thompson explores the dynamics of integrated vs. modular market strategy through the lens of the online battle for digital retail.
- Are We Too Busy to Enjoy Life? (nesslabs.com): A gentle reminder about about reflecting on our relationship between the activities we prioritize and how we spend our time.
- Challenging * Mattering = Meaningful (blas.com): Learn to see things requiring big effort as huge opportunities for outsize growth and results.
- Expert Twitter Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs (wired.com):
- Inside the Growing Community of Families on the Road, Full Time (afar.com): “Vanlife took old-fashioned American values—rugged individualism, a back-to-the-land yearning, the bohemian desire to exist outside the cookie-cutter 9-to-5 life—and commodified them for social-media consumption.”
- The King Who Became a Pirate (narratively.com): “When King Erik VII of Denmark was forced from the throne, he did the only thing any self-respecting descendent of Vikings could: He joined the warriors of the sea, and hit right back at his enemies.”
- The Pandemic’s First Socially Distant Ultramarathon was Destined to End in Heartbreak (gizmodo.com): Drama unfolds in a “Backyard Ultramarathon” in which runners livestream their progress as they see who can endure the most consecutive hourly 4.167-mile legs.
- Regular Expressions for Regular Folk (shreyashminocha.me): I have a soft spot for practical programming tutorials with abundant examples.
- Some Overwhelmed Parents are Giving Up on Distance Learning and Abandoning At-Home Schooling (theglobeandmail.com): As schools, students, and parents come to grips with distance learning, some are deciding the effort and challenge aren’t worth it.
- Why Americans Don’t Vote Their Class Anymore (nymag.com): College-educated elites and a weak labor union movement are two key factors.
- Freakonomics: How Rahm Emanuel Would Run the World (freakonomics.coom): Always intriguing to see how influential and super successful people think.
- This is Love: The Wolves (thisislovepodcast.com): Engrossing and emotionally satisfying story about rival wolf-packs in Yellowstone National Park.
- Surprisingly Brilliant: The Admiral and the Moth (iheart.com): Fascinating story of Grace Hopper—a giant in the early history of computer programming.