Every Friday I highlight the most interesting or entertaining items from my media diet from the past week.
- 10 Reading Habits that Changed My Life (medium.com): An avid reader shares his thoughts on enhancing reading enjoyment and knowledge retention.
- A Third of American Now Show Signs of Clinical Anxiety or Depression (washingtonpost.com): A look at the psychological toll of the pandemic based on data gathered from 42,000 households in the month of April by the US Census Bureau.
- Amazon Web Services: 163 Services Explained Clearly and Succinctly (adayinthelifeof.nl): Useful reference that helps developers quickly understand the dizzying array of Amazon cloud services.
- Archive of Systems Thinking Articles (systems-thinking.org): I’ve only scratched the surface of this website which has a deep range of articles on the topic of systems thinking (including gentle introductory posts for those new to the topic).
- Back of the Envelope Estimation Hacks (robertovitillo.com): “There are two types of engineers, the ones that can quickly do estimates and the ones that can’t. Are these people just smarter, or is there more to it?”
- How to Put More ‘Character’ Into Your NPCs (substack.com): Fun tutorial on how to inject personality into small characters and cursory interactions.
- How You Can Help Keep Blogging Alive and Thriving (markosaric.com): “We need more people creating their own spaces on the web. Spaces that they own, spaces that they control.” Amen.
- Jonathan Haidt Is Trying to Heal America’s Divisions (theatlantic.com): Haidt talks about overcoming confirmation bias, questioning your assumptions and embracing heterodoxy.
- Marketing for Engineers (github.com): Curated list of resources for dealing with a variety of marketing tasks.
- Timeline of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology, and Inventions (technovelgy.com): Fun reference of technological inventions found in speculative fiction.
- Tools for Systems Thinkers (medium.com): 6-part series by Leyla Acaroglu that introduces foundational systems thinking concepts.
- Why Marketing Flywheels Work (sparktoro.com): Rand Fishkin (SEOMoz founder) describes the dynamics of a flywheel—“a continuously improving set of repeatable, tactical investments that scaled with decreasing friction.”
- The Dream Team Tapes with Jack McCallum (diversionpodcasts.com): Sports journalist and author of the book “The Dream Team” about the 1992 US Olympic Men’s Basketball team unearths and remixes the source audio interviews he used as the basis of his book in this 8-part series.
- EconTalk: Martin Gurri on the Revolt of the Public (econtalk.com) The digital tsunami has destabilized respect for institutions and authority. Offers a lens for viewing the current rise of populism, anti-intellectualism, etc.
- Freakonomics: 68 Ways to Be Better at Life (freakonomics.com): Wired magazine founder and futurist Kevin Kelly offers advice on living.
- Making Sense with Sam Harris: The Failure of Meritocracy (samharris.org): Conversation with Daniel Markovits about the problems with meritocracy—inequality, divergent social norms, tax incidence, political polarization and more.
- Scriptnotes: The Empire Strikes Back with Lawrence Kasdan (johnaugust.com): Instructive conversation about the writing of the screenplay (including readings of the early drafts).