Every Friday I highlight the most interesting or entertaining items of my media diet from the past week.
- America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic (theatlantic.com): “This health crisis reflects our nation’s political, social, and civic infrastructure…”
- Avoiding the Global Lobotomy (meta-nomad.net): Thoughtful critique on the smartphone-social-media-rapid-news-rapid-response cycle that supplies consumers with constant stimulation, outrage, and dopamine.
- Evergreen Notes (andymatuschak.org): Well-implemented zettelkasten-like note-taking system. You can review Matuschak’s publicly available notes and read about his note-taking principles.
- The Golden Gate Bridge Sounds Like a David Lynch Movie Now (kqed.org): New additions to the iconic bridge inadvertently create one of the world’s largest musical instruments.
- How an Annoying Video Game Strategy Became a Viral Internet Meme (inverse.com): The history of “smurfing” which involves prominent high-level players making alternate accounts to play against weaker opponents in anonymity.
- How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England (longreads.com): Setting: Victorian London. Four Yankee scoundrels hatch a scheme to rob the safest bank in the world.
- Pepsi’s $32B Typo Caused Riots (medium.com): A cash-prize promotion run by Pepsi to boost its profile in the Philippines in the early 1990s turns into a disaster when too many winning bottle caps are distributed.
- The Weaponization of Diversity (siliconhillslawyer.com): Well argued, sober piece on the complexity and challenges facing underrepresented groups from breaking into the high-risk, high personal-capital world of tech entrepreneurship.
- Why Everyone Hates the Mainstream Media (substack.com): People care about states and newspapers are engaged in status games. The result according to the newspaper editor who wrote this piece: “to read a newspaper essentially involves being insulted on a regular basis.”
- Why Tacit Knowledge Is More Important than Deliberate Practice (commoncog.com): Author considers tacit knowledge—“knowledge that cannot be captured through words alone”—as the optimal path to skill acquisition and expertise.
- The Building a Second Brain Podcast (apple.com): Tiago Forte’s first season (11 short episodes) offers an overview of his system for managing information overload.
- Deep Questions with Cal Newport (apple.com): The author of “Deep Work” and “Digital Minimalism” launches a new podcast. The 60-minute episodes are comprised of Newport answering audience-submitted questions.
- The Rewatchables (theringer.com): Bill Simmons’ very entertaining series takes a look at “classic” films—Armageddon, Crimson Tide, Gladiator and the like.