Every Friday I highlight the most interesting or entertaining items from my media diet of the past week.
- The 100 Hour Asset (seths.blog): Simple but compelling idea on developing valuable personal skills.
- A 28-Year-Old with No Degree Becomes a Must-Read on the Economy (bloomberg.com): Interesting example of non-credentialed expertise.
- Essays to Read (notion.so): A popular podcaster asks his audience for recommendations of high quality essays. The result is a list of excellent reading material.
- From Context Collapse to Content Collapse (roughtype.com): Short piece by media critic Nicholas Carr (author of “The Shallows”). Touches on similar themes considered by Neil Postman.
- How Cars and Hygiene Killed the Middle-Class Hat (medium.com): People used to wear and own lots of hats. Post-1960, hat wearing cratered.
- How I Became a Poker Champion in One Year (theatlantic.com): Thrilling excerpt from Maria Konnikova’s new book “The Biggest Bluff” about her rise in the poker world under the tutelage of legend Erik Seidel.
- How I Learned to Suck Less at Chess (bargava.com): Helpful tips if you’ve been playing a lot of online chess (like me) during quarantine.
- How People Learn—The Brain Basics (iuliangulea.com): What happens inside the brain when learning a new skill.
- Lessons at 30 (blas.com): List of collected wisdom by a voracious reader and autodidact.
- Native Americans and Polynesians Met around 1200 A.D. (smithsonianmag.com): Genetic research points towards commingling of Polynesian and Native American populations before European arrival.
- The Practical Case on Why We Need the Humanities (acoup.blog): “The Soviet Union wasn’t defeated with missiles, after all, it collapsed from a failure of ideological legitimacy.”
- What’s the Evidence for Mask Wearing? (threader.app): A list of 70 papers presenting evidence for the efficacy of masks and the transmission of disease.
- Why Is this Interesting? The Goodhart’s Law Edition (substack.com): When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.
- Conversations with Tyler: Annie Duke (conversationswithtyler.com): Exploring probabilistic thinking with the author of “Thinking in Bets.”
- The Glenn Show: The Unraveling (bloggingheads.tv): Economist Glenn Laury continues to offer up reasoned thoughts on race relations in America.
- Planet Money: Summer School (npr.org): Planet Money kicks off a new weekly series on Economics 101.
- Revisionist History: The Bomber Mafia (revisionisthistory.com): Malcolm Gladwell kicks off a 4-part miniseries on Air Force General Curtis LeMay and the birth of modern air power.