Interesting stuff

  1. Listen: The nitty-gritty of small town, bottom up (self-) governance
  2. Listen: What’s a “good” education?
  3. Hahaha! An NFT of Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sold for $2.9 million in March 2021. It was re-listed for sale for $48 million, but only got a bid of $280. That’s a 99.999% drop in “value”. RIP NFTs 😉
  4. Listen: Is the U.S. Really Less Corrupt Than China — and How About Russia?
  5. Read: Heard of data colonialism? Here’s an example: “Worldcoin promises a fairly-distributed, cryptocurrency-based universal basic income. So far all it’s done is build a biometric database from the bodies of the poor.
  6. Listen: A Ukrainian on how the West is failing and (read) how the rest of the world might kinda support Putin (due to Western hypocrisy among other things).
  7. Read: Rising groundwater (fed by rising sea-levels) is going to screw up so much infrastructure!
  8. Read: Making friends with flooding 🙂
  9. Capitalists are entering the (US) housing market, and it’s looking like they are going to use market power to suck profits (=raise prices) out of people’s pockets. Related: Americans are moving away from climate risks (e.g., wild fires), so expect rising imbalances of supply and demand.
  10. Money! In praise of USD (cash), digital money is exciting, and digital money will destroy your life.

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: How to (not) seize an oligarch’s yacht. Related: How Putin’s Oligarchs Bought London
  2. Read: Americans are tired of Covid, so they are ignoring the rate of infection, which is leading to data problems that can inhibit a public-health response.
  3. Read: Who’s Making Money Off Your Image? “It’s time to prevent “portrait piracy” before the rest of us need to worry too.”
  4. Read: The End of Globalization? (Thanks, Putin)
  5. Read: Inflation is real, and it’s caused by a mix of factors
  6. Read: How to deal with online trolls and bullies
  7. Read: How Starbucks replaced people with profit
  8. Read: Facebook uses GOP-smear tactics against TikTok
  9. Read: The Great Resignation doesn’t mean lots of people don’t love — and identify with — their jobs!
  10. Listen: Education is not about facts or authors, but learning to think

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: People don’t hate work; they want better jobs
  2. Read: Too much happiness is a bad thing. Related: Choose enjoyment over pleasure.
  3. Listen (x3): The world for sale — how commodity traders traitors enable corrupt kleptocrats. Related: How the Brits became the “butler” to the corrupt and how to stop them (and Putin).
  4. Read: Ukraine’s fighters have pivoted warfare.
  5. Read: Deaf DJs are making a scene on the dancefloor
  6. Read: Behind the Accidentally Resilient Design of Athens Apartments
  7. Read: Ezra Klein has some wise thoughts on liberalism (vs authoritarian-populism)
  8. Read: Ten useful pieces of advice on bitcoin
  9. Read: What’s the REAL cost of your consumption?
  10. Listen: Ireland’s history

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: Six months in, El Salvador’s bitcoin gamble is crumbling. Related (and good) — listen to two Salvadorians explain how badly it’s going. Related (and amazing): Desperate people are playing the crypto-casino
  2. Listen: Many myths of male “biological” advantages debunked.
  3. Listen: Animals are too neat to eat.
  4. Read: Some people are dropping “smart” for “dumb” phones, to save money and their sanity.
  5. Read: Boomers are retiring to Margaritaville, and it’s all party, no responsibility (except to each other).
  6. Listen: A great discussion on how to really do higher ed
  7. Read: Are we (humans) entering an entirely new era?
  8. Read: Exercise is great; the “exercise industry” not so much
  9. Read: Transparent (public) salaries reduce discrimination against non-White-males
  10. Read: California’s anti-inflation policy is a total fail

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: American cars have been rated by the superior gallons/100 miles (same as liters/100km) for over 10 years, but people haven’t noticed!
  2. Read: The suburbs also encouraged corporations to create their “perfect” (=artificial, high modern) campuses (as seen all over Silicon Valley)
  3. Watch: Bikes should NOT be taxed out of people’s budgets.
  4. Read: Why is Covid-death in the US (nearly 1 million so far) treated so casually?
  5. Read: The scientists behind the accuracy of Covid-tests
  6. Read: Schwarzenegger’s message to his Russian friends
  7. Read: People Deserve to Know Their Houses Are Going to Burn
  8. Read: This piece criticizes the way that Daylight “savings” is being stopped, but they are mixing up the problem of jumping clocks with the need for teens (and others) to have light in the morning.
  9. Listen: Texas’s electrical grid is a market and government failure

H/Ts to CD and PB 

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: Russia’s Economic Blackout Will Change the World, via some serious breaks in trade and supply chains.
  2. Read: Our quest to attention threatens our mental health and society.
  3. Listen: This is how a professor should think and teach. He sounds like the kinda person we should have as our next Dean!
  4. Read: An expert on Stalin discusses Putin, Russia, and the West
  5. Read: The influence of politics on public health (tl;dr: more deaths in Republican states)
  6. Listen: The story of “Build-a-bear” as a start-up
  7. Read: How to break (or start) a habit
  8. Listen: Witchcraft as a tool.
  9. Read: Race is not scientific. Skin color is… but what about hair?
  10. Ponder: Price of full tank of gasoline (60 l) as a percentage of average monthly net salary across the world:

Interesting stuff

  1. Listen: An interview with the author of Jackpot: How gambling conquored Britain
  2. Read: What happens when Americans stay in the same house forever? “No one is suggesting forcibly moving Americans via strategic lava flows. But there are costs to taking the steps that”
  3. Listen: An excellent discussion of the economic impacts of sanctions on Russia. Related: A discussion of Russia’s political options and The end of “the end of history” as Russia goes rogue (and the privatization of war?). Read: These are the Russians the Netherlands can squeeze.
  4. Listen: Why are there so many bad bosses? The Peter principle is true!
  5. Listen: An amazing series — According to Need — looks at the institutional weaknesses prolonging homelessness in the Bay Area (near San Francisco).
  6. Read: “The new owner of Argentina’s de facto national treat stopped paying his majority-female workforce — so they seized control of the entire operation.
  7. Read: UC Berkeley has been forced to reduce student numbers as fixed housing supply and increasing demand drives home/rental prices ever higher.
  8. Read: The grandsons of “Doctor” Bronner are using their soap profits to fund research into and legalization of psychedelics. Nice.
  9. Read: Social sciences need to improve on their medieval standards of evidence and logic
  10. Watch: Remember to wash your hands… to save grandpa and just to spread fewer germs!

H/Ts to JH and MG

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: The rise of un-populism (politicians mis-representing their voters)
  2. Read: Web3 is all about data sovereignty, but do people know what that means?
  3. Watch this video from 1988 on the decline of salmon in California rivers due to dams and irrigation diversions. (Their situation has not, to my knowledge, improved.)
  4. Read: The speed of climate change is unbalancing the insect world
  5. Read: Farmers in Valencia have sustainably managed their water commons for over 1,000 years.
  6. Read: The violent mafia cutting down Romania’s old growth forests and selling the wood to Ikea
  7. Read: The great resignation rebalancing of life-work balance.
  8. Read: Romney (unlike Obama and wtf Trump) was right about Putin‘s threat to global stability. Related: Seize the Russians wealth ill-gotten gains
  9. Read: Advertisers are turning from cookies to fingerprinting to track you all over the internet
  10. Listen: A Ukrainian CEO reckons with the war.

H/Ts to BK and TB

Interesting stuff

    1. Read: A really cool experiment showing that mafiosi are more “loyal” than normal criminals or students in prisoner’s dilemma games.
    2. Read: “Web3 [defi, blockchain] is the future, or a scam, or both” [good overview]
    3. Read: The Great Faculty Disengagement
    4. Read: Whoopi Goldberg’s American Idea of Race
    5. Listen: An excellent podcast on the value added by VC firms
    6. Read: How fires across the world have grown weirder
    7. Read: A Dutch university is caught taking €€ from China for a “human rights center” that was curiously uninterested in human rights in China.
    8. Read: The myth of sustainable fashion
    9. Read: A small share of “super abusers” are responsible for much of the ugly content on Facebook, and Facebook is promoting them as “engaging”
    10. Listen: A podcast series on the OneCoin Ponzi-crypto-scam

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: Why mine gold that’s just going to sit in a vault. The process is massively polluting. (Why mine bitcoin? At least it’s not going to sit in a vault? 🙂
  2. Read: “How to make time with someone bad at making time“)
  3. Read: Forget the “great resignation” — take a sabbatical! Related: Teachers are quitting at record rates.
  4. Read: “The diminishing returns of productivity culture,” which reminds me of my post on Keynes and why we turned productivity into consumption rather than leisure.
  5. Read: The IRS and other USG departments are using facial recognition. Given the government’s total incompetence in protecting personal data (let alone selling it), this will not end well.
  6. Read: My “20/80 rule” inaction [sic]: “20% of Brits Are Eating Less Meat To Actively Fight Climate Change“… so the other 80% don’t care, right?
  7. Act: I’ve asked Amazon for all the data it has on me. You should too.
  8. Read: “political hacktivists” are attacking governments whose policies they dislike.
  9. Read: The Dutch like to tout their water management expertise as a consulting export, but the key to success abroad is not Dutch ingenuity but political processes and connections.
  10. Read: One of London’s most successful estate agents (realtor) is making big deals but trying to avoid mafia money launderers.