Interesting stuff

  1. Read: The Washington Consensus has withstood the test of time quite well
  2. Read: The story behind a massive online Ponzi scheme that collapsed in Turkey
  3. Watch: More amazing freestyling from Harry Mack
  4. Read: The California dream is dying
  5. Read: What makes a graduate program predatory?
  6. Listen: Michael Pollan on plants, drugs and humans
  7. Listen: The good side of meritocracy
  8. Listen: Simone Biles said “no” — and that’s a good sign of athletes getting rights and taking care of themselves (over the goals of coaches, nations, etc)
  9. Read: How Stephen Colbert Survived the Pandemic, Trump and the Loss of Laughter
  10. Listen: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: What I learned by taking a month-long break from email
  2. Listen: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination
  3. Read: China is turning inward “due to COVID” but maybe also because its rulers cannot handle any dispute of their (and the nation’s) absolute power?
  4. Read: National Geographic has a (timely) issue on urban heat, trees, temperature inequality, etc. Recommended.
  5. Read: As I have feared (for years), climate chaos means mosquitoes are carrying tropical diseases (e.g., West Nile, Zika, etc.) to temperate zones (NL!)
  6. Watch: Cities aren’t loud, cars are loud
  7. Listen: Brave New World vs 1984. Which better captured our current lives?
  8. Read: The Inevitable Weaponization of App Data Is Here
  9. Listen: Selling vaccination (successfully). Related (?): Watch Jon Stewart go off — in a charming and factual way — on the Wuhan Lab hypothesis.
  10. Listen [Top economist] Sendhil Mullainathan Thinks Messing Around is the Best Use of Your Time

Interesting stuff

  1. Listen: The high cost of mishandling the pandemic (an economist’s perspective)
  2. Listen: The truth behind fake news (economically/socially vulnerable people are willing to believe anything)
  3. Listen: Using greed (profits!) to reform anti-social corporations (e.g., Exxon)
  4. Listen: Let’s hear it for the young Black women who raised their profile in academic economics (much against the while male norm)
  5. Read: Why infrastructure costs so much in America (NIMBYs, bureaucracy and other factors)
  6. Listen: Insights from a homeless NFA man
  7. Listen: Stuff the British stole (an interesting angle on colonialism)
  8. Listen: An excellent 3-part podcast on Silk Road and the Dark Web
  9. Read: “Reducing hours without reducing pay would reignite an essential but long-forgotten moral project: making American life less about work
  10. Read: California’s Cliffs Are Collapsing One by One

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: Essay mills are not just for the rich, but also the poor and desperate
  2. Read: Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored)
  3. Read: In 2030, You Won’t Own Any Gadgets (and it will suck)
  4. Read: The Dutch government opened clubs to (fingers crossed) “vaccinated” young people. Infections are up over 700% in Amsterdam and the country is going “red” on the risk map. What a fuck up.
  5. Read: Why water is weird (hint — tetrahedrons)
  6. Read: The lie of “expired” food and the disastrous truth of America’s food waste problem
  7. Think: Check out the “climate map” of how the US will change (and become uninhabitable in some places)
  8. Read: “Rotten” links are destroying our knowledge base
  9. Read: Eat less sugar
  10. Read: There’s now more concrete (by weight) than all living matter

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: Young Chinese are “lying flat” (taking it easy) and the CPC is NOT happy. This is how it begins.
  2. Listen: “The Catholic Church is a force for good in the world.” Listen to this 2009 debate in which Christopher Hitchens and Stephan Fry eviscerate the proponents.
  3. Read: The Trump Organization has been keeping double-books for years. This black and white case of tax fraud may blow up Trump’s entire world (good).
  4. Look: A photo essay on the heat wave that killed nearly 80 people (that we know of) near Portland.
  5. Read: How Can We Do a Better Job Raising Boys?
  6. Read: How the Church’s ban on cousin marriage spurred the individualism that put “the West” in advance of the world (centuries before the Industrial Revolution)
  7. Read: US hospitals are posting their prices online. A good first step towards ending subjective, unfair pricing chaos.
  8. Read: Academic fraud and corruption at Leiden (my home university)
  9. Read: There are better ways to stay cool than using air-conditioning
  10. Read: Climate chaos is complicating Chicago’s relations with Lake Michigan

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: Human Evolution Led to an Extreme Thirst for Water
  2. Listen: Adaptation via community not bunkers #noManIsAnIsland
  3. Read: Can We Survive Extreme Heat? (from 2019 but very much current)
  4. Read: A bit of insight: Belgitude: the art of Belgian zen
  5. Listen: A discussion of freedom, walking and our use of violence
  6. Read: Economics needs more evolution and less equilibrium
  7. Read: Dispossessed, Again: Climate Change Hits Native Americans Especially Hard
  8. Listen: An interesting (high-speed, high-energy) discussion of DeFi. Take away: Financial innovation without regulation is faster but risky.
  9. Read: Amazon Prime is Amazon’s greatest—and most terrifying—invention
  10. Listen: Property rights (why reclining airline seats cause fights)

H/T to MN

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: How to prepare and maintain a car for a 50,000 mile road trip around the world
  2. Read: Nokia’s collapse turned a sleepy town in Finland into an internet wonderland
  3. Listen: A good debate on the pros and cons of “big data”
  4. Listen: The economics of parking (and cities and life)
  5. Read: Boris Johnson Knows exactly what he’s doing
  6. Listen: David Van Reybrouck on Citizens’ Assemblies ability to tackle the political climate change problem
  7. Read: Private schools are the Real College Admissions Scandal
  8. Read: Airbnb Is Spending Millions of Dollars to Make Nightmares Go Away
  9. Read: Rome’s Pandemic Recovery Sparks a Fight Between Cafes and Cars
  10. Read: Silicon Valley’s “tech food” might not be that great

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: Watch geeks discuss the legendary SKX007 (I have one)
  2. Read: Are Natural Deodorants Really Better for You? [No]
  3. Read: Trump is “starving” from lack of attention. Good.
  4. Read: How California Homelessness Became A Crisis
  5. Read: Why we all hate each other on the internet
  6. Read: Vaccine Lotteries Actually Work!
  7. Read: Girls and ADHD
  8. Listen: Is meritocracy a myth? [Debate]
  9. Listen: The interesting history of the flag of Black power
  10. Read: The western US is fucked (permanent drought)

H/T to BC

Interesting stuff

  1. Read: NYC’s yellow cabs are getting hit by the 1-2 whammy of competition and a post-COVID loss of customers. Medallions are selling for <10% of their prior high prices.
  2. Read: Less shopping is good for sustainability… and workers
  3. Read: This author wants a “more equal” form of capitalism but fails to notice how much better capitalism is compared to feudalism, communism, and the rest. D’oh!
  4. Read: Why we eat bad food (hint: industrial agriculture)
  5. Read: Beware of Wish-Cycling: “Sometimes it’s just better to trash something. Recycling—either at home, at the dump, or a second-hand store—is only beneficial if it can actually be turned into something new or reused”
  6. Read: An Indian family that home schooled its kids “on the road” and Americans who “rage quit” for home schooling. (The common theme here are schools that can’t teach very well.)
  7. Read: How to hide your personal data from the internet
  8. Read: The sperm count “crisis” may not really be a crisis?
  9. Read: Civilization will not end if “we” (rich people) buy 25% less stuff
  10. Read: “The one Covid-19 intervention that definitely worked was mask mandates

Interesting stuff

  1. Who killed the recumbent bicycle?
  2. American cities are starting to remove highways to heal neighbourhoods (often home to minorities) torn apart by policies in the 1950s
  3. Will bitcoin’s energy consumption (and decentralised blockchain) “unleash” renewables? Related: Bitcoin goes mainstream, so what will happen with its cyberpunk culture?
  4. Watch: “Sponsored content” on “news” shows is legit disturbing
  5. Watch: A drum and bass DJ raves thru London on a bike
  6. Read: The curious structure of Master Classes (e.g., learning to write from Malcolm Gladwell)
  7. Watch: This is COVID+Satan+metal ridiculous 🙂
  8. Read: Swimming in the wild will change you
  9. Watch: I always knew that “raw water” was a bit of a hippie scam, but this video’s ridicule hits a new level
  10. Watch: Expensive wine is for suckers