Something Different 📕

My favorite book recommendations, a short story, and reading for the week.

Hey everyone,

Good news and bad news.

The good news: I spent the weekend qualifying for my sailing license and am now officially licensed by the American Sailing Association.

The bad news: No editorial today. I wasn’t satisfied with the quality of the topic and post. To make it up to you, I’ve included my favorite book recommendations and a short story titled One Way Ticket that I wrote while waiting to board an airplane.

📚 Reading

Google, Twitter, and Facebook coordinated efforts to simultaneously remove inauthentic accounts from their platforms. This announcement came last week amidst increasing tension from the protests in Hong Kong. Expect to see more activity like this leading up to the 2020 US election. Link (GOOG). Link (TWTR). Link (FB)

Scientists have been underestimating the impact of climate change. Prior to 1990, sea surface temperature recordings were performed inconsistently and with error-prone methods. Recent efforts to reconcile these differences have shown a larger than expected increase in sea temperatures, a major indicator of planetary warming. Link.

The most popular AOL away message in April 2003 was:

Engineering: "How will this work?" 
Science: "Why will this work?" 
Management: "When will this work?" 
Liberal Arts: "Do you want fries with that?" 

This webpage from the Wayback machine is a goldmine for nostalgia. Link.

A short lesson on writing from Dilbert creator Scott Adams. Link.

An essay from Stanford professor John Perry on the use of “structured procrastination” as a method for getting things done. Link.

The intersection of technology and finance in an interview conducted by Matt Levine and Patrick McKenzie. Link.

How to pitch your startup and other advice for early stage companies. A guide from Stripe Atlas’ Patrick McKenzie Link.

An explanation of why we don’t attempt to alter or destroy hurricanes with nuclear weapons. Short version: a single hurricane creates 5x more energy than the entire output of the human race during a given year. Link.


📺 Videos

The intersection of technology and finance in an interview conducted by Matt Levine and Patrick McKenzie. Link.

The story of Alex Rust, a 25 year old trader-turned-sailor who circumnavigated the world. This documentary is 90 minutes long, available for free on YouTube, and will make you reconsider what is important in life. Link.


💎 Quote Of The Week

“We don’t get to choose what happens to us, but we can always choose how we feel about it. And why on earth would you choose to feel anything but good?”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


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