I spent this past week tweaking Empty Coffee and publishing my first post outside of this weekly series. One change I’ve made is enabling the ability to become a member. Membership is free, and will land these weekly roundups in your inbox every Sunday along with any other articles I publish. There’s an option to pay (this is build into Ghost, the blogging system I’m using), but it’s not required and will only serve to support me and this site.
From Around The Web
- The ‘Fyre Festival of Pizza’ Wasn’t an Accused Scammer’s First Flop - Bloomberg Business Week
An interesting expose into the next generation of scammer, capitalizing on social media and the fear of missing out (FOMO) it can foster. I’ve been to a few of the sort of food festival featured in the article, but none that were as blatant a scam. At this point in our COVID nightmare, I’d be happy with just about any food festival.
- How a Group of Computer Geeks and English Majors Transformed Wall Street - The Atlantic
“What I want to build here is a company at the intersection of technology and finance” - The Atlantic explores the start of algorithmic trading, and how it’s changed finance forever. For me, it’s hard to imagine what investing was like before this, and impossible to imagine where we’re going.
- No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public - The New York Times
Is this just a distraction? It looks like the armed forces may just begin releasing top secret U.F.O. sightings. As if 2020 needed more conspiracy theories.
- Lockdown was the longest period of quiet in recorded human history - MIT Technology Review
It’s no surprise that our period of lock-in early in the pandemic changed much of the world around us. One aspect I hadn't thought of was the noise we, as society, produced. Earthquake hunting seismographs observed our lack of commuting, sporting events, and activity durijg the early part of quarantine and believe it's the wuetest we’ve been on record.
- It’s Time to Consider Getting a Gaming Chair for Your Home Office - Bloomberg
Most of us are spending more time than ever in our home offices. A gaming chair, once the envy of every Twitch watching teenager, may now be the staple of work-from-home corporate America. Personally I’m not a fan of the over-the-top style and pleather materials most of these chairs use, but totally respect the long-haul comfort they provide. I think I’ll opt for a Herman-Miller.
- The Declining Power of the American Passport - The Atlantic
COVID has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. One thing that many Americans take for granted is the ability to move (mostly) free across the globe. The pandemic, and our response to it, has changed that. It may take never return to pre-outbreak mobility.
- The Purpose of Technology - Balaji S. Srinivasan
Generally, Balaji’s pragmatic take on technology and its impact on society and the economy is unique and compelling. In this post, one of the first on his new site, he dives into his theory on the true drivers behind technological advancement in a fascinating option piece.
Stuff I Wrote
📬 On HEY… - My overview and thoughts on HEY, a new and opinionated email service from the creators of Basecamp.
🤜 Until next week...
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