Monthly Archives: July 2019

Big tech and startup tech tackle sleep

Longform GQ article on “The Business of Sleep” has some perspective: If you want to isolate a time when the idea of wellness began to dominate our culture, you could do worse than point to the 2008 financial crisis. In … Continue reading

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Thiel’s fresh look at nationalism

At the 2019 National Conservatism Conference: The nationalist view, according to Thiel… asks a simple question: Is it good for America? A nationalist, Thiel argued, simply asks what Silicon Valley has done to improve the lives of American citizens. Outside … Continue reading

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How to Build a Car by Adrian Newey

Finished “How To Build A Car: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer” by Adrian Newey. The book is a whirlwind tour of an F1 designer’s career + how competitive the sport is, both for the constructors and … Continue reading

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Cars as private spaces

In Japan, a survey of people who rented cars revealed that one out of every eight users rented automobiles for purposes other than transportation. An overwhelmingly large number of respondents said they slept or rested in vehicles, followed by customers … Continue reading

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Using work apps for the home

A profile of families using email, Slack, Trello, Asana and even Jira the bug-tracking tool to coordinate housework has such examples as: “We do family meetings every Sunday where we review goals for the week, our to-do list, and activities … Continue reading

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The moment of creation of Zcash

“Last November, journalist Morgen Peck showed up at her friend Molly Webster’s apartment in Brooklyn, told her to take her battery out of her phone, and began to tell her about The Ceremony, a moment last fall when a group of, well, let’s … Continue reading

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Individualism and Submission

What individualism has bought us is not the end of servitude, but merely the cloaking of masters. It’s pretty perverse that our culture celebrates individualism and yet condones submission only to inhuman institutions like schools, companies, and governments. It’s a … Continue reading

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Apollo and Wonderment

As a child in the 80s, I used to stare at the moon and struggled to grasp the fact that people had landed and walked on it. That people had considered having a serious go at it, and had succeeded. … Continue reading

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Autonomous F1 racing

I am reading the autobiography ‘How to build a car’ by the designer Adrian Newey. Quite absorbing and fast-paced, and mid-sized at about 400 pages. Although it’s common knowledge, I’m only now really grasping how much of a role tech … Continue reading

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The East India Company business model

This article I came across on Reddit describes how colonial Britain subsidised its industrialisation:  The East India Company began collecting taxes in India, and then cleverly used a portion of those revenues (about a third)to fund the purchase of Indian … Continue reading

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