Issue 69: <insert infantile Elon joke>
Superfan, the great filter, the UN of crime, and more
how are you? I’m finally starting to feel a bit better again after having an emotional low for the past few weeks, fingers crossed it stays this way for a bit.
This week’s links
🕵️ Same Data, Same Strategy: A New Look at How the Trump Campaign and Russian Intelligence Operated in 2016
An interesting read on possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence services.
🏀 An amazing Twitter thread about the first NBA fan to be inducted to the Hall of Fame
What a great immigrant story, this could totally be a movie.
🚀 The Great Filter: a possible solution to the Fermi Paradox
My personal bet for the great filter is species wiping themselves out before they get technologically advanced enough to colonize the galaxy.
🏃♂️ The 1904 Olympic Marathon May Have Been the Strangest Ever
It’s unusual for me to include two links related to sports but this one is just too good: “Among the leading oddities were ten Greeks who had never run a marathon, two men of the Tsuana tribe of South Africa who were in St. Louis as part of the South African World’s Fair exhibit and who arrived at the starting line barefoot, and a Cuban national and former mailman named Félix Carbajal, who raised money to come to the States by demonstrating his running prowess throughout Cuba, once trekking the length of the island. Upon his arrival in New Orleans, he lost all his money on a dice game and had to walk and hitchhike to St. Louis”
🚌 That Salesforce outage: Global DNS downfall started by one engineer trying a quick fix
You may have noticed the big DNS outage last week but I really like The Register’s tongue-in-cheek description of Salesforce throwing an employee under the bus.
⏳ Humanity wastes about 500 years per day on CAPTCHAs. It’s time to end this madness
Just imagine how much time we’d all have if we didn’t constantly have to train self-driving cars? 🙄 Also: “We assume a typical Internet user sees approximately one CAPTCHA every 10 days.” Try living in Thailand or any other country with provider-level NAT. To me, it feels more like 10 captchas per day…
🍏 How Apple screwed Facebook
Sometimes it seems like Facebook’s days are numbered but I’ll only believe that once I see it.
🇧🇾 Belarus Is Isolated as Other Countries Move to Ban Flights
It seems like the state-sponsored highjacking of Roman Protasevich will (further) isolate Belarus from EU.
🇪🇸 ‘A united nations of crime’: how Marbella became a magnet for gangsters
An amazing longread. 113 criminal groups representing 59 different nationalities in a city of fewer than 150k people. Looking forward to the TV show. If you read Spanish you also might be interested in the longer version by El País.
🇹🇱 East Timor: A young nation reviving ancient laws
Nice to see Timor-Leste take steps to protect its biodiversity. On a personal note, it’s the only South East Asian nation I haven’t visited yet. Not for lack of trying, there just never were any reasonably priced flights to Dili and I guess this won’t get better after COVID either.
This week’s content recommendation is “Colette”, a short documentary about French resistance fighter Colette Marin-Catherine’s visit of the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp where her brother was killed. This won the Academy Award for best documentary short in 2021.
Until next week,