Issue 72: I heard you like newsletters
Vaccine ownership, community cats, corporate dystopia, and more
how are you this fine Wednesday? All things considered I’m doing quite ok and have fully recovered from my food poisoning episode last week. Apart from that things have been mostly uneventful, which I guess is good.
This week’s links
⁇ Who owns the covid vaccines?
Cory Doctorow is always worth reading 👏
🕵️ Jamie Loftus, the Comedian Who Infiltrated Mensa
I would not have expected Mensa to turn into an alt-right forum. This 4 episode podcast series definitely goes on the listening list.
🐈 What Singapore’s community cats tell us about the city-state
I like this reframing from “strays” to “community cats”.
🧬 Evolutionary Experiments Show Natural Selection Opposes Sexual Selection
Evolution is such a fascinating topic, I can never read enough about it.
💰 How Bitcoin Has Fueled Ransomware Attacks
While there is certainly some truth to the argument, Bitcoin == ransomware seems to be the new Bitcoin == drugs. Maybe we should also talk about how badly big companies fail at security?
📺 Decoding the signal from 1988 Videophone
This was some nice reverse engineering, an entertaining read.
⚽️ ‘The Silicon Valley of turf’: how the UK’s pursuit of the perfect pitch changed football
Now that the Euro Cup is on I had to have at least one football-related article. Even if you aren’t into sports give this one a try, it’s interesting!
🦠 The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins
Ready for a looong ready? Settle in, Vanity Fair put up a comprehensive article. FWIW, I don’t think we’ll ever really find out the truth (see e.g. this article). And maybe that’s even for the better? I have many conflicting thoughts about this.
😱 Airbnb Is Spending Millions of Dollars to Make Nightmares Go Away
Bloomberg sheds some light on Airbnb’s secretive safety team. This entire article is basically Corporate Dystopia 101.
🗣 Negatives Stack; Positives Don't: The Number Line Model Of Communication
I really enjoyed this metaphor.
Like I previously mentioned, I have a soft spot for Italian crime drama. ZeroZeroZero is a co-production by Sky Atlantic, Canal+ and Amazon Prime Video and based on the novel by Roberto Saviano (Amazon affiliate link).
Until next week,