Issue 77: Be excellent to each other
Resilience, Uyghur disappearances, electronic music history, and more
how are you? I recently rewatched Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and while it didn’t quite live up to my memories it still has some good moments:
So, be excellent to each other and party on, readers!
This week’s links
💯 Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure
This is so true. The past few months I made a conscious effort to spend less of my free time on work-adjacent topics and it really helped.
🕷 Jumping Spiders Seem to Have a Cognitive Ability Only Previously Found in Vertebrates
They can distinguish between animate and inanimate objects. The more we learn about various species, the clearer it becomes that many of them have far greater abilities than we traditionally gave them credit for.
🇭🇹 The Assassination of Haiti’s President
This article provides some useful context on recent events in Haiti including the assassination of president Jovenel Moïse’.
🇨🇳 One by One, My Friends Were Sent to the Camps
The world really needs to start putting more pressure on China over the Uyghur situation.
💰 Owning a sports-team is a plute's get-out-of-tax-free card
Apparently buying my favorite basketball team (the L.A. Clippers) saved Steve Ballmer $140 million in taxes on the sale of MS stock.
🙄 A senior Google executive who reportedly opposed employees working remotely has caused an internal stir by moving to New Zealand to work remotely himself
I don’t think a tough stance on remote work is going to work well for most companies in the future.
🇲🇲 'Dead body carrier': Covid surge overwhelms Myanmar burial volunteers
As if having a murderous government isn’t bad enough…
🇹🇭 Asia Undercovered Q&A #5: Wanpen Pajai, Thailand
An interesting interview with a promising young journalist.
🕵️ The Pegasus project
This week it was hard not to hear about NSO Group and their spyware. See also This tool tells you if NSO’s Pegasus spyware targeted your phone and Forensic Methodology Report: How to catch NSO Group’s Pegasus.
I’m currently reading Randall Munroe’s How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. If you like his brand of humor (made famous by xkcd and What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions) you’ll probably also enjoy this (book links are Amazon affiliate links).
Until next week,