Piqued interests for the week of 1/21 – 1/27

Each week, I’m going to share what I read, discovered, uncovered, and found interesting.

I read too much, often get sucked into Internet wormholes.

Here is what inspired me, made me think a bit deeper, and, sometimes troubled or angered me this week:

Susan Cain’s TED Talk –  The idea of getting away, finding quiet, and having “your own revelations” is something that really hit home; I’ve been thinking a lot about quietude and work lately.

After trying to catch this white whale for ages, I finally finished James Joyce’s epic, Ulysses. Closing out the last few chapters 16-18, Eumaeus, Ithaca, and Penelope, this past week. Wow. If you haven’t read it, Ulysses is both a testament to the capacity of our imagination and a throwing down of the gauntlet for human creativity. It is perverse at times, you can understand why it was banned; however, it is also beautiful, profound, and an experience to read.

This Tim Ferriss podcast — Lessons and Warnings From Successful Risk Takers — led me to read Graham Duncan’s The Playing Field and to dive into The Big Five Personality Theory: The 5 Factor Model Explained.

I also listened to a fair amount of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s AntiFragile: Things That Gain from Disorder on Audible the week while driving and running this week. I slowed down the replay so that I can take in and process all of Taleb’s logic.

One of the most troubling things that I couldn’t stop reading about was Dr. Larry Nassar who was sentenced to 175 years in prison for his abuse of young gymnasts. If you haven’t watched Aly Raisman’s statement, it is a testament to the strength and will of victims everywhere. Although painful, it is a must watch: Aly Raisman Is Ready To Burn It All Down. There is a lot to process with this story, which Deadspin has been all over: USA Gymnastics’ Larry Nassar Scandal Is About Doctors Abusing Patients, Not Just Sports.

Here’s a story on a significant moment in American music that had its anniversary this week: When Johnny Cash Went to Jail.

Uncovered this old gem from Mikael Cho at Unsplash: The future of photography and Unsplash. Here’s a great takeaway, “New platforms don’t kill industries. They change the distribution.”

Nope: See What a Nuclear Bomb Would Do to Your Hometown.

This is a BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD omen for Boston (and the Globe) if the person covering the “What the elites think” beat is going to be the one to lay out a strategy to lure Amazon: Here are three things Boston needs to do now to land Amazon.

I wrote and read about chefs and health a bit this week: Chefs and health: How to truly eat well; How Top Chefs Stay Thin; and, Does grass-fed beef make you feel better?

Going Vegan Can* Be a Huge Performance Booster via Outside. And this about Outside’s digital strategy shift: Punchier and stronger” and with way more women: How Outside Magazine got to be badass online.

I keep going back to this Medium post by Steve Schlafman, it is a lot to read, but I think worthwhile: My First Think Week: Going Off The Grid for Exploration and Reflection.

Some crypto get-togethers being tracked by Pillar: Boston Crypto Calendar and this from Jamie Goldstein You are not too early for VC

Mike Troiano has the best slideshows: StartMIT Customer Deck. Also, his tweet on Harvard/MIT and brick/concrete, made me lean in a bit: Harvard Stadium’s concrete construction changed the rules of football and List of Le Corbusier buildings.

A lot to unpack here: Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Here’s Exhibit A via The New York Times.

Mike Moritz’s Silicon Valley would be wise to follow China’s lead, set off all sorts of reactions with some classic Y-Combinator navel-gazing on Hacker News thrown in for good measure. 

It thought I’d enjoy this one more than I did: How the whalers of Moby-Dick could help put humans on Mars.

What a Time to Be Alive… by Bryce Roberts.

This was quick: If iPhone X demand is less than expected, analyst expects it to be ‘end of life’ when replacements ship.

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And, lastly, for your own enjoyment, here is the result of my most absurd Google search this week: Should I be concerned about my temperature of 86.6 taken orally? Spoiler: My thermometer was broken, the heat was off, and I had been writing all day without socks on.

Have a great weekend.

-D