Link Roundup

Sometimes It Is Crazy at Work, Big Dairy, and Football’s Insurance Problem – Link Roundup

Here are some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across recently: Our book launch was botched and it’s been crazy at work trying to fix it – I always appreciate how upfront the Basecamp guys are when something chaotic like this happens, especially when it’s the launch of a book entitled “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work” [Signal v. Noise] Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer – this reads like satire, but it’s not! The futurist philosopher who despises… Continue reading


Nazi Hunters, Burger Robots, and Xbox Hacking – Link Roundup

Articles ‘Get the Nazi out of New York.’ The secret operation to deport the last living Nazi defendant in the U.S. was a rare success. – these types of deportations are incredibly complex, but extraordinarily admirable and important. Reminds me of the documentary on Netflix The Last Nazis. [The Washington Post] The Young and the Reckless – a group of kids hack Xboxes and Xbox live, sell cheats online, and then get in way too deep. [Wired] The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot… Continue reading


The Most Devastating Cyberattack in History, HelloFresh is Ruthless, & Library Rules – Link Roundup

The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History – how Russian hackers modified Ukrainian accounting software to brick any computer networked to it…and how it spread to cause $10 billion in total damages. [Wired] Is Bezos holding Seattle hostage? The cost of being Amazon’s home – “Amazon is very much, ‘We want to save the world too, let’s do it together.’ And then as you get into the details, not so much” [The Guardian] Library Rules: How to make an open office… Continue reading


Da Vinci, MLM Scams, and a Maple Syrup Heist – Link Roundup

Articles Thousands of Women Say LuLaRoe’s Legging Empire Is a Scam – can we just make MLM businesses illegal already? [Businessweek] The incredibly frustrating reason there’s no Lyme disease vaccine – as someone who lives in a high tick area and is constantly in fear of getting Lyme, this makes me mad. I would get that vaccine in a heartbeat. [Vox] Lab-Grown Meat Is Getting Cheap Enough For Anyone To Buy – I’m very excited about this! [Fast Company] Palantir Knows Everything About You –… Continue reading


Ken Burns’ Mind-Blowing 18 Hour Documentary, Lab-Grown Meat, and Second Chances [Link Roundup]

Articles They Started With $10,000. Now They’re Taking on ESPN – I still think that professional sports as we know them today could conceivably fall apart. FloSports seems uniquely positioned for that future. [Inc] Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance – this guy is amazing! [Businessweek] Facebook Makes You Sad, So Try Using It Less – Facebook’s worst-case future is one in which it becomes widely believed that it’s bad for you. [Lifehacker Vitals] Why This… Continue reading


Amazon’s Retiree Workforce, a Basic Income Experiment, & Taking on the Opioid Industry – Link Roundup

Articles Meet the Camperforce, Amazon’s Nomadic Retiree Army – I enjoy any insight into Amazon’s warehouse operations. I found it fascinating that “a poster told workers to prepare to be sore” and that they actually provide their workers with free pain relievers, something that screams abuse and liability issues to me. [Wired] Dollar General Hits a Gold Mine in Rural America – Not sure how I feel about this. It’s great that Dollar General fills a void in communities where no one else will go,… Continue reading


Extreme Commuting, SB Nation’s Unpaid Workers, & Documentary Recommendations – Link Roundup

Articles Medical Journals Have a Fake News Problem – open access is a good idea, publishing anything and everything without peer review is not. [Businessweek] The Day I Found Out My Life Was Hanging By a Thread – a tech CEO goes to the doctor with back pain and is diagnosed with advanced terminal cancer. A reminder of our mortality. [Wired] How SB Nation Profits Off An Army Of Exploited Workers – a very important piece about the lines between volunteer, contractor, and illegally underpaid… Continue reading


Saying No More Often, Juicero’s Dysfunction, & Plex’s Bold Plan – Link Roundup

Articles Q&A: Melinda Gates on the World’s Missing Data About Women – I really enjoyed this Q&A: There’s a line right at the end of your letter that says, “The future will surprise the pessimists.” Despite the things that people read in the headlines, the world is getting better. Poverty has been cut in half—in half—in 25 years. We talk about the fact that 122 million children are alive because of the malaria vaccine work that’s happened and bed nets getting out there. I travel… Continue reading


S-Town, Being Lazy, & Grocery Price Wars- Link Roundup

Articles Think like a bronze medalist, not silver – “Instead of comparing up to the next-higher situation, compare down to the next-lower” [Derek Sivers] How Alcohol and Caffeine Helped Create Civilization – Hint: it has to do with water safety, a problem that we rarely think about but that was a very serious threat up until a few hundred years ago [Human Progress] Don’t accelerate your startup – “See once you take the initial check, you’re also inevitably taking on the expectations of exponential growth…. Continue reading


Wikipedia’s Bias, Facebook’s Monetizing Scheme, & Superaging – Link Roundup

Since I no longer post often on Twitter, I’ve decided to do a regular roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking content that I’ve come across recently. Articles Know Your Enemy: Celebrating 50 Years of the Forever War – a fictional story about a future America where we’ve always been at war [Wired] Is Wikipedia Woke? – how having largely white male editors impacts the types of content in Wikipedia [Businessweek] How to Become a ‘Superager’ – the key to living long might… Continue reading