Weekly Links 2022#38

* 🎞️ Yale Historian Timothy Snyder, famed for his excellent popular history books like On Tyranny, Bloodlands, and Black Earth, and world expert on Ukraine and its history is broadcasting his fall semester course on The Making of Modern Ukraine. Super recommended++. * 🎞️ German science edutainer Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim pokes fun at homeopathy…

Weekly Links 2022#35

* Some time in the next 10-15 years, the most common religion in the United States will be “none”. * Excellent Noah Smith review of the Elite Overproduction Hypothesis. * Anthony Lee Zhang on The Market for Meaning. Offering "meaning" as a side or main dish is a competitive advantage in a market…

Weekly Links 2022#34

* If it seems to you that the people at work talking Corpspeak are being vague ... you're right. * Everything you always wanted to know about wrong number text scams. * Noah Smith on why and how GDP is a useful number after all. * Ryan Dahl (of Node fame and now Deno) on…

Weekly Links 2022#33

* Playing the Bullshit Game: How Empty and Misleading Communication Takes Over Organizations * An epic 62-Tweet thread about the Voynich manuscript * A short from Seth Godin on Slack (the systems concept, not the app) * The Armchair Architects on Simplicity * Matt Rickard on Granular Compute * The History of User Interfaces (nice walk…

Weekly Links 2022#32

* Ted Gioia's Gnarly Frank Zappa Essay (parts 1, 2, 3) long but super worthy read, even if you're not a Zappa fan (and why not, actually?) * First Episode of Robert at Home, a new web series from Crimson King Robert Fripp. While not nearly as crazy as his pandemic Sunday…

Weekly Links 2022#31

* What the Merge Means for Ethereum, With Danny Ryan * Into the Dataverse (by Ceramic, developers of a promising data layer for the decentralized web). * Who Should Be Our “Adults”? Interesting suggestion by Robin Hanson. * Don't be Scared of Cloud Lock-in (instead, use the tools available to focus on velocity -…

Weekly Links 2022#30

* Polygon, zkSync, and Scroll each announce their own up and coming EVM-compatible Zero-Knowledge Rollup L2 for Ethereum. * Noah Smith on how to fight climate change (less posturing and virtue signaling, more development). * Timonthy Snyder is detecting signs that Putin's rule is weakening. * Aella is learning the elite class. * Ian Morris…

Weekly Links 2022#29

* zkDocs: Zero-knowledge Information Sharing by Sam Ragsdale and Dan Boneh of A16Z. Sharing private information on blockchains. With reference implementation and demo. * Scott Young on Which Works Better: Habits or Projects? (my take: you need both - habits for the floor, projects for the ceiling). * Matt Rickard on how and…