The Landlord’s Game

There are few cases of creative and intellectual theft more egregious than the origins of the billion-dollar grossing Monopoly. The short version: a brilliant woman economist invented an anti-capitalist board game that was stolen by a lying, opportunistic man and repackaged as capitalist family fun.” Sasha Archibald at the Public Domain Review.

The Cloud Under the Sea

An interesting deep dive about the undersea cables that enable the global Internet and the crews that repair them. The world’s emails, TikToks, classified memos, bank transfers, satellite surveillance, and FaceTime calls travel on cables that are about as thin as a garden hose. There are about 800,000 miles of these skinny tubes crisscrossing the… Continue reading The Cloud Under the Sea

What it’s like to care for Yellowstone during its quietest – and coldest – months

If you can accept the obvious bias of me loving this, I heartily recommend this short documentary. Steven Fuller has worked as the ‘winterkeeper’ of Yellowstone National Park since 1973, caring for its nearly 3,500 square miles across three US states during the months when the park is at its quietest and coldest. This short… Continue reading What it’s like to care for Yellowstone during its quietest – and coldest – months

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A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Faces His Own Death

Powerful. In his 1996 book about death, Herbert Fingarette argued that fearing one’s own demise was irrational. When you die, he wrote, “there is nothing.” Why should we fear the absence of being when we won’t be there ourselves to suffer it? Twenty years later, facing his own mortality, the philosopher realized that he’d been… Continue reading A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Faces His Own Death

Parasites and Entrepreneur 

A wild paper suggesting that perhaps a notable amount of entrepreneurs may also be affected by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. “…a common parasite, Toxoplasma gondii (TG), known for its behavioral manipulation of warm-blooded animals, can impact human behavior including possibly in relation to entrepreneurship.” Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Parasite Infection is Associated with Entrepreneurial Initiation,… Continue reading Parasites and Entrepreneur 

Tree.fm

What a delightful idea. For sentimental reasons, I’m partial to this forest, but your mileage may vary. https://www.tree.fm/forest/11 People around the world recorded the sounds of their forests, so you can escape into nature, and unwind wherever you are. tree.fm

The Glass Is Already Broken

“You see this goblet?” asks Achaan Chaa, the Thai meditation master. “For me this glass is already broken. I enjoy it; I drink out of it. It holds my water admirably, sometimes even reflecting the sun in beautiful patterns. If I should tap it, it has a lovely ring to it. But when I put… Continue reading The Glass Is Already Broken