February 2021

Sunday, 28 February 2021

There is No Republican Party

Jared Yates Sexton: “And, like any runaway train, there are only two possible outcomes as to what will happen.”


Choose Boring Technology

Dan McKinley: “It is basically always the case that the long-term costs of keeping a system working reliably vastly exceed any inconveniences you encounter while building it.”


Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Fry’s Electronics is shutting its doors for good

Matthew Keys: “If you’ve ever visited a Fry’s anytime in the past two to three years, none of this will come as a surprise.”


Tuesday, 23 February 2021



Thursday, 18 February 2021

The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA

Wired: “Last week, the NIH launched an initiative to update the human reference genome (about 70 percent of which belongs to one white man from Buffalo, New York) to more fully represent the genetic diversity of the human species.”


Tuesday, 16 February 2021

The People the Suburbs Were Built for Are Gone

Shayla Love: “We really have made it almost a right to park as opposed to a right to housing. Cars have much more protection than people do.”


Sunday, 14 February 2021

In The Eternal Inferno, Fiends Torment Ronald Coase With The Fate Of His Ideas

The Yorkshire Ranter: “As often happens, the first half of this insight was more successful than the second.”


Appendix F - Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle

Richard Feynman: “we could properly ask ‘What is the cause of management’s fantastic faith in the machinery?’”


Saturday, 13 February 2021

USB naming convention is stupid, broken, and needs rebooting right now

Katie Wickens: “Certification of which spec you’re getting is not mandatory for manufacturers.”


Saturday, 6 February 2021

Everyday Covid mistakes we are all still making

Linda Geddes: “If you can smell someone’s garlic or alcohol breath, or cigarette smoke, you’re inhaling air carrying not just the smell of the garlic, alcohol or smoke, but any virus that’s leaving their nose or mouth if they’re infected”


Thursday, 4 February 2021

How Your Brain Tricks You Into Taking Risks During the Pandemic

Daniel Fishel: “There’s only one subset of the population that doesn’t experience optimism bias, Konnikova said — people suffering from depression. ‘This is actually something that’s very psychologically protective,’ she said. ‘It ends up that seeing the world as it is makes you clinically depressed.’”