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    • Wall Street Journal | Kirsten Grind and Katherine Sayre | 16 min
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      monstertuck3 weeks ago

      Crazy...but really interesting and sad

    • washingtonpost | Ashley Fetters | 3/25/21 | 7 min
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      monstertuck3 weeks ago

      Have been having this inner turmoil myself, which as I watch some of my friends claim 'essential worker status' or just sign-up ahead of laws allowing them to do so is causing me a lot more anxiety than I thought it would. I'm happy every time another person gets a shot, but definitely feel like there is some moral imperative to wait your turn. As someone with a young kid and formerly a pregnant wife - I want to jump the line too. I'm impatient. But at the same time we have made it 12 months, what's 1 or 2 more.

    • Morning Brew | 6 min
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      monstertuck3 weeks ago

      Interesting history of boycotts and the implications of what a boycott could mean of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

    • Rock and Ice | 25 min
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    • The New Yorker | Ben Mauk | 2/26/21 | 32 min
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    • Seth's Blog | 3/6/21 | 5 min
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      monstertuck1 month ago

      I’ve been saying this since I learned about NFTs last week...if only I was this wise before with my beanie babies

    • The Atlantic | Joe Pinsker | 3/2/21 | 9 min
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      monstertuck1 month ago

      Loved this. As the father of a 7 month old, I find myself cheering him on anytime he eats a new food or attempts to crawl. I think there is a lot I will take away from this, and I have already shared with my wife. I'm tempted to buy the book and read it - as a student of an anthropologists I feel like I'd really enjoy the full book.

    • The New York Times Company | MICHAEL CORKERY, NIRAJ CHOKSHI, PETER S. GOODMAN, ALEXANDRA STEVENSON | 3/6/21 | 9 min
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    • Vanity Fair | Adam Ciralsky | 2/4/21 | 38 min
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      monstertuck1 month ago

      Really great narrative about BitMex and sort of a history on how crypto currencies have been developed and evolved over time. It seems that the coins are becoming more and more like traditional financial instruments conforming to regulation - perhaps not by choice but rather through coercion like the DOJ and SDNY lawsuit against BitMex. I found this article informative, well written and intriguing.

    • blog.readup.com | Bill Loundy | 2/22/21 | 7 min
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      monstertuck1 month ago

      Also, more Readers on Readup means better comments and conversations, higher quality articles in the AOTD game, better Discovery, and more opportunity for competition on the Leaderboards. In countless ways, growth leads to more growth.

      "The Readup Flywheel"

      It is compelling - I see a few things that are needed to make this possible. A really seamless customer onboarding experience. Easy to discover, try, and buy with limited kinks and plenty of helpful tips along the way. Secondly, a robust writer outreach (biz dev) team / effort. While it is compelling to say come get your free money, and it'll be awesome when you can say to writers "you have $47 unclaimed earnings", you will need to make sure there is some sort of recruitment initially to get the writers bought in. Then a seamless onboarding experience for them as well.

      Excited for the future!

    • washingtonpost | Marc Fisher, Ariana Eunjung Cha, Annie Gowen, Arelis Hernández, Lori Rozsa | 2/21/21 | 18 min
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      monstertuck1 month ago

      Holy shit - if you want to be rocked into not leaving your house till the pandemic is over read this. If you want a good reason to cry and feel sad read this. If you are tired of staying home and want to fly to Cancun or Miami or Aspen this weekend with your friends read this.

      I think the media generally stopped covering Covid deaths over the summer. People couldn't handle it anymore. This is the first piece I've read about children and their battles with the virus. It's so scary how rapidly the youth they highlight here seem to die.

    • Wall Street Journal | JOHN CLARKE | 4 min
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    • Marker | Adam Chandler | 2/10/21 | 15 min
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      monstertuck1 month ago

      Interesting to say the least! It's very interesting to see how the pandemic has accelerated the need for innovation and shifting business models to be viable in the 'new normal'. The writing here was excellent with good data points to support the narrative. However, I found the article to be a bit lengthy and could have been shorter.

    • The Atlantic | Arthur C. Brooks | 2/11/21 | 6 min
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    • LinkedIn Pulse | 10 min
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    • sungjwoo.medium.com | Sung J. Woo | 2/13/21 | 6 min
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      monstertuck1 month ago

      I find that with older generations this question of dying alone through potential years of suffering from loneliness versus catching Covid and dying after 2 weeks of hell is a rather easy decision for them to make. Obviously I cannot put everyone into this category, but my grandmother is taking the former approach. I guess the nice thing is the autonomy that older generations have to make that choice for themselves. I wonder how it will impact children and younger generations that do not have the autonomy and clearly need social engagement for learning and development.

      I’m not sure there has ever been a moment in our lifetimes with such perplexing ethical and moral and even legal dilemmas that the entire world has has to confront.

    • Wall Street Journal | Patrick Thomas | 4 min
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      monstertuck2 months ago

      Overall, a pretty uncomprehensive article in my view.

      However, it does it on the point that rankings are seemingly arbitrary year over year. It's sad that prospective students do not prioritize individual fit, course offerings, location, cost, etc. more and focus primarily on these rankings to guide applications.

      The whole rankings ecosystem seems like a burden from the large alumni surveys to the data provided by schools and then the mysterious algorithm that consumes it all then spits out a score. It feels shallow and easy to manipulate.

    • blog.readup.com | Bill Loundy | 2/8/21 | 4 min
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      monstertuck2 months ago

      Growth will be a result of our success, but growth itself is not the goal.

      I love this. I’ve been thinking about capitalism recently. Why are we forced to grow? Why do companies have to grow to be successful? Why can we not create sustainable businesses that cover their costs, meet and exceed customer needs and be done?

      I think that growth will come, and perhaps it will be a hockey stick but even if it is more of a low angle ramp I think it’ll come. It doesn’t need to be a fancy marketplace, but it can’t be. And Readup can grow with the community to meet their needs without becoming a behemoth that spins of more and more revenue year after year.

      1. Update (2/10/2021):

        but it can be*

    • Sam Altman | 6 min
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      monstertuck2 months ago

      The bit in work is quite smart - #4. Work hard and even if you miss you’ll likely land somewhere pretty good.

    • Axios | Jonathan Swan,Zachary Basu | 8 min
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      monstertuck3 months ago

      I was definitely under the impression that the entire WH staff was on the conspiracy bandwagon. It’s good to read that some staff and RNC officials weren’t, and instead were trying to mount bonafide (although unsuccessful) legal challenges.

      Really enjoying this Axios series.

    • Axios | Jonathan Swan,Zachary Basu | 9 min
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      monstertuck3 months ago

      It’s crazy that all the election was stolen rhetoric was pre-planned as early as September. The level of influence that Trump has with Fox News is terrifying as well...especially when many viewers believe it is truthful, non-opinionated viewpoints. This part to me was chilling...

      The top officials tried to force Fox to retract its call. Kushner called Rupert Murdoch, who said he would see what was going on.

    • The New York Times Company | Shauna Farnell | 1/13/21 | 6 min
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      monstertuck3 months ago

      Great to see an underrepresented and sport long off the radar of most Americans start to gain traction with the US women’s success. I watched a few of these races and good golly it looks exhausting. Most racers collapse at the finish line, which shows how hard they are working. Imagine any professional sport that is televised in the US where the competitions actually pushed themselves to the limit in every competition...

    • The New York Times Company | AZAM AHMED | 12/13/20 | 28 min
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      monstertuck3 months ago
    • Outside Online | Eva Holland | 3/30/20 | 21 min
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      monstertuck3 months ago

      Interesting story that really makes you contemplate death in a serene and peaceful way. I like how the author presents the couple and dilemma around choosing to go on your own terms. I think the main thing I took away is how intertwined the life of the Bealer’s truly was - sounds like an awesome, eccentric and talented couple.

    • CNBC | LISA FELDMAN BARRETT | 12/8/20 | 6 min
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      monstertuck3 months ago

      Having a four month old I find this is a great set of pointers. However, the one about seeing faces is tough in the time of Covid. Would love to introduce our child to more people, but a bit tough with masks and social distancing. I do love getting out with them though and seeing how excited and stimulated they are when they are around people in a safe setting.

    • blog.readup.com | Bill Loundy | 11/30/20 | 8 min
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      monstertuck4 months ago

      I like seeing the inner workings of how the strategy is being set. It will be interesting to see if as Readup scales 50/50 will really be feasible, I mean of course it will always be feasible, but will Writers start to demand more?

      I do think many stories are solo journeys, but let us not forget the team of editors, photographers, fixers, booking agents, etc. that are behind many articles coming from large scale publishers. Will they need to be considered in the future or is that up to the writer to decide?

    • Wall Street Journal | Jason Gay | 4 min
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      monstertuck7 months ago

      As an avid sports fan that is returning to work after some extended family leave, I feel the same way! The sports were great while on leave, now it isn't my full-time job and I feel like I'm missing games, the action and fandom. Alas...there are apps to track all of that, but good grief how is one supposed to consume it all!

    • The New Yorker | Peter Hessler | 8/10/20 | 45 min
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      monstertuck8 months ago

      Instead, the strategy was to enforce a lockdown until the virus was eliminated. The elementary school never bothered with more effective but disruptive policies—reducing class size, remodelling facilities, instituting outdoor learning—because the virus was not spreading in Chengdu. And, while the government hadn’t trusted people to set the terms of their own behavior during lockdown, it did depend heavily on their willingness to work hard for various organizations that fought the pandemic.

      At the beginning of the pandemic and explosion of cases in the U.S., I certainly had more faith that we would outwit and escape it quickly, often laughing at the 'radical' and 'tyrannical' approach China took. But 170K deaths later in the U.S. makes you wonder if our sense of freedom over life will be the downfall of our 'melting pot' society.

      This article was an excellent take from an American inside China. Really loved the perspective, and it certainly makes me want to live abroad as an adult to offer my children the exposure his daughters had.

    • NPR.org | Greg Rosalsky | 8/11/20 | 6 min
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      monstertuck8 months ago

      "Governments can legislate all they want, but prohibiting stuff with eager buyers and sellers is super hard"

      Interesting take on gyms during the pandemic, but has applicability to all prohibitions...makes me think about the legalization of drugs and if that perhaps is a better solution than try to continue the war on drugs...I know this isn't a new idea, but having never lived through a real prohibition makes you realize things you never realized before.

    • Vanity Fair | Katherine Eban | 7/30/20 | 25 min
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      monstertuck8 months ago

      A must read to understand the inner-workings of the U.S. administration, which is missing any semblance of leadership, politicalization of all things and massive failure to put together a disaster response strategy to save thousands of American lives. All things - the UAE contract, the lack of new funding in the relief fund, a departed plan that at least seemed like a start...ahh it's all just incredibly sad and demoralizing. I basically now have no hope of the pandemic getting 'better' until there is either new leadership and a vaccine. I cannot see the current administration recovering to provide effective guidance on how to distribute a vaccine.

    • bellingcat | 7/20/20 | 25 min
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      monstertuck8 months ago
    • Not Boring by Packy McCormick | Packy McCormick | 7/6/20 | 21 min
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      monstertuck9 months ago

      So much going on in this article, but I like the approach of outlining this not only as an idea but also the mechanisms behind which it would become a reality. I think it is a bit far fetched, but at the same time should that stop us from getting the 'best teachers in front of every student regardless of where they are located?'

      I do believe there is a bit lacking in terms of if this is to augment traditional schooling or if it is to rip it down and replace it entirely. There are lots of solid nuggets in here, and as someone with close ties to education and education technology, I think there are several ways this idea could be tweaked to bolster it both as a new realm for Disney and also as a way to transform education overall.

    • The New York Times Company | Ali Watkins, Michael Rothfeld, Corina Knoll | 7/11/20 | 17 min
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      monstertuck9 months ago

      First Covid piece that I've sat down to read in awhile. I personally have lost focus on it, but the numbers coming in with the recent surge of positives and hopsitalizations across the sunbelt are alarming. We are going to see more of Dr. Breen's and people like her severely impacted by this for years to come. Incredibly sad. Dr. Breen seemed like an incredibly accomplished professional, it's sad she left us too soon.

      As a side note - Dr. Breen seemed to be like many young(ish) professionals trying to do everything. I worry that one side effect of career success, community engagement and personal development is over commitment and burnout. Obviously, for Dr. Breen, it took an unfathomable event to be the 'straw' that broke the camels back, but I fear that too many of us (myself included) run to fast. We need down time. We need rest and reflection. It's okay to indulge in Netflix or say no to work / social engagements to focus on you.

    • washingtonpost | Natalie B. Compton | 6/23/20 | 9 min
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      monstertuck9 months ago

      Fun take on how to get through the pandemic with wanderlust...definitely missing travel, but hadn't considered biking somewhere to escape.

    • Wall Street Journal | Jason Gay | 6/16/20 | 4 min
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      monstertuck10 months ago

      As someone that is a huge sports fan, this could have been a little more scathing of the MLB and the MLB players. I'm tired of no sports, I'm tired of only having the UFC to watch on primetime tv, I miss the anxiety of the final minutes of a game and the story of underdogs. However, I have zero, none, zilch sympathy for the MLB owners and players. As the story highlights they are all millionaires or billionaires fighting over millions of dollars while the 30M Americans are filing for unemployment benefits. I really have lost a lot of respect for these guys. Not that I enjoyed baseball much in the first place, but it's the easiest major sport to be socially distant in and they have butt-fumbled their return.

    • Marker | ROB WALKER | 6/1/20 | 20 min
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      monstertuck10 months ago

      Interesting two pronged articles with the first part being around the tech and product/market fit that Robinhood capitalized on. The founders did an incredible job of getting to know their customer and then developing a product that met what the customer wanted.

      The second element around the psychology of why Robinhood has been successful luring younger investors into investing is interesting as well. As someone that had a Robinhood account and then was forced (by employment reasons) to return to a traditional brokerage, I can say Robinhood made trading so much easier. It really is like click and buy, versus having to go through lengthy buying processes with terrible UI/UX and then paying $20 per trade. It's remarkable that Robinhood is spurring the demise or consolidation of brokerages, but kind of surprising it hasn't brought them all down faster.

      Overall - worth a read!

    • London Review of Books | Eliot Weinberger | 6/4/20 | 30 min
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      monstertuck10 months ago

      As my blood simmers under my skin, it's just crazy that Trump's truths are so askew. I actually really appreciated the Tweet analysis...it clearly shows a guy trying to deflect the 100,000+ lives lost, the racial tensions gripping the country and the economy falling out from underneath us. Vote people...I don't know if we'd survive another 4 years of this leadership vacuum.

    • The New York Times Company | MUJIB MASHAL | 5/26/20 | 20 min
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    • monstertuck1 year ago

      Personally love this song, the original primarily. I've belted it out in countries across the world - where it is surprisingly popular. It's not lost on me through, how far separated it is from the continent, the people and the landscapes of the African continent - which is also just absurd that we think of an African continent rather than the individual countries, cultures, cities, etc. that make up the entirety of the continent. All in all, music is meant to be an escape - whether from heart break, or to escape to a daydream. Thus, I'm not going to stop belting this out when I hear it...in fact I'm going to listen to it right now as I sit locked down inside my home far, far away from Africa.