- # 85234 pts - Scout: vunderkindThe Atlantic | Kaitlyn Tiffany | 3/17/20 | 7 min10 reads8 comments9.1The AtlanticKaitlyn Tiffany|3/17/20|7 min10 reads9.1
- AOTD on 3/18/20 - Scout: SEnkeythorgalle1 day ago
This started off slow but developed into an amazing read. It makes you feel like you learned something deeper about viruses.
I was wondering, since this exhuming was supposed to happen in 1998, did Kirsty learn anything new about the Spanish flu?
After several more years of preparation, which involved garnering various permissions to perform the exhumations, the ground survey began in 1998. However, the samples were not viable, as the bodies were not in the permafrost, and the expedition ultimately proved a disappointment.
At least it brought us this article.
- Update (3/27/2020):
For laughs: when I started reading this I Ctrl+Ffed "corona". No hits. How can you write an article about viruses today without mentioning corona?
I read it fully without noticing that this was written in 1997. Only the comments here made me wiser.
- Update (3/27/2020):
- # 76823 pts - Scout: thorgalle
- # 89710 pts - Scout: thorgallethorgalle4 days ago
If there is any sign of our future in Italy, where everything but groceries and pharmacies has been shut down, a once-in-a-lifetime break with normalcy is ahead of us.
I find this "once-in-a-lifetime" notion of the crisis very fascinating. It's true in many regards. And I really hope it will hold true for us, our children and further descendants.
I read this because I want to write something titled "Corona will save the planet" (or less catchy: "COVID-19 might help us build actionable empathy for the plight of our descendants during severe and irreversible climate crises").
- AOTD on 3/17/20 - Scout: jeffBRIGHT Magazine | Courtney Martin | 1/11/16 | 10 min23 reads8 comments9.5BRIGHT MagazineCourtney Martin|1/11/16|10 min23 reads9.5thorgalle6 days ago
- # 153586 pts - Scout: deephdave
I love this article, in the sense that it confirms, backs up & spells out some disorganised thoughts I had for years.
The emotional connection to learning was new for me though, and it reminds me of this passage from an essay, My Instagram:
A voyeur knows what kind of viewer he is, but looking at Instagram, you are not always a voyeur. Neither are you always a witness, nor any other single kind of watcher. Each post interpellates you differently. Your implied identity slips with each stroke of the thumb.
It's really why I'm avoiding social media feeds right now.
Also, a great testament to Readup :)
- # 212803 pts - Scout: vunderkind
Fascinating. I especially appreciate how he succeeded in making a complex knowledge system using just text files & auxiliary scripts! Only he can navigate it I guess.
The English language learning system made me smile too. Tackling the exact same problem has been my largest hobby project ever. I've also hacked a way to learn dictionary lookups from a Kindle (not highlights) with translations & context in vocabulary.com.
- # 282000 pts - Scout: vunderkindI’m an epidemiologist. When I heard about Britain’s ‘herd immunity’ coronavirus plan, I thought it was satire | William HanageThe Guardian | William Hanage | 3/15/20 | 5 min18 reads6 comments9.3The GuardianWilliam Hanage|3/15/20|5 min18 reads9.3
Interesting discussion of the second wave & herd immunity problem, but I find that this article mostly repeats what has already circulated so much in the mainstream media. Maybe not a bad thing.
- # 167347 pts - Scout: thorgalleThe Atlantic | Derek Thompson | 1/10/20 | 5 min2 reads2 comments9.0The AtlanticDerek Thompson|1/10/20|5 min2 reads9.0
Thompson makes a fascinating point: in a country like the US, meat consumption will only decrease due to an increase in fake meats.
But I don't agree with the way animal/eco activism is painted as ineffective. It is this growing movement that kickstarted the market for fake meats in the first place.
- AOTD on 3/3/20 - Scout: vunderkindMarker | Courtney Rubin | 2/24/20 | 37 min14 reads5 comments8.5MarkerCourtney Rubin|2/24/20|37 min14 reads8.5
- # 303126 pts - Scout: thorgalle
Good that someone tried to paste numbers on the oversimplified curve we've all seen: it did not match up. I hope governments know what they're doing.
- AOTD on 3/2/20 - Scout: Jankwashingtonpost | Carl Goldman | 2/28/20 | 6 min58 reads16 comments9.3washingtonpostCarl Goldman|2/28/20|6 min58 reads9.3
Corona is a super serious matter. But it's good to read how a 60-something experienced having the disease: he wasn't too stressed.
- AOTD on 2/14/20 - Scout: Shempwashingtonpost | 2/11/20 | 45 min7 reads5 comments9.5washingtonpost2/11/20|45 min7 reads9.5
Utterly fascinating. I'm writing this comment from the campus of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the same school were Crypto founder Hagelin graduated in 1914 as a mechanical engineer (according to one of the source documents).
Quoting Jeff here:
It's hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that some people are actually real life professional spies.
Because of the above, I got the exact same feeling. It got even crazier when the article covered Kjell-Ove Widman, the Swedish professor that saved MINERVA in 1979 & onwards. I can barely imagine the day he was asked to join this operation, it's not a career path anyone would foresee. He is now living in Stockholm. Who knows, I might have unwittingly seen him in a park somewhere.
The article brings a sense of the butterfly-effect: how one international persons' study & fascination of cryptography lead to a massive global surveillance program. Mind-boggling. I also like how the source documents links were interweaved with the Post narrative.
- AOTD on 2/20/20 - Scout: Shemp
To watch several in succession is to watch increasingly familiar characters endure a kind of psychological experiment, in which they get rewarded, or don’t, according to a system they cannot understand.
Good read! It concisely brings up some kind of helplessness towards understanding the AI-driven scoring of content.
This makes me think of the latest Your Undivided Attention episode, wherein Tristan Harris describes a newspaper as a machine producing human attention (from readers). In this machine, there are humans (journalists, editors) deciding what is published and what is not. Their decisions may be influenced by what article will generate most ad-revenue, but they will also have some kind of moral radar.
Automated attention-generators like TikTok described in the article don't have this type of control. The case of the article is innocuous, but this exact mechanic can also exacerbate fake news/flaming/clickbait rubbish/... Let's be wary, and thanks Readup ;)
- AOTD on 2/5/20 - Scout: Alexa
A European student here, from Belgium but now living in Sweden. I found this article intriguing.
I had good medical support from governments all my life, and am studying "for free" (interesting article!) now without a loan.
45 percent of Americans ages 25 to 34 have student loans, compared with just 16 percent of Baby Boomers at the same age.
That's just crazy. I pity the non-EU friends here who don't automatically enjoy the benefits I do. The pressure they are under to get high-paying jobs to pay off those loans makes them stressed, and it's an obstacle to job happiness as well. But it's not just the loans, as the article above states. It's also the amounts & interest rates. Loans needn't be bad it seems.
It seems that years ago, society in Europe chose more social services over less taxation and higher wages. More in the socialist direction, but when reading this, it doesn't seem to me like a bad choice; and I believe it also decreases the rich/poor divide.
Young people in their late 20s and early 30s today are about one-third less likely to own a house than their parents were at the same age, according to the Federal Reserve.
The housing problem exists in EU cities as well. The developments discussed in the article also coincided with huge population growth, and I'm wondering how much that affects the ability to own homes. If we bump on some space limits, we might not be able to do much about it.
Rent control has a history of reducing new construction, both by discouraging builders from investing in new buildings and by encouraging owners to convert their properties into condos, thus reducing the total stock of rental units and driving up rents.
This is an interesting argumentation, but very free-market capitalistic in nature. Not what I had expected from the title! Nice that the author seeks balances and highlights past problems.
- # 43718 pts - Scout: thorgalleQuartz | MATT PHILLIPS | 5/31/13 | 6 min1 read1 comment9.0QuartzMATT PHILLIPS|5/31/13|6 min1 read9.0
- AOTD on 1/29/20 - Scout: SEnkeyFast Company | Lydia Dishman | 1/25/20 | 6 min18 reads7 comments9.6Fast CompanyLydia Dishman|1/25/20|6 min18 reads9.6
- -0 pts - Scout: thorgalle
Scott Greer does a good job summarising the causes and effects of the hopelessly amorphous problem of "tech addiction".
The title alludes to practical advice to limit addiction on a personal or societal scale, but the author makes it clear he can't answer his own question. I don't blame him for it. We have to look iteratively for many possible solutions, just like we got here step-by-step with each new device and each new platform. Asking the question is where that starts.
- AOTD on 1/28/20 - Scout: AlexaMan Repeller | 2/18/19 | 6 min25 reads11 comments9.4Man Repeller2/18/19|6 min25 reads9.4
A compact piece that packs a lot of punch! Some comments.
Like many millennials — who are now of course accused of wanting too much in terms of job satisfaction and security
As a young-end millennial entering the job market, I see friends struggling while chasing dreams versus facing realities. The competition for the most attractive Google or whatever job is high. They either work their asses off unhealthily, or are downcast that they can't have their dream jobs right away (by simply missing experience). The pressure for success is too high. A slow start is OK. When did it stop being OK?
Or, better yet, because it enables us to truly recharge instead of carving our time into smaller and smaller pieces for someone else’s benefit?
I didn't really get this part. Is it because more side hustles lead to a more divided and filled schedule?
I would argue that if it started as your hobby, there should at least be some part in it for your own benefit. The point of the article exactly: monetization shouldn't be the only viable path for hobbies, but surely some are happily pursuing that path for others' benefit, and their own.
I deal with my option paralysis in the least helpful way possible: by scrolling through my phone alone in the dark until I run out of battery (literally or figuratively) and put myself to bed feeling like I’ve lost something valuable and hating myself for it. I can’t be productive, and I can’t fully relax, and I can’t possibly be alone in this.
My definite favorite part. Very recognizable & beautifully described. I'm happy I left that exact state by not regularly consuming content on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter anymore for a good year. Reading a book instead (or hey, an article on ReadUp!) is either relaxing, "productive", or both.
- AOTD on 1/27/20 - Scout: billThe Verge | Kaitlyn Tiffany | 2/15/18 | 7 min24 reads12 comments7.9The VergeKaitlyn Tiffany|2/15/18|7 min24 reads7.9thorgalle2 months ago
They work for some, they don't for others. The numbers that are discussed conveniently only talk about the positive outcomes and leave out any comparative statistics about how they work in the process. How many people have no luck on those platforms whatsoever despite all their effort? Which feelings are involved compared to traditional dating? (compare with social media's relation to FOMO, anxiety, ...) and what's the incidence of those? I'm sure there's interesting figures out there for the "dating app fatigue" camp to back up their anecdotal claims. But those are less likely to be shared by the Tinders of our time whose business model benefits from people actually not having successful dates - just hundreds of shallow swipes & chats with no real consequence, so more ads can be inserted in between. A good article nonetheless.