24 January 2021

Welcome back to the Week That Was series where we highlighting things from the interwebs which are interesting, noteworthy and/or probably worth your time.

Articles๐Ÿ“, Tweet(s)๐Ÿ“ฑ, Videos๐ŸŽฅ, Charts ๐Ÿ“ˆ all fair game with or without attendant commentary.


๐ŸŽจ Number 25

Number 25

Number 25, Mel Milton, Digital, 2020


๐Ÿค– Google AI

GoogleAI’s look back at 2020 and the year ahead. Thorough and enlightening.

๐Ÿ“GoogleAI Blog

Google AI C19


โ‚ฟ๐Ÿ“œ Acquired - BTC

eBook length (and surprisingly accessible) treatment of the history, context and present of Bitcoin

We had to do it. After 12 years and 3,000,000x appreciation, we kick off Season 8 with the best investment of all-time and our biggest episode ever: Bitcoin. From the first bitcoin transaction of 10k for two Papa John’s pizzas (worth about $350m today!!) to $40k+ BTC and maybe the moon beyond, we cover the whole crazy, improbable journey of how a single 8-page PDF document changed the world of money โ€” and perhaps the world itself โ€” forever.

๐Ÿ“œGoogle Doc with the show’s numerous sources


๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ MuscleWiki

Interesting interactive website mapping our musculature, educating on the human body and recommending simple excercises for each grouping.

‘Select a muscle and it provides the exercises (video clips) to workout the selected muscle’

Muscle Wiki

๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ“šMuscle Wiki


๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Susan & Icons

๐ŸฆFrom Computer โ™ฅ Records: Susan Kare, famous graphic artist who designed many of the fonts, icons, and images for Apple, NeXT, Microsoft, and IBM. (1980s)




๐Ÿ‘”๐Ÿ’ป Post-Pandemic Silicon Valley

From Kim-Mai Cutler’s blog at ๐Ÿ“Initialized

I wanted to provide granular data to the question of how concentrated the technology in the Bay Area will be after the pandemic. Iโ€™ve been tracking data on this question for several years internally within the Initialized Capital portfolio, both through annual founder surveys and in looking at the geographic composition of company headquarters across funds.

Post-Pandemic SV

A tale of two charts; before and after covid-19

SV 2020

SV 2021


โ˜ข๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฃ Trillion Dollar Killer

It seems inconceivable in 2021 that nations would still be happy to spend over a trillion US dollars upgrading their nuclear arsenals… yet this plan is currently afoot in the US.

Stephen Fry narrates this Pindex video issuing a warning against the new arms race.


๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’ฐ Gaming Economics

Good graphic by ๐Ÿ“Omri Wallach’s article on on Visual Capitalist about 50 Years of Gaming History, by Revenue Stream (1970-2020).

Gaming History


๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ’ฆโš• Greenzone


From Azeem’s newsletter: “The science behind the Covid-19 vaccines is groundbreaking but what about the manufacturing and supply chains needed to get the vaccines in our arms. This beautiful exploration reveals the complexity of the supply chains at work. Even the vials holding these vaccines require special consideration because they have to withstand mechanical as well as thermal shocks due to cold storage.”

๐Ÿ“Exploring the Supply Chain of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines



One flight into Ireland, just 17% of seats filled. 13 cases onboard and 46 further cases. This ๐Ÿ“Eurosurveillance report shows how a national outbreak was linked to air-travel and flights like the one in question

Ireland Flight

๐Ÿ“A large national outbreak of COVID-19 linked to air travel, Ireland, summer 2020

Ireland Flight 2



Update on vaccine propagation worldwide

Vaccine Progress


Vaccine Progress 2


Vaccine Progress 3


๐Ÿฆ ๐ŸŒ


Per Eric Topol, “Never has a creature with 30,000 letters done so much damage. Or has science and medical research responded with such speed and success to take it on.”

Covid Schematic



Guernica's Covid

Picassoโ€™s Guernica in 2020, Claire,Digital, 2021


๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿง  Quotes

“I think and think for months and years, ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.” - 1921 Physics Laureate Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein


๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ—ป Mt Fuji

Mt Fuji


๐Ÿ“ฐ๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ“ป Too Much

From the ever-rich ๐Ÿ“Pessimist’s Archive: A history of newspapers (NYT) lamenting too much media consumption:

๐Ÿ“ฑ 2021: too much screen?



๐Ÿ“บ 1956: too much TV?



๐Ÿ“ป 1938: too much radio?



๐Ÿ“– 1898: too much reading?



๐Ÿš—๐ŸŒจ๏ธ Oh…and one more thing

Snow Car

Car in a snowy yard, u/aleha_84, Digital, 2021


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