05 April 2020

Welcome back to the Week That Was series where I highlight a few things from the interwebs which I thought were interesting, noteworthy and probably worth your time. Articles📝, Tweet(s)📱, Videos🎥, Charts 📈 all fair game with or without attendant commentary.  

📹 The Last Zoom

2020 Refresh

Last Supper

Credit: @beardandbible

🌎🌐 World 2.0

“There are decades where nothing happens, and weeks where decades happen”

Some interesting commentary below reposted on Tyler Cowen’s blog.

World 1.0World 2.0
110 successive months of job growth10 million jobless claims in 2 weeks
10 year bull market across sectorsWinners and losers with extreme outcome inequality
Full employment30% unemployment
Base rate thinkingFirst principles thinking
Office by defaultRemote by default
Office for workOffice for connection, community, ecosystem, makerspaces
Suit, tie, wristwatch, business cardGood lighting, microphone, webcam, home office background
Commute + traffic jamsHome + family
Last mileOnly mile
RestaurantsGroceries + delivery
$4 toastSourdough starter
$100k for collegeNot paying $100k for a webinar
Internal issuesExogenous shock
Lots of little problemsOne big problem
Stupid bullshitActual issues
Too much technologyToo little technology
Assume some government competenceAssume zero government competence
InstitutionsGhost ships
Trusted institutionsTrusted people
Tail risk is kookyTail risk is mainstream
Boomers most powerfulBoomers most vulnerable
Productivity growth collapseEconomic collapse
Social services DemocratUBI Communist
Deficit hawksMMT
Corporate debtGovernment debt
TechlashTech a pillar of civilization and lifeline to billions
Break up AmazonDon’t break up Amazon!!!
Avoiding social issuesAvoiding layoffs
Phone is a cigarettePhone is oxygen
Resource depletion$20 oil, $0.75 watt solar, <$100/kwh batteries
Low volatilityHigh volatility
20th century21st century

🌌🌕🌟🕳 Space

The Solar System is slightly more crowded than the picture that’s usually presented to us. Here is every known object in it.

Solar System

We also tend only to visualise the planets orbiting the sun, yet this star is itself moving through the space and the galaxy.


Credit: VisualCapitalist


🥤 Frozen Prices

I was today years old when I learned that there was a 70 year period when the price of Coca-Cola didn’t change - remaining exactly 5 cents from 1886 until 1959.

5 Cents

In this podcast, originally aired in 2015, NPR try to find out why. The answer includes half a million vending machines, a 7.5 cent coin, and a company president who just wanted to get a couple of lawyers out of his office.

Podcast Link


Research Paper


💬 Logic

“Veritas odit moras,” - “Truth hates delay.” Line 850 of Seneca’s version of Oedipus

🦠🧼🖐💦⚕ Greenzone

This graphic (source) attempts to delineate case versus case growth in the current epicentres as of 3rd April 2020.


Here’s how lockdown is currently evolving across the world


An interesting and good thread, with relevant lessons, about how an Italian city called Ferrara beat the plague.

XKCD with an important message


There’s much being said about masks, varying government policies regarding their requirement in the populace and changing guidance being issued by official institutions like the WHO and CDC.

The clip from this Lex Fridman tweet shows the effect of wearing a simple mask - and is taken from this longer video where he runs through the current sources and guidance on the topic.

Kurzgesagt returns to these pages again - here with a video from a year ago that is topical and important and we shelter in place for the forseeable future.


🤔🧮🔢 Oh…and one more thing


The kind of clocks you’d expect from these individuals

Clocks Source


Thanks for reading. Tune in next week. Stay Home. Wash Your Hands