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

๐Ÿš•๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ• Food and Transport

The current coronavirus-driven economic shocks are having all manner of effects, including Uber Eats now surpassing Uber in sales for the first time.


Credit: @tcitrin


The Boomer - Zoomer divide seems perfectly encapsulated by this image


Credit: @JustinAHorwitz


Credit: @StockCats

Billionaire early FB exec, Virgin Galactic chairman and current Social Capital founder Chamath Palihapitiya, seems to blow the CNBC anchor’s mind (the first 12 seconds ๐Ÿคฃ) with what seem to be reminders about the alleged rules of capitalism.

Chamath joins Anthony Pompliano aka Pomp on his podcast to unpack the subject in longer form.

๐ŸŽงPomp Podcast

โ‚ฟ๐Ÿ’ธ Choose Your Fiction

Arthur Hayes is a Citigroup and Deutsche Bank alumnus who has built one of the largest cryptocurrency derivatives exchanges globally called BitMEX, where he currently serves as CEO.

Here he delivers a full-throated, profanity-laced but detailed evaluation of current the current state of the global economy, monetary policy and why he is a markets bear and gold & bitcoin bull. Interesting albeit contrarian thoughts.


“The stock market of the Land of the Free will become a political tool. The US Treasury, powered by the Fed, will buy all government and corporate debt. They will buy equities. They will buy consumer loans.

๐Ÿ“Choose Your Fiction


๐Ÿ›ข๏ธโ›ฝ Oily slide

COVID-19 is joined by a price war between OPEC+ members and US oil, to wreak continued havoc on global markets.

Oil Price

WSJ’s Russell Gold discusses the global game of chicken inside the oil industry players that’s resulting in the picture above.


๐ŸŽงThe Journal Podcast


๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ’ฆโš• Greenzone

๐Ÿšซ Not Flu

Latest reminder that this isn’t “the flu”.


๐Ÿ”“ Wuhan Reopens

With Wuhan tentatively reopening to much fanfare, here’s a thread exploring what life looks like now and for the forseeable future there.


๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ“ Contact Tracing

With various countries looking to bolster their contact tracing and monitoring efforts by leveraging location data from mobile network operators, we’re also seeing technology companies looking to offer solutions at scale.

Notably Google and Apple are partnering on a set of APIs to enable automatic, anonymised bluetooth-based contact tracing.



We’ll likely return to exploration of the liberty and privacy implications of current events in future iterations.


๐Ÿ’ฌ Data

“Faith in data grows in relation to your distance from it

“A statistic always sounds more convincing the less you know about where it came from”

John Higgs: The Future Starts Here

๐ŸŽฅ Toni & Miles

I saw good profiles of the great Toni Morrison and Miles Davis over the last few days on Netflix. Definitely recommended viewing as a double-feature, diving into the lives and historical contexts of a legendary writer and a fantastic but complex musician.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019)

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)


๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ“‰ Oh…and one more thing

The IMDb ratings for all of the Simpsons seasons and episodes. Hard to miss the trend.



Thanks for reading. Tune in next week. Stay indoors. Keep in touch with your loved ones