28 June 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.

ArticlesπŸ“, Tweet(s)πŸ“±, VideosπŸŽ₯, Charts πŸ“ˆ all fair game with or without attendant commentary.


πŸ—ΊοΈπŸŒ African Lines

Topographic map of Africa from a single spiral line.

Line Africa



πŸš‚β°πŸŽ¨ Last Train

Last Train

Eddie Mendoza, Digital, 2020


πŸ€“πŸ“‘ Bookmarks

🎧 NPR follow product manager and freelance photographer Tawanda Kanhema who took on the job of mapping Harare for Google’s Street View.

πŸ“ Sriram Krishan has an insightful deep-dive interview with A16Z’s Marc Andreesen on productivity, books, goals & systems as well as that “Build” essay.


πŸ“ Anthony Gottlieb profiles philosopher, economist and mathematician Frank Ramsey - a purportedly brilliant man who made it seem “as if mathematics were a part of [his] body, which he used without thinking, like his hands.”

“You’d make a thrilling breakthrough only to find that Ramsey had got there first.”

The Man Who Thought Too Quickly (πŸ“– 14 Min Read)


πŸ¦ πŸ§ΌπŸ–πŸ’¦βš• Greenzone

What a failed reopening looks like; instructive for other economies. OpenTable reservations in the US and Houston (including Father’s day spike)





A look at those making either tentative or bolder attempts at jump-starting their economies.


Visual Capitalist



Interactive tool hosted by Flourish showing the change in global death attribution from 1 Jan 2020 –> 24 June 2020.

Made with Flourish



Twitter user @AirMovingDevice writes “I analyzed police reports (administrative penalties θ‘Œζ”Ώε€„η½š) of prostitution, gambling, and drug use in Zhejiang province during the pandemic.”

China Covid


⚑⚑ Energy

Where energy comes from. Per Nick Touran, this diagram roughly shows the origin of energy we can use to help us do stuff


The WhatIsNuclear site hosts an interactive version of this graphic - linking into explainers & wikis for each block.


🎞️✨ VFX Magic

Have a look at this trailer for a series project which Ian Hubert has been working on for a few years.


Then watch the VFX breakdown showing just how much of the environment was fabricated and overlayed using very little physical set.



πŸ“œπŸ’¬ History

β€œ Yet the worst histoΒ­rian has a clearer view of the period he studies than the best of us can hope to form of that in which we live. The obscurest epoch is today” ― Robert Louis Stevenson


πŸ‘‘πŸ•’ Oh…and one more thing

The longest reigning monarchs


Info | Graphic


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