01 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.

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

๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ›ฐ๏ธ Private Space-Faring


You’ll no doubt have seen the news and likely watched video of SpaceX and Nasa’s joint exploits to ferry 2 astronauts to the International Space Station over the weekend. You and a number of people.

Launch Credit Reddit

The Acquired podcast takes a second stab at Elon, this time from the SpaceX perspective:

SpaceX’s historic scheduled launch of its first human spaceflight mission โ€” both the first ever by a private company, and the first to take place on American soil in nearly a decade โ€” we tell the incredible story of its rise from ragtag rocket jocks to the most disruptive and advanced force in aerospace today. While much of the Musk spotlight has shone on Tesla in recent years, is SpaceX actually the company that will have the greatest impact on our world’s future, and perhaps even other worlds beyond? All of a sudden that idea seems a little less crazy…

๐ŸŽงAcquired - SpaceX

Elon’s week could certainly be going worse

Here’s a look inside a few of the most recognisable space vehicles during their launches (๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ9m12s)

With space back on the brain, the prognostications about our conquering the stars are back. A popular past-time for a few centuries now.


๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ”ฅ Fire

“The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth” - African proverb



๐Ÿ™๏ธ๐ŸฅŠ Hong Kong

From NPR’s Throughline Podcast:

Last week, the Chinese government made the latest and perhaps the most serious move yet to crack down on Hong Kong’s semi-autonomy. It’s just the latest such effort by Beijing in the decades-long tensions between China and Hong Kong and it seems to take advantage of the quarantine calm that has subdued months of protests. But when did these tensions begin and what have Hong Kongers been fighting for?

How Hong Kong became one of the most important, and most contested, cities in the world.

๐ŸŽงNPR Throughline - Hong Kong

๐Ÿ”ข Causation & Correlation

Correlation Credit: @Nonicoc


๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ“ Joe

Gimlet media founded in 2014 by Alex Blumberg was in the news a year ago for having been acquired by Spotify for a reported $200m at the beginning of their epic recent Podcast content acquisition spree. Fascinatingly Alex documented the entire story of trying to start the podcast company in realtime while he was doing it and would release these episodes so you could chart his progress. Here is the first episode.

๐ŸŽงHow Not To Pitch A Billionaire


๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ’ฆโš• Greenzone


What the covid19 situation means for a number of us

Monotony Source: @Azeem

Cast your mind back 2 months to peak logarithmic-graph days. Here’s a study showing that we’re quite poor at interpreting these as the lay public - advocating instead that publishers stick to linear ones.

๐Ÿ“The public do not understand logarithmic graphs used to portray COVID-19

The Economist takes a sobering look at post-covid economics.  

With liqour and cigarette bans instantly expanding the size of the black market for these goods under strict lockdowns in the likes of South Africa, ๐Ÿ“this article takes a look at what lockdowns are doing to the underworld and it’s supply chains.

Map Routes


๐Ÿ”ฎ Oh…and one more thing




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