11 October 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.
🌏📱 Worldwide Data Costs
The average price of 1GB of mobile data
🎧💬 Audrey Tang
“Audrey Tang began reading classical works like the Shūjīng and Tao Te Ching at the age of 5 and learned the programming language Perl at the age of 12. Now, the autodidact and self-described “conservative anarchist” is a software engineer and the first non-binary digital minister of Taiwan. Their work focuses on how social and digital technologies can foster empathy, democracy, and human progress.”
Audrey joined Tyler to discuss a wide range of topics including: using “humor over rumor” to combat online disinformation, the benefits of radical transparency in communication, why Taiwan views democracy as a set of social technologies and more.
🎨⛈️ The Storm
📈⚽ Stock & Onfield Performance
My EPL team Manchester United, is one of the only publicly traded sports organizations. Here is how their performance on the pitch correlates with their performance on the stock market.
Schadenfreude (/ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/; German: [ˈʃaːdn̩ˌfʁɔʏ̯də]; lit. ‘harm-joy’) is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.
📚💼 Trading Compendium
A collection of best selling trading tomes from the last few decades
🟦📊 ₿TC Correlation
According to Bloomberg, the correlation between Bitcoin and the S&P 500 stock index remains positive, meaning that its price movements are consistent with those in equity markets - weakening some portfolio diversification arguments.
We also saw Square following in Microstrategy’s footsteps and announcing investing $50m in Bitcoin this week. Here CEO Jack Dorsey shares the company’s acquisition strategy and advise for others (something MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor did as well)
Lastly, BitcoinTreasuries.org have updated their tracker of listed companies carrying BTC in their treasury.
🦇 How To Become Batman
Alix and Lulu examine the surprising effect our expectations can have on the people around us. Plus, the story of a blind man who says expectations have helped him see. Yes, see.
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🦴 Margaret Mead
👼😈🧍 Angels & Demons
WaitButWhy’s Tim Urban describes the experience where getting to know someone you lionize ends up being a disappointment and getting to know someone you demonize is pleasantly surprising.
Because humans aren’t angels or demons, they’re humans.
This comparison teaches how different systems were prepared for & able to contain Covid-19, or not. Think about it.— Richard D. Wolff (@profwolff) October 7, 2020
Research by Steven Halpern
These data indicated how much more severe COVID19 is for those over 35 when compared to flu. pic.twitter.com/fkp0gNOKbj— Luke O'Neill (@laoneill111) October 6, 2020
Have you ever seen a rocket launch -- from space? If you search for a dot in this video, you'll find out it's a rocket, the Russian Progress MS-10 bringing supplies to the International Space Station in November 2018 [read more: https://t.co/4aWECA9iud] pic.twitter.com/SotRDyZYtJ— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) October 5, 2020
☄️🎨 Meteor Shower
On November 12, 1833, there was a meteor shower so intense that it was possible to see up to 100,000 meteors crossing the sky every hour. At the time, many thought it was the end of the world, so much so that it inspired this woodcut by Adolf Vollmy.
👨📜 The Human Era
Supporting documentation and further reading for the video’s contents here.
🌍 Great Change
“The Great Change is when humankind accepts its role as part of the natural order of the universe instead of its role as a cancer” ― Dan Simmons, The Fall of Hyperion
🤖👀 Oh…and one more thing
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