Hi all! I thought I’d update y’all with some of my recent readings/watchings on the internet.
- Behind the Big Promises of the Micromobility Industry | CityLab What is the future of transportation? While there is industry hype on self-driving cars, I personally believe that micromobility (dockless bikes and scooters) are the nearer term solution.
- Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened | Netflix This Netflix documentary, along with Hulu’s take on the Fyre festival, is an introspective take on a failed music festival in 2017 and the lead-up to the disaster.
- Super Fast Logistics of Delivering Blood by Drone | Wendover Wendover Productions is one of my favorite Youtube channels, and in this video he explains the use of drone to deliver blood in Rwanda, a sub-Saharan African country with universal health care (looking at you, USA).
- Levels.fyi This is a nice website to visualize how the career ladder in tech and some similar fields work.
- Salary Negotiation tips Per Eddie Xue, this article touches on points of how to do job negotiations.
Tech / Computer Science
- Hacker Tools · hacker tools a class put together by my friend Anish Athalye and others, I am meaning to go through this to better my engineering skills.
- Algorithmic Game Theory | Tim Roughgarden I am currently going through algorithmic game theory using Tim Roughgarden’s lecture notes (and problem sets and lecture videos) to learn more about the field.
- Ten Years of Being a Software Engineer | Techlead via Bishesh Khadka, the video below was particularly meaningful and eye-opening to me when I first watched it. Though it pertains much to the perks of the tech industry, it was a very refreshing take on how one’s career off the beaten path may lead to unique success.
Weather / Climate
- National Temperature and Precipitation Maps | NOAA This website provides interesting information on how US weather over the years has deviated from the historical average.
- How Does Your State Make Electricity? | NYT Varying by state
- I’ve always wondered how much energy the internet uses, and this article provides a rough estimate: Infographic: The Carbon Footprint of the Internet - ClimateCare
- picture / video: 0.2g CO2 per second
- email: 4g CO2
- google search: 0.5g CO2
- How America Uses Its Land Bloomberg has a great visualization of land usage in the US: most of our land is dedicated to cattle.
- Why Can’t Rich People Save Winter? | NYT This article asks what the ski industry is doing with climate change as an existential crisis for the industry –and the answer is mostly nothing.
- What is it like to work in China | Zara Zhang This article by Zara is a more inside take into working in China.
- Where Beijing’s ‘bottom of society’ live | SCMP South China Morning Post, based in Hong Kong, provides a more neutral perspective on the Beijing’s lower class, and views of the city that tourists otherwise wouldn’t see.
I’ll be honest, in 2018 I did not read much. I am reading / have finished the following books in January:
- The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Hope these are interesting for you to read too! If you have any thoughts on these topics, I’d love to discuss too!