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Random findings and notes. A combined link and noteblog about things that could enlighten, surprise or even provoke a bit.

How Venture Capitalists Deform Capitalism- New Yorker

“V.C.s seem like these quiet, boring guys who are good at math, encourage you to dream big, and have private planes. You know who else is quiet, good at math, and has private planes? Drug cartels.”

This article really describes the decline of a very important part of the startup eco-system. Unfortunately backlashes like WeWork, Zenifits and Theranos (and to some extent Facebook, Uber et al) does not seem to change things much.

The Word from Wuhan – London Review of Books

A first hand perspective on China and the Corona virus, from a woman in quarantine in Wuhan. It is about disinformation, politics, panic and human behaviour. Well worth the read to get a first hand perspective for us far away from China and Wuhan and how things are happened when the virus was discovered and how life has been sinc

Patagonia makes entire bag collection from recycled plastic bottles

Patagonia must be one of the worlds most honest and great companies. Now they makes bags from recycled plastic bottles. A 55l duffelbag requires 33 plastic bags. This reduces the amount of plastic laying around or used as landfills around the world. More companies should look into similar initiatives.

The Jungle Prince of Delhi – NYT

For 40 years, journalists chronicled the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats who lived in a ruined palace in the Indian capital. It was a tragic, astonishing story. But was it true?

via The Jungle Prince of Delhi – The New York Times

Ghost ships, crop circles, and soft gold: A GPS mystery in Shanghai – MIT Technology Review

A sophisticated new electronic warfare system is being used at the world’s busiest port. But is it sand thieves or the Chinese state behind it?

Cargo ships in Shanghai are disappearing and popping up in strange locations forming circles. Is it criminal activity to avoid detection by Chinese government or military experiments interfering with the GPS-system. Warfare or criminal activity today is vastly different from what it is used to be. This is a great and scary example of how vulnerable we are when new infrastructure, like when the GPS-system is hacked or spoofed.

Max Martin, the powerhouse of pure pop – The Guardian

The man behind two decades of hits for Britney, Ariana, Taylor and more is ‘thankful’ singers still put themselves out there. Now, 30 of his songs are getting a second life from Shakespeare
— Read on www.theguardian.com/music/2019/oct/25/were-not-made-to-be-famous-max-martin-the-powerhouse-of-pure-pop

75 top 10 Billboard singles, 22 No1 singles, third best ever, only beaten by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. This story has been written many times, but can’t be told enough times. The impact Max Martin has had on modern music is impressive to say the least. A shy, non-diva that genuinely seem to be a nice guy.

What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future

People who pack up and transport their house twice a year become choosy about their possessions. Kevin Kelly from the Wired recently traveled among the nomads of Mongolia for two weeks and had a chance to inspect their belongings. He was there to photograph their traditional practices, which were more intact than he expected.

The complexity of the war in Syria explained through the eyes of the citizens s in Saraqib close to (or part of) Idlib. How did the rebellion start? How come al-Qaida (Nusra) got its foothold? What about US, Russia, Turkey etc?
Syria’s Last Bastion of Freedom

This three-part video is probably the best description I have seen about how disinformation, subversion, and propaganda (or as part of it is called today, Fake News) is forced upon us in today’s digital/cyber-environment. It is a long-play utilized by governments to influence and destabilize countries. Today boosted by speed and reach, all enabled by social media. When viewed from this historical perspective, it suddenly seems very obvious what has happened.
Russian disinformation: From Cold War to Kanye West

Predicting the Future

Predicting the future
12 interesting individuals are predicting the future. They are from different industries with different perspectives, highly enjoyable.

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