Links & Notes

Random findings and notes that could enlighten, surprise or even provoke a bit.

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…

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…

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?

Max Martin, the powerhouse of pure pop – The Guardian
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…

The Complex situation in Syria – The New Yorker
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?

Russian disinformation: From Cold War to Kanye West – NYT
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…

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

The Value of “Instinctual Integrity”
“In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities, integrity, intelligence and energy. Add if they don’t have the first one, the other two will kill you. – Warren Buffet”
I have often been criticised for having too much integrity, this article describes some of the advantages of…

How Facebook ads helped elect Trump
Brad Parscale is the man that orchestrated the Trump Online Campaign. He says he won the election on Facebook with highly targeted ads — this is a very interesting interview, well worth the look if you are into how today’s information infrastructure works and how to twist peoples minds.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk – NYT
How is an office best designed today. Cubicle, open office, your own office? Or maybe a combination of all? Personally I favour an office environment where most focused work are done at home or in an un-disturbed environment and all things related to problem solving, brainstorming…

Reminder to self: Do not put your fingers in your eyes after you have sliced a Trinidad Scorpion! It hurts!

Secrets of “Special Ops” Leadership
I often state that startups are the special forces of business, so this article about Special Forces leadership is a really good read if you think your team is bleeding edge in their field. To lead high-performers in any line of work is hard, but few are as tough…

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team
Team collaboration will always fascinate me. Googles Project Aristotle is a research initiative with the goal to build perfect teams. Interesting result was that they found no patterns in how to achieve the perfect team, but did find lots of great insights.

Dope song by my Lil Brother
One of my favorite songs from my Lil Bros band Freekok (discontinued unfortunately), this one is unreleased but I still love it.