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To Run My Best Marathon at Age 44, I Had to Outrun My Past

A beautiful piece on running that, of course, is not really about running. If you like running – this piece is for you. If you like the idea of you maybe running sometime – this piece is for you. If you like a good, personal essay – this piece is for you.

Published in Weekly Filet #299

    Ise-ji: Walk With Me

    Every hiking trail deserves such a perfect…is it a review? An introduction? An homage? Craig Mod blends personal thoughts, beautiful photographs and tons of useful information on the 170km coastal pilgrimage trail Ise-ji in Japan. Immediately makes me want to go hiking.

    Published in Weekly Filet #299

      The Next Year (or Two) of the Pandemic

      I remember listening to an episode of The Daily back in February which hit home for me how all-encompassing this pandemic will be. That same science and health reporter I listened to back then is back in a new episode, giving his assessment of what’s ahead of us. Excellent stuff, again (he’s primarily talking about the US, but we shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that things will be completely different elsewhere).

      Published in Weekly Filet #299

        The Year You Finally Read a Book About Climate Change

        A very nice selection of books on climate change, both fiction and non-fiction, by the editors of the Books and Climate desks of the NYT. Grouped into helpful categories like «I’d like a novel that taps into my current, IRL dread», «I only have time for one canonical read», or «I need help arguing with my denialist uncle». I can personally vouch for «The Sixth Extinction»

        Published in Weekly Filet #299

          There’s Nowhere to Put the Oil

          This week, the oil price dropped below zero. How is that even possible? And what does it mean? This piece by Bloomberg has the simplest, best explanation I found (it’s not as long as it appears – just the first part is about the oil price).

          Published in Weekly Filet #299

            Floodlines

            A fantastic new podcast from The Atlantic on the aftermath of hurricane Katrina that left large parts of New Orleans devastated in 2005. The story of an unnatural disaster.

            Published in Weekly Filet #298

              The Infinite Monkey Theorem Experiment

              Once again, The Pudding’s unique mix of creativity, nerdiness and perfect execution on display. An interactive explainer and a live experiment on the Infinite Monkey Theorem. Give a monkey an infinite amount of time and by randomly hitting keys on a typewriter, it will eventually produce any given text, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to, say, Bauer’s Weekly Filet #298. The same can be applied to playing notes on a piano. So, as you read this, The Pudding’s machine monkey is figuring out how to play the first notes of the US national anthem, working its way up to the iconic Nokia ringtone (estimated time of completion in around 30000 centuries).

              Published in Weekly Filet #298

                A Failure, But Not Of Prediction

                At the heart of the coronavirus pandemic: the failure of probabilistic reasoning? Some very interesting thoughts on why a lot of countries botched their early response to the virus. The key question, simplified: What should you do when you’re confronted with inconclusive evidence that something very bad might happen?

                Published in Weekly Filet #298

                  Stacey Abrams on Voting Rights, COVID-19, and Being Vice President

                  Joe Biden has promised that we will pick a woman as his running mate. Stacey Abrams could well be the one. «She may be the singularly remarkable leader America needs in this time of unprecedented economic and social change. In a world of social distancing, Abrams is a woman worth watching closely.»

                  Published in Weekly Filet #298

                    New, larger wave of locusts threatens millions in Africa

                    Ealier this year, East Africa was hit with the worst lucust invasion in decades. Now, just as the coronavirus is starting to spread in Africa, a new wave of insects is coming, twenty (20!) times bigger than the previous one. Unimaginable.

                    Published in Weekly Filet #298