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Hi, I'm David. A journalist, and a curious generalist.
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Treasure trove

2097 recommended links since 2011

Project Unabom

Not another true crime podcast…this one is different, even though it is about one of the best known crimal cases in history. It focuses not so much on the crimes and the decades-long manhunt, but on the complicated relationship between Ted Kaczynski — the Unabomber —, and his family, especially his brother David. Bingeworthy. (More bingeworthy podcasts in this collection)

From Weekly Filet #405, in August 2022.

    20 Questions to Change Your Life

    Ignore the «change your life» hyperbole (not least because it’s only about work), this is a good list to prompt self-reflection. Some favourites: Do you have a consistent long-term review process? Does your physical workspace inspire you? Do you finish your days effectively?

    From Weekly Filet #405, in August 2022.

      Inside the Growing Movement to Do the Most Good Possible

      Effective Altruism seems fairly straightforward: As a human being, you care about others, and it makes sense to maximise the effectiveness of what you’re doing or giving. It gets interesting when you take it to the extremes: How much money should you keep for yourself, when it could save lives elsewhere? And why just care about people living elsewhere, when there are billions, maybe trillions of future people that deserve our support? In his upcoming book «What We Owe the Future», William MacAskill calls them «the true silent majority». This cover story of the latest TIME Magazine is a great introduction to Effective Altruism and the people behind the movement.

      From Weekly Filet #404, in August 2022.

        How Are We Tracking?

        John Doerr’s «Speed & Scale» is one of my favourite books on the climate crisis — because it is laser-focused on developing an actionable plan for solving it. He proposes action in 10 key areas, with 47 concrete objectives, each with measurable key results. Now there’s a tracker for each of these objectives where you can see what is being achieved and where progress is too slow or even off course (select «Show Summary» for a better overview).

        From Weekly Filet #404, in August 2022.

          The History of User Interfaces

          A visual timeline of user interfaces, the ways humans interacted with computers from 1973 to 2007. I’m amazed by the thought that one day, my kids will look back at my cutting edge smartphone of 2022 the same way I look at these primitive user interfaces.

          From Weekly Filet #404, in August 2022.

            What counts as the life of the mother

            This is, without hyperbole, one of the most moving articles I’ve ever read. Incredibly brave of the author to share these intimate experiences. A reminder that — despite recent medical advances — bearing a child remains startlingly dangerous, and that any policy that neglects the wellbeing of the pregnant person is simply cruel.

            From Weekly Filet #404, in August 2022.

              Road to nowhere: China’s Belt and Road Initiative at tipping point

              The «Belt and Road Initiative» is China’s grand plan for cementing its influence around the world. With investments of almost one trillion dollars in 149 countries, it’s a huge undertaking. And things are not going according to plan. This Nikkei Asia piece is the first of a three-part series, a comprehensive effort to take stock of the Belt and Road Initiative nearly a decade after it began.

              From Weekly Filet #404, in August 2022.