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The Return of FOMO

It’s a bit of a paradox: This pandemic made us miss out on so many things. And yet, as everyone else was missing out, too, that most quintessential feeling of my generation almost completely vanished: no Fear of Missing Out. Well, it’s coming back. This piece perfectly captures all the conflicting emotions «returning to normal» bring along. Don’t miss out, read it now

From Weekly Filet #351, in June 2021.

    Help a Computer Win the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest

    Each week, The New Yorker challenges its readers to come up with a caption for one of their cartoons. The creative geniuses at The Pudding have started an experiment: Can artificial intelligence create humour, good enough to win the contest? Each week, it will produce three captions, and you can help train the model by telling it how good they are. Check it out. (Bonus: did you know that there are three universal captions that work with every cartoon?)

    From Weekly Filet #350, in June 2021.

      Don’t ask forgiveness, radiate intent

      You’ve likely heard it, you’ve probably said it yourself: «It’s better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.» I’ve used it countless times to allow myself (and people in my teams) to shake things up. And yet, I can’t help but agree with this take, making the case for a third option. Read it now

      From Weekly Filet #350, in June 2021.

        Song Exploder: Imagine Dragons — Follow you

        A great exhibit for why I love the Song Exploder podcast: It manages to turn an ordinary earworm for the masses into something special, by revealing how it came to be. Bit by bit, you listen as the song takes shape — a song about love and loyalty, triggered by an appointment with the divorce lawyer. Listen to it now

        From Weekly Filet #350, in June 2021.

          We Need To Get Real About How the Pandemic Will End

          Last week, I recommended a piece on how the pandemic will end. This one pairs well with it, as it takes a different perspective and strikes a more dramatic tone. Zeynep Tufekci tries to wrap her mind «around what increasingly looks like a catastrophic possibility for the rest of the pandemic: […] It is increasingly likely that most of the deaths from this pandemic will happen even after we got the vaccines.» The post-pandemic future is near, it’s just not very evenly distributed. Read it now

          From Weekly Filet #350, in June 2021.

            How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life

            Over the past 100 years, the average human life span has doubled. The NYT Magazine has a fascinating deep dive into how this became possible (among the reasons: safer milk, vaccinations, statistics). One of the most interesting aspects: How in some phases increases in life expectancy were egalitarian while in others only privileged people benefited. Read it now

            From Weekly Filet #350, in June 2021.

              How the Covid pandemic ends

              Vaccines are saving lives and paving a path to normalcy (for those who have access to them, that is). However, somewhat counterintuitively: «The truth of the matter is that pandemics always end. And to date vaccines have never played a significant role in ending them.» Read it now

              From Weekly Filet #349, in May 2021.

                How cities will fossilise

                I’m always intrigued by the types of questions humans find the time and curiosity to ponder. Such as: What will remain of today’s megacities in the far future, geologically speaking — how will they fossilise? If this has been something that kept you awake at night, you can finally be at ease (jokes aside, this is a super interesting read). Read it now.

                From Weekly Filet #349, in May 2021.

                  The Millennial Vernacular of Fatphobia

                  I was a teenager at the same time as the author of this piece. I remember most of the outrageous examples she lists. And yet, I realise how privileged I was as a boy not to be negatively affected by any of them. Anne Helen Petersen (whom you might know from a viral essay on millennials as «the burnout generation») on the culture that framed the female body as a «project in need of constant maintenance in order to achieve its ideal, attractive form». Read it now

                  From Weekly Filet #349, in May 2021.
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