Om Malik

June 28, 2021

Tech History: How Lotus championed gay rights during the AIDS crisis.

I wonder how many people think about Lotus these days. I was a seminal company, and not just for making software. Lotus started by Mitch Kapor championed gay rights during the AIDS crisis. IEEE Spectrum has a great read https://buff.ly/3gAFBQy
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April 29, 2021

The Civil War of Haircuts

You might have noticed that it has been awfully quiet around here. I have found myself reading more books than the Internet these days — and as a result, I didn’t have much to share. A good habit I picked up during the pandemic — after watching Max Joseph’s video on reading — is that I read 45 pages of a book (at the very least) every ...
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April 22, 2021

Can Stem Cells Save Food?

Okay, I admit that is a bit sensationalistic subject line, but I wanted to have something catchy to get your attention for this story about the future of food. A group of researchers is working on new technologies that will use a "special kind of stem cells, known as pluripotent stem cells" with a "trick of genetic engineering" to help...
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April 19, 2021

The Great Pretender(s)

An anonymous technology industry shares her feelings about suddenly becoming a millionaire, thanks to the potential public offering of her company. She often asks herself: do I deserve the wealth that is coming her way? She writes: “My job, it’s all narrative. I don’t build anything. I don’t do any math equations. I’m corralling a bunc...
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April 9, 2021

Abandoned Disasters:

Abandoned Disasters: The unseen climate disaster in plain sight — that is how I would describe the growing problem of abandoned oil and gas wells. The Girst has conducted a wide-ranging investigation and found that, led by Texas and New Mexico, these abandoned wells are accelerating the release of dangerous methane into the environment...
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April 9, 2021

The unexpected history and miraculous success of vaccines

The unexpected history and miraculous success of vaccines is a great read from Matt Ridley, one of my favorite writers. It is also a great reminder that humans have always resisted vaccination, and through history, have greeted them with scorn and suspicion.
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April 6, 2021

Are you procrastinating more these day?

Lately, I have started to notice that I procrastinate more? I save things to my Pocket to read them later, but I don't. And that's not the only time I find myself procrastinating. Apparently, I should (and can) blame it on the pandemic, according to National Geographic. It is not about being, but it is more of a coping mechanism. The l...
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April 5, 2021

Bandcamp vs Streaming

Today's Recommendation(s): 1. Bandcamp's impact on the music business/Billboard. 2. A conversation with Bandcamp CEO/NPR. What do Nils Frahm, Anne Mueller, Jeannie Schulz, Mary Lattimore and Atli Örvarsson have in common? They are among three dozen artists whose albums I bought last year from Bandcamp, an Oakland, CA-based music servic...
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April 2, 2021

Data Stealers (not named Facebook)

We think Google and Facebook do shitty things with data. But let’s not forget about unnamed abusers of our data and privacy, like this company, which is spending big bucks lobbying the politicians. The Markup has a good report on this. (Not really a long read, but a worthy read.)
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April 1, 2021

The Voice of wrongness

Derek Thompson, a writer for The Atlantic, took the time and old-fashioned gumshoe reporting to prove that former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson is the Voice of wrongness when it comes to the COVID-19 Pandemic. His lies and half-truths are enabled and abetted by traditional media outlets. Social media platforms only spread this ...
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