Nearly 1.5m companies are incorporated in one of America's smallest states; find out why at: "Why Delaware is the sexiest place in America to incorporate a company"
(Plus- "Black Sunday" and The Grapes of Wrath)
Today the BLS releases its CPI for March. Some important context to help understand the figures: "The Illusion of Inflation: Why This Spring’s Numbers Will Look Artificially High"
(Plus- Diamond Jim Brady)
A few companies are angling to sew up the world's seed supply: "Patents on plants: Is the sellout of genes a threat to farmers and global food security?"
(Plus- de Jussieu)
Reaping what we sow: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/04/12/and-god-said-behold-i-have-given-you-every-herb-bearing-seed-which-is-upon-the-face-of-all-the-earth-and-every-tree-in-the-which-is-the-fruit-of-a-tree-yielding-seed/
You can’t spot a liar just by looking — but psychologists are zeroing in on methods that might actually work: "The truth about lying," from @KnowableMag
(Plus- the most uneventful day)
Get down with Diogenes: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/04/11/ask-no-questions-and-youll-hear-no-lies/
The true legacy of the Cornell professor who invented the chicken nugget: "Why All of Upstate New York Grew Up Eating the Same Barbecue Chicken"
(Plus- Larry the Lobster)
The African roots of Swiss design": @audreygbennett unpacks the longer-than-we've-acknowledged history of the Golden Ratio in design
(Plus- Mary Jackson, "Hidden Figure")
Ruminate on relationships: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/04/09/the-golden-ratio-is-the-key-to-universal-physics/
The art world, disrupted by crypto: @deankissick on why that's a sad thing: "The Downward Spiral: Popular Things"
"The Most Important Scarce Resource is Legitimacy": @VitalikButerin explains
(Plus- beer, back)
"Your Attention Is Not a Resource": @LMSacasas wields Illich to argue that "you and I have exactly as much attention as we need"
(Plus- "Early Bird")
Our bodies replace billions of cells every day: "A New You in 80 Days"
(Plus- Ernst Buchner and immunology)
Sailing on the Ship of Theseus: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/04/05/to-be-overly-concerned-with-the-original-materials-which-are-merely-sentimental-souvenirs-of-the-past-is-to-fail-to-see-the-living-building-itself/
A new study finds the factors making them easier to keep also help them spread: "Unfortunately, we like pets that are likely to be invasive species"
(Plus- the Beatles invade the charts)
"Cult classics: the faded glory of California's fringe sects – in pictures," from @JLCT
(Plus- The Crucifixion)
Why humans are the only species that can throw fast enough to kill: "How humans became the best throwers on the planet"
(Plus- Jackie Mitchell)
Learning from (the unhappy experiences of) the Wright Brothers-- why the U.S. patent system is counter-productive: "100 Years of Turbulence"
(Plus- Apple Computer)
Science and the useful arts: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/04/01/if-people-had-understood-how-patents-would-be-granted-when-most-of-todays-ideas-were-invented-and-had-taken-out-patents-the-industry-would-be-at-a-complete-standstill-today/
An appreciation of past masters: Firesign Theatre. From @DangerMindsBlog
(Plus- Max Headroom signs on)
An appreciation of past masters: "Firesign Theatre’s ‘Dope Humor of the Seventies’" from @DangerMindsBlog
(Plus- Max Headroom signs on)
"The best books on The Gilded Age": historian of the period Richard White recommends five; his explanations for his choices are an education in themselves
(Plus- The Alaska Purchase)
Peer into the not-so-distant mirror: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/03/30/i-wasnt-worth-a-cent-two-years-ago-and-now-i-owe-two-million-dollars/
The South Atlantic Anomaly: Earth’s deadly magnetic field weakness: "Do Failing Satellites Foretell An Imminent Extinction?" From @welockett
(Plus- Elihu Thomson)
The importance of a nightly dose of irrationality: "Dreaming and overfitting," @doctorow explains
(Plus- Corneille Heymans)
The largest land predators in each state
(Plus- Alexander Agassiz)
Watch your back: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/03/27/he-was-a-killer-a-thing-that-preyed-living-on-the-things-that-lived-unaided-alone-by-virtue-of-his-own-strength-and-prowess-surviving-triumphantly-in-a-hostile-environment-where-only-the-stron/
Have helped start lots of orgs (e.g., GBN, Wired, Oxygen); of late, mostly NGOs. Still practice scenario planning, mostly with not-for-profits.
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