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Weekly Bookmarks - Issue No 14

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Just stopped procrastinating on this to start procrastinating on something else. I also had a french exam today, passed with flying colours, I now know basic french!

Here are this weeks bookmarks.

As always, all links on this newsletter can be found here.

History, Culture, and Religion

Your 20s don’t have to be the “best time of your life".

I came across this article earlier this week, and as someone who loves introspecting and is coming to the end of his 20s I found this deeply comforting to read. I don't think I've had the best time of my life yet.

‘Viking’ was a job description, not a matter of heredity, massive ancient DNA study shows

Found this interesting article on the history of the Vikings and why saying Vikings actually wrong, turns out anyone could have been a Viking.

How Have Works of Greek Drama Survived

Similar to the stories about the Deep Sea Scrolls and how they survived, a fascinating history of how we even have works from the Greek era till date and what could possibly be missing.

Tech, Science, and Math

India moving towards Chinese Model of internet control

Something that the Cloudflare CEO said last week that is deeply worrying, if anyone knows how the internet is governed by different governments its this guy. I hope he's wrong.

BTC vs ETH vs DeFi : There's a huge difference

I'm going to continue plugging one solid crypto article in this every week. This one is written by a super smart guy and is probably the first mainstream financial news website that has written in this detail about the space, is a good overview.

Bonus: Split Up Microsoft and Managing the Verdict

We keep hearing calls to break up Big Tech etc, but, what actually happens behind the scenes when Big Tech is broken up?

Excellent article on substack by Steven Sinofsky who lived through the MSFT break up back in 2000.

Exploring the Supply Chain of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

Honestly the past month has been crazy thanks to how the pandemic escalated in India, but, with vaccines being authorized and coming in soon I hope it gets better. Was discussing how hard it would be for Pfizer/Moderna vaccines to be transported in India and he sent me this excellent deep dive on the topic.

Everything else

Podcast: The quantified self

I love tracking a lot of things I do in general and more recently with respect to my health. I've been pondering how to get better at quantifying myself and what the benefits of this could be going forward. Found this interesting episode of the Rationally Speaking podcast by Julia Galef

Getting the Goalpost to Stop Moving

From the author of The Psychology of Money which I haven't read yet despite everyone I know asking me to read it comes this blog post about in essence - How to live within your means to make money and to make peace with it.

You Can Only Maintain So Many Close Friendships

Continuing my theme of posts about friendship, this one is about why it's hard to maintain friendships. Fundamentally, it's a function of how much time you can put into it.

Thank you for reading

That's all I have for this week.

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