A few good reads: tech and policy

Tech PillPack presorts and datestamps your medications. SpaceX rocket launches cost less than 1/4 as much as traditional ULA launches.   Diversity in tech The results of this entrepreneur’s clothing A/B testing jive with my anecdotal experience in tech: dressing traditionally feminine gets you dismissed, but dressing edgy but not quite on the prowl captures attention and loyalty. Read more about A few good reads: tech and policy[…]

A few good reads: mind and body

Microbiomes Exploring the idea that hospital microbiomes could someday be engineered. And continuing the topic of microbiomes: obesity surgery may work by remaking your gut microbiome.   Modifying your mind via physical stimuli, or modifying your body by stimulating the mind Autism symptom reduction using a drug developed for African sleeping sickness. Increasing social sensitivity in autistic Read more about A few good reads: mind and body[…]

Climate change solutions ranked by expert Paul Hawken

Expert Paul Hawken ranks top 100 climate change solutions in his new book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.   Instead of the usual preaching involved in books on this topic, he presents the material more as a reference based on well-researched estimates of the carbon impact of each solution.  I Read more about Climate change solutions ranked by expert Paul Hawken[…]

A few good reads: tech and policy

Quantified Self Apple buys Beddit, whose sleep monitoring hardware already has a software integration with the Apple watch. Ars Technica digs into the current state of the art in sleep tracking. A Carnegie Melon project produced a prototype sensor that can inform you about devices in the room without connecting directly with them. 23andMe has received FDA Read more about A few good reads: tech and policy[…]

A few good reads: discoveries

Inner discoveries A new study shows that testosterone makes men less likely to question their intuition.  I wonder whether they will follow this up with a study on women.  Are we more, less, or just as susceptible to the influence of testosterone? Acetaminophen dulls pain and empathy, according to new research. A new paper tests more than 50 Read more about A few good reads: discoveries[…]

Reading: Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful To Women?

I strongly recommend this article: Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful To Women? If you find it too long, here are a few highlights: The percentage of women in tech is falling. “Workplace conditions, a lack of access to key creative roles, and a sense of feeling stalled in one’s career” are the main reasons Read more about Reading: Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful To Women?[…]

A few good reads

Startup and career Thrive15: training, mentoring, and more for aspiring entrepreneurs Some solid interview advice from a friend of mine An old but interesting article on password strength models, focused on the zxcvbn metric   Data analytics and visualization PourOver: a JavaScript library from the New York Times focused on fast filtering and sorting of large collections Read more about A few good reads[…]

A few good reads

Psychology A visualization of some good relationship advice. Good relationship advice (some of it for non-romantic relationships too), presented as wedding vows. Good advice on how to care for someone with depression. Some excellent advice on picking a life partner. The value of a smile in networking.   Data and visualization A fabulous list of Read more about A few good reads[…]

A few good reads

Startup Upstart allows investors to back individuals, and to be repaid via those individuals’ future earnings. Google Capital will invest in growth-stage companies. Visualization of likely viable meeting times with international associates, courtesy of XKCD.   Quantified Self Fitness sensors in your headphones. DayScore, a habit building or daily motivation tool What kind of diet Read more about A few good reads[…]

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