Reading Recommendations January 8, 2020
Culture and Miscellaneous
Three Theories for Why You Have No Time. Better technology means higher expectations, and higher expectations create more work. By Derek Thompson on The Atlantic Website.
Clogging the System: The Feud Over Flushable Wipes. While scientists test claims about bathroom wipes, industry and watchdog groups point fingers over sewer clogs. By Diane Peters on the Undark Website.
The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade. When people look back on this arbitrary demarcation of years, these will be the restaurants that bring time-specific memories flooding back. By Jeff Gordinier on the Esquire Website.
Silicon Valley’s psychedelic wonder drug is almost here A new startup called MindMed could have the key to providing the upsides of psychedelic drugs for both focus and addiction treatment—while cutting out the downsides of tripping. On the Fast Company Website.
ELIZABETH WARREN The Rolling Stone Interview On the campaign trail in Iowa with the progressive warrior as she tries to prove she’s the Democrats’ best chance to beat Trump. By Tessa Stuart on The Rolling Stone Website.
Science and Technology
Tech’s Rich and Powerful Are So Over Their Gadgets. Devices are cooling down as tech’s elite moves on to less tangible signifiers of wealth and luxury. By Blake Montgomery on The Daily Beast Website.
The Nine Plays That Explain Joe Burrow’s Rise From QB Afterthought to Heisman Legend. Before this season, Burrow was a run-of-the-mill LSU quarterback. Now, he’s the clear choice for the Heisman and having the greatest passing season in college football history. His career arc—much like his game—is a miracle. By Roger Sherman on The Ringer Website.
7 strangest crypto busts in recent history. Here are some of the weirdest interactions normal police have had with the frankly bizarre world of cryptocurrency. And how much was stolen. On The Decrypt Website.
Art Forgery Is Easier Than Ever, and It’s a Great Way to Launder Money. More and more rich people are buying art and stashing it in strange places. According to infamous scammers, it’s not even close to legit. By Mary Pilon on the Vice Website.
Hackers Hijack Ring Cameras by Cracking Passwords. In the past week, the culprits have victimized at least three families by using the camera’s voice function to hurl racial insults and conduct pranks. Ring itself wasn’t hacked, but Ring owners should consider activating two-factor authentication on their accounts to stay safe. By Michael Kan on the PC Magazine Website.