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QUESTION FOR READERS: I tried blogging last summer and published a link/article every day. That didn’t work. Now I’m publishing a list of links each month here on Twitter (and tweeting @pullnews). I see a lot of stuff. Should I publish a list here weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly?

I would love to collaborate with someone who could turn this into a weekly newsletter and a podcast consisting of curated podcasts. That’s where I’m weak. I can find the content, and sending a newsletter isn’t hard, but I need help with distribution. The problem isn’t the format — it’s getting thousands of people access to my content.

If you have any ideas for me, my contact info is at

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The fascinating New York Times report on tracking your mobile phone and your personal data everywhere. Highly recommended.

On Family Offices and Philanthropy — something I wrote.

These aerogel boot/shoe insoles really work! I tried a double-blind single-boot test and my right boot was MUCH warmer than my left. When I took them off I discovered that was the aerogel shoe. If you get cold feet, order a pair today!

How to open a gun safe using a discarded plastic bottle. Perhaps the word “safe” is a bit of an exaggeration.

My cardiologist recommends taking statins daily even though I’m not “at risk” by standard definitions. More cardiologists are prescribing statins prophylactically. The JUPITER trial showed strong benefit to a large population of men and women (about 18,000 total) who were not at risk from a cholesterol standpoint. In addition, Steve Novella reports that statins are important for anyone with LDL over 100. In general, if you tolerate statins, you should probably take them.

A recent result of the Antagonistic Collaboration series at Slate Star Codex establishing pretty clearly that circumcision actually is beneficial from a disease standpoint. I don’t happen to like the answer, because I thought circumcision was absurd. But, when you get new data, you have to change your views. Now I think it’s less absurd than I did before. What do you think about circumcision?

Recent Scientific Work on Climate Change — a list of resources I recently published.

What is Executive Function, and Why Does it Matter?

“Our team has successfully produced whole-muscle portions of yellowtail fish fillet, derived directly from fish cells, in which our product performs the same way as a conventional fish fillet in all cooking applications.”

How the Porn Industry Makes Money — even though most of it is free. Astonishing. I don’t think the same business model applies to any other industry of this size, does it?

Matt Ridley on golden rice — everything Matt does is important, be sure to follow him and read his blog.

On Think Tanks —I discovered a think tank that thinks about think tanks.


Free water — a viral concept. Watch and share the video:

Amazing interactive exhibit of Heironimous Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. If you have been to the Prado to see this incredible painting in person, you will be amazed at what you find here. If you haven’t been, you are lucky I found this for you.

Hitler was incompetent, lazy, and his government was completely disorganized. “This meant that rather than carrying out the duties of state, [his staff] spent most of their time in-fighting and back-stabbing each other in an attempt to either win his approval or avoid his attention altogether, depending on what mood he was in that day.” It’s hard to read this without drawing any parallels to a certain “leader” and his government today. This is from Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up, an amazing book by Tom Phillips and a very easy read.

Five Steps to Make Yourself Distraction-Proof, by Nir Eyal

The Cartoony Japanese Society 5.0 web site is vintage futurism at its finest.

The Case for Non-Predictive Strategies when making decisions under uncertainty. An important paper by Robert Wiltbank.

They Don’t Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy — by Lawrence Lessig.

Rule Makers, Rule Breakers — one of the best books I read in 2019.

Five simple chemistry facts that everyone should understand before talking about science.

Genny, the Israeli machine that pulls water out of the air.

David Krakauer on The Landscape of 21st Century Science — podcast

W. Brian Arthur (Part 1): The History of Complexity Economics — podcast

Deaflix — video entertainment for deaf people

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David Siegel is a serial entrepreneur, start-up investor, blockchain expert, and a venture partner with Right Side Capital. You can contact him and see all his writing at

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