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From time to time, I publish the contrail of my online research. Here’s some of what I have explored in the last month or two.

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How much it costs to store airplanes that are not in service — Bloomberg.

I listen to and read most of what Tyler Cowen puts out. Here’s a good conversation with Russ Roberts on the new Covid reality.

Sam Shank tracked every minute of every day for a month and learned how to change his schedule to be more productive.

Treat Early — a group of people looking for treatments to keep people out of hospitals.

Managing without a Road Map at Google — by Rita King

Finland’s education system is one of the best in the world without rules or academics for young children — The Atlantic

198 papers on behavioral finance by one guy — Victor Ricciardi

Can Twitter Save Science?

I thought the war on drugs was responsible for much of the US prison population, but I was wrong. The war on drugs has failed miserably, but prison populations are caused by other larger factors.


An evidence-based review of the literature shows that legalization is overall beneficial for sex workers.

Shall We Vote on Values but Bet on Beliefs? — an exploration of using market mechanisms to govern institutions by Robin Hanson.\

Zara doesn’t forecast demand, they respond to it. — Slate article

The Remarkable Power of the Monte Carlo method.

Alfie Kohn on the dangers of extrinsic rewards.

The Mouse Trap — how one strain of mouse is probably skewing our medical research in the wrong direction. Important.

The Myth of the Great Man in Science — MIT Review piece

Did you know: The diamond engagement ring is a completely made-up marketing scam?

Chris Messina on The Full Stack Employee — essay

A searchable database of all Trump’s deleted tweets.

Unorthodox research leads to a complete revolution in swimming technique. Once everyone is doing it, luck will return as a determining factor, but for now, it’s all about skill. The pool is open.

Extreme Value Theory as a Risk Management Tool — nice paper, read the first paragraph.

Magnetic drill system, amazing:

Listen to MIT podcasts and Conversations with Tyler.

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David Siegel is a serial entrepreneur in Washington, DC. He is the founder of the Pillar Project and is raising money for a new post-Covid company. He is the author of The Token Handbook, Open Stanford, The Culture Deck, Climate Curious, SkiBetterFaster, and The Nine Act Structure. His full body of work is at

Provocateur, professional heretic, slayer of myths, speaker of truthiness to powerfulness, and defender of the Oxford comma.

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