Weekly Roundup – January 6th

What I’m reading, watching, enjoying this week.

  1. Now for the good news: things really are getting better – Steven Pinker
    • But headlines are a poor guide to history. People’s sense of danger is warped by the availability of memorable examples – which is why we are more afraid of getting eaten by a shark than falling down the stairs, though the latter is likelier to kill us. Peaceful territories, no matter how numerous, don’t make news, and people quickly forget the wars and atrocities of even the recent past. Only by tabulating violent incidents as a proportion of the opportunities and determining how that proportion changes over time can we overcome our cognitive biases and see which way the world is going.
  2. National Geographic – Best Photos of 2016
    • Here is a gallery of National Geographic’s 52 best images of the year—curated from 91 photographers, 107 stories, and 2,290,225 photographs.
  3. Finding North America’s lost medieval city
    • A thousand years ago, huge pyramids and earthen mounds stood where East St. Louis sprawls today in Southern Illinois. This majestic urban architecture towered over the swampy Mississippi River floodplains, blotting out the region’s tiny villages. Beginning in the late 900s, word about the city spread throughout the southeast. Thousands of people visited for feasts and rituals, lured by the promise of a new kind of civilization. Many decided to stay.
  4. New York City must plan for “Permanent Flooding”
    • Without more protection, one foot of sea level rise could inundate nearly 60 square miles of the tristate area as soon as 2050. The report breaks sea-level rise into “what-if” scenarios for 1-, 3- and 6-foot sea-level rise increments in the tri-state region. It finds that many of the major resilience policies, plans and projects under development fall short of addressing the long-term, existential threat of permanent flooding from sea-level rise.
  5. Huayhuash
    • In the winter of 2014, three friends set out on a self supported ride, looking for nothing more than a truly genuine experience. The goal: to circumnavigate one of the most wonderful and wicked mountain ranges in the world – the Huayhuash, by bicycle.
  6. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
    1. Just started this book last night and thoroughly enjoying it thus far. For any business leaders, entrepreneurs or go-getters, this is a must lead to get you thinking about different ways of doing business.