The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Volcanica coffee, grab a window seat, and get ready for our long-form weekend read:
• Why do you hate your job?: A theory on the function of menial work: maintaining the illusion of meritocracy and conferring status and prestige on elites. (current events)
• You weren’t supposed to see it. I’m going to tell you a quick story in the order it happened. There you were. You will be familiar with this sequence of events. But you may not have come to the damning conclusion I did. Not now for now. Wait for it… (Reform Broker)
• Why does time go forward, not backward? The arrow of time began its journey at the Big Bang, and when the universe finally dies there will be no future and no past. In the meantime, does it move time forward? (BBC)
• Florida’s fatal attraction: Everyone wants a piece of it. That’s the problem. (Atlantic)
• This miraculous plant became extinct 2,000 years ago – or was it? Sylphion cured diseases and made food palatable, but the emperor Nero allegedly ate the last stalk. Now, a Turkish researcher thinks he’s found a botanical survivor. (National Geographic)
• Where is all the data in the book? I went looking for book sales data, only to find that most of it is proprietary and purposefully locked away. What I learned is that the single most influential data in the publishing industry—the one that determines day-to-day, book deals and authors’ lives—is largely inaccessible to anyone outside the industry. And I learned that this is a big problem. Culture industries are increasingly using our data to sell their products to us. It’s time to use their data to study them. (public book)
• This astronaut trains by flying fighter jets. We went along for the ride: Jared Isaacman, who conducted a private astronaut flight to orbit last year, has bought three more space trips from Elon Musk’s SpaceX (Washington Post).
• What Einstein and Bohr’s Debate on Quantum Entanglement Taught Us About Reality: The microscopic world behaves very differently from the world we see around us. The concept of quantum entanglement came about at a time when the world’s greatest minds debated whether the world’s tiniest particles were governed by chance. The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the experimental test of Bell’s inequality, which shows that an uncertainty is built into the universe. (big thoughts)
• Laughter is essential For the philosopher Henri Bergson, laughter solves a serious human problem: how to keep our minds and social lives resilient. (ion)
• This is what life looks like after the NBA: Life is good for some NBA retirees who make millions doing whatever they want. But others say they’ve struggled to find a new identity outside of basketball. (New York Times)
Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview with Crowe Holdings CEO Michael Levy this weekend. The firm is the largest developer of multifamily-homes in the United States. Crowe is both a developer and investor in commercial real estate, specializing in multifamily, industrial and office properties across 21 markets in the United States.
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