10 Weekend Reading – The Big Picture

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Bean Box coffee, grab a seat by the lake and get ready for our weekend long reading:

The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin Culture: The first token of crypto created a culture and then a monster. (CoinDesk)

Computer glitches from space: Earth is subjected to a hail of subatomic particles from the Sun and outside our solar system that can cause problems that damage our phones and computers. And the risks are growing as microchip technology shrinks. (BBC) see more Black holes may hide a mind-bending mystery about our universe: Take gravity, add quantum mechanics, stir. what do you get Just maybe, a holographic universe. (New York Times)

There seems to be a weed shop on every corner of New York. None of these are valid. New York’s admirable — and awkward — effort to legalize weed (Vox)

There was no great stagnation: Every day, much of what I do between work and play would have been impossible 30 years ago. The same probably applies to you, along with millions of people around the world. For many of us, life now revolves around technology that was unimaginable only a generation ago. Yet, strangely, this era coincided with a slow growth in conventional systems. (work in progress)

Yuval Noah Harari’s Dangerous Populist Science: The best-selling author is a gifted storyteller and popular speaker. But he sacrifices science for sensationalism and his work is flawed. (current events)

Land is Power, and the Osage Nation is Buying Their Back: For more than a century, theft, murder, and trading have robbed the Osages of oil and land resources. They’re clawing it back, tract by tract. (Business Week)

The unlikely rise and savage fall of Siegfried and Roy: At the height of their fame, they were arguably the most famous magicians since Houdini. (Atlantic)

There are no ‘five stages’ of grief: An expert in medical evidence looks at the science of harm. The state of infinite sadness combined with the Internet of Sadness didn’t help. (Atlantic)

What is it like to have a brain? Patrick House’s “Nineteen Ways of Looking at Consciousness.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

What do conductors actually do? (Part 1 of 2) In this section from my new book, I unlock the secret history of conductors. Even the little stick they’re holding is stranger than you think. (honest broker)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business this week with Tom Rampulla, Managing Director of Vanguard’s Financial Advisory Services division since 2002. He manages businesses that provide investment, services, education and research to more than 1,000 financial advisory firms. $3 trillion in assets.

How do Americans spend their money, by generation?

Source: Visual Capitalist

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