The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness 🌲

Edition #011

Artwork: Mike Casebolt

The world reopens despite skyrocketing cases. This week, as the world surpassed seven million coronavirus cases, countries continued the order of the day: reopening to salvage their economies.

And the first day of summer is almost here, and people are eager to get out in nature. National parks are slowly starting to re-open, and that means wildlife once again will be sharing their habitat with us.

  • With that in mind, squirrels look cute, but they won’t hesitate to bite. Bison look slow-moving, but they’ll charge in a split second. Elk will gore you, and moose will trample you. No matter how long you’ve been stuck inside your home, don’t greet alligators. And bears... well, everyone knows bears can be dangerous. 🐻

  • To stay safe around wildlife, use common sense and give animals a lot of room. If you want more information, check out National Geographic’s safety tips and guide on how to photograph wildlife ethically. Remember, approaching an animal doesn’t just put you at risk—it puts the animal at risk, too.

The New York Times is still providing free access to the most important news and useful guidance on the coronavirus outbreak to help us understand the pandemic. Here are the latest updates and maps of the outbreak.

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How Google Docs became the social media of the resistance

MIT Technology Review 

In the week after George Floyd’s murder, hundreds of thousands of people joined protests across the US and around the globe, demanding education, attention, and justice. But one of the key tools for organizing these protests is a surprising one: it’s not encrypted, doesn’t rely on signing in to a social network, and wasn’t even designed for this purpose. It’s Google Docs.

‘Zoom fatigue’ is taxing the brain. Here's why that happens.

National Geographic

Video calls seemed an elegant solution to remote work, but they wear on the psyche in complicated ways.

Rediscovering the small web


Most websites today are built like commercial products by professionals and marketers, optimised to draw the largest audience, generate engagement and 'convert'. But there is also a smaller, less-visible web designed by regular people to simply to share their interests and hobbies with the world. A web that is unpolished, often quirky but often also fun, creative and interesting.

Operational security for activists


This is a short book that describes how activists can stay safe when using technology or attending protests. Many of the tips in this book were written for people that are being threatened by law enforcement, large corporations, or organized crime.

Mental wealth: managing your mental health budget

Ness Labs

While human beings are incredibly resilient, we have not been designed to endure the current levels of violence and insecurity. And there is only so much your mental health can sustain. We have a limited mental health budget. For some people, daily aggressions make this budget much smaller. If we want to be able to enact change and contribute positively, we need to manage that mental wealth carefully.


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What else

Photograph: Mark Lennihan, AP.

  • Zoom acknowledges it suspended activists' accounts at China's request.

    • On Thursday that it had suspended three accounts belonging to activists at China's request. Two of the accounts belonged to U.S.-based activists and the third to a labor leader in Hong Kong.

  • Apple Maps updated with giant Black Lives Matter DC mural.

  • Brave the Chromium-based privacy browser is under fire for violating users’ trust.

    • Brave has been redirecting searches to crypto companies to affiliate links that give it a commission. Binance, Coinbase and Trezor are among crypto companies that Brave profits from through affiliate links, and never asked its 15 million monthly users about these redirects.

    • The company’s CEO apologized and promised that there will be no more links like this.

  • Grubhub has received interest from at least two European companies -- Delivery Hero and Just Eat -- as potential acquirers, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Sony’s surprise PS5 Digital Edition sets up a next-gen price war.

  • ByteDance cuts domestic engineers' data access to TikTok, other overseas products.

  • Hollywood is going back to work on Friday — but with new rules. The new coronavirus-era health operation guidelines for how the film industry could change what we see on our screens.

    • Expect fewer sex and fight scenes, as actors try to maintain 6 feet of social distance. "Consider measures to minimize scenes with close contact between performers, such as amending scripts or use of digital effects," the paper says.

    • Auditions will likely be held over video conferencing to minimize contact.

    • Remote work will continue for the members of cast and crew who can swing it. That could mean empty writers' rooms.

    • And "the use of live audiences is discouraged," the paper notes.

  • Honda's global operations hit by cyber-attack, resulting company to pause production and close offices following the ransomware attack.

  • Apple to announce its first ARM Mac chips at WWDC, as it starts transition away from Intel.

    • The move is a blow to Intel, long the U.S. microprocessor leader. Whether it is a win for Apple depends on the eventual cost savings and performance gains, as well as how smoothly Apple is able to handle its transition without losing customers and app developers.

  • Amazon sues former AWS marketing VP Brian Hall after he takes Google Cloud job.

    • Amazon lawyers say Hall violated his non-compete agreement and could take sensitive trade secrets to a rival. Hall’s lawyers say the non-compete clause is “overbroad, unreasonable, and unenforceable,” and that a colleague assured him it wouldn’t be enforced. 

  • Google Meet rolling out machine learning-powered noise cancellation.

  • OpenAI will start selling its text-generation tech, and the first customers include Reddit.

    • Previously too dangerous to share; now yours for a price.

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Do something special this week.

Check out this 12 minute TED Talk by Lucas Rockwood breaking down different types of breathing exercises.

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Useless facts

For looking smart at dinner parties.

🚢 Jet lag was once called boat lag, before there were jets.

❄️ There is a hotel in Sweden built entirely out of ice; it is rebuilt every year.

🕷 The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.

😟 In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals.

💪 Chuck Norris can build a house from the roof down.

So what happens now?

Artwork: Aleksandra Otlowska

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

Naturalist John Muir once wrote. Hoping we find our own paths—safely—to the great outdoors this summer.

That’s it for this edition. Here is a playlist for focus on work and a game for brain candy. See you next week.

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