Parental honeymoon 💎 Issue #75
Plus: something very deadly, the best resume, and a test you should think about.
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Back to work after a month and some change on parental leave, or as I came to call it: parental honeymoon.
And now, the best things I found on the Internet this week.
New to me 💡
The World’s Deadliest Thing | 8 min read
🧄 Something scary to have in mind for those of you who cook (and eat). To think that some olive oil, garlic, and enough time could be enough to produce this at home…
💀 “It is perhaps strange that such a rare poisoning event shapes our modern food system so profoundly, but this is perhaps because the toxin produced is one of, if not the, deadliest on earth. It has been estimated that in its pure crystalline form, six grams of botulism toxin, about one teaspoon full, would be enough to kill 200 million people.”
The greatest resume I've ever seen | 6 min read
🛠 The best resume is the work you do with the things you say you know.
☁ “Daniel wasn't a professional cloud engineer. He'd never even seen YAML before. So he did the first thing that occurred to him: he went out and bought a whiteboard. He called what he drew there to help him make sense of the project an "engineered print," just like he'd used countless times as a plumber. He didn't know he was drawing a cloud architecture diagram.”
The Ultimate Guide to Unbundling Reddit | 8 min read
🔝 Here’s how to extract some startup ideas from one of the most addictive places on the Internet.
🤑 “That interconnectedness is what makes Reddit great, but for the system to work, each community has to conform to the one-size-fits-all mold of a subreddit. One size fits all, but it doesn't fit anyone particularly well. That creates unbundling opportunities. There are hundreds of wonderful startups waiting to be built using this simple strategy: create a product that serves the unmet needs of an individual subreddit.”
Testing When You Can Stop Working | 5 min read
🛑 This is a dear topic of mine on one of my oldest newsletter subscriptions.
⏳ “If you have any money left when you die, you worked too much. Having to throw out rotten produce at the end of the week means you bought too much food, and having to redistribute tons of assets in your will means you accumulated too much money.”
A Conversation with Daniel Kahneman About “Noise” | 16 min read
🔇 Daniel Kahneman wrote a book that everyone read and now he wrote another.
🧠 “I think the most important example that we have of decision hygiene is that when you’re facing a decision with multiple options, we have a slogan: treat options like candidates. The reason we want to treat options like candidates is there actually is an answer, research-based, on how you should conduct selection interviews and how you should select people who are candidates for jobs. It doesn’t lead to perfect prediction of performance, because that’s impossible, but it’s the best that can be done, probably. And the answer is to break up the problem.”
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