Links and Notes – Week 46, 2019

Matthew Walker’s “Why We Sleep” Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors

A great in-depth look at some of the exaggerations in the book “Why We Sleep”. Sometimes when reading long articles like this I think to myself ‘wow, these people must be so efficient and fast to be able to knock out a piece like this’. Well it turns out that nope, it’s just good old-fashioned hard work:

I spent more than 130 hours over the last 2 months researching and writing this essay (~5 hours to write the outline; ~60 hours to get to the first draft; ~65 hours to edit and fact-check), which constituted essentially all of my surplus free time over this time period.

Trump, Biden, Sanders: How Old Is Too Old to Be President?

Concerns about politicians’ ages are not limited to presidential candidates. The average senator is 62. Mitch McConnell, the 77-year-old Senate majority leader, is already past the U.S.-male life expectancy. If the country were to deem, say, the Social Security retirement age of 66 as the mandatory cutoff for a career in politics, it would amount to a total overhaul of government. It would eliminate not just the top four presidential candidates, but much of Congress.

How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh

At first, pilots took the blame for crashes. The true cause, however, lay with the design. That lesson led us into our user-friendly age—but there’s peril to come.

Meet the Cybertruck, Tesla’s Ford-Fighting Pickup

I’m not sure if I love and loathe the look of it. Either way, it’s attention grabbing. I think it will look even more extreme when out on the road and alongside ‘normal’ cars.

‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims

More than 400 pages of internal Chinese documents provide an unprecedented inside look at the crackdown on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.

Forgiveness, Peace, and Productivity

The surest way for me to not get anything done is to get overwhelmed by the guilt of not getting anything done. I’ve worked for years to solve this little quandary, and I’ve found a key element in the solution: forgiveness.