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Welcome to the 200th issue of Box of Amazing! I started this journey four years ago to try and be particularly discriminating about the quality of what I was reading in an age of excessive digital drowning. It certainly isn't my day job, but it's very much my job in attempting to educate myself in this fast-moving world. I think the meta-curation of articles have helped me in the way that I now think, in reskilling my brain. Being selective, reading the "right stuff" and comprehending faster are some of the skills that are, in my opinion, essential grounding skills for this era, and so I hope that your consumption of Box of Amazing supports you in that journey.
Thank you to those who have been with me since the beginning. It was a slightly different focus then, more just tech with some gadgetry. This issue that you are receiving today is indicative of how I see the content continuing over the foreseeable months, much about where we are and where we are going, the now and next, if you will. To those of you who are new to this newsletter, I encourage you to be selective on what I point at but to broaden your reading around what else is on the list. I certainly don't think you should read the whole list unless you can make an extra three hours for yourself every week. Inevitably those who read Box of Amazing on a Sunday have been more engaged to date because, once the week hits, there's all manner of firefighting - for all of us! To those who think this is "just a few links", I assume you have your own selection process - in which case - bravo! If you are looking for purer tech reading, check out this list containing the royalty of tech newsletters.
Where next for this project? I have had some thoughts, but haven't yet carved out the bandwidth for it, but let's see what this year might bring. I won't be doing a podcast - I can tell you that - because despite smashing my quota of live talks this last year, I can't quite believe that people would want to listen to me on a regular basis! - Plus the effort would impinge on actual downtime which I think has become so much more important to me, you and the rest of the world. As always, let me know what you think, how this newsletter can be more valuable to you. I read every email and try and reply to most within a day.
On to this week - and we can see green shoots, "end-of-tunnel" lights with regard to the pandemic. My view is that this year will fly by with the youngest and healthiest waiting for their vaccine during Q3 if we're lucky, and once we are through the first round, we need to give thought to re-vaccinating in 2022 while some countries will still wait to complete their first round of the first dose. With that in mind, A9, A4 and A1 are what you need to read.
For technology structured thoughts, read T7, T3, A3 and T9. The Apple article (T7) is especially thoughtful and draws the analogy of Apple to a highway/motorway system. It's a must-read. Don't forget spinach emails (T4) and Elon's monkey brain gaming (T1)!
Again, I'll ask - if you have inquisitive groups on WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Facebook, LinkedIn who you think would find value in the curation of these types of article on a weekly basis, please share this issue with them. They'll thank you!
Onward to the next 200 issues! - Rahim
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My Reading Recommendations (A)
1. It's Not Just You. A Lot Of Us Are Hitting A Pandemic Wall Right Now. Link
2. So you got the vaccine. Can you still infect people? Link 3. I Talked to the Cassandra of the Internet Age Link
4. The Forever Disease: How Covid-19 Became a Chronic Condition Link
5. Chronicles of a Bubble Tea Addict Link
6. What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell? Link
7. The Lion, the Polygamist, and the Biofuel Scam Link
8. Textbooks could be passé in 10 years Link 9. The Five Things to Get Right Before the Next Pandemic Link
10. The Six Morning Routines that Will Make You Happier, Healthier and More Productive Link
My Tech Recommendations (T)
1. Elon Musk Says He Wired Up a Monkey’s Brain to Play Video Games Link
2. The Rise and Fall of a Bitcoin Billionaire Link 3. There Are Spying Eyes Everywhere—and Now They Share a Brain Link
4. Spam’s new frontier? Now even spinach can send emails Link
5. Meet Andy Jassy, Amazon's Next CEO Link
6. The second act of Jeff Bezos could be as big as his first Link 7. Apple, Its Control Over the iPhone, The Internet, And The Metaverse Link
8. New realm of personalized medicine with brain stimulation Link
9. You’re Doing It Wrong: Notes on Criticism and Technology Hype Link
10. Superstar Cities Are in Trouble Link
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