Box of Amazing: The Covid Lambda Variant  
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A couple of months ago, I gave a few recommendations of sources that I use to manage my reading. I've recently taken to the Factual which is currently offering a free month to try it out. You can get the right balance of left and right and find the news that is underreported. It's also an excellent example of technology solving the problem of bias and it's this level of unbias that has made The Factual my current first port of call for news. I recommend it! Let me know what you think!

I ventured into my physical office this week. I'm sure many of you have already made that leap, but an off-peak commute, being away from home, and seeing other humans were all very welcome. My company has made a decision to move to a flex model and the larger the company the more complex that becomes to maintain. Cal Newport's piece (A2) on this is timely for those still figuring this out. How do you include and exclude while maintaining productivity?

The story of Richard Branson in space (T8) is how something that we thought would not be possible is now on the cusp. I remember when my dad had a massive mobile phone in his car and couldn't quite see how everyone could have one. We now have supercomputers in our pockets. I'm sure there will be an affordable business model to make this happen for me before I kick the bucket!

If you are looking for some context about how quick life is move, A8 will give you that melancholy feel.

Stay curious!

Onward! - Rahim

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My Reading Recommendations (A)

1. The unusual Lambda variant is rapidly spreading in South America. Here’s what we know. Link
2. How to achieve sustainable remote work Link
3. Those Were the Days of Our Lives. This generation will never know the true freedom — and neglect — of being an ’80s kid Link
4. Revealed: the true extent of America’s food monopolies, and who pays the price Link
5. What Kind of Burnt Out Are You? (And Why It Matters) Link
6. How the Heck Is Peloton the Best-Paying Music Streaming Service? Link
7. The Kids Are Alright: Why now is the time to rethink COVID safety protocols for children — and everyone else. Link
8. 24 Hours Link
9. How Dua Lipa Shut Down the Trolls and Conquered International Pop Link
10. Delaying Aging Would Bring Trillions of Dollars in Economic Gains, Study Finds Link

My Tech Recommendations (T)

1. Scientists create injectable swarm of brain reading nanosensors Link
2. Experimental Brain Implant Lets Man With Paralysis Turn His Thoughts Into Words Link
3. The Rise of Virtual-Only K–12 Schools Link
4. How to Prepare for the Robot Apocalypse (If You’re a Robot) Link
5. The six cities building the future of the global tech industry. Link
6. Four ways artificial intelligence is helping us learn about the universe Link
7. Voice cloning of growing interest to actors and cybercriminals Link
8. Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin: can they be more than ‘space’ joyrides for millionaires? Link
9. Trust me, I’m a used car dealer app Link
10. Watch Robots Make Pizzas From Start to Finish at an Automated Pizzeria Link
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