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The Monday 6 – January 24, 2022

The Monday 6
The Monday 6 – January 24, 2022
By Kyle Petzinger • Issue #43 • View online
Hi there!
Omicron seems to have peaked in most parts of the United States. 📉 Let’s hope the slope of the curve keeps pointing down for a while.
Here are this week’s 6:

1. We Live In A Wordle World
Did anyone else add Wordle to their morning routine?
In case you don’t know, Wordle is a daily word game where the goal is to guess the word of the day in no more than 6 attempts.
Your guesses must be real words. After each guess, the color of the tiles will change to show how close your guess was to the word.
Here are some examples:
Wordle is great because it’s just one word a day, there are no ads, and it’s just a lowly web app. Delightfully simple.
On top of that, you can share your results without revealing the words used:
Kyle Petzinger
Wordle 204 6/6


If you like Wordle and want another challenge, give Evil Wordle a spin.
There’s no word set by default. Every time you guess, I look at all possible 5-letter words that would fit all your guesses, and choose the match pattern that results in the most possible words. My goal is to maximize the amount of guesses it takes to find the word.
Kyle Petzinger
Evil Wordle: I won after 9 guesses

2. Being Helpful At Work Can Backfire
I pride myself on being responsive and helpful to anyone who needs it in the workplace. I like being a “go-to” person, but there are some days when my priorities aren’t getting done.
This Fast Company article speaks directly to this issue. From the piece:
This “collaboration overload” can be detrimental not only to our job performance, but our general well-being. It’s crucial that organizations empower their employees to protect their time—and their sanity—so their instinct to be helpful doesn’t cause more harm than good. 
To counteract, the article recommends 4 remedies:
  1. Time blocking
  2. Agenda setting
  3. Standing meetings
  4. Boundaries
There’s a lot more here; I hope you’ll find this helpful if you deal with the same dynamic as I do.
Your helpfulness at work is hurting your job performance
3. Stunning Breakthrough In Multiple Sclerosis Research
I didn’t know this until seeing this study, but up until now, the cause of multiple sclerosis was completely unknown to us. For the first time, scientists discovered a highly correlative link between individuals who contracted the Epstein-Barr virus and the development of MS.
The study cautions that “it is not feasible to directly demonstrate causation of this disease in humans,” but it’s the first time any potential causal link was identified.
Epstein-Barr is a member of the herpes virus family and is one of the most common human viruses, with most people contracting it sometime in their lives. It’s the primary virus that causes mononucleosis.
From the study abstract, emphasis mine:
We tested the hypothesis that MS is caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in a cohort comprising more than 10 million young adults on active duty in the US military, 955 of whom were diagnosed with MS during their period of service. Risk of MS increased 32-fold after infection with EBV but was not increased after infection with other viruses, including the similarly transmitted cytomegalovirus.
Understanding what triggers MS is the first step in finding more effective treatments or a cure.
4. A Cogent Web3 Critique
Web3, per Wikipedia, is
…an idea for a new iteration of the World Wide Web based on the blockchain, which incorporates concepts including decentralization and token-based economics.
Cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), and decentralized finance (DeFi) are all considered to be under the umbrella term of Web3.
Personally, I see a ton of potential in Web3 to unlock new business models, applications, and systems of organization. I see many of the current applications as highly speculative, but the underlying technology is novel and has massive promise.
This is not to say there are no valid criticisms, however. Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of the privacy-focused chat app Signal, wrote this piece that presents a bear case (at least in the current state) for Web3. Moxie comes at things from a first-principles perspective, including the very practical assertion that “people don’t want to run their own servers, and never will.”
If you’re interested or skeptical of the space, I encourage a read.
5. Nuclear Regulation Damage
Back in July 2021 (#5), I shared the article “Why has nuclear power been a flop?” Embedded in that piece was the answer that nuclear hasn’t taken off because excessive regulation and safetyism have undermined the inherent cost-effectiveness and low carbon footprint of nuclear power.
Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge
Nothing exemplifies the unforced error of our inability to create more nuclear energy than this factoid I came across:
Eli Dourado
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was established in 1975.

In the entire history of the agency, no license initially submitted to the NRC has yet begun operations. 🤯
Nearly 50 years in operation, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission hasn’t green-lit one new reactor in the United States.
Marcelo P. Lima
Our nuclear regulator:
- 2,868 employees
- $863m budget
- 47 years in operation
The best time to build more nuclear reactors was 40+ years ago. The second best time is right now.
6. No Appendixes Allowed
As an esteemed member of the No Appendix Club™, it’s nice to know that I can move to Villa Las Estellas, Chile, located here:
That's Antarctica btw
That's Antarctica btw
From the New York Post:
The nearest hospital is 625 miles away from the northernmost tip of the island, which can spell bad news for anyone suffering from appendicitis — an affliction that requires immediate surgery to prevent it from becoming life-threatening.
Why this town requires residents to remove their appendix to live there
That’s it for this week. If you found anything useful or fun, let me know! And if you have any suggestions, shoot them my way. 😊 See you next week!
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Kyle Petzinger

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