The Monday 6

By Kyle Petzinger

The Monday 6 - July 26, 2021

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The Monday 6
Howdy, friend.
Tokyo 2020 is underway, and they’re undoubtedly the toughest Olympic games undertaken. Crossing my fingers that they go off without a hitch—more on this below in #2.
Here are this week’s 6:

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo: NBA Champ & All-Around Nice Guy
Basketball fans already know the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Finals last week for the 2nd time in their franchise’s history. You’ve likely heard of their superstar player, Giannis Antetokounmpo (pronounced AHN-teh-toh-KOOM-poh) as well. As a pretty avid NBA fan, I’ve known most of Giannis’ story, but this story of him reaching for the next level while in the NBA is phenomenal.
The Fire That Forged Giannis Antetokounmpo - The Ringer
Additionally, Giannis just seems like an all-around good dude. His reflection and attitude about the past, future, and present may as well be on an inspirational poster:
“When you focus on the past, that’s your ego.” Giannis Antetokounmpo Life Lessons
“When you focus on the past, that’s your ego.” Giannis Antetokounmpo Life Lessons
When you focus on the past, that’s your ego.
When I focus on the future, it’s my pride.
I try to focus in the moment, in the present, and that’s humility. That’s being humble.
Finally, this short tweet thread on the relationship between Giannis and the long-time Bucks announcer is 👌🏻:
Ben Thompson
This is Jim Paschke (@Paschketball). He has been the Bucks play-by-play announcer since 1986. He has called a *lot* of terrible games. Bucks ownership tried to replace him with a national guy a few years ago, but fans wanted him on the mic. https://t.co/NlCR7Eu6ke
From Jim, after Giannis put on a shirt of him during his press conference after scoring 50 points and winning the NBA title:
He was at the pinnacle of his career, and he thought of someone else. Don’t ever forget that about Giannis Antetokounmpo.
2. Pulling Off The Olympics
The Olympics are challenging (and comically expensive) to pull off during normal times, but Tokyo 2020 (happening in 2021…) is/will be the most challenging ever.
This video (17m 51s) just scratches the surface of pulling off the event. I thought it was super interesting.
The Incredible Logistics of the Tokyo Olympics
The Incredible Logistics of the Tokyo Olympics
3. Perfectly Timed Photo
“That the breach was directly behind the fishing boat makes really shows the size. Since the boat is closer, it should look bigger, but the whale is huge! If I’d been the fisherman, I’d probably need some new underwear.”
Croft writes that he was initially disappointed that the fishing boat had blocked his shot, but upon reviewing the results he realized that the boat actually helped make the once-in-a-lifetime photo.
Photographer Douglas Croft was in California’s Monterey Bay on April 27th back in 2019 when the memorable moment occurred.
Photographer Douglas Croft was in California’s Monterey Bay on April 27th back in 2019 when the memorable moment occurred.
4. The Geological History Of The Appalachian Mountains
I found this tweet thread on the geological history of the Appalachian mountain range oddly fascinating.
Alex (he/him) is fighting for trans kids ⚧🏳️‍⚧️
Have you ever wondered why we don’t find fossils in the Appalachian mountains?
The truth is, we do, they’re just not the kind of fossils you might think of—there are no mammals, no dinosaurs, no reptiles. There’s something else entirely. 🧵
5. Why Hasn't Nuclear Power Lived Up To Its Promise?
Since its inception in the mid-20th century, nuclear energy has always seemed like a miracle: harness the immense amount of energy in certain atomic isotopes and leverage it into clean, extremely efficient electricity.
Well, the fundamentals about nuclear haven’t changed, so why hasn’t the technology proliferated, especially as we desperately need solutions to help fight climate change?
This piece (which is actually just a summary of this book, that I have not read) dives into the question.
I found it to be a compelling bull case for more nuclear, as soon as possible. I think it’s worth about 20 minutes of your time.
Why has nuclear power been a flop?
6. Tool To Bypass Paywalls
I’ll preface sharing this tool by saying that I generally support and recommend funding journalism directly via subscriptions. I pay for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic, plus a few independent, niche writers.
However, sometimes I want to read an article from a publication I don’t currently subscribe to and can’t because of a paywall. The Chrome/Edge extension “Bypass Paywalls” allows you to do just that. I use this quite sparingly and would encourage the same.
GitHub - iamadamdev/bypass-paywalls-chrome: Bypass Paywalls web browser extension for Chrome and Firefox.
It does require a manual install, but it’s not that tricky:
Google Chrome / Microsoft Edge:
  1. Download this repo as a ZIP file from GitHub.
  2. Unzip the file and you should have a folder named bypass-paywalls-chrome-master.
  3. In Chrome/Edge go to the extensions page (chrome://extensions or edge://extensions).
  4. Enable Developer Mode.
  5. Drag the bypass-paywalls-chrome-master folder anywhere on the page to import it (do not delete the folder afterwards).
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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