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The Monday 6 - July 5, 2021

Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger
Hello, friend.
I had a relaxing, fun week off filled with sunshine, pools, and dumb Netflix shows. Life feels normal again. I’m appreciative of my friends, family, and country for giving me an immeasurably blessed life.
I am excited for the second half of the year. May it be happy and healthy for us all.
Onto the 6!

1. The Ocean Was On Fire
This certainly isn’t *good* news, but I find this video to be bonkers. In case you missed it, a gas pipeline operated by PEMEX (the state-run oil & gas company of Mexico) caught fire in the ocean last week, resulting in a new gateway to hell.
Thankfully, the fire was put out ~5 hours later.
At least we’ll always have this footage.
Leaky Gas Pipeline Sparks an Inferno in the Gulf of Mexico - The New York Times
2. Send Any Secret Via A Link
The tool One Time Secret is a great solution to securely and relatively simply share a private, encrypted message with someone, just with a link. The link expires after being clicked or 7 days, whichever happens first.
Here’s some more about the service from the creator:
Originally, the idea was to share passwords but since launching the service in 2012 we’ve heard from people all over the world who use it in ways we never imagined. We help people share over 50,000 secrets a month. All of the code is open-source and available on Github.
A fair question to ask is: okay, but how can I trust this service to not intercept and read the info? They address this as well:
Why should I trust you?
General we can’t do anything with your information even if we wanted to (which we don’t). If it’s a password for example, we don’t know the username or even the application that the credentials are for.
If you include a passphrase (available under “Privacy Options”), we use it to encrypt the secret. We don’t store the passphrase (only a bcrypted hash) so we can never know what the secret is because we can’t decrypt it.
Beside all that, the code is opensource so you can review the code and/or run your own instance.
My guess is you won’t need a tool like this too often, but if you do, One Time Secret strikes a great balance between ease of use and security.
3. Zeynep Tufekci On The Potential Origins Of SARS-CoV-2
Zeynep Tufekci, a Turkish sociologist and writer (she has her own Substack; you should subscribe) has been one of the most influential, thoughtful, and prescient voices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among other things, she was bullish on masks from the beginning (March 2020), decried the closing of parks and outdoor spaces (April 2020), and has been signaling the likelihood & downstream decision-making that COVID-19 spreads primarily via aerosolized (aka ‘airborne’) particles (July 2020).
Her work has been prolific, detailed, and considerate of all the tradeoffs involved. Her breadth of knowledge and pragmatism is truly astounding. The New York Times wrote a whole piece about her:
How Zeynep Tufekci Keeps Getting the Big Things Right - The New York Times
In this newer piece in the New York Times, Zeynep dives into the ever-more-precarious story of the origins of SARS-CoV-2. It’s a long piece, but her chronicling of the evidence behind the potential origin for the virus is exhaustive.
As the title suggests, even if there’s no ‘smoking gun’ for the lab leak theory, the facts are troubling. If you’re looking for a definitive article to understand the different scenarios, this is the one.
Where Did the Coronavirus Come From? What We Already Know Is Troubling. - The New York Times
4. Lost Rembrandt Painting Discovered
It’s crazy how things like this can still happen 375+ years after a painting was created.
A lost Rembrandt has been discovered after it fell off the wall of a country home in the province of Rome, Italy.
How many historic works of art are just sitting in closets & basements around the world?
Rembrandt masterpiece thought lost is found after falling off wall
5. Beware Of Sampling Bias
Healthy reminder to take many surveys you see with a grain of salt. We conduct many surveys of our customers at my job and constantly remind ourselves of this effect.
Alex Rampell
Selection bias (and its cousin, survivorship bias), or why you should be very skeptical of most surveys and “studies” https://t.co/c5c5d4hTER
6. The Business & Logistics of Formula 1
Formula 1, the highest-class motorsport in the world, is a massive business with millions of fans worldwide.
In this podcast episode (1h 26m), Patrick O'Shaughnessy (his other podcast Invest Like the Best is also great), dives in and breaks down the business of Formula 1. He interviews Stefano Domenicali, the CEO of F1, to understand the business, how it has sustained 75+ years, and how it’s grown. If you like Formula 1 or business, I think this one is worth your time.
Business Breakdowns | Formula One: The Iconic Motor Sport
And if that interested you, this video on how Formula 1 pulls off its races all around the world will astound you.
The Insane Logistics of Formula 1
The Insane Logistics of Formula 1
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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