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The Monday 6 - June 14, 2021

Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger
Hello, friend.
California lifts a whole host of COVID-19 restrictions tomorrow, Slam Diego made a triumphant return yesterday, and 64% of adults are at least partially vaccinated. Summer 2021 is going to be an all-timer.
Quick scheduling note: The Monday 6 will take its first break on Monday, June 28th. I’ll remind you again next week.
Onto the 6!

1. Diver Swallowed By A Whale
I legitimately thought this story was fake. It is evidently not. 😦🐳
'I was completely inside': Lobster diver swallowed by humpback whale off Provincetown
2. The FBI Created A Messaging App To Lure Criminals, And It Worked
In an age where more communication & commerce is moving toward private channels (end-to-end encrypted messaging, cryptocurrencies, etc.), you’d think criminals would be more careful.
The FBI created its own “secure” messaging app, seeded it with some known criminal networks, and was able to arrest more than 800 people because of it.
800 suspected criminals have been arrested after using a secure messaging app that was... created by the FBI
3. My Favorite Commencement Speech
It’s graduation time, and my favorite commencement speech is “This is Water” by author & professor David Foster Wallace.
There’s only sound from his 2005 speech to the graduating class at Kenyon College, but it’s well worth 23 minutes of your time.
'This is Water' by David Foster Wallace (Full Transcript and Audio)
4. The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill
The refusal to admit (or even entertain) that SARS CoV-2, the virus the causes COVID-19, could be spread via aerosols might be the most consequential failure of the world’s response to the pandemic.
This story chronicles why the scientific community & world leaders were so resistant to the potential of aerosolized spread. It serves as a sobering reminder that science demands the challenging of beliefs and offers a stark reminder of how dangerous groupthink can be.
The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill
5. The Rise of Ransomware & Some Practical Tips
Full disclosure, I work at ESET, a cybersecurity software company that helps protect against various forms of cyber attacks, including ransomware. If you’d like more information or a free/discounted license for personal or business use of our software, just reply to me directly and we can chat.
Ransomware, an insidious form of malware that encrypts your own files and holding them at ransom has seen a dramatic rise in the past few months. While these attacks are predominately targeting businesses, it’s important to remember that the lines between personal & business have blurred even more over the past several years.
Ransomware: Dramatic increase in attacks is causing harm on a significant scale
Put succinctly: ransomware is a big deal, and it’s in your best interest to protect against it.
To help sort out your personal cybersecurity posture, check out this actionable yet detailed checklist of different things you can do to better protect yourself online:
6. How Cement Works
There’s a special place in my heart for learning about seemingly mundane things. Read the tweet thread below and learn how cement works; it’s pretty cool!
Jason Crawford
Someone asked me recently what's a boring topic that I'm excited/fascinated by.

That's easy: cement.

If it's wasn't thousands of years old, cement would seem futuristic. Think about it: it's *liquid rock*!

Here's how it works:
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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