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The Monday 6 - May 3, 2021

Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger
Hello, friend,
As of today, 56.1% of US citizens 18 or older have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While the pace of vaccination has slowed (thanks J&J pause! 😐), normal life isn’t too far off.
Onto the 6!

1. Ted Lasso Shortbread
If you haven’t watched Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ yet, that’s your first order this week.
Second, Apple held an event last week where they announce several new products (AirTags, new iMacs, and iPad Pros) and premiered the season 2 trailer for Ted Lasso. Evidently, at this event, there was a hidden clue to find the famous Ted Lasso shortbread.
For those who have watched the show, follow along to see the circuitous route taken to find this easter egg. For those who haven’t, there’s not really anything spoiled by clicking through, but it likely won’t mean much to you.
I really want to try this recipe now…
Following the Shortbread Crumbs - David Smith
2. App To Help You Beat Jet Lag
As travel starts to ramp up again, save this app for whenever you travel across multiple time zones next: Timeshifter.
Before COVID, I traveled to my company’s corporate headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia, about once a year. San Diego (where I live) and Bratislava are 9 hours apart the vast majority of the year. Put succinctly: the jet lag is rough.
However, I discovered Timeshifter a few years back, and it dramatically helped my jet lag on subsequent trips.
Here’s how it works:
  1. A few weeks before your trip, tell Timeshifter your exact itinerary, including dates, times, airlines, cities, and any connecting flights or layovers.
  2. Tell it your normal go-to-bed time and sleep rhythm, if you drink caffeine, and if you take melatonin to help you sleep.
  3. It will create a plan to slowly coax your body to be more ready for the student time zone change by bumping your bedtime at home, telling you when (and when not) to drink caffeine, and how to keep your body awake when it needs to be.
The plan will be down to the minute, suggesting when to sleep, when to consume some caffeine, and how to trick your body into preparing for your trip.
I’ve never followed the plan exactly, but even following loosely dramatically improved my jet lag. It’s on both iOS & Android.
Timeshifter: App for Jet Lag
3. How Pfizer Makes Its COVID-19 Vaccine
This New York Times video & text walkthrough details the breathtaking scope, science, and complexity of manufacturing the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
These vaccines (particularly the mRNA varietals) are simply scientific miracles.
4. Over Spreadsheeting To The Max
This guy was on a mission to park in every spot at his local supermarket’s parking lot. Click through on his tweet thread to see his journey.
This is not not something I would do.
Gareth Wild
For the last six years I’ve kept a spreadsheet listing every parking spot I’ve used at the local supermarket in a bid to park in them all. This week I completed my Magnum Opus! A thread.
5. Plan A Path Out Of Debt
A few weeks ago (#6), I shared my personal favorite budgeting tool: You Need A Budget (YNAB). Here’s a great complementary tool!
If you have any debt, I recommend you check out the tool Unbdebt.it. It’s especially helpful if you have multiple loans and want a plan for how to pay them down.
Undebt.it is a free tool that lets you determine the best way to start paying down your debt. You can choose between several methods (debt snowball, debt avalanche, manual, etc.), whatever fits your preference.
Undebt.it does have a paid tier (normally $12 a year, but you can get for $9 a year with the code TAKE25OFF) that adds direct sync with YNAB. Nerdy personal finance worlds colliding! 🤓
I use to track our car loan and solar panel loan balances. Seeing progress against loan balances brings great psychological benefits and Unbebt.it makes it super easy.
Free Online Debt Snowball/Avalanche Calculator | Undebt.it
6. See A Timelapse Directly in Google Earth
Who else remembers looking at your home on Google Earth in the mid-aughts? Just me? 😎
Anyway, Google recently updated Google Earth with the ability to view a time-lapse of virtually any location around the world.
There are a few good examples in the blog post linked below:
Follow the expansion of Las Vegas, Nevada - Google Earth Blog
Follow the expansion of Las Vegas, Nevada - Google Earth Blog
That’s it for this week. If you found anything useful or fun, let me know! And if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears. 😊 See you next week!
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Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger @kylepetz

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