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The Monday 6 - May 31, 2021

Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger
Happy Memorial Day, US-based friends. 🇺🇸
I hope you enjoy your day with food, friends, and family.
Here’s the 6 this week:

1. Moose Are Huge
I have never seen a moose in person, and after watching this, I don’t think I want to. 😲
The Feel Good Page ❤️
I don’t know how big I thought a moose was, but this was not it 😳 https://t.co/x4MIyjsTC9
2. Steve Jobs On Working Together As A Team
Several of you reached out about how much you enjoyed the Steve Jobs video I shared last week (#2), so here’s another gem on how to work together as a team.
George Kedenburg III
whenever a product designer comes to me for advice on how to push back against bad ideas, i send them this video: https://t.co/hM6yAeKjRI
3. Setting Effective Goals, And Why Doing So Is Hard
This tweet thread dives into Goodhart’s Law, which states:
When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.
I’ve personally struggled with this in a work environment. Creating meaningful, effective goals is extremely difficult because of this very effect.
Check out the rest of the thread for some examples of Goodhart’s Law and how to be more aware of the phenomenon.
Sahil Bloom
Humans are astonishingly bad at setting goals.

We consistently establish targets that invite manipulation.

THREAD: A mental model on goal setting and unintended consequences:
4. Light Pollution Map
Looking for somewhere truly isolated to stargaze? Light Pollution Map helps you pinpoint the light pollution obscuring your view and find an area to look up without artificial light getting in the way.
Light pollution map
5. A Hilarious & Touching Memorial Day Story
I started following @TheLawyerCraig about a year ago for an entirely different reason. Every day, Craig posts an easy-to-understand breakdown of COVID-19 numbers.
His no-nonsense delivery, lack of political agenda, and inclusion of test positivity rate (which I’ve found is largely ignored in most coverage) has been a daily, steady voice during the pandemic. Here’s an example of his daily COVID-19 update:
Craig
#COVID19 UPDATE THREAD – MAY 28

All graphics are 7-day averages. Today’s raw reporting for each metric is in the tweet below.

(Data retrieved directly from state dashboards. Not every state updates its numbers daily.)

UNITED STATES https://t.co/tenlcJtwsP
In a former life, however, Craig was an F-15 fighter pilot. He shared this touching and hilarious story of a fellow pilot who died in the line of duty. Worth a read on this Memorial Day.
Craig
I’d like to share a story about my friend Dee “Piston” Imlay, who died in the cockpit of his F-15E Strike Eagle during a deployment over 7 years ago.

It contains a cameo by Kelis’s #Milkshake—more on that soon.

A brief thread for #MemorialDayWeekend https://t.co/P4z3ctsKOp
6. The COVID-19 Lab Leak Possibility: The Media's Missteps
As you’ve probably heard, the potential origins of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) are back in the public discussion. In particular, the possibility that the virus “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology is no longer relegated to the realm of “conspiracy theory” as it had been.
I’m not here to litigate or argue where COVID came from; I have no idea.
However, the media story here is where I think we can all collectively learn something: how did a legitimate hypothesis for the virus’ origin get blacklisted so universally? Famed political blogger and co-founder of Vox Matthew Yglesias wrote this compelling piece on how the media screwed this one up.
The media's lab leak fiasco
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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