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The Monday 6 – October 11, 2021

The Monday 6
The Monday 6 – October 11, 2021
By Kyle Petzinger • Issue #32 • View online
Happy Monday, friend.
Thanks for those who’ve shared the Monday 6 recently. I genuinely appreciate it!
Here are this week’s 6:

1. How To Learn Anything
Sahil Bloom, Tweet-threader extraordinaire posted this fantastic explainer of The Feynman Technique. What’s that? In short, it’s a technique for learning something that emphasizes the ability to explain the concept in simple language.
More often than not, the ones who are able to explain an abstract or challenging concept without losing the audience is a true expert.
Want to learn how to leverage this technique? Click the Tweet for the full thread below.
Sahil Bloom
The Feynman Technique for learning anything:

Step 1: Identify a topic
Step 2: Try to explain it to a 5-year-old
Step 3: Study to fill in knowledge gaps
Step 4: Organize, convey, and review

True genius is the ability to simplify, not complicate. Simple is beautiful.
2. Malaria Vaccine Approved For Use
As a follow-up to the Monday 6 from May 6th, 2021 (#2), the malaria vaccine mentioned just a few months ago has now been approved by the WHO.
COVID-19 is (hopefully) a once-in-a-generation event. Still, arguably this malaria vaccine may have an even more dramatic life-saving impact than the COVID shots over time.
First Malaria Vaccine Approved by W.H.O. - The New York Times
3. What's Happened Since You Were Born?
This fun web app shares some of the staggering statistics since the date of your birth.
Some from my birthday:
There are 2,699,891,713 more people on Earth than when you were born.
The S&P 500 is up 1,039% in your lifetime.
The amount of humans living in extreme poverty decreased 76%.
Plug in your birthday and check it out for yourself!
Life Stats
4. Interactively Explore The Watershed
Ok, I admit, this sounds pretty boring, but hear me out: this site lets you drop a pin anywhere in the United States and follow exactly where water will eventually drain. You’ll then be treated with a virtual flyover the country as you follow through streams, rivers, and more.
Want to know where water eventually ends up when it starts in Southwestern Montana? Now you can find out.
River Runner
5. The Bizarre Contractual Arrangement Behind The James Bond Films
I’m a pretty big Bond fan (I still need to see No Time To Die, so no spoilers!) but had no idea of the unique ownership rights to the Bond franchise.
I’m surprised this story isn’t a movie itself! Give it a read to learn how and why it came to be.
The family business that owns a share of the $7B James Bond franchise
6. America's (And By Extension, The World's) Supply Chain Issues Explained
Need a primer on what’s plaguing the supply chain across the world? This Washington Post interactive article provides excellent insight into several aspects of the crisis.
The issues currently seem like an impossibly tangled knot of challenges, hitting various aspects of the bizarre time we all find ourselves.
With no clear end in sight, worker shortages, international geopolitics, surging demand, and more are converging.
“It’s like an orchestra with lots of first violins and no conductor. … No one’s really in charge,”
Covid pandemic is not the supply chains’ only problem - Washington Post
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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