Recommended Reading: Feynman, a Batman Machine, and Bad Food Festivals

The best of what I read* this week, whether useful, funny, topical, or just good writing. Think of it as my personal #longreads recommendations, except sometimes I recommend #shortreads, too.

  1. Learning From the Feynman TechniqueEvernote
    Best part about this is the link to Project Tuva, a collection of videos of Feynman’s lectures Bill Gates bought and released to the public. Thanks, Bill!
  2. The Army, The Inventor And The Surprising Uses Of A Batman MachineNPR
    “That’s one of the most exciting things about putting something new into the world, is you actually don’t know what it might get used for.”
  3. How Podcasting Became Hollywood’s Latest ObsessionVice
    “Rob Walch, a living legend of podcasting and a man of hard data, certainly makes a compelling case that, despite the arrival of venture capital, legacy media, branded content, and big-name talent, podcasting remains—if not a ‘level playing field’ for out-of-left-field creators—then certainly the squarest game in town.”
  4. I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy.The Houston Chronicle
    “Within minutes, I was on the phone with Karen. Karen was in a house in Port Arthur, sitting on her kitchen cabinet with seven other adults, two teenagers and a newborn. The water was almost to the counter tops. I assured here we would get someone to her as soon as we could and told her to stay safe.”
  5. David Foster Wallace on Writing, Self-Improvement, and How We Become Who We AreBrain Pickings
    “In order to write effectively, you don’t pretend it’s a letter to some individual you know, but you never forget that what you’re engaged in is a communication to another human being. The bromide associated with this is that the reader cannot read your mind. The reader cannot read your mind.”
  6. Equifax’s Instructions Are Confusing. Here’s What to Do Now.The New York Times
    “Here’s hoping that this breach is the nudge you need to finally sign up for permanent freezes on your credit files. I’ve used them for years, and here’s how they work. You sign up (and pay some fees, because you knew it wasn’t going to be free to protect data that you didn’t ask these companies to store, right?) at Equifax’s, Experian’s and TransUnion’s websites.”
  7. Maybe Just Don’t Go to Food FestivalsEater
    “But the reality is that these festivals are rarely worth the cost or the time if you’re in it for the food. They’re often crowded. Lines are sometimes long for vendors and often the food most worth trying typically has the longest wait. All this eating in one place is also part of the depressing cultural shift toward acquiring food instead of dining.”


* Just because I read it this week, does not mean it was written this week. I am often hopelessly behind, and just because it’s a few weeks, or months, old doesn’t mean it’s not worth reading, right?