6/18/21 Recommended Issues: Rakfisk, El Salvador & Bitcoin, Closed Office Doors
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NORWEGIAN RAKFISK AND TRADITIONS
Preserving the Glut: Rakfisk, the New Nordic and Grandiosa Pizza in Vittles by Jan-Peter Westad on June 14
This issue is a wonderful blend of nostalgia, food, culture, history, and economics...all related to Norway and its people’s relationship to rakfisk (a fermented fish). You learn why rakfisk came to be, how it’s made, who still eats it (and why and when), how other food has evolved in Norway, what Norway’s current situation is with food insecurity (and how it’s being tackled), and many other interesting tidbits. It’s all fabulously woven together in an enjoyable read that will leave you both entertained and more culturally savvy. (2730 words; 10 minutes) Read it…
EL SALVADOR ADOPTS BITCOIN-- WHY? SO WHAT?
El Salvador skyrocketed in the news (and newsletters) over the past week after the country announced it was officially making Bitcoin legal tender-- the first country to do so. If you haven’t followed the story and would like to understand why this is momentous, why they did it, what the benefits are, and what implications may be for other countries if it proves successful, this issue of Coin Metrics offers a pithy, well-structured explanation. It’s short and you’ll walk away with just the right level of knowledge. (Note: you can skip the rest after the El Salvador-Bitcoin section) (660 words; 2.5 minutes) Read it...
CLOSED OFFICE DOORS
Learnings from newsletters this week:
- The latest measurement of atmospheric CO2 (as of June 09, 2021): 419.34 ppm; April 2020: 418.32 ppm; 25 years ago: 360 ppm; 250 years ago, est: 250 ppm. Exponential View 6/13
- For the first time since 1536, Oxford University Press won't be operating a printing press Exponential View 6/13
- Toothpaste often has stripes because when striped toothpaste was first invented in the 1960's, marketers discovered that it reinforced the message that the toothpaste performed multiple functions. (if you want to learn how the stripes are made, which was also quite intriguing, you can read here...) Design Lobster 6/13
- A survey of 2,900 Gen Z and millennials found that 51% believe one-night stands will become a thing of the past post-pandemic, and are instead “yearning for something more ‘substantial.’”...hmm, self-reporting has never been extremely reliable :). After School 6/14
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