Help, Thinking, Privacy

6/17 - What's Next

Hey! Hope you have a great start to your week.

“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I'm not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there's two things: You're getting off first, or I'm going to die. It's really that simple, right? - Will Smith

Lots going on, I am very excited, enjoy the newsletter!


Articles to Read.

Thinking About Thinking

I put together this small list of my favorite essays ever. I think you will really value taking 10 minutes to read one.

Public Education’s Dirty Secret

Bad teaching is a common explanation given for the disastrously inadequate public education received by America’s most vulnerable populations. This is a myth. Aside from a few lemons who were notable for their rarity, the majority of teachers I worked with for nine years in New York City’s public school system were dedicated, talented professionals. Before joining the system I was mystified by the schools’ abysmal results. I too assumed there must be something wrong with the teaching. This could not have been farther from the truth.

These SaaS Companies Are Unbundling Excel – Here’s Why It’s A Massive Opportunity

Excel is your biggest competitor.

You might think your competition is another SaaS company. You think your biggest competition is the startup that just raised a new round of funding. But in reality…

Spreadsheets make up every industry. Spreadsheets have multiple use-cases. Spreadsheets can be tailored to a specific industry need. And spreadsheets have virtually no user onboarding thanks to decades of usage.

Always In - Wireless headphones are augmented reality devices

I still remember the first time I saw someone order at a coffee shop without removing their AirPods. I’d seen people with regular headphones do this many times before, of course, but they had just seemed obviously rude. Strangely, this person didn’t.

AirPods foster a different approach to detachment: Rather than mute the surrounding world altogether, they visually signal the wearer’s choice to perpetually relegate the immediate environment to the background. The white earbuds create what Kantrowitz calls the AirPod Barrier, a soft but recognizable obstacle to interpersonal interaction not unlike that of phone usage. While staring at a phone suggests that attitude indirectly, AirPods formalize it, expressing potential distractedness in a more sustained and effortless manner. You don’t have to look down at a screen to convey that your mind might be elsewhere — that you are dividing your attention between your physical surroundings and other kinds of interactions, hearing other voices. AirPods efficiently communicate your refusal to pretend to be “fully present.” AirPods, then, express a more complete embrace of our simultaneous existence in physical and digital space, taking for granted that we’re frequently splitting our mental energy between the two.

I Needed to Save My Mother’s Memories. I Hacked Her Phone.

After she died, breaking into her phone was the only way to put together the pieces of her digital life.

WeChat Is Watching

Living in China with the app that knows everything about me.

At 9:27, once I’ve brushed my teeth, answered a few messages, and wiped the sleep from my eyes, I order a coffee through WeChat. There’s a payments window on the app, and when you click on it you see various options, some proprietary to WeChat and some which are independent apps that run on WeChat’s platform. I open the Meituan delivery app and scroll through all the coffee options around me. I order an Americano. I have my WeChat linked with the facial recognition scanner on my iPhone; when I pay, I just hold my phone up to my face and a green tick flicks across the screen. Seven minutes later, I get a message telling me the coffee is on the way, with the name and number of the delivery driver. It arrives at 9:53.

Before 10 on a normal day in Chengdu, WeChat knows the following things about me: It knows roughly when I wake up, it knows who has messaged me and who I message, it knows what we talk about. It knows my bank details, it knows my address and it knows my coffee preference in the morning. It knows my biometric information; it knows the very contours of my face.

LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer

Spain’s data protection agency has fined the country’s soccer league, LaLiga, €250,000 (about $280,000) for allegedly violating EU data privacy and transparency laws. The app, which is used for keeping track of games and stats, was using the phone’s microphone and GPS to track bars illegally streaming soccer games, Spanish newspaper El País reported.

More to Check Out: 
- Nick Nurse’s Journey to the Finals
Sign in with Apple
Student Uses Snapchat's 'Gender Switch' Filter to Nab Cop Allegedly Looking to Hook Up With Teen Girl: Police
- The Next iPhone
- Meet the New Dropbox


My Update.

  • Finally “moved in” and getting to work. So much to do!

  • Please actually reach out - jordangonen1@gmail.com - if I can be helpful whatsoever.

Thanks so much for reading! Find me on twitter : )