DC goes exponential

Not really. But we did fly past six-thousand views in early June thanks to Tyler Cowen re-tweeting a link to this post about reading. The retweet (and subsequent RTs by a fraction of Cowen’s 160,000ish twitter followers) generated about 740 extra visits – so it’s a great little window into the power of well-connected nodes on a social network. It’s…

Building systems, questioning statistics, finding things out, decline and fall

Four interesting, tangentially-related things worth checking out: Wired article by Adam Rogers on how Singapore built a system that was ready to respond to Covid-19; Another Wired article by Ferris Jabr looking at the obviously wrong but overlooked commonly cited statistics about Spanish Flu fatality rates and how they became “standard”; A twitter thread from Patrick Wyman about the decline…