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March 24 · Issue #16 · View online
Goji Berries
Good eats are here! Lettuce eat!
Hi,
This is Gaurav! I started this newsletter so share useful and interesting things. If you come across something that you would like to share with the rest of the gang, please email me or tweet @ me.

1. Clean Workspaces: The browser is the new OS. It is also the gateway to distraction. It pays to keep distractions at bay. A few issues ago, I introduced momentum. It is still terrific. But I have already switched to something that works better for me: https://workona.com/
Rather than live with a constant reminder of all the other unfinished projects, Workona allows you to work from an uncluttered workspace devoted to that project. I recommend it.

2. Why Do Zebras have stripes? The question is compelling but the answers are unsatisfying. See this article from 2015 as well.

3. Why your mental map of the world is wrong? Bad projections. Worth reading. Some fun excerpts:
“[W]e all know that South America is south of North America, of course. But you may be surprised by the fact that virtually the entire South American continent is east of Florida.” 
and
“around two-thirds of Africa is north of the equator. “Africa actually extends northward to about the same latitude as Norfolk, Virginia,” the paper’s authors write.
and
"Paris is further north than Montreal, Barcelona is at a similar latitude as Chicago, and Venice lines up with Portland, Oregon.”
and
Brazil isn’t that impressive on many maps, but in reality it’s bigger than the entire contiguous United States and almost as large as Canada. And Alaska, which is a giant on Mercator maps, is actually a little smaller than Libya.”
and:
“geographers had the same misconceptions of the relative latitude of cities in North America and Europe as everyone else.”

4. Searching for Great Conversations
“When was the last time you had a great conversation? A conversation that wasn’t just two intersecting monologues, but when you overheard yourself saying things you never knew you knew, that you heard yourself receiving from somebody words that found places within you that you thought you had lost, and the sense of an eventive conversation that brought the two of you into a different plain and then forthly, a conversation that continued to sing afterwards for weeks in your mind? Conversations like that are food and drink for the soul.”
John O’Donahue h/t David Perell

5. Stemming Link Rot: The Internet gives many things. But none that are permanent. That is about to change. https://perma.cc/ is looking to provide permanent links.
Why is link rot important?
Here’s an excerpt from a paper by Gertler and Bullock:
"more than one-fourth of links published in the APSR in 2013 were broken by the end of 2014”
If what you are citing evaporates, there is no way to check the source. Journal editors: pay attention!

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