Nerd Corner #86

Metabolic Fitness, Training, Blockchain, Drones...

Hey friends,

Welcome to another edition of Nerd Corner. This week is all about Blockchain, metabolic fitness, the Suez Canal accident, a few books I'm currently reading, and mesmerizing drone videos. Let's jump right in!

Metabolic Fitness 🩺

I believe this term will become mainstream in the next five years. Thanks to the lowering costs of certain medical devices like Continuous Glucose Monitors, we're entering a new era of data-driven healthcare, one that's much more personalized and automated. Last week I wrote a short blog post about my experience wearing a Continuous Glucose Monitor.

Blockchain ⛓

While Bitcoin and NFTs are all over social media and the news, blockchain—the underlying technology that enables them—gets little attention. Why this is the case, I'm not sure. Perhaps it is that it's difficult to understand or that people haven't taken it seriously until now because the only successful example has been Bitcoin.

But as Balaji Srinivasan argues in his 2019 blogpost "Yes, You May Need a Blockchain," if we think of blockchains as "massively multiclient databases, where every user is a root user," then its benefits start to become apparent. As blockchain experts have been telling us for a while, this technology can become the underlying framework for the Internet's future.

Suez and fragility 🚢

A container ship has been stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week. According to some estimates, it costs about 10 billion USD per day in delayed shipping and logistics, and more than 300 ships are anchored waiting to go through the canal.

While this is the latest episode of global logistics fragility (ships could go around Africa rather than through the canal, but most ships don’t travel with that much fuel, and even if they could refuel, there seems to be a shortage in the area) the Internet has been delivering beautiful simulated aerial views and even sites that track the event in case you're interested.

Books 📚

I’ve been running an experiment for the past week with audiobooks. I started listening to Nudge—a summary of mental models, our reflexive and automated systems of thinking and choice architecture—while on my runs and taking notes by dictating my thoughts to Otter. All I need to do afterward is copy/paste and summarize the transcriptions I get from Otter. So far, I'm enjoying this process, so hopefully, I'll start adding more audiobooks to my running playlists.

The Lore Of Running by Tim Noakes, MD. This is a massive textbook I'm currently skimming and reading surgical. Touted as a must-read book for aspiring running and coaches, it talks about all aspects of running, from dieting, body mechanics to training to the best ways to measure and predict an athlete's performance and fitness (V02Max, muscle elasticity, etc.). So far, what I've found most useful in the book are what Noakes calls The 15 Laws Of Running.

Cool Finds and Tweets 🤯

  • As its title says, this video contains "probably the most intelligent picture ever taken." The footage is from The 1927 Solvay Conference—at the time, an invitation-only conference about Physics and Chemistry. In the video appear the founding fathers of Quantum Mechanics: Dirac, Schrodinger, Born, Heisenberg, Bohr, Pauli, and other great scientists like Madame Curie and Einstein.

  • I'm obsessed with drone footages:

    • In this video, a drone gives us a tour of a bowling alley.

    • This one takes us through Casa Sperimentale—a 1970s architectural experiment in Fregene, Italy.

    • This last one will blow your mind as the drone flies through the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

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