Apollo Bubble Helmet [Flickr]


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Apollo Bubble Helmet

Fifty years ago, today, Apollo X launched from Cape Canaveral to the moon and Command Module Pilot John Young became the first person to fly solo around the moon.

This is an Apollo bubble helmet used in training, the first I have seen in private hands. The one John Young wore on Apollo 10 is in the Smithsonian.

Apollo 10 came to within 50,000 ft of landing on the surface. But NASA knew they could not let them get so close to the lunar surface without a rogue attempt to go the whole way, so they just provided enough fuel on the Lunar Module to do the "dress rehearsal" mission. Had Apollo 10 taken the LM to the surface, they would not have had the ability to get back. So, NASA sent an under-fueled LM, adding risk to the mission, to make sure they did not

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MIB: Dave Goetsch, The Big Bang Theory Writer/Executive Producer


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This week we speak with Dave Goetsch, executive producer and writer of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, the highest ranked sitcom on TV. After a 12 year run, the show’s series finale aired earlier this week. He tells the story of applying for a job at Goldman Sachs, and being asked if he read the Wall…

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Saturday links: a better route


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10 Weekend Reads


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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Danish Blend coffee, grab a seat on the swing, and get ready for our longer form weekend reads: • The Radical, Lucrative, and Controversial Company Hiding in Stephen Schwarzman’s Pocket (Institutional Investor) • Inside the Cage Match Between Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss Twins (Vanity Fair)…

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Longform links: sustainable innovation


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The Lost Ones: The Opportunities and Outcomes of White, Non-College-Educated Americans Born In The 1960s


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This column shows that white, less-educated Americans born in the 1960s are worse off than the generation born 20 years previously, based on wage changes, increased medical costs, and shorter life expectancy. This disparity could be worth as much as $132,000.

Video Of The Week: Consensus 2019


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This past Wednesday, I appeared on stage at Consensus 2019 with Paul Vigna of the Wall Street Journal and Brian Armstrong, CEO of our portfolio company Coinbase.

The topic we were supposed to discuss was why crypto has been so full of bubbles and crashes. We did talk about that but we also talked about a lot more. The discussion is about a half hour.

Inslee Releases Clean Energy Jobs Plan with ‘G.I. Bill’ for Fossil Fuel Workers


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Washington Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee released a lengthy <a href="https://jayinslee.com/issues/evergreen-economy" >plan to boost the U.S. economy with clean energy jobs</a>, expanding on his recent policy proposal to <a href="https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/inslee-launches-national-climate-plan-inspired-by-recent-success-in-washing#gs.clugbf">decarbonize the nation&rsquo;s electricity, buildings and vehicles</a>.


The <a href="https://jayinslee.com/issues/evergreen-economy" >&ldquo;Evergreen Economy&rdquo; plan</a> would pump federal dollars into building clean, resilient infrastructure and update existing buildings. Inslee pays special attention to the marginalized communities that have born the brunt of pollution and climate impacts, but also supports workers currently employed in fossil fuel industries.


Inslee argues that a nationwide decarbonization effort can bring about a major improvement in the lives of working people.


&ldquo;After decades of erosion of workers&rsquo; rights, America must reset the balance that has disadvantaged working people for too long,&rdquo; his plan notes.


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Baritone brings the Minecraft Jesus to the 2B2T Anarchy World [Flickr]


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Baritone brings the Minecraft Jesus to the 2B2T Anarchy World

Here’s the story of how this huge statute showed up in the anarchy world of 2B2T.

But first, Happy 10th Anniversary Minecraft. On its 10th birthday, today, Minecraft passed Tetris to become the best-selling video game of all time.

One of the coolest add-ons, in my family-biased but humble opinion, is the Baritone bot that navigates the world autonomously and can even build structures from external files, like a 3D-printer. Here is a nice demo video (and the code is on Git).

There is some footage in that video from 2B2T, the longest running anarchy world, where anything goes, everyone dies, and most everything gets destroyed over time. Like an overclocked Game of Thrones. Here is a zoomable browser render of of over 300,000,000 blocks^2 of 2B2T, just one slice of the nether regions. If you zoom into the center, you can see concentric ring

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