Phone scammers busted, the underground horse meat market, and American farmland.
Deeper down the rabbit hole:
✏ Thought of the week
Here are some articles and videos that have been keeping me busy this week.
Recommended watch. The anatomy of a phone scam (video)
The suburban dad with 75 million books in print (link)
Coinbase and the Jordian Paradox (link)
The rise of Molekule (link)
The art of the… desk setup? (link)
What’s all the fuss about Top Shot? (link)
Wild. The Florida horse meat vigilante (link)
Is it time for a new World’s Fair? (link)
The Nifty Gateway heist (link)
Religion and the modern guise (link)
Is Twitter reinventing itself? (link)
Who bought Beeple? MetaKovan & Metapurse (link)
DoorDash & last mile logistics (link)
America’s Covid swabs and the feuding cousins (link)
The CEO charged with vaccinating America (link)
Platforms, funding, and the future (link)
NFTs as a Schelling Point (link)
I got in my first NBA Top Shot drop this week finally (after trying drops 4 times prior). This Jayson Tatum dunk is the first rare in my tiny collection.
I also got in my first fractional investment this week, buying a few shares of X-men #1 on Rally.
Austin Kleon put out this article about how he writes his newsletter… pretty close to how I do it. The key is just putting in stuff that I think is interesting without worrying if it resonates with other people.
Spotalike is cool, you type in a song and it builds a Spotify playlist off of it.
The Zoom Escaper can give you an out if you have too many back-to-back Zoom meetings.
This mega retro infoproduct made like $70mm in 2021 dollars. Worth a read.
FastCompany put out its most interesting companies of 2021 list.
I thought this art critic’s take on Beeple was overly dramatic and pretty funny to read.
Dutchie is doing work in the cannabis industry, building the websites
E-commerce roll-ups continue… The OpenDoor founder is starting OpenStore
The Gumroad crowd-sourced fundraising thing this week was pretty crazy.
Here is a little sneak peak behind a successful browser extension, CSS Scan.
✏ Thought of the Week
Did you know 2.5% of American farmland is held by foreign investors? I didn’t but then I read this write-up from Contrarian Thinking. I liked this chart of how to get in the game:
Until next week.
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