Wednesday, January 6th, 2016


You Are Really Pissed

According to a recent survey from Esquire and NBC, rage is all the rage these days. And that's especially true when it comes to white Americans. "Seventy-three percent of whites say they get angry at least once a day." And about a third of them read something in the news that makes them angry "a few times a day." Is that because of their experiences and worldview, or because cable and Internet news peddlers (like many politicians) know that anger is a product American consumers never tire of buying? As we head towards a presidential election, take a look at some of the things that are enraging people in a country many people view as the happiest place on Earth.


H to the Schizo

According to the early results from monitoring systems, whatever North Korea blew up probably wasn't a hydrogen bomb. But there's no doubt it was a major provocation that got the attention of world leaders.

+ WaPo: Why is North Korea's hydrogen bomb test such a big deal? (And why it may have been an early birthday present for Kim Jong Un.)

+ NYT: "North Korea is just thumbing its nose at China. That's got to produce a reaction."



Some people look at the refugee crisis and see the slow-motion roll out of an epic humanitarian and geopolitical disaster. Others look at it and see an opportunity. From Bloomberg, meet the two brothers making millions off the refugee crisis in Scandinavia.


Special Forces

"For these young people, the unit is an opportunity to participate in a part of Israeli life that might otherwise be closed to them. And for the military, it's an opportunity to harness the unique skill sets." In The Atlantic, Shire Rubin on the Israeli army unit that recruits teens with autism.


You Can’t Kill the Killer

Adrienne LaFrance provides a concise history of email and then explains why one of the world's most reviled technologies keeps winning. Email has always been a great medium. It's the content of most emails that's problematic.

+ One reason that email wins is because every time a technology platform promises to replace it, that platform starts becoming even more irritating than email. I touched on this in my list of the only five notifications you really need: Consider Yourself on Notification.


Murder, She Rote

"Saturday's murder of Gisela Mota, less than twenty-four hours into her term as the newly inaugurated mayor of Temixco, Mexico is outrageous, infuriating and heartbreaking -- all the more so because it isn't new, it's old." Don Winslow explains why we all have a role in this and other drug war murders. (I'd like to see some publication do a comparison of terrorist related deaths and drug war related deaths.)

+ AP: Mexico violence has caused drop in male life expectancy.


Getting Under Your Skin

"Dallas is at the center of two movements that are each trying to bring implants to the mainstream. Tattoo artists and technophiles head one, and well-heeled university neurologists and medical device engineers form the vanguard of the other." I'm not sure I'm ready to peel back my skin for either group. The Dallas Observer on body hackers and bioengineers.

+ This flying drone can also swim.



Following a series of health problems and brand-crushing headlines, Chipotle can now add a federal subpoena and a criminal investigation to its menu of challenges. All these factors have led to a troubling earnings chart for a company that just recently seemed unstoppable.

+ Meet the chef who decides what Tom Brady eats -- and what he definitely doesn't.

+ FiveThirtyEight: You can't trust what you read about nutrition.


Box Office Wars

Sometime on Wednesday, the new Star Wars became the highest grossing movie of all time (and it only took about 20 days to accomplish that feat). Wired explains why, after beating Avatar, Star Wars is officially too big to fail.

+ Rey was the hero of the movie. So why was her character left out of the Star Wars Monopoly game?


Bottom of the News

From ABC News: Man Who Lost Vision in His Eye Adopts One-Eyed Puppy. (I don't know about you, but I don't like where this is headed.)

+ Lumosity just had to pay a fine to the FTC because their brain training games don't train the brain. Details, details...

+ 2016 has welcomed its first genuine Internet sensation. And frankly, it doesn't bode well for the rest of the year. It was basically some people jumping over a puddle.

+ There a few NextDraft Signal T-Shirts left at BetaBrand. I've seen a few in the wild, and they look great.