7 Things This Week [#123]

A weekly list of interesting things I found on the internet, posted on Sundays. Sometimes themed, often not.

1️⃣ I was captivated by this tale of Cerro Torre, an iconic peak in Patagonia, that was plagued by controversy about who actually climbed it first, and by what means. It’s a four-part podcast series, but you can get the cliff notes on Wikipedia. [🎙️ Duct Tape Then Beer // climbinggold.com]

2️⃣ Another banger Decoder episode in which I learned of and about the United States Digital Service. It’s not often that I feel proud and content about technology” in the hands of a government official, but I am in this case after this interview. [🎙️ Decoder // overcast.fm]

3️⃣ This game” is actually an educational experience to show how far computer vision for self driving cars still has to go before it’s any good at detecting humans who don’t necessarily look like typical people crossing the street. In this case, if you win against the computer vision, well, you would’ve been hit by a car! (Also, I just lost The Game. 😒) [🔗 Jen Glennon // kotaku.com]

4️⃣ This new Alpine Suit from Patagonia looks wild, and wildly effective for the most demanding climbs. [🔗 MaiLee Hung // patagonia.com]

5️⃣ Also from Patagonia, but back in September, they penned a (beautifully narrated) investment update letter to their sole shareholder, Planet Earth, on the anniversary of their radical restructuring of where its profits go. [🔗 patagonia.com]

6️⃣ I don’t have Old Wavy as much as Grey, but he’s right about Tri-Color Polaris being the best potential new flag design for Minnesota. [▶️ CGP Grey // youtube.com]

7️⃣ I’ve been very interested in getting a smart lock (I’m always coming in the door with my hands full) and The Bearded Teacher, AKA Stephen Robles has been doing the best reviews on them. He’s finished trying out the quartet of locks with Apple Home Key support, and this is the final roundup/ranking. [▶️ Stephen Robles // youtube.com]

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