April 2021 Assorted Links

assorted-title of books piled in the shelves

A list with interesting links I came across in the past weeks. Enjoy!

  1. Diamonds Are Bullshit – Priceonomics (link)
    The economics of buying diamond rings. Turns out, diamonds are a terrible investment and really marketing campaigns have tricked us into buying diamond engagement rings.

  2. Club-goers take first bites of lab-made chicken – Nature (link)
    Slaughter-free meat grown in bioreactors reaches select diners in Singapore in the form of chicken nuggets. Singapore regulators in December approved in

Why Nuclear Power Flopped Commercially

four brown concrete towers

I came across a very interesting review of the book Why Nuclear Power Has Been a Flop. I haven’t read the book itself, but the summary is well worth a read.

The main point is this: nuclear power is expensive, but it should be cheap. The reason it is expensive is that regulators have held nuclear power to far higher standards than any other power source. Risk from nuclear must be ALARA – as low as reasonably achievable. … more

How to Create a Twitter Bot That Posts a Random Daily Article

Automating things is fun, so I decided to spend a day to build a Twitter bot (@daily_axc) that posts a random article. The sources for the daily article will be astralcodexten.substack.com (ACX) and slatestarcodex.com (SSC). These two blogs by Scott Alexander are by far my favorite source of insight on the internet I highly recommend them.

This article explains step by step how you can create such a bot on your own. It is more geared towards beginners. … more