Daveslist #6: Vertical Farming, Margaritaville, and the 40% Rule

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Daveslist #6: Vertical Farming, Margaritaville, and the 40% Rule
By Daveslist • Issue #6
Happy Friday! We’ve got a great lineup today, so let’s get to it:

Can you help a brother out???
Can you help a brother out???
Common Mythconceptions – World’s Most Contagious Falsehoods
You guys are going to enjoy this one. Bats aren’t blind. You can’t see the Great Wall of China from space. It’s fine to swim right after eating. Sharks do get cancer. You don’t have five senses, you have more like 20. Now if they could just make one of these for Facebook political memes.
Dream Park
I love Virtual Reality as much as the next guy, but I have to admit I was really skeptical of the notion of wearing a VR headset while riding a rollercoaster. 
Oh. My. God. I’m soooo in.
Whether or not you read the whole article, definitely watch the video and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I can’t wait to try this IRL.
The Prospects for Alien Life on Titan Keep Getting Better
It seems the chemical precursors of life probably exist in sufficient quantities on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan to make it worth the trip to find out. It wouldn’t look like any life on Earth, but that’s not really the point. Which begs the question: if we only have to go three planets out to find life (and that’s if there’s no longer any life on Mars), how much life is there in the entire universe? I’m glad you asked…
The Fermi Paradox
WaitButWhy.com is a website you need in your life. And there’s no better way to introduce it to you than to link to my absolute favorite piece on the site.
The Fermi Paradox simply states that if the universe is 14 billion years old (it is) and there are billions of planets in the “Goldilocks Zone” of their respective stars (there are) and life on Earth is only 3.8 billion years old (it is) and we’ve come this far in that relatively short time, why haven’t we found other advanced intelligent life yet?
This explores all the possible explanations, but the one I’m rooting for is The Great Filter. And with the prospect of Trump or Clinton becoming our next President, I’m hoping we hit it some time in October.
If you’re disinclined to read the piece, here it is in video form which is extremely well done: Part 1 and Part 2. And just for fun, here’s what likely happens when we actually make First Contact
Why Disconnecting From The Internet Improves Your Focus
This is my secret productivity weapon. Especially at work. And at night. I put my phone into Airplane mode before bed, and when I wake up I get to decide when to take it off and release the hounds. The Internet is a beautiful thing, but it can get cracktacular really quick if you don’t control it.
This Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less Water
This is so cool. So many of our environmental problems here in the Gulf states come from fertilizer runoff from farms upriver on the Mississippi. Once you see this, it’ll be pretty easy for you to envision a 500-acre farm in the space of a warehouse. From there it’s just math.
Momentum Machines robot-powered restaurant is opening in San Francisco
It probably wouldn’t be Daveslist without at least one story about automation replacing workers and how we need to figure out what comes next before things gets dystopian. This is happening, and it’s happening now.
The Harpe Brothers: America’s Original Serial Killers
Let’s take a momentary detour into the macabre. If you’ve ever wondered who the first serial killer in America was, here’s your answer. And it wasn’t just a single killer, but a pair of psychopathic brothers (cousins?) whose reign of terror lasted more than 25 years and claimed dozens of victims. Chilling stuff.
The 40% Rule: A Navy SEAL's Secret to Mental Toughness
Pain is just weakness escaping the body. At least that’s what Senior Drill Instructor Sgt. Rivera used to scream at me when I was lagging at MCRD San Diego. Little did I know there was a scientific basis for that, and that many (most?) of our limitations exist only in our imaginations. Don’t ever quit.
Life Advice from Jimmy Buffett
He’s the life coach you need, but maybe not the life coach you deserve. As a parrothead since I was old enough to be tried as an adult, I can tell you this is solid advice. Two things he advocates that have legit saved my life at one time or another: read a book once in awhile and learn how to throw a stitch.
Me and Jimmy knocking back a few before his concert in Paris in 2010.
Me and Jimmy knocking back a few before his concert in Paris in 2010.
That’s it for this week, y'all. Hit REPLY and let me know what you thought about this week’s links. As always, feel free to forward or share this with anyone you think might enjoy it. Until next week…
Stay safe and have a great weekend!
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