How to survive an avalanche in style.

Happy Saturday, y'all! Hope you've had a great week. I know most of you are dealing with snow at the
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How to survive an avalanche in style.
By Daveslist • Issue #28
Happy Saturday, y'all! Hope you’ve had a great week. I know most of you are dealing with snow at the moment, but right now it’s 72° here in New Orleans. 
We’ve got a fun mix this week. Let’s get it on.

That's unfortunate.
Just incredible. This happened a few days ago in one of my favorite spots on Earth. The whining sound you hear in the video is the backpack airbag inflating and literally saving this guy’s life, as his noggin cam catches all of it on video. Harrowing.
When I first saw this I was highly amused. After a few minutes, though, I started getting pissed. This guy’s storage locker was nicer than some apartments I’ve had. I’m willing to bet this is the most outrageous thing you see this week.
Speaking of unusual places to live, this is fantastic as well. Out here the world could end and you’d never even know it. If you’re into self sufficiency, you’re going to love this one.
Let that sink in for a moment. A quarter million a kid. And that’s the average, meaning half of us spend even more than that (ok, I know that would be the median, but you get what I mean). Staggering.
The real irony in how expensive it is to have kids today is that the odds are they’ll never be able to afford the same at the rate things are going. I think it’s obvious to most of us that this is the first generation that won’t do as well as their parents financially, and I won’t be surprised to see that reflected in the population growth statistics for years to come.
I got an Echo Dot for Christmas, and 10/10 I’d be bummed if I came home to a dollhouse on my porch. Our transition to the IoT (Internet of Things) is happening very rapidly, so these sorts of screw-ups are actually useful in that they point out which systems are vulnerable and need to be hardened.
Inadvertently ordering dollhouses is one thing. Shutting down entire sections of the upper Northeast or taking almost a million Germans offline is another entirely. This is why IoT security is so important. More and more, hackers are forgoing people’s computers in favor of their networked refrigerators, televisions, and toasters, which are vulnerable just because we don’t think about them.
This piece was written by one of my mentors, Steve Blank, and he doesn’t pull any punches. He brings up the interesting (and, in my view, indisputable) point that visionaries thrive on chaos but executives abhor it. When an executive replaces a visionary, their first order of business is to calm the waters, which inadvertently sets off the company’s death spiral.
This is maybe the coolest thing I found all week. Roughly 1,300 years ago two stars collided in a massive explosion. The light from that explosion will reach Earth in about five years, creating a new star in the night sky which, for a few years, will be the brightest star up there. This is the first time in recorded human history that we’ve been able to predict the birth of a star.
That’s it for this week, y'all. I hope you enjoyed the links. Hit REPLY if you’d like to chat about any of them. As always, share far and wide with those you think might also enjoy Daveslist. 
Have a fantastic weekend, stay safe, and I’ll see you next Saturday!
DAVE
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