Uncommon valor was a common virtue.

Happy Saturday, y'all! This week we've got some great stuff on the Silk Road, the crazy housing marke
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Uncommon valor was a common virtue.
By Daveslist • Issue #43
Happy Saturday, y'all! This week we’ve got some great stuff on the Silk Road, the crazy housing market, and how long you’d live if you could only die by accident.
Let’s get it on…

Not gonna lie, I do get a kick out of it when it happens.
Not gonna lie, I do get a kick out of it when it happens.
John Kelly's Speech About Marines In Ramadi
This story has been going around for several years now, and I still get choked up every time I read it. It’s about two Marines from two different units and vastly different backgrounds who didn’t even know each other, yet stood side by side with guns blazing until they gave their lives to save their comrades. Their story is made even more poignant because it was told by General John Kelly, who lost his own son in combat four days before telling their story.
Until Valhalla, brothers. Semper Fi.
Silicon Valley Murder Mystery: How Drugs and Paranoia Doomed Silk Road
This is the MUST READ of the week. I have a feeling I’m not going to agree with a lot of Nick Bilton’s conclusions in his new book about the Silk Road, but I’ll definitely be reading it. This is one of the most fascinating and surreal cases I’ve ever seen, and one of the largest miscarriages of justice I can remember. Ross Ulbricth’s story is one for the books.
Unroll.me’s CEO is ‘heartbroken’ that users are upset their data was sold to Uber
There’s an old saying in poker circles that if you can’t figure out who the victim is within ten minutes of sitting down at the table, it’s you.  So too it is with free online services, and Unroll.me proved that in spades this week.
Unroll.me is a popular free service that unsubscribes you from stuff you don’t want to see in your inbox anymore. Now it turns out they were taking that unsub data and selling it to the very services you were unsubscribing from (and others, of course). The internet threw a hissy fit when this was revealed, and in typical Silicon Valley fashion the company’s response was along the lines of, “Shut up, dummies. How did you think we were paying for this?” 
There’s no such thing as “free”, y'all.
Rockridge dump receives 19 offers, sells for quarter-million over asking
Would you pay almost a million dollars for a one-bedroom tear-down you couldn’t even live in? Hundreds of people lined up to do just that in the latest chapter of “The Bay Area Housing Scene Has Lost Its Damned Mind”. This condemned hovel was listed for $495,000 and sold a month later for $755,000, a quarter million over the asking price. And in a neighborhood you wouldn’t have expected to come out of alive when I was a kid. Unreal. 
Why Americans have stopped moving
So why is San Francisco real estate so expensive? Because that’s how the people there like it. Seriously. And here’s the economic data to prove it. If the restrictions on building new housing in New York and San Francisco were lifted to relieve the housing crises in those locations, it would add an estimated $1.7 trillion to US GDP. But existing homeowners would scream bloody murder because more affordable housing would reduce their home’s value. Aside from New York and the Bay Area, this is a really interesting piece about how Americans today are “stuck”, how we got here, and why we aren’t really motivated to change that.
Google is super secretive about its anti-aging research. No one knows why.
It’s no secret that Google is working on anti-aging and “solving” death. But that’s where the transparency ends. Calico is so secretive about its research that it’s starting to get a bad reputation in the science community. 
How Long Is Amortality?
I’m so fascinated by anti-aging technology and the notion of amortality that I’ve recently re-arranged my life to make it my life’s work (more on that in coming issues). So if all diseases were eliminated and the only thing that could kill you was getting hit by a bus or in a plane crash or some other accident, how long would you live? 200 years? 300? Nope. Try 9,000 years. Here’s the data to back it up.
#Vanlife, the Bohemian Social-Media Movement
It’s been awhile since I’ve written about #Vanlife, and in that time it has become so mainstream that it’s now being written about in the New Yorker. Every time I read about #vanlife I think about my buddy Rolf Potts and how he not only traveled the entire US in a van, but wrote the actual instruction manual for a long term life of travel called Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long Term World Travel. It’s still the best book written on the subject, and you should definitely check it out if you’ve got a case of the wanderlust (whether or not you’re into vans). 
The Future Of Flying Is Nearly Here–But You Probably Can’t Afford It
The saga of passenger mistreatment by airlines has been never-ending lately, so I thought it might be fun to share what’s in store for first class cabins over the next decade or so. Coach will always be miserable, but the front of the plane is starting to look like a real party.
People Are Trying To Find The Truth About A Creepy 'Unfinished' Playstation Game
Is this real, or is it a hoax? Is there actually an unfinished Playstation game out there with cheat codes that unlock information about real child killings? The internet is a dark and scary place sometimes.
That’s it for this week, y'all. I hope you enjoyed the links. Feel free to share with anyone you think might also enjoy them. Also, please be sure to hit Thumbs Up or Down below to let me know what you thought.
Have a fantastic weekend, stay safe, and I’ll see you next Saturday!
DAVE
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