Daily Briefing: May 24

The stat, the quote, and the read you need to start your day right.


You've heard of the online spider market, haven't you? It's huge. According to research published in Nature last week, more than 1,200 species of spiders, scorpions, and other arachnids are being traded across the world. The bigger problem is that almost 80% of the trade is not tracked or controlled, which is bad for these species' long-term viability.


“It is foolish and childish, on the face of it, to affiliate ourselves with anything so insignificant and patently contrived and commercially exploitative as a professional sports team. ... What is left out of this calculation, it seems to me, is the business of caring—caring deeply and passionately, really caring—which is a capacity or an emotion that has almost gone out of our lives. And so it seems possible that we have come to a time when it no longer matters so much what the caring is about, how frail or foolish is the object of that concern, as long as the feeling itself can be saved. Naivete—the infantile and ignoble joy that sends a grown man or woman to dancing and shouting with joy in the middle of the night over the haphazardous flight of a distant ball—seems a small price to pay for such a gift.”

Roger Angell may well have been the greatest baseball writer who ever lived. He died at 101 years old on Friday.


A sleek presentation on the state of crypto. (Andreessen Horowitz)

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