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What I learned last week (#186): off the grid


Field of golden grass and green sky in Newbury, England
A morning run in the fields of Newbury, England, last week

A weekly selection of what I was reading, drawing, writing, and doing. I was mostly off the grid last week so this edition of WILLW is super-short. Still, there are a few things worth sharing.


The fam and I spent last weekend “down south”, which means we were in England and, more specifically, the greater London area (Sunbury, Newbury) with a quick trip to Bristol.

The thing that surprised me about London during this visit is how green it is. There are tons of parks and greenspaces. I only really got to see it from the sky but this was unexpected. I really enjoy visiting London.

View from the window of the Eye in London.

We got to see lots of family and friends, the kids got to play with their cousins, it was perfectly warm, we did some sightseeing, and we not only survived Legoland, but we actually had a blast.

Some other things that caught my attention last week:

  • The 30-Foot Jump – “And at the end of this month, Mike Powell’s remarkable 8.95 meter jump — that’s 29 feet, 4 3/8 inches — will have been the world record for 20 years.”
    “Nobody has jumped 29 feet since that day in Tokyo in 1991. Nobody has come within eight inches of the record since that day.”
  • Making microbots smart – lots of fun videos and info on how we will have little robots swimming in our bodies soon.
  • Global Population Density visualizations from Tim Urban

Last but not least, check out what I’m up to now.

One response to “What I learned last week (#186): off the grid”

  1. Wow, Thank you so much for sharing the global population density visualizations twitter thread from Tim Urban; it is fascinating and in some sense makes me appreciate my life more!

    And happy adventures with your family!

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