The Dog Days

There are perks to working from home when the temperature is 95 degrees Fahrenheit — namely, working in shorts and eating popsicles all day.

Thanks for being here for the August Zaleski Minute. As always, if it takes you longer than 60 seconds, complain to management.

What I Was Writing:

  1. For Medium: Virtual reality is poised to change many things in many ways: exposure therapy for PTSD sufferers; gaming for folks used to interacting with 2D images; and, yes, porn. But what is it like for the people who make the virtual environments propagating the mainstream? Bouts of dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dissociative experiences

  2. For MIT Technology ReviewTim Hwang is a 26-year-old wunderkind shaking the foundations of policymaking in Washington, D.C. He’s the founder of FiscalNote, a digital platform revolutionizing the lobbying industry with data. Smarter lobbyists! Wait a minute…

  3. For CNBC: What Unity Biotechnology is currently doing to fight osteoarthritis is evidently so attractive, it’s managed to secure the attention of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who are both big investors in the California-based company.

If You Missed It:

The self-styled Darth Vader of shark hunting trolls the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Florida’s southern coast, hoisting tiger sharks and hammerheads out by the hundreds. For Popular Science, I went fishing with Mark Quartiano, otherwise known as Mark the Shark. He creates epic fishing experiences for people like Clint Eastwood and Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders. But the conservation community has a bit of problem with that.