Journal 109 — a 43-year-old spider, a successful gambler, the architects of today’s web, France’s 1968 riots, & a former CIA operative turned cop

Happy Valley Race Course, by Chong Fat

This week — a 43-year-old spider, an ultra-successful gambler, a conversation with some of the architects of today’s web, and a look back to France’s 1968 riots. 
If you only read one thing — The New Yorker on a former CIA operative turned local cop is worth the time.


The Spy Who Came Home | The New Yorker | Society

A story about Patrick Skinner, currently a local cop in Savannah, Georgia, but formerly a CIA case officer directly engaged in post-9/11 operations. The piece jumps between his two careers and relates how he is applying lessons from the CIA to community policing.

The extraordinary life and death of the world’s oldest known spider | The Washington Post | Science

An obituary for a 43-year-old spider whose study was a career-spanning work for the zoologist that first found her. The spider was given a fitting epitaph in the scientific paper written after her death — “we can be inspired by an ancient mygalomorph spider and the rich biodiversity she embodied.”

The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code | Bloomberg | Life

A gambler made a fortune betting on the trickiest of markets — horses. This piece tells the story of how he made close to a billion dollars betting on Hong Kong races.

The Internet Apologizes | New York | Technology

A conversation with 13 “architects” of the internet as it is today, with employment histories at Google, Facebook, Uber and other tech leviathans. The piece explores, in 15 steps, how apparently idealistic intentions resulted in today’s messy state of affairs.

May 1968: A Month of Revolution Pushed France Into the Modern World
 | The New York Times | Society

The controversy stoked by the month of riots in France 50 years ago had a seismic impact on French society. This photo essay revisits the events in Paris and around the country in May 1968.