Journal 139 — instabrands, the creator of PlayStation, the insect apocalypse, Tesla’s Gigafactory, and a murder in Chillicothe, Missouri

Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada

This week — instabrands, the creator of PlayStation, the insect apocalypse, and Tesla’s Gigafactory.

If you only read one thing — The Atavist on a murder in Chillicothe, Missouri is worth the time.

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Blood Cries Out | The Atavist | Crime

The story of two families that worked the same land in a farming partnership and lived as neighbours in a remote part of Missouri. Their lives were irrevocably altered when a gunman entered one of their homes one night and shot the mother and father of the house.

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The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed | The Atlantic | Business

If you’ve ever wondered how the unknown fashion brands with slightly odd names serving you Instagram ads are actually likely operating, then this story will tell you. It mainly involves advertising and Alibaba, the global marketplace for manufactured goods.

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The legacy of PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, in 24 stories | Polygon | Culture

An amazing collection of anecdotes from colleagues about the challenging creator of PlayStation. The piece offers insights into business strategy, creativity and the history of video games.

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The Insect Apocalypse Is Here | The New York Times | Science

A look at a massive loss in insect population and the decimation of biodiversity on Earth. We know some of what’s being lost (900 million monarch butterflies in the last 20 years for example), but we don’t track insect species or populations closely enough to know the full extent of the loss, or what its impact on the wider ecosystem will be.

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Tesla will live and die by the Gigafactory | The Verge | Business

A visit to Tesla’s factory, big on automation, where they will soon be making 60% of the world’s lithium-ion batteries.

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