The Breads Roundup No. 64

Dating App Novelty, Tech Pipelines and Friends Galore

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How is everyone doing? I hope you are all enjoying some downright springly weather wherever you are. I don’t have a whole lot to say today so I won’t bore you with musings. Those will return in the coming weeks I’m sure as I fall further down on the roller coaster track of figuring out what to do with my life to be professionally happy.

In the meantime a short anecdote that popped into my head recently that I wanted to share because it is not at all important and I like self-sabotage apparently.

When I was in middle school the boys and I, as I just now decided to start calling us, used to sit in the lunch room (as one does) at the long, foldable lunch tables of our youth. You know the ones with mini stools for seats all connected to one central frame by metal bars. Very comfortable. That table combined with a mechanical pencil/pen made it possible to churn out some of the hottest beats known to man.

At that time one of our favorite songs was Busta and Pharrell’s “Light Your Ass on Fire” which in all honesty is still a banger. A very analogue version of the beat was simple to make on those tables, so we spent a good portion of the time using that as a backdrop for our lyrics. Except, because we were in middle school, we made our own version of the song: where the original lyrics to the hook go “Move girl, like your ass on fire” we changed them to “mud butt, light your ass on fire” and spent basically our entire lunch period, for weeks on end, freestyling about shitting our pants. Between verses the table would chant the hook and the next fellow would step up to drop a horrifying tale about his bowels. It was nothing but pure silliness and yeah sure, extreme immaturity, but mostly pure silliness. All the tales were completely made up: one of the most egregious examples was somebody talking about doo-dooing off the top of the Empire State Building and being up so high that they could “drop-kick god in the face”. Middle schoolers amiright? There were other far funnier moments that I can’t remember unfortunately. We used to get quiet when staff came by and then erupt back into things when they strolled out of earshot. We laughed a lot. We got very creative. We got very competitive. It was a wonderful time and I still think about it fondly. That is all.

I’m sure I’ll get some unsubscribes from folks after reading that short yarn, but hey, what’s the point of running my own newsletter if I can’t write about dookie rap tales when I want to?! That being said it won’t happen again and I’m sorry you had to read that. Please don’t go.

Also praise be to Oprah the interview God! She’s so awesome.

Time for the usual linkies. Enjoy.

People Are Using Dating Apps To Find Doctors, Drugs, And Protesters

Just Give Me A Synopsis:
This headline made my job here pretty easy as you get the gist of what the article is about. Good job headline writer.

And A Quote From The Article Please:

There’s a significant shift towards dating apps emerging as the ultimate networking platforms, allowing users to access a prolific playground of people to match different purposes, much of which can be attributed to the aftermath of life transitioning from the trappings of quarantine dating to a brave, new world.

And Tell Me Why I should Care:
Everything is everything at this point. No piece of social technology, once it has been around long enough, has a singular use case. Our world now is the idea that we always need to be connecting with people on multiple fronts for multiple different reasons. Hustlers will always find a way and platforms that are successful at connecting people will always be utilized in new ways aside from their express purpose (sometimes good ways and sometimes bad ways). This article also reminds me of one of my all time favorite tweets:

The History Behind The Excuse For The Lack Of Diversity In Tech

Just Give Me A Synopsis:
There are a variety of reasons why the tech space has been overwhelmingly white and male and as this piece explains, a lot of them have to do with long-standing institutional issues. Often described as an issue with the “talent pipeline” the problems are often far deeper than that. If you work in tech you should read this.

And A Quote From The Article Please:

“The very high-level view is, people have been talking about a pipeline problem in some form since the seventies,” Rankin told me. “And before that, often, it was like a quote, manpower problem, by focusing on who has PhDs or master’s degrees in a field or who has elite jobs in a field. But that focus is always on individuals. It’s on tracking people, not institutions and not structures. So this is why I think it continues to be a convenient excuse for a host of sins, because talking about a pipeline makes it seem as if all things are equal in the United States, and we just have to find a way to keep people in. But the truth is, when we think about a STEM pipeline, we don’t talk about the fact that education in the United States is by no means equal from birth onwards.”

And Tell Me Why I should Care:
You should care because the idea that the pipeline is not filled with enough qualified candidates who are not white or male (in the tech space but really across many industries) is both a bullsh*t excuse and a very correlative issue to those plaguing other sectors. For example someone who went to Harvard is often biased to hire someone who also went to Harvard and people get into Harvard based (mostly) on standardized test scores but it's been proven that standardized test scores are directly tied to income level and pretty much nothing else (and we know about the large income inequality gap in this country). So what this piece really gets at is that the "Tech Pipeline Problem" is really a much deeper issue than what its name implies. And isn’t the purpose of big tech to solve the major issues of our time? Hmmmmm?

What Is Dunbar's Number?

Just Give Me A Synopsis:
This theory purports that 150 (Dunbar's Number) is the common upper-limit for how many friends a person can have. To which I say – no the f*ck it isn't. Who the hell has that many friends? It claims that most people have 50 "close friends" which may even be more preposterous. I'm trying to think how many people in my life I could actually name and it is tough to say but it's probably less than 150. And I don't even like a lot of those people!

And A Quote From The Article Please:

In monkeys and apes, there is correlation between primate brain size and the size of their social groups, and by extrapolating this relationship we would expect humans to have a natural upper limit to the number of people in their group to about 150. This is what is known as Dunbar’s number, and turns out to be surprisingly common in human social organisation.

And Tell Me Why I should Care:
I guess you should care because this article says a lot about human nature and evolutionary traits. But also I consider all of you readers my friends so I guess I have more than that 150 friends. I'm rich... in friendship. Can someone make that into a graphic for me please?

At the end of the day life is all about relationships, so I guess just think about how to be better at them. It's ok if you're introverted, just focus on making the friendships you have more meaningful. The idea of personal networks also folds in well to this Hidden Brain episode I listened to recently that was all about the spread of information and viewpoints amongst friendship webs.

Other Interesting Things You May Or May Not Care About

  • What's The Deal With All Those Shady 'We Buy Houses' Signs?
    The signs are true, whoever is putting them up does indeed buy houses. Whether or not they are going to rip you off is another story. Consensus of the piece: if you aren't desperate to sell immediately, it's best to go through a broker.

  • The Best Advice After Trying Every Fad Diet? Just Eat.
    But a youtube video told me that if I eat Keto I will look like The Rock and transcend space and time!

  • Women Used To Dominate The Beer Industry – Until The Witch Accusations Started Pouring In
    A quick and easy read with super interesting historical info on the fact that beer used to be primarily brewed by women and how men came in and mucked everything up as usual. This quote I found particularly enlightening: “They wore the tall, pointy hats so that their customers could see them in the crowded marketplace. They transported their brew in cauldrons. And those who sold their beer out of stores had cats not as demon familiars, but to keep mice away from the grain.” Props to Breads reader CC for the rec!

  • The Greatest Pool Player In History Just Wanted To Hustle
    A classic rags to riches story about a Filipino boy who becomes the best pool player in the world but then doesn't really care about the prestige and just wants to win money off people. You love to see it.

  • The Physics Of Karate
    Some physicists who also liked karate did a study to determine why our hand doesn't shatter when breaking wood and concrete in those classic demonstrations we all know and love. It turns out human bones are very sturdy. And the masters who do the breaking of said objects really know what they’re doing. This brings me to my next point: The Breads Bloodsport Kumite will be held next month if anyone would like to enter.

  • I Was Hired To Assassinate Pablo Escobar
    It did not happen. The British bloke and his team went down in their helicopter in the Colombian jungle and never made it to do their job. Obviously ol' Pablo eventually met his end a bit later.

  • At Long Last, Burning Man Is Building a Permanent City
    I don't know if "At Long Last" is how most of us feel to be honest. "You know what this world needs is a permanent Burning Man camp!" But I will say that through this initiative they are doing some pretty cool stuff with regenerative architecture and design.

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Brands I Quite Like

There are so many brands out there that are not cool or unique that I thought I would highlight new brands that I think are in fact doing dope things and are worth knowing about. This is not sponsored or full of affiliate links.

Hipcamp - An Easy Way To Book Outdoor Lodging

Hipcamp has been around for a while but they’ve been blowing up over the past year because of increased interest in the outdoors and their Airbnb-ification of the camping experience. If your Bumble profile says you’re outdoorsy but you haven’t even been camping this is the place to start. They kind of do it all: you can rent campsites, RVs, cabins, and even just blank private and public land. Plus they also do good stuff like giving back to nature orgs and what not. Check ‘em out.

Let’s Just Looks At Art Because Reading Sucks

Y’all Wanted Music, You’re Getting Music!

I found this band recently, Kikagaku Moyo, and they are described as a psychedelic band from Tokyo. They are indeed that. But also a lot more as they draw from various styles, going beyond the expected psych rock sound we’ve come to know. Some of their stuff is heavily trippy, but other tracks are inspired by R&B or folk or other genres that I don’t even know how to classify (Japanese traditional??).

Lists Are What The Internet Was Made For!

This week it’s a rather robust list so I’m only including one. It’s Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies. There’s a lot to unpack here but a good place to peruse to get the general state of cool stuff across every sector you could possibly imagine. The Breads has not made the list. Maybe next year.

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