Interesting Reads for the Week Ending July 9th

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Interesting reads number six. At what number should I stop counting?

Here are the links for the first five:

  1. Interesting Reads for the Week Ending May 28th
  2. Interesting Reads for the Week Ending June 4th
  3. Interesting Reads for the Week Ending June 11th
  4. Interesting Reads for the Week Ending June 18th
  5. Interesting Reads for the Week Ending July 2nd

The Rules

Here are the rules for what articles I choose to include in this weekly roundup:

  1. It can’t be anything I wrote.
  2. It has to be something I actually read. Nothing that simply had an interesting headline.
  3. I have to have read it since the previous post. It does not have to be something that was written in the past week.
  4. It has to be something I read online. In other words, it has to be a webpage with a URL.

The Reads

Visa is partnering with over 50 crypto companies to allow clients to spend and convert digital currencies - basically making it as easy to spend crypto as it is to use a debit or credit card. I didn’t see a list of those 50 companies on the article, but I do know that BlockFi, Coinbase, and Uphold all have (or will soon have) some sort of credit or debit card.

This article was just fun: How Nintendo introduced the Game Boy, Tetris, and Pokémon to the West. I remember getting my Game Boy for Christmas way back in the early nineties. There’s even a video of how excited I was - I should find that video and post it!

We went on a rather long road trip with our little ones a couple of weeks back. This Family Road Trip Hacks article would have been a good read. It still is, but it would have been, too.

Hospitals are now required to post their prices online. NPR has an article Hospitals Have Started Posting Their Prices Online. Here’s What They Reveal. My local paper also has an article - Hospital charges posted online, but hard to use. I’ve looked at a couple of the local hospital’s price listings and, yeah, they’re pretty cryptic.

More and more car companies are moving to electric - Jeep reveals two-row Grand Cherokee 4xe, promises full EV lineup by 2025. I guess “4xe” means four-wheel-drive electric? And, oddly enough, Jeep (or Chrystler) doesn’t own the 4xe trademark - someone else does.

Check out the Jeep electric promo video - it’s got some interesting concepts that are yet to be implemented:

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