The Newsletter of (Not Quite) Everything

The Newsletter of (Not Quite) Everything explores a broad range of topics including politics, culture, history, and societal issues, often using specific examples to discuss larger themes such as the importance of data over anecdotes, the complexities of urban development, and the implications of policy decisions. It offers critical perspectives on current affairs, technology, and environmental challenges, intertwining personal narratives with broader societal analyses.

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Top posts of the year

And their main takeaways
3184 implied HN points • 21 Jun 23
  1. The author's newsletter will be on pause due to the sudden death of his partner, Agnes.
  2. Supportive friends and colleagues will continue the newsletter while the author takes time off.
  3. The author expresses gratitude for the love and support received during this difficult time.
904 implied HN points • 12 Jul 23
  1. The idea of expanding cities like Cambridge to the size of Bristol is being considered for economic growth.
  2. Historically, English cities have transformed in size as economic conditions change, showing potential for growth.
  3. Challenges like housing affordability and lab space need to be addressed for cities like Cambridge to thrive as tech hubs.
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530 implied HN points • 27 Jan 24
  1. Coal mining has a deep history and emotional attachment for many, even as we transition to renewable energy sources.
  2. Renewable energy like wind power is seen as an obvious and compelling solution for energy needs.
  3. Industrial infrastructure, even when old or decommissioned, can evoke a sense of nostalgia and admiration for human achievement.
530 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. The system of selecting a head of state can be cruel in how it forces heirs to inherit either too young or near old age.
  2. Ancient Egyptian history is vast, spanning thousands of years, with a complex system of dividing into dynasties and kingdoms.
  3. The division of Ancient Egyptian history into dynasties and kingdoms is largely based on convention and interpretation, leading to disagreements among experts.
530 implied HN points • 26 Jul 23
  1. _Barbie_ and _Oppenheimer_ films are compared with a focus on the inevitability and guilt associated with historical events.
  2. Film _Oppenheimer_ explores themes of guilt and responsibility regarding the Manhattan Project and the use of atomic bombs.
  3. Population shifts in London over the decades have seen fluctuations, with various factors influencing the city's growth and decline.
491 implied HN points • 01 Jul 23
  1. When poor people occupy land without paying, it's called squatting. When the rich do it, it's labeled as parking.
  2. The growth of cars and road infrastructure in cities like Mumbai mirrors past mistakes made in the West.
  3. Car ownership, particularly in developing countries, poses environmental and economic challenges that need addressing.
452 implied HN points • 27 May 23
  1. Temperature measurement has a long history and was viewed differently in ancient times.
  2. Gradual advancements in creating reliable thermometers involved changing materials and introducing numerical scales.
  3. The meticulous work of individuals like Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit and Jean-Andr de Luc contributed to establishing standardized temperature scales.
412 implied HN points • 17 May 23
  1. The housing crisis in the UK is a significant political issue with contrasting views from different parties.
  2. Political parties are divided on addressing the housing crisis, with considerations for building on greenfield land and reforming planning laws.
  3. Australia's vast size and sparse population have influenced the creation of large novelty structures as tourist attractions.
373 implied HN points • 02 Aug 23
  1. Right-wing papers sometimes underestimate the intelligence of their readers.
  2. The term 'dark ages' originated as a critique of the lack of great art and literature in Petrarch's time.
  3. There is a trend among readers for non-left-wing takes that do not condescend.
334 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Labour's deputy leader highlighted the financial impact on working people under successive Conservative governments.
  2. The UK's urban economies have suffered from significant underperformance, leading to a cumulative loss in wealth for the average person.
  3. The majority of UK cities experienced growth in employment but not in productivity, resulting in a 'growthless recovery' with various factors at play, such as Brexit and infrastructure decisions.