Adam Polak at The Software House published an interesting overview piece on the state of software architecture approaches available in 2021, complete with design patterns, case studies, and micro-services.
The Hustle published an interesting piece looking at the market for Bob Ross paintings, and why owner retention could be why they are so hard to buy despite Bob Ross being one of the most prolific famous painters in history, painting around 30,000 pieces during his life.
In 2018 the high roller database of a casino was stolen, via a smart fish-tank thermometer! Hackers were able to access the network through the connected thermometer and complete the heist without setting foot in the casino.
A bug in an airline reservation system resulted in all female passengers on a Tui flight that select Miss on their booking to be allocated a child's weight of 35kg on the aircraft load sheet instead of the standard weight of 69kg. This error resulted in the pilot calculating takeoff thrust using a weight figure that was 1,200kg lighter than the real weight of the aircraft.
Neil On Software created a handy guide on how to deal with difficult people on software projects. I think the tips on how to address each scenario are applicable for the most part outside of software also.
You may have heard about the digital art NFT that sold for $69 million. NPR's The Indicator podcast has a good explainer episode on the sale of Beeple's Everyday Project which includes an interview with Beeple (aka Mike Winkelman).