2022-07-25 5 min read


Notes, 2022-07-25.

When I write for The Prepared, I first thematically organize a dozen-or-so interesting links from the yawning abyss of my bookmarks and then use any emergent themes to write the introduction. This week, my links were decidedly fish-themed—which got me thinking about one of my favorite, easy, under-the-radar travel activities: visiting hatcheries.

A hatchery is like a combination mini-aquarium, research station, and industrial operation. The US Fish & Wildlife Service operates 70 hatcheries in the United States and each state operates additional hatcheries on its own, including a dozen in New York. They are usually close to main highways and make great road trip stops or even day trips: the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, for instance, has science exhibits, natural history exhibits, and a fully stocked fishing reservoir with rental equipment.

If your interests are similar to mine—and I assume that they are to some extent because you are reading this newsletter—you will really enjoy how open hatchery staff are to showing you the behind-the-scenes operations of spawning, breeding, and transporting fish. On my bucket list for hatchery-related operations: the Salmon Cannon in Washington and the Aerial Fish Restocking in Utah.

-Kane Hsieh

The most clicked link from last week's issue (~9% of opens) was the Wikipedia page for kei trucks, the little (and highly practical) utility trucks that dominate Japanese micro-logistics. In the Members' Reading Group this week, we're starting The Toaster Project, Thomas Thwaite's fantastical and epic effort to recreate the supply chain for an almost comically simple object -- a simple sliced bread toaster.

Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


  • Greg Abandoned is the nom de guerre of a photographer that finds and documents abandoned infrastructure from around the world. I appreciate the code of conduct among urban explorers to minimize vandalism: do not reveal locations.
  • You may know Shimano as the largest manufacturer of bicycle drivetrains. The company’s second-largest business unit is actually fishing equipment, which shares economies of scope: making small things that spin and ratchet reliably in outdoor environments.

In 2003, Lockheed Martin accidentally tipped over the $239M NOAA-19 satellite during manufacturing. This picture makes me sympathetically cringe every time I see it.

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