Category Archives: Week in review

A week in review, 2020-W02

Wrote

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Read

  1. Ken White, David Foster Wallace Was No Coward, The Atlantic (2020-01-07).
  2. Mark Manson, 10 Important Lessons We Learned from the 2010s, markmanson.net (2019-12-29). The television age trained us to be docile and receptive. “Show me the shiny funny things, oh, glorious fun box.” But the internet requires us to be active participants in our own consumption. Taking responsibility for that consumption—and managing ourselves when we over-indulge on that consumption—is a difficult and never-ending task.
  3. Alice Boyes, 5 Ways Smart People Sabotage Their Success, Harvard Business Review (2018-11-13). (notes)
  4. Arthur Waldron, So Long, Lu Xun, Commentary Magazine (2007-08-28).
  5. Paul French, Top 10 books about Old Shanghai, The Guardian (2018-09-26).

Listened

  1. Boeing vs Airbus - Cleared for Takeoff, Business Wars (2020-01-08).
  2. Are U.S.-China Relations In a Downward Spiral?, China in the World (2020-01-07).
  3. #25 How to publish a book in China, Middle Earth (2020-01-07).

Watched

Amélie (2001)

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Art

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A week in review, 2020-W01

Wrote

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Read

  1. Burkhard Bilger, The Nun and the Cheese Underground, The New Yorker (2002-08-19).
  2. John Fecile, How Chicago Bars Got So Many Old Style Signs, WBEZ (2019-12-28).
  3. Rob Walker, The 15 Crazy Objects That Defined an Even Crazier 2019, Marker (2019-12-20).
  4. Ted Drozdowski, ’97 Flashback: How Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind Survived Stormy Studio Sessions, Gibson Lifestyle (2008-01-02).
  5. Michael Cavna, Bill Watterson talks: This is why you must read the new ‘Exploring Calvin and Hobbes’ book, The Washington Post (2015-03-09).

Listened

  1. The Zero-Minute Workout, Freakonomics Radio (2019-06-26).
  2. Episode 216: How Four Drinking Buddies Saved Brazil, Planet Money (2020-01-01).
  3. 716: The Right Way to Form New Habits - HBR IdeaCast, HBR IdeaCast (2020-01-02).

Watched

The Dismemberment Plan: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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A week in review, 2019-W52

Wrote

  1. 39 (2019-12-24).

Read

  1. Seth Godin, Quality and effort, Seth's Blog (2018-11-01). We ignore checklists and processes because we've been taught that they’re beneath us. Instead of reacting to an error with, "I need to be more careful," we can respond with, "I can build a better system." If it matters enough to be careful, it matters enough to build a system around it.
  2. Gene Williams, Calvin's Other Alter Ego, The Plain Dealer (1987-08-30).
  3. Van Savage, Novelist Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write a great science paper, Nature (2019-09-26). And don't worry too much about readers who want to find a way to argue about every tangential point and list all possible qualifications for every statement. Just enjoy writing.
  4. Shane Parrish, How Not to Be Stupid, Farnam Street (2020-01-02). By the way, if you're in any field and you want to find ways to innovate, focus on words that are commonly used and try to define them simply. It took me about a month, and I defined stupidity as overlooking or dismissing conspicuously crucial information. Right? It's crucial information, like you better pay attention to it. It's conspicuous, like it's right in front of your nose and yet you either overlook it or you dismiss it.
  5. Natasha Frost, What do Boeing CEO's Dennis Muilenberg's apologies actually mean?, Quartz (2019-10-31). Right now, Boeing's apologies appear to be more focused on rebuilding the relationship with customers than on actually fixing the problem or offering an explanation. It's not surprising if they thus ring a little hollow—especially since the company's attempts to fix the problem appear to be being done at the behest of the FAA, rather than its own leadership.

Listened

  1. Podcast #571: The Voyage of Character, The Art of Manliness (2019-12-23).

Watched

Meet Memo, the Marie Kondo of Fitness, The New York Times (2019-11-01).

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Upcoming

  • 2020-01-01: It's a new year—we ain't makin' any plans quite yet.

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A week in review, 2019-W51

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  1. Joe Fassler, The Great Gatsby Line That Came From Fitzgerald's Life—and Inspired a Novel, The Atlantic (2013-07-02). If we spend our lives on a social stage, performing emotions, ideas, and acts for others, how are we ever to be sure of the authenticity of our feelings and memories?
  2. Lindsey Andrews, YAGNI – You Aren’t Going To Need It: Too Much Data is a Bad Thing, SensrTrx Blog (2019-10-24). When applied to manufacturing data, YAGNI explains the importance of collecting data that can provide valuable insights and actionable decisions. Many companies collect anything and everything because “you never know what you might find”, which is the wrong way to look at data collection.

Listened

  1. There and Back Again, Radiolab (2019-12-18).
  2. Alex Gibney, WTF with Marc Maron (2019-12-19).
  3. #1402 - Boyan Slat, The Joe Rogan Experience (2019-12-17).

Watched

The Top 100 Plays of 2019! | MLB Highlights

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  • Nothing!: I have no idea. Tell me what I should do in 2020.

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A week in review, 2019-W50

Wrote

  1. And that's that (2019-12-14).

Read

  1. Rob Kilner, Lunchtime Loafer, The Idler (2018-09-03). In the early days of my lunch-hour excursions, I would walk for half-an-hour before turning back, to see how far I could get. I plotted a circular lunchtime range on a map, which revealed an area the size of a small country (the Polynesian Island nation of Tuvalu) at my disposal. And the lunch hours add up. Twelve months of them equate to around two weeks of free time.
  2. Jessica Cohen, Local News Deserts and Rainmakers, Utne Reader (2019-04-01). Napoli’s 2018 study then found that 20 out of 100 randomly sampled U.S. communities had no local news, and eight had no articles addressing critical information needs in the seven days that news stories were analyzed. As online news and ads divert subscription and ad revenue from newspapers, many have limited resources for local reporting and rely on state and national wire stories — or papers collapse and close. “What’s scary is what people don’t know they don’t know,” said Napoli.

Listened

  1. (sub)Text: A Discussion of Todd Phillips' Film "Joker, The Partially Examined Life (2019-12-06).
  2. Margaret O'Mara: Silicon Valley doesn't understand its own history, Recode Decode (2019-12-11).

Watched

How to make Salted Duck Egg Yolk Sauce(Chinese Mayonnaise)

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A week in review, 2019-W49

Wrote

  1. The ritual of the notes (2019-12-03).

Read

  1. Richard Thaler, Cass Sunstein, John Balz, Choice Architecture, The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy (2013).

Listened

  1. Honey, I Grew the Economy (Ep. 399), Freakonomics Radio (2019-12-05).
  2. How to Trust People You Don't Like, WorkLife (2018-03-28).
  3. S 5 E 17 The Spanish Flu and Selfish Genes, Akimbo (2019-12-04).

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A week in review, 2019-W48

Wrote

  1. 100 (2019-11-25).
  2. Metrics and their discontents (2019-11-26).

Read

  1. Kenneth Cukier, The Dictatorship of Data, MIT Technology Review (2013-05-31).
  2. Michael Schrage, Don't Let Metrics Critics Undermine Your Business, MIT Sloan Management Review (2019-10-23).
  3. Stephen Kosslyn, Are You Developing Skills That Won’t Be Automated?, Harvard Business Review (2019-09-25).
  4. Marnie Shure, The podcasts that defined the 2010s, The A.V. Club (2019-11-25).
  5. Chris Moffitt, Tips for Selecting Columns in a DataFrame, Practical Business Python (2019-11-26).

Listened

  1. #955: Pirate Videos, Planet Money (2019-11-29).
  2. 509 - Be Big Enough to Change Your Circumstances: Eric Adams Shares How He Went From "Bad Kid" to Brooklyn Borough President, The James Altucher Show (2019-11-26).
  3. Square Roots' Kimbal Musk: “Working in tech was like chewing sawdust”, Danny in the Valley (2019-11-29).

Watched

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

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A week in review, 2019-W47

Wrote

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  1. Vann R. Newkirk II, The Great Land Robbery, The Atlantic (2019-08-12).
  2. Linda Holmes, Exploring, Not Explaining, the Mind of Robin Williams, KQED (2018-07-16).
  3. Jeffrey Lewis, "Night of Murder": On the Brink of Nuclear War in South Asia, NTI (2019-11-06).

Listened

  1. Fuchsia Dunlop On ‘The Food Of Sichuan’, Sinica Podcast (2019-11-14).
  2. Episode 1072 - Nathan Lane, WTF with Marc Maron (2019-11-18).
  3. Chocolate and Sustainability, Business Wars (2019-11-18).

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Upcoming


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A week in review, 2019-W46

Wrote

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  1. Michael Pollan, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (2013-04-23). (notes)
  2. Steve Vockrodt, To promote Kansas City, business group turns to a familiar T-shirt design, Kansas City Star (2019-11-08).
  3. Penelope Trunk, Steal this business idea, Penelope Trunk Careers (2019-10-30).
  4. Andy Mannix, I posted a video that became right-wing disinformation. Here’s how I fought back., Columbia Journalism Review (2019-11-14).
  5. Matt Taibbi, Wells Fargo's Master Spin Job, Rolling Stone (2015-10-02).

Listened

  1. Three Speeches in October, China in the World (2019-11-15).
  2. Ep. 12 | Apollo 12's Really Close Call, Sidedoor: A Podcast from the Smithsonian (2019-11-13).
  3. Pagan Fundraisers, Blue Haired Boy, Autism and Oscar, The Moth (2016-05-31).

Watched

3 Idiots (2009)

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Snowconeman

Upcoming


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A week in review, 2019-W45

Wrote

None

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  1. David Browne, In the Room at Nirvana’s ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’, Rolling Stone (2019-11-01).
  2. R. Du Toit Strauss, Voyager 2 enters interstellar space, Nature Astronomy (2019-11-04).
  3. Mary Cain, I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike, The New York Times (2019-11-07).
  4. David Ferguson, Find The Thing You're Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life, The Onion (2013-03-20).
  5. Ernie Smith, The Car Cassette Adapter Was an Unsung Hero at the Dawn of the Digital Age, Motherboard (2019-11-06).

Listened

  1. Live Episode! Luke's Lobster: Luke Holden and Ben Conniff, How I Built This (2019-11-07).
  2. Atari's Nolan Bushnell: "I started tinkering in third grade and never stopped, Danny in the Valley (2019-11-02).
  3. Philanthropy in China, with Scott Kennedy of CSIS, Sinica Podcast (2019-11-07).

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