This week’s highlights: Stillness, Robot-Powered Groceries, Drunk Elephants
by David Wells – Nashville TN
Apparently this week marks the end of the school year in Nashville – whatever that means? For most of Middle TN, schools have been out since the tornado in early March. So kids are 3 months in to the ‘new normal.’ Already the 9 year old in our house is questioning his ability / desire to return to 8 hours a day spent indoors vs. his current life lived largely outside. Who knows what life looks like 9 weeks from now?
Content I wrote this week –
- Picking an Investment Partner – Where to Start? Selecting the right investment partner is a question that most will choose to answer as they structure their investments. Yet the industry is awash in a sea of sameness with excess jargon and little clarity. Every firm talks about their holistic planning and proprietary investment process – but what does it all mean? Where are the actual lines of difference that allow you to determine the difference of one firm from another?
Food for Thought
- RyanHoliday – Can You Be Still? The great question of this season.
- NewYorker – How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump Credit TP – Fifteen on Friday strives to be fiercely apolitical – it’s a non-win proposition. That said, political strategy is fair game, and this piece was quite interesting. “To understand the President’s path to the 2020 election, look at what he has provided the country’s executive class.”
- The Atlantic – Social Distancing Is Not Enough We will need a comprehensive strategy to reduce the sort of interactions that can lead to more infections. & NewYorker – Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, a Regimen for Re-entry Health-care workers have been on the job throughout the pandemic. What can they teach us about the safest way to lift a lockdown?
- Mel – What’s the Perfect Number of People for a Digital Happy Hour? You can have as many people as you want in your Zoom happy hours, but you’ll need a plan to prevent chaos
- Stratechery – Chips and Geopolitics Why a chip manufacturer looking to put a ‘fab’ in the United States is a big deal
- RampCapital – The Death of Cities
- Bloomberg – A Playboy in Lockdown, Dan Bilzerian Pushes Party Brand From a Social Distance – Credit DH -The ‘King of Instagram’ is selling branded vodka, bath bombs and dog toys while racking up huge corporate expenses.
- Fortune – These robot-powered warehouses could save grocers—but first they need to survive the coronavirus pandemic Ocado built a buzzy business around helping supermarkets survive online. The COVID-19 crisis has become its trial by fire
- WashingtonPost – How the pandemic is changing shopping American Eagle, Sephora and Best Buy are among the retailers reimagining their stores to make shopping faster, easier and safer
- UnReal Engine – A first look at Unreal Engine 5 One of our goals in this next generation is to achieve photorealism on par with movie CG and real life – watch this demo video – insane where computer graphics are going.
- Slate – Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real Which means science is broken.
- Hodinkee – Twelve More Mistakes New Watch Enthusiasts Make (And How To Avoid Them)
- NYT – Elephants Really Can’t Hold Their Liquor Humans and other species have a gene mutation that lets them digest alcohol. In other species, it’s missing.
- TheLily – Do you trust your partner to cut your hair? It’s the ultimate coronavirus relationship test