This week’s highlights: Phone booths, Netflix, and Time
Happy Friday and a Happy Mother’s Day,
Hope your weekend is a pleasant one
Food for Thought
- NPR – A 4-year-old can run errands alone … and not just on reality TV
- GuardianUK – The last phone boxes: broken glass, cider cans and – amazingly – a dial tone. Five million payphone calls are still made each year in the UK. Who is making them – and why?
- VF – The Life and Confessions of Mob Chef David Ruggerio. In the 1980s and 1990s David Ruggerio was a rising star of French cooking in New York—and a proto–celebrity chef with cookbooks and TV shows to his name. But all that success in the kitchen belied the double life he was leading as a rank-and-file member of the Mob. Decades after his fall from grace and mysterious disappearance from the food world, Ruggerio is coming clean.
- WSJ – How to Avoid Getting Dragged Into Meetings. Burned out on brain-storming sessions? Here are smart strategies to avoid them and other nonproductive gatherings.
- Autosport – How F1 Finally Cracked America The inaugural Miami Grand Prix is this weekend. Over 250,000 people pre-registered to buy 80,000 available tickets – it’s going to be a thing.
Business and Markets
- BE – Netflix is not a tech company. Like Sky before it, Netflix is a television company using tech as a crowbar for market entry. The tech has to be good, but it’s still fundamentally a commodity, and all of the questions that matter are TV questions.
- WSJ – American Consumers Are Shopping, Traveling and Working Out Like It’s 2019. People have returned to their old habits in many ways, while pandemic stars like hand sanitizer and stationary bikes have faded
- Insider – Here are the hedge funds that billionaire founders like Julian Robertson, Bill Ackman, and Seth Klarman trust to manage their families’ foundations
- Wired – Everything’s a WeWork Now. Years after the coworking giant’s highly publicized decline, its principles have permeated traditional offices and unlikely work spaces alike.
- Acquired – Platforms and Power (with Hamilton Helmer and Chenyi Shi) – This is exceptionally thought provoking about the strategic dynamics of platform businesses.
Science, Technology, and Culture
- BigThink – Does Time Really Exist? We take for granted that time is real. But what if it’s only an illusion, and a relative illusion at that? Does time even exist?
- NYP – Amber Heard’s riveting testimony took apart the Johnny Depp myth
- RT – Drone Footage from a KS Tornado – Crazy video
- NYP – I wanted a mortgage, not a marriage: True love for millennials. Increasingly, committed couples are forgoing marriage while saying “I do” to the various other trappings of adult relationships.
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