I was surprised to see online retail only jumping from 15% to 25% of all retail but the rest of this wasn't terribly shocking. I enjoyed the broad overview and recoiled at the stat about 42% of workers likely not returning to work. We're in for a few tough economic years I think.
A thorough look at what it will take for us to move forward meaningfully. I would unfortunately bet in the current climate not many organizations will be capable or willing to employ such methods. I think this is one of the clearest articles I've read on coronavirus since we went into pandemic and does give me a lot of hope.
I thoroughly enjoyed and agree with most of the article. At this point I'm a pescetarian, and pretty easily and happily swapped all red meat for mushrooms, beans, and tofu. It wasn't that hard at all. We reached this decisionas a couple after watching "Forks over Knives" and another documentary with compelling evidence regarding heart disease and meat consumption. Also, just last night, I read a section in "Sapiens" that made me never want to eat meat again as he discussed the emotional torture of modern farm animals.
Also this is the most active comment section I've seen on ReadUp, which just shows how near and dear food is!
Super enjoyable read but if I was to try I think I'd experience many of the same events the author did - yikes. Google Brad Blanton as the author nailed his description, I can practically hear his laugh.
I found this after googling "original matrix boots" because we rewatched The Matrix the other night and Neo's real world boots and really whole ensemble are very cool. It turned out to be a fascinating read and breakdown on The Matrix costuming. Highly enjoyable.
Even Mr. Gates couldn't persuade world leaders of the importance of pandemic preparedness. I'm not particularly surprised as it's a nebulous and vague risk until it's here. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of remedy.
You can really identify the 1991 aspects of this speech but nonetheless the creativity sections are great – intentional timesetting for play is critical and this was a nice reminder for me that it's okay to ponder at length.
As David Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails and founder of Basecamp, says, “What pains me about Zoom being such sleazeballs when it comes to both security and privacy is just how unnecessary it is.”
As a Google Hangouts user I was surprised to be getting Zoom requests constantly as COVID sprung up. Doesn’t everyone have a gmail? Apparently not. And I must confess video backgrounds and gallery mode are excellent.
I love The Exploratorium in SF and am bummed I didn’t get to visit the Tactile Dome! I enjoyed this as well for its reflection on the intrinsically hygienic sexuality of malls, which I never realized in my visits there but thinking about it now they always feel weird and overproduced to me. I did not spend my time there as a high schooler, or really at any time in my life, but I know the kids who did seemed cooler than me somehow.
I read a bunch of Benjamin in college and just Googled him wanting to revisit. This review of a biography on him made me not want to read it lol but is pushing me to read more of Benjamin himself likely.
Dads take a lot of flak. This made me hopeful for my own future as a father as well as appreciative of mine and all he's done for me - particularly in imbuing his social skills as they've served me well. Great read!
Excellent breakdown on the current status of major ecommerce maneuvers and drivers.
It is hard to be in the Anti-Amazon Alliance if you are asking Amazon to find you your customers, stock your inventory, package your products, and deliver your goods; there are alternatives and — now that Google is all-in — the only limitation is a merchant’s ability to acquire and keep customers in a world where their products are as easy to buy as bad PR pitches are easy to find.
For such a doom-and-gloom title the content is not pessimistic but merely factual. I find lately this is the tone of writing I crave.
The lovely little cherry at the end about how the Northeast is miserable 9 months of the year made me laugh aloud. I've been in NYC one year now and even with an extremely mild winter can attest it's no California!
TikTok's meteoric rise involved unethical practices of exclusion through secret moderation – I'm not surprised as it's an app coming out of China but still disheartened. The article is a good reminder for me as a UX designer to push for ethical and inclusive digital products.
I really enjoyed this read as it all felt rather enlightening although I agree with comments on some of its reductionist logic and mono-causal blaming. Having moved from SF to NYC as a tech worker though it really resonated.
The key takeaways for me:
I'm still bad at grasping the vast difference between millions and billions
Social classes are not a new concept but it seems like a blind spot in America. Embracing the reality will help us move forward.
College is way too expensive
Money rules everything around me
The real class war is between the 0.1 percent and (at most) the 10 percent—or, more precisely, between elites primarily dependent on capital gains and those primarily dependent on professional labor.
"The 9.9 percent is the new American aristocracy,” as one Atlantic headline put it.
Since 1979, the real annual earnings growth of the top 1 percent has more than tripled that of earners at 10 percent, while growth for the 0.1 percent is, in turn, more than twice that of the 1 percent.
The Valley has never been particularly fertile for the salaried professionals and “engineers” hired by these companies, who even now generally make less than their counterparts on Wall Street or in Big Law. Kindergarten playroom office spaces and other exaggerated perks often serve to distract employees from this harsh reality.
A study by the Brookings Institution showed that the median income rose by 26 percent in San Francisco from 2008 to 2016, but rents more than doubled during the same period. Because of rising real estate costs, households earning in the top 25 percent nationally are actually classified as “low income” in San Francisco. The household “low income” threshold in the Golden Gate City is now approximately $117,000.
Between 1973 and 2013, tuition costs rose faster than even the 1 percent’s income growth—and more than twice the rate of the top 5 or 10 percent’s income growth.21