If this, from one of the writers of “Watchmen’, does not move you to tears, you have lost your soul.
- I’ve been reading up on cultural anthropology. Through that lens, this restaurant, and the description of its patrons and culture, is immensely fascinating.
- On anthropology; ohitorisama (people choosing to do things alone, the opinions of others be damned) or the #sololife is picking up steam in Japan. It’s due to demographic shifts that should have been obvious if you were paying attention. This will be the cultural future of many western countries.
- Vox is putting out some good video content right now. Including this awesome ‘The most feared song in jazz’.
- Japan’s solo culture: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200113-the-rise-of-japans-super-solo-culture
- It’s fascinating living in a city that is growing and changing dramatically in real-time. It’s also fascinating to watch the fight to make Austin affordable. Surprising but true is the statement that‘You will never go homeless in Austin. If you are a car’. What is not surprising is that a lot of the problems today are tied to racist policies of the past.
Capitalism is turning us into addicts. Or are we addicts that just needed a vehicle for our addiction?
- Streaming services. Music Rights. 20X valuations to purchase rights to hit songs. Billions of dollars. This won’t end well.
- Apparently, the question ‘where are all the Bob Ross paintings?’ is one that a lot of people have been trying to answer. Someone did.
- Clayton Christensen passed away. While we’ll remember him for ‘Disruptive Innovation, my favorite work of his is ‘How Will You Measure Your Life’. Worth a read.
- In determining where we are with technology today, to inform my musings, ’The Age of deployment‘ has shown up in a few articles.
- Artificial glaciers, stupas, are beautiful.
- Welcome , Superhuman. It might actually be a service that shows us that it’s not just the big tech companies we should worry about.
How to get rich? Start by not playing status games.
- I’ve always said that when I have enough money to do whatever I want with, I will build libraries. Oliver Sacks eloquently expresses how I feel about libraries.
- Chris Ware’s graphic novel ’Rusty Brown’ is heavy. Literally and figuratively. It’s ~348 pages and you might have to check your luggage to get it through security at the airport. You might also have to load up on positivity before diving in; the masterful handling of the drudgery and mundane elements of life will leave you wondering what other sadness can the second part of this epic drown you under.
- While I try not to alarm anyone about the state of the water systems in the US, fear is not a good motivator, I do think that we as a populace should be better informed about things. Troubled Water by Seth Siegel reads like a horror novel unfolding in slow ‘lack-of-regulation’ motion.
- ‘Competing against Luck’ by Clayton Christensen introduced us to the "jobs-to-be-done’ framework. If you’re building a company, developing a new product, exploring new markets etc do yourself a favor and read.
- Turns out that some of the conclusions we drew from our scientific understanding of learning and expertise might have been wrong. Range, by David Epstein, purports to help us understand that it’s ok to be a generalist in a world of specialization. Ignoring an incorrect section about soccer, this book will provide folk like me with the comfort required to continue in our quest to ‘figure out what we want to be when we grow up’.
Polymathic Monthly has been a labor of love. And it has been free. But, while it was free to you the reader, it wasn’t quite free. It cost something. And, while I didn’t want to stop curating, it’s getting tough to justify bearing the cost solo. To balance out the cost, and ensure I continue doing this thing that I love and you’ve told me you love, I’ll be shifting to a $1/month subscription.
I’m certain I’ll lose some of you. Thanks for enjoying this labor of love up until now…but $1/month for this thing hundreds of you have told me you love shouldn’t be too much a cost to bear. The paid subscriptions will be active from next month. Blame the paywalls and newsletter service providers. Actually, don’t blame them. The internet has made us believe good or great things should be free. It’s not true.
Till next time!