A piece like this pops up every few months. I think we’re all aware of this today, but I still find it helpful as a reminder since I inevitably drift back into bad multitasking habits.
Coolest story I read this week. Should be the first link on the attached Google page.
Amidst the Republicans’ effort to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, I found it helpful to read this piece at NY Mag that clarifies some of the false beliefs about the largest women’s healthcare provider in the US.
Matchups become more important in the playoffs. Where can one team leverage its advantage vs its opponent? Danny Kelly at The Ringer isolated a weak spot within each of the 12 playoff teams entering the NFL playoffs.
The immediate ones that stick out for this weekend’s games: 1) Can superstar Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell take advantage of a weak Dolphins run defense? and 2) Can the Giants get any offense from a player not named Odell Beckham Jr.?
Performing a premortem before you make a big forecasting decision can be a valuable way to open your horizons to more ways your prediction could be wrong and reduce your chances of being overconfident.
Richard Thaler, an economics professor at the University of Chicago, makes the case for using a premortem in your decision making:
Yesterday evening, a woman on Twitter asked for help raising money to pay for a support dog for her sister that suffers from a genetic blood clotting disorder. They needed to raise $3k for the next payment to the trainer that is educating the puppy on how to help her sister in various situations.
The $3k got raised within 30 minutes, and they’re now 1/3 of the way to their total goal. Pretty cool.
Here’s the GoFundMe page with more information on the situation. I didn’t know all the ways a dog could be trained to assist if the person falls or has a stroke.
It’s interesting to see the jobs expected to experience the most growth over the next decade, and whether more men will transition into those types of roles if they can’t find the manual labor work they want.
Again, the NY Times article link should be the first one on the attached Google search page.
Ben Thompson at Stratechery writes insightful posts on the tech industry. His latest piece explains how within each generation of technology, one company can create the operating system that the rest of the ecosystem must revolve around. In his opinion, the latest example could be Amazon’s Alexa:
Giannis Antetokounmpo, otherwise known as the Greek Freak, is a 22-year old basketball phenom playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. At 6’11”, he’s the tallest point guard in the NBA since Magic Johnson. Growing up in Greece, he didn’t even start playing basketball until he was 12.
Having flashed incredible potential for several years, this has been the season where he can be considered one of the top 5 or 10 players in the NBA. And last night, he added to his fantastic season by hitting a game-winning buzzer beater to beat the Knicks at Madison Square Garden: https://twitter.com/NBA/status/816841091311955968
Earlier this week, Lee Jenkins at Sports Illustrated wrote a terrific story on Antetokounmpo and how he got acclimated to life in the US after being drafted by the Bucks at 18 years old.