Assorted links

Assorted Links, March 16, 2020

1. Liz Specht on coronavirus math.

2. “What Time Do You Wake Up? Write It in the Comments and I Will Tell You Why You Are Bad and Lazy Compared with Me, a 3:15 a.m. Waker-er Upper Who Owns Not One but Two Vitamix Blenders” and more morning routines from The New Yorker Daily Shouts

3.  “Cultivate an environment that will help you. Environments are like cheat codes  If you can surround yourself with builders, you will have a higher chance of becoming a builder.” And more Daniel Gross quotes from Erik Torenberg

Assorted Links, March 9, 2020

1. Amazing photos of bookstores in China.  Never seen anything like these in my life.

2. Turns out Cuban infant mortality statistics not as good as reported.

3. Why slate operators matter.

4. My kids showed me this TED talk: What happens when you reply to spam email.   And we all laughed out loud.

5. Saw this film short at the New York International Children’s Film Festival this past week and really loved it: My Grandfather’s Memory Book

Assorted Links, February 10, 2020

February 10, 2020

1. Umbrex member Paul Millerd’s piece, The Boomer Blockade: How One Generation Reshaped the Workforce and Left Everyone Behind, was blogged about by Tyler Cowen. That’s like being picked as the Oprah Book-of-the-Month in my universe. Congrats to Paul.

2. How McKinsey Destroyed the Middle Class, according to Yale Law School Professor Daniel Markovits, in The Atlantic.

My post on LinkedIn about this article opened, “Other than a failure to define terms, historical errors, a confusion of correlation and causation, a failure to consider the counterfactual, a poor understanding of how corporations work, and a failure to disclose a conflict of interest, I have no complaints about the recent piece by Daniel Markovits in The Atlantic.”

3. I got quoted in this piece on the Cisive blog: Fostering Collaboration in the New Decade

4. Thanks to the Anti–Gig Economy Craze, Freelance Writers Are Getting Hurt from the Mises Institute

5. Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience: How to Tell the Difference from Farnam Street.

It would be an interesting exercise to write a parallel article on good consulting, bad consulting, pseudoconsulting, and how to tell the difference.

Assorted Links, February 3, 2020

February 3, 2020

1. McKinsey legend Pete Walker has written a book: Powerful, Different, Equal: Overcoming the Misconceptions and Differences Between China and the US

2. Update on the war-torn economy in Syria

3. Chris Brogan predicts skills that will be most valued in the coming years

4. Tyler Cowen’s spring 2020 Industrial Organization reading list and syllabus

5. ‘Ask yourself, “Would I bet $10,000 on being able to fulfill this commitment? If not, why not?”’ Leo Babauta on The Heartbreaking Effects of Being Only Partly Committed to Most Things

6. “Unfortunately, Jeanine Cummins narco-novel, American Dirt, is a literary licuado that tastes like its title.” from Pendeja, You Ain’t Steinbeck: My Bronca with Fake-Ass Social Justice Literature

7. Which contentious issues are NOT partisan?  (TLDR: they get ignored by the media.)

Assorted Links, January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020

1. “Ma computes that between 2014 and 2018, China lost 17 million industrial jobs while adding 46 million service jobs. ” The Money Illusion

2. “I’m going to describe an industry. Then, you’re going to guess which one I’m talking about. You have three choices: commerce, education, or politics.” David Perrell asks What the hell is going on?

3. 10 CRM systems for freelancers. This article doesn’t include Pipedrive, which is the CRM I recommend.

4. Government Schooling and Supermarkets. Cafe Hayek

5. 14 ways to get your clients to pay your invoices faster. Visual.ly

6. Guide to Internal Communication, the Basecamp Way

Assorted Links, January 20, 2020

January 20, 2020

1. Why video gaming will take over

2. The New American Dream, David Perrell

3. 19 Things To Remember, Holstee. #11: Remember than no one has it figured out.

4. Places to go in 2020, according to Tyler Cowen