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The Week’s Best Reads – 01/12/18

This week’s highlights:  The Future of Work, Runners Who Hate to Run, and A.I. Picture Creation.

Fifteen on Friday – 01/11/18 – Issue 268

A quick word of welcome to a number of new readers this week (pushing us through the thousand subscriber mark for the first time!).  As a quick refresher – Fifteen on Friday is a weekly newsletter delivered every Friday afternoon, curating a thoughtful list of the most interesting articles of the week, across a wide range of subjects from arts, culture, economics, to science, and technology.  Feel free to come and go at any time – there is an easy unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

  • Original Content this week.  8 Things Every High School Senior Should Know About College.   A younger cousin of mine was just accepted to my Alma Mater, Wake Forest. I wrote her an email recently reflecting on what I wish I had known about college given what I know now.  With a gentle push from my aunt, I am sharing it more broadly.

All the best,

Food for Thought:

  1. Politico – The Real Future of WorkOutsourcing to independent contractors is already changing the face of the American workforce.  Artificial intelligence will only add to this transformation.
  2. Wired – Inside China’s Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking – Credit MB.  America invented the three-digit credit score. Now companies in China are taking the idea to the extreme, using big data to track and rank what you do—your purchases, your pastimes, your mistakes.
  3. Medium – Why Calendars are More Effective Than To Do Lists
  4. WashPo – Run, don’t walk, to replace your iPhone battery for $29
  5. NYT – Why Nick Saban Is the Ultimate Masochist


  1. Fortune – BlackRock’s Edge: Why Technology Is Creating The Amazon Of Wall Street
  2. Glossy – ‘Retail is the only growth channel left’: Digitally native brands are investing in, and changing, the store
  3. BusinessWeek – Brooks Needs Runners Who Hate to Run.  The $500 million company has conquered runners. Now it has to figure out everyone else.
  4. LinkedIn – Bootstrapping vs. Raising and Why You Should Do Both A counter intuitive approach to startup fund raising.
  5. BI – Luxury brands are cleaning up their image — and it could be bad news for TJ Maxx


  1. QZ – The secret lives of students who mine cryptocurrency in their dorm rooms
  2. NYT – Why Self-Compassion Beats Self-Confidence
  3. BBC – The Real Reason Spaniards Eat Late. – Credit to Farnam Street –  Many travellers believe Spain’s late mealtimes are a reflection of the country’s laidback attitude, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
  4. NYT – How an A.I. ‘Cat-and-Mouse Game’ Generates Believable Fake Photos
  5. NYP – Why Daniel Day-Lewis had to go to fashion boot camp.  DDL’s reputation as a method actor is well established.  Yet even this piece was eye opening as to the depths he goes in developing a character.

The Week’s Best Reads – 11/10/17

This week’s highlights: The Mighty Ducks, The End of The Personal Car, and Dave Chappelle’s D.C. Arts School.


Fifteen on Friday – 11/10/17 – Issue 261

Happy Friday –

It has been a busy but relatively quiet week here in Nashville.  Wednesday was Nashville’s time to shine again with the annual CMA Awards – including a phenomenal opening performance by Darius Rucker playing his 23-year old Hootie and the Blowfish hit, Hold My Hand, accompanied by a Who’s Who of Country Artists – an uplifting way to begin after the tragedy at the country music festival in Las Vegas.

Have a great weekend,


Food for Thought:

  1. NYT – I’m Rich, and That Makes Me AnxiousThe New York Times has a series of interesting articles out this week about wealth of which this is one.
  2. WashPo – Worried about racism’s impact on her biracial son, a mother looks at home schooling.  A look at a growing cohort of home school parents.
  3. Medium – Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule; Edison, Bezos, & Zuckerberg Follow The 10,000-Experiment Rule
  4. JamesBridle – Something is wrong on the internet A creepy analysis of the dark corners of Youtube for Kids and some of the disturbing content being produced there unbeknownst to parents.
  5. WashPo – The education of Dave Chappelle: How a D.C. arts school prepared him for stardom


  1. HBR – Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies Strategies are about choices.  Too many strategic plans are lists of goals, not choices.
  2. AN – Bob Lutz: Kiss the good times goodbye – Credit CM – ‘Everyone will have 5 years to get their car off the road or sell it for scrap’
  3. KI – “One of the Investment Greats” Explains His Portfolio Strategy  A Q&A with renowned investor Lou Simpson.
  4. ZH – Real Motive Behind Saudi Purge Emerges: $800 Billion In Confiscated Assets
  5. Stratechery – Apple at Its Best.  The history of Apple being doomed doesn’t necessarily repeat, but it does rhyme.


  1. Wired – What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About The Digital Future
  2. FS – Power Laws: How Nonlinear Relationships Amplify Results
  3. NYT – The Most Riveting Host in Late Night (and the Most Overlooked)
  4. AE – How to Beat Decision Fatigue: The Ultimate Guide – Credit BF – Lots of good stuff here.  A practical how-to from a lot of the concepts that Barry Schwatrz discussed in his Paradox of Choice.
  5. THN – Flying High At 25: An Oral History On The Making Of ‘The Mighty Ducks’The Mighty Ducks was the primary reason why I started playing ice hockey growing up.
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