Fifteen on Friday (Fof) is a weekly newsletter that is delivered every Friday afternoon directly to your inbox. The goal is to curate a thoughtful list of the most interesting pieces of the week, across a wide range of subjects from arts, culture, economics, science, technology and occasionally fashion.
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:
- Politico – The Real Future of Work. Outsourcing to independent contractors is already changing the face of the American workforce. Artificial intelligence will only add to this transformation.
- 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.
- Medium – Why Calendars are More Effective Than To Do Lists
- WashPo – Run, don’t walk, to replace your iPhone battery for $29
- NYT – Why Nick Saban Is the Ultimate Masochist
- Fortune – BlackRock’s Edge: Why Technology Is Creating The Amazon Of Wall Street
- Glossy – ‘Retail is the only growth channel left’: Digitally native brands are investing in, and changing, the store
- BusinessWeek – Brooks Needs Runners Who Hate to Run. The $500 million company has conquered runners. Now it has to figure out everyone else.
- LinkedIn – Bootstrapping vs. Raising and Why You Should Do Both. A counter intuitive approach to startup fund raising.
- BI – Luxury brands are cleaning up their image — and it could be bad news for TJ Maxx
- QZ – The secret lives of students who mine cryptocurrency in their dorm rooms
- NYT – Why Self-Compassion Beats Self-Confidence
- 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.
- NYT – How an A.I. ‘Cat-and-Mouse Game’ Generates Believable Fake Photos
- 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.
This week’s highlights: Marital Happiness, The Demise of Subway, and 6 billion nights of sleep.
Fifteen on Friday – 01/05/18 – Issue 267
Happy 2018 everyone and welcome back to the first issue of Fifteen on Friday in the New Year. I hope this finds you well and warm – no small feat in the crazy weather going around.
Woodmont published our Fourth Quarter Market Commentary this week entitled “2017: 12 for 12 for the First Time Ever!” Click here for a thoughtful yet concise look at the goings on in the stock and bond markets currently.
All the best,
Food for Thought:
- RH – Seriously, You—Ok, We—Need To Stop Watching The News This Year The amount of information we consume on a daily basis is embarrassing.
- NYT – The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth How excessive staffing, little competition, generous contracts and archaic rules dramatically inflate capital costs for transit in New York.
- Medium – How I’m Training My Wife to Be Happy. A thoughtful look at the power of one person to meaningfully engage the life of another.
- NYT – The More the Merrier, and the Messier. Coming off the holidays, this was a wonderful reflection on the joys and challenges of family, especially under one roof.
- Tennessean – Nashville Classical shines in city’s early literacy efforts. As a Classical parent and board member, it is incredibly encouraging to see the phenomenal work that the team and scholars are putting in, and the corresponding success.
- Vanguard – What’s behind the falling number of public companies? – Credit SF
- HBR – How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution
- BI – Subway’s ‘mystery meat’ and ‘mushy and rotten vegetables’ destroyed the ‘Eat Fresh’ advantage it spent years building. “America will pay for quality…But Subway never gave us the chance to buy a great sandwich”
- Bloomberg – Inside the Eccentric, Relentless Deal-Making of Masayoshi Son. The Japanese billionaire has changed the startup game with his aggressive investing and enormous checkbook. Does he know what he’s doing?
- BI – The cost of bitcoin payments is skyrocketing because the network is totally overloaded
- YF – What Fitbit’s 6 billion nights of sleep data reveals about us – Credit SF
- DIGG – A Watch Expert Describes The Differences Between A $5,000 Watch And An $85,000 Watch. A Patek Philippe 5170P costs a boatload more than a (still very expensive!) Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. Does it justify the difference?
- WashPo – The bodies of his work: Michelangelo’s muscular mastery is on display at the Met
- Fortune – Has Apple Lost Its Design Mojo?
- WashPo – Two dying memoirists wrote bestsellers about their final days. Then their spouses fell in love. My favorite read of 2017 was Paul Kalantithi’s When Break Becomes Air. This story is a heartwarming look at life afterwards for his widow and another author’s widower.