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Issue 378 – 05/22/2020

This week’s highlights: Stillness, Robot-Powered Groceries, Drunk Elephants

Photo by Federico Giampieri on Unsplash

Social Distancing?

Issue 378

by David Wells – Nashville TN

Happy Friday –

Apparently this week marks the end of the school year in Nashville – whatever that means?  For most of Middle TN, schools have been out since the tornado in early March.  So kids are 3 months in to the ‘new normal.’  Already the 9 year old in our house is questioning his ability / desire to return to 8 hours a day spent indoors vs. his current life lived largely outside.  Who knows what life looks like 9 weeks from now?

Content I wrote this week –
  • Picking an Investment Partner – Where to Start?  Selecting the right investment partner is a question that most will choose to answer as they structure their investments. Yet the industry is awash in a sea of sameness with excess jargon and little clarity. Every firm talks about their holistic planning and proprietary investment process – but what does it all mean? Where are the actual lines of difference that allow you to determine the difference of one firm from another?
I hope you enjoy a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend,


Food for Thought


  1. Stratechery – Chips and Geopolitics  Why a chip manufacturer looking to put a ‘fab’ in the United States is a big deal
  2. RampCapital – The Death of Cities
  3. Bloomberg – A Playboy in Lockdown, Dan Bilzerian Pushes Party Brand From a Social Distance – Credit DH -The ‘King of Instagram’ is selling branded vodka, bath bombs and dog toys while racking up huge corporate expenses.
  4. Fortune – These robot-powered warehouses could save grocers—but first they need to survive the coronavirus pandemic  Ocado built a buzzy business around helping supermarkets survive online. The COVID-19 crisis has become its trial by fire
  5. WashingtonPost – How the pandemic is changing shopping  American Eagle, Sephora and Best Buy are among the retailers reimagining their stores to make shopping faster, easier and safer


  1. UnReal Engine – A first look at Unreal Engine 5  One of our goals in this next generation is to achieve photorealism on par with movie CG and real life – watch this demo video – insane where computer graphics are going.
  2. Slate – Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real  Which means science is broken.
  3. Hodinkee – Twelve More Mistakes New Watch Enthusiasts Make (And How To Avoid Them)
  4. NYT – Elephants Really Can’t Hold Their Liquor  Humans and other species have a gene mutation that lets them digest alcohol. In other species, it’s missing.
  5. TheLily – Do you trust your partner to cut your hair? It’s the ultimate coronavirus relationship test

What is Fifteen on Friday?

From business to culture, technology to design, finance to entertainment, each week Fifteen on Friday sources the most thought-provoking articles to help us all live life well and well-informed.  Enjoy.