This past week I’ve been helping a friend apply for funding from the Department of Energy. I don’t bring a lot to the table from a technical perspective, but I can look for places where someone who hasn’t been thinking about the topic all day for months on might lose the thread. I hope I’m being helpful.
One of the themes of the…
A book about the Sonderfall Schweiz (Special case of Switzerland)
In the introduction to Why Switzerland? the author, Dr. Jonathan Steinberg, introduces two motivating questions for the book:
1. Why does Switzerland, a country without a national language or religion, exist at all?
2. Why should we care about it and what can we learn from it?
My wife discovered this discovered this recipe from thekitchn last year and it immediately became a part of our rotation.
Since we started making it, we’ve adapted it quite a bit into something different, but that we love a lot. I thought I’d share it so others can make it too.
How it works and why I love it
I’ve been living in Switzerland for more than 2 years now. There are many things I love about my host country, but probably the most unexpected one is the waste and recycling system. It’s pragmatic and effective and I’d like to see cities and towns in the US, my home country, adopt it.
The system is built upon the principles of self reliance and individual responsibility. The Swiss don’t want to trash their beautiful country and they don’t want to be reliant on other countries to take their waste and recycling¹. Therefore…
The Browser. A daily digest of five recommended articles, a podcast, and a video on… basically anything, as long as it’s interesting. Consistently introduces me to things I love learning about. Some of my favorite discoveries from it include:
The business performance that impresses me from the past decade is Disney+.
Over the course of 2016–2018, with the cable and movie business under threat and Netflix and HBO are looming, Bob Iger surveys the landscape and decides that Disney needs to get in the game. He goes out and buys a bunch of different media franchises (Star Wars, Fox), a technology layer (BAMTech) and then wraps it together into a complete consumer offering that feels complete at launch in 2020.
This basically never works! It’s difficult for a start-up to do something like this, but it happens, because the…
One day a couple of months ago, it occurred to me that day that my job requires me to do a lot of negotiating. With this in mind, I decided I should invest some time in learning how to negotiate better. After looking around some online, I picked up Never Split the Difference. I’m really glad I decided to read this book. It provides practical instruction on how to negotiate that I’ve already been able to put into practice.
The author, Chris Voss, is a former FBI hostage negotiator and is clearly someone who has been personally involved in hundreds…
The NBA offseason is upon us. Teams and the league are both regrouping after one of the most unique seasons in the league’s history. There’s the usual off-season speculation (the draft, free agency) and some unusual off-season speculation (how they salary cap will handle the dip in revenue, what the cause of declining ratings is, when next season will begin).
I want to add another item to the list: the NBA App.
The conventional wisdom about the great Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal Laker teams of the early 2000s goes like this: Shaq was content for basketball to be one of his many interests, while Kobe was solely focused basketball above anything else. They were a poor fit as teammates, and ultimately went their separate ways, dooming the dynasty.
This is how I remembered it and I don’t think I’m unique. The Lakers were the first great team I knew as an NBA fan. …
The New York Times ran a story this week about how the press should cover the health of our elderly leaders. This happened to be the same week that Chris Rock made a pitch for term limits on Saturday Night Live.
Seeing these two stories side by side made me wonder: Why we don’t have maximum age limits for holding office?
There is precedence for this already. One must be 25 to run for the House of Representatives, 30 for Senate, and 35 for President in the United States. …
operating a bit outside the lines