Some of the best things I’ve read over the past week or so:
On the 35 Hunter blog, some interesting discussions arose concerning obsessions and how to avoid the potential for negative influences while still harnessing the benefits.
In a strangely related post, on Farnam Street, comes a discussion of Gates Law. “Most people overestimate what they can achieve in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in ten years.” https://fs.blog/2019/05/gates-law/
Russ Roberts, a skeptical economics professor, has a weekly podcast. http://www.econtalk.org. This week’s guest was Mary Hirschfeld. Hirschfeld looks at the nature of our economic activity as buyers and sellers and whether our pursuit of economic growth and material well-being comes at a cost. She encourages a skeptical stance about the ability of more stuff to produce true happiness and/or satisfaction. A link here: Podcast and additional information.
While not a blog post, I came across this phone and description in Kinfolk magazine of a photography book store in Korea. Storage Book Store
The best read of the week was a story in Fortune magazine on the decline of Sears. While many decry the recent corporate raid and point fingers at Amazon (and Walmart) the seeds of Sears’ demise were planted long ago. In fact, it’s market value peaked shortly before my birth a half century ago. Although a bit long, it’s well work a read.
May 11, 2019