Proof that ESG makes dollars and sense? Or at least proof that being staunchly anti-ESG doesn’t? [_the full study_](https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4123366) And yes, change is hard. The status quo is stubborn, especially if it’s your status that’s in flux.

What are we talking about when we talk about “retail sales”?

The overall retail sales number is frequently used as a barometer of consumer spending and its role in the economy. Up and to the right = good. Down and to the left = bad. You get the picture. But what exactly is included in that number? Metrics are worthless if you don’t understand what they …

On Focus and Social Platforms: This Time, It's Revenue

And how does focus shift with revenue considerations? If you are acquiring tens or hundreds of millions of users with a new kind of service, and they are attributing value and attention to you, and the users, attention and value have network effects and hence probably winner-takes-all effects, and …

Why is the “tear here” part of a bag / package / box always the strongest part?

On Focus and Social Platforms

If you look around, you’ll notice the people and organizations moving the fastest are the focused ones. Not only do they focus on singular ideas, but within the territory of those ideas, they are able to focus on the key variables....Focus turns energy into results. Farnam Street …

I’m sorry, what is this billboard supposed to communicate and who is supposed to be able to read it from their car while driving past or waiting for the light to change?

I like this idea of privacy not as something we work towards but something we move away from. Privacy is thus a wu wei feature: you make your system better simply by not doing what you don’t need to do. Marcelo Rinesi https://blog.rinesi.com/2022/08/on-privacy-as-a-wu-wei-feature/ Thanks to my …

Is Your Hobby Any Good?

Signs your hobby (or hobbies) might be a good one (I’m not doing the potential plural at every opportunity, you get it): It helps you relax and acts as a reset, charging you up for other responsibilities The time you spend on it doesn’t feel wasted in hindsight You’re learning …

An Occasionally Growing Quote Thread On Education

What are we teaching for? Teaching is successful only as it causes people to think for themselves. What the teacher thinks matters little; what he makes the child think matters much. Alice Moore Hubbard https://jamesclear.com/3-2-1/july-7-2022 What are we grading for? the educational signaling …

An Occasionally Growing Quote Thread On Success

Against what criteria are you measuring yourself? In refusing to run to catch trains, I have felt the true value of elegance and aesthetics in behavior, a sense of being in control of my time, my schedule, and my life. Missing a train is only painful if you run after it! Likewise, not matching the …

Corporate panopticons don’t like closed doors. Open floor plans mean better sight lines and a more cost efficient space. Employees might prefer closed doors. Open floor plans mean more distractions, more eyes watching, and more illnesses. Maybe pandemic induced work from home increased productivity …

An Occasionally Growing Quote Thread About Curiosity

I consider curiosity my superpower. So why not collect some bits that make that valuation seem justified. I do not like the idea of happiness — it is too momentary. I would say that I was always busy and interested in something — interest has more meaning to me than the idea of happiness. Georgia …

It’s always great to solve a problem. But sometimes worth asking if the problem actually needs to be solved (at least by you). Is this a problem that needs to be solved? Or is it a problem that can be eliminated all together? James Clear https://jamesclear.com/3-2-1/july-28-2022

Gator Facts 🐊

Some fun gator facts 🐊 I heard on, what else, a marketing psychology podcast: been chillin for 38 million arounds brain size = walnut heavyweight class clocking in at upwards of 1/2 a ton only need to eat dinner every 3 years (talk about efficiency!) wait, why was this on a marketing podcast? The …

An Occasionally Growing Quote Thread About Crypto

It’s all a matter of where we are in the hype cycle. And that is not evenly distributed (much like the future). The first impact is by far the most important one (cryptography, solid quantum engineering), the second wave is questionable (bitcoin), and the third one tends to be nonsensical, but …

Stages of Novel Experiences Excitement Dismissal Excitement again Overwhelm Dismissal again Adaptation Immersion Loss of luster Departure Excitement Reengagement Engagement with the experience may end at any stage Not all stages are required Your order may vary

[U/Dys]topias

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Leo Tolstoy https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1399/1399-h/1399-h.htm I think it was while watching Independence Day in early July that I remembered this Leo Tolstoy quote, with a twist. (I also wondered if anyone has done a …

Dan Charnas on what interviewing for a book is like: It’s about being open and listening and starting at the beginning. … The two most important questions you ask in an interview are: How did you feel about that? What happened next? Eventually the questions start asking themselves. …

Instead of asking yourself, “What should I do first?” Try asking, “What should I neglect first?” Trim, edit, cull. Make space for better performance. James Clear https://jamesclear.com/3-2-1/august-4-2022

Microsoft’s definition of disability feels like a helpful framing. (site, PDF) As Doug Thomas sums it up: Microsoft’s Inclusive Toolkit defines disability not as a personal health condition but as a mismatch between expected and actual human interactions.

Who’s Left Holding the Bag?

The market is mixing signals like a middle school dance. Housing prices and mortgage rates are up. Inventory and home sales are down. But the high end of the market seems unphased. Spec builds might decrease as builders race to catch up on fulfilling existing orders. Lumber and container prices are …

“What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet “My favorite day,” said Pooh -A. A. Milne (Reminded of this quote by a Boston Celtics blog, naturally)

Formulae of Genre

While talking about his hit song on the Song Exploder podcast (you know the one), Rick Astley* described many of the songs by his production team (the hottest pop house in the UK at the time) as “very, very two keyboards and a drum machine.” Which made me think about hip hop: 2 …

Why Do We Have Phillips Head Screws?

As a DIY Dabbler™ and a User of Power Tools™, I have interfaced with many a screw (the fastener kind, get your mind out of the gutter). In most cases (at least until recently, I think) your options were usually flat head or phillips head. I do not have the patience for flat heads. So phillips head …

On planning: The most reasonable plan is planning on your plan not going according to plan. A Few Beliefs · Morgan Housel @ Collaborative Fund

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