“I’d always looked enviously at the people who earned more than I did; now, for the first time, I was embarrassed for them, and for me. I made in a single year more than my mom made her whole life. I knew that wasn’t fair; that wasn’t right. Yes, I was sharp, good with numbers. I had marketable talents. But in the end I didn’t really do anything. I was a derivatives trader, and it occurred to me the world would hardly change at all if credit derivatives ceased to exist. Not so nurse practitioners. What had seemed normal now seemed deeply distorted.”—For the Love of Money - NYTimes.com
“How do you systematically dismember thousands of movies using a bunch of different people who all need to have the same understanding of what a given microtag means? In 2006, Yellin holed up with a couple of engineers and spent months developing a document called “Netflix Quantum Theory,” which Yellin now derides as “our pretentious name.” The name refers to what Yellin used to call “quanta,” the little “packets of energy” that compose each movie. He now prefers the term “microtag.””—How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
I spend almost two hours a day on public transportation. I can’t spend that entire time reading because I’d surely start puking on the person sitting next to me and then I’d get kicked off of the train for life. That wouldn’t be such a bad thing except parking in San Francisco is stupid. So, I need more podcasts for my morning commute. Design, creativity, music, storytelling, and maybe even really good podcasts about books and grammar. Hook me up with your recs! Thanks.
“The Times moved in 1913, but the Times Square ball drop continued, interrupted only by wartime blackouts in 1942 and 1943. Until 1995, the ball was lowered much as older time balls once were: by “six guys with ropes and a stopwatch.” Today, the drop is initiated by a laser-cooled atomic clock in Colorado, the primary time standard for the United States. It continues to be our most spectacular display of public time-keeping.”—http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/12/history-new-years-eve-times-square-ball-drop.html