September 2016 Archives

Hacking Vacation Time

One of the big themes in The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is the concept of mini-retirements: taking extended vacations as a means to recharge as opposed to delaying gratification until the magical age of 65. While I think delaying rest, relaxation, and travel until retirement is a sucker’s game, I’ve never been all that interested in the type of mini-retirements that Tim proposes. In theory it sounds great, especially if you’re young, single, and can work remotely, or if you’re between jobs. But for… Continue reading

9/20/16

Minimizing Commuting Isn’t Just About Saving Time

A few weeks ago I came across this article in the Albany Business Review that stated: What would you do if you suddenly had two extra days each year? The average commuter in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area spends about that much time, 42 hours a year, stuck in traffic, according to a new study from the Auto Insurance Center. That’s not even that bad: 42 hours is the average across the country. New York City commuters spend 74 hours a year in traffic, and Washington,… Continue reading

9/12/16

Uber Tests Self-Driving Cars, Daily Fantasy Implodes, and Walmart Being Walmart – Monthly Link Roundup

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking long-form stories that I’ve read recently. Google, Uber, and the Evolution of Transportation-as-a-Service – as Uber starts testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, Ben lays out an argument for why self driving cars will really come down to Google vs. Uber, and why Uber is the front-runner [Stratechery] The myth of low-hanging fruit – this quote is so… Continue reading

9/4/16