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The Secret Lives of Slim People - Episode Guide - All 4
With the help of private detectives and hidden cameras, Sabrina Grant examines the lives of people who stay slim without apparently trying. What simple tips can we learn from them?
weight  fatlogic  interesting  videos  tv 
5 hours ago by ramitsethi
Craving Freedom, Japan’s Women Opt Out of Marriage - The New York Times
The percentage of women who work in Japan is higher than ever, yet cultural norms have not caught up. More and more, women are rejecting the double standard.
gender  interesting  culture 
4 days ago by ramitsethi
We've Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense. | Outside Online
Emotional: Don’t Hide Your Feelings, Get Help When You Need It
Social: It’s Not All About Productivity; Relationships Matter, Too
Cognitive: Follow Your Interests, Do Deep-Focused Work
Spiritual: Cultivate Purpose, Be Open to Awe
Environmental: Care for Your Space
health  culture  interesting  rich-life 
8 days ago by ramitsethi
Scrunchies and saving the turtles: 'VSCO girls' are the newest teen lifestyle trend
There are several specific hallmarks of a "VSCO girl," which includes scrunchies, oversized T-shirts, clothing from the store Brandy Melville, Vans, Pura Vida bracelets, Fjällräven Kånken backpacks and Puka shell necklaces.

Another integral part of the "VSCO girl" lifestyle is being environmentally conscious, as a key component to the style is the use of products such as metal straws and Hydro Flasks to "save the turtles."

"If I catch another motherf----- saying 'sksksksk' s--- I'mma 'sksksksk' my foot up that a--," one TikTok user said in a video, mocking the way "VSCO girls" laugh online using the hissing "sksk" noise.

On Twitter, one user joked, "What do vsco girls wear on their wrists? skskskskskskrunchies."
culture  interesting 
9 days ago by ramitsethi
What is Mercedes-Benz PRE-SAFE Sound? | PRE-SAFE Sound Information
As part of the comprehensive Mercedes-Benz PRE-SAFE® suite, PRE-SAFE® Sound is activated if your vehicle detects that a collision is unavoidable. In such scenarios, PRE-SAFE®Sound will activate your Mercedes-Benz vehicle's sound system and play a short interference signal. Called "pink sound" or "pink noise," this interference signal deploys at about 80 decibels, which is roughly equivalent to the level of noise at the side of a busy road. This signal will cause a reflex in your ear to activate, protecting the eardrum and reducing the damage loud noises produced by the crash can cause to your hearing.
future  safety  cars  interesting  luxury 
9 days ago by ramitsethi
A Mexican Hospital, an American Surgeon, and a $5,000 Check (Yes, a Check) - The New York Times
The hospital costs of the American medical system are so high that it made financial sense for both a highly trained orthopedist from Milwaukee and a patient from Mississippi to leave the country and meet at an upscale private Mexican hospital for the surgery.
medical-tourism  interesting 
11 days ago by ramitsethi
The Real Problem At Yale Is Not Free Speech | Palladium Magazine
se when I was at Yale, everybody kept talking about how broke they were.

“Want to go out for brunch?” “I can’t—I’m so broke.” This was a common line. Sometimes the conversations had a more accusatory tone. “Wow, you took a taxi to the airport? I always take the subway.”

Poor people—actually poor people—don’t talk this way. They tend to stay under the radar because they don’t know the rules of the game. But I bought it—at least when I was a freshman. If they were constantly announcing how broke they were, my assumption was that they must have even less money than I do.

This turned out to be wrong. The reality was that they were invariably from the upper-middle and upper classes. I know this because they eventually told me, like Marcus did. But there were tells. These students didn’t act the way my friends and I did growing up. They didn’t know how much pens or flights or cars were supposed to cost. They couldn’t tell when a restaurant was a good deal.
culture  wealthy  lies  interesting 
13 days ago by ramitsethi
At what point did you look at yourself or your life and think “I really need to make a change”? : AskReddit
Lots of stories of when people realized they needed to make a change. VERY FEW saying, "I was comfortable...so I changed."
self-development  interesting 
23 days ago by ramitsethi
How the internet may be changing young Americans' perception on their standard of living. : bestof
Very insightful - how Internet makes Americans realize their lives may not be as "exceptional" as we're brought up to believe
culture  interesting  millennials 
23 days ago by ramitsethi
Andrew Yang and his campaign is what ended up leading me out of the depths of the Alt-Right. : YangForPresidentHQ
Up until four months ago, all of the above would have applied to me. I started following Andrew Yang's campaign through twitter, initially just as a joke. Myself, and many on the far-right had been disillusioned by Trump's dismal failure to take any meaningful action to slow America's transformation into a minority-majority country - one where white men such as myself were now a marked minority from 90% to 49% in less than a hundred years. There was a perception that Trump is firmly in Israel's pocket, and will never act in America's interest when it comes to foreign policy, instead continuing to cozy up to Saudi Arabia and launch vapid tirades against the Iranian boogeyman. The idea was, if even our best chance was going to be a failure, we may as well get a thousand bucks a month while we watch the country descend into chaos.

But, I started watching more of Andrew's interviews. I started following more of his social media. I went to one of his rallies to see him in person. I started absorbing more and more articles published online. I read through each and every one of his proposed policies. To me, he was just a very charming individual. I didn't care that he wasn't white. I thought he was funny, charismatic, and when he spoke I really felt as if he cared about what he had to say and he cared about the issues he spoke about. His perception that AI is currently the largest 'unseen' threat to the average American worker - me, couldn't have rung more strongly with me. His solutions just made sense to me in a way that I can't articulate. I tried to poke holes in the argument for a basic income, but could only come up short. For me, a thousand a month would let me spend more time with my sick mother, without working increasingly later shifts at work. It would give me the flexibility to care for my loved ones without sapping my own strength. I don't know why, but seeing the benefit to myself in such a dramatic manner just triggered some otherworldly type of empathy within me. Out of 300,000,000 Americans, tens of millions probably live through more stressful situations every single day. What's meaningful to me would be monumental to them.
politics  cults  interesting  radicalization 
23 days ago by ramitsethi
I would like to see how the numbers stack up to other countries that have a bett... | Hacker News
Here's my hypothesis - the work life "balance" in the U.S. is incredibly messed up - like real bad.

The assumption most people make is "Let's work real hard while we are young so we have all the money we need when we are older. We will have fun then".

So right out of college, with six figures in debt, people are working 40+ hours/week (typically 60+ hours/week), working weekends without blinking an eye.

Everyone's doing it, it's the norm, so what's wrong with doing what everyone is doing.

No one has time to make meaningful relationships.

Most people spend less than 3 years at a job, so what's the point anyways. You can't get a good salary hike without quitting your existing and joining a new company.

That model bleeds into one's personal life as well - people are so busy working hard that they miss the opportunities to build a meaningful relationship with their spouse and children.

Guilt sets in so the spouse and children get showered with expensive gifts and vacations but they have nothing much to talk about during those vacations either so they spend most of their time visiting random places, taking tons of photos, posting them on social and handling the barrage of comments they get for those photos.

The emptiness does not resolve though - and when it gets intolerable the spouses file for divorce.
culture  loneliness  interesting  health 
25 days ago by ramitsethi
The One Amazon Prime Day Deal That Walmart and Target Can’t Match - WSJ
Amazon uses annual July sales event to sign up Prime members, adding a revenue stream that others don’t have
4 weeks ago by ramitsethi
How the Other Half Lifts: What Your Workout Says About Your Social Class - Pacific Standard
Sociologists, it turns out, have studied these covert athletic biases. Carl Stempel, for example, writing in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, argues that upper middle class Americans avoid “excessive displays of strength,” viewing the bodybuilder look as vulgar overcompensation for wounded manhood. The so-called dominant classes, Stempel writes—especially those like my friends and myself, richer in fancy degrees than in actual dollars—tend to express dominance through strenuous aerobic sports that display moral character, self-control, and self-development, rather than physical dominance. By chasing pure strength, in other words, packing on all that muscle, I had violated the unspoken prejudices—and dearly held self-definitions—of my social group.
culture  interesting 
5 weeks ago by ramitsethi
13 policemen withstanding the flow : oddlysatisfying
I had occasion to talk to a mounted police officer about the use of horses for law enforcement. He said they are incredible assets. They give you visibility in crowds and you can move MANY unruly people easily simply by turning the horse broadside like you mention, and then slowly marching them against the crowd. And if you need to move though the crowd to get to a disturbance people tend to get the fuck out of the way of a horse pretty fast. They’re quite well trained...something approaching drossage. He also said in really dire circumstances where the officer or horse could be in danger from the crowd they are trained to snap their head on command (the horse, not the cop) to the side to bat away aggressors. This is a last resort I guess. He also said they will never ever use any sort of kicking or stomping against pedestrians.

https://youtu.be/_wjt1aOivMY this video shows a 10 second time lapse and is, in my opinion, more satisfying.
interesting  traffic  crowd-dynamics 
7 weeks ago by ramitsethi
Rich people of reddit who married someone significantly poorer, what surprised you about their (previous) way of life? : AskReddit
Rich people of reddit who married someone significantly poorer, what surprised you about their (previous) way of life?
finance  relationships  interesting  wealthy  poverty 
10 weeks ago by ramitsethi
The Worst Waiter in History
"You [stupid]? No coke!! Tea Only!! No sweet and sour!! You see on menu?!! You get house special chow fun...No fork, chopstick only...What you want, fat man?"

Another customer, Lou Sideris, once tried to order the “fried shrimp,” an item nearly double the price of anything else on the menu. “No! It’s a rip-off!” yelled Edsel. Sideris and his friends would return many times over the years, each time attempting to order the shrimp, and each time being furiously denied by Edsel.
interesting  customerservice  restaurants 
10 weeks ago by ramitsethi
Suze Orman Gives Money Advice From Her Private Island
I used to have a watch collection. I loved expensive watches — $15,000, $30,000 watches. And I had quite a few of them. I didn’t wear them outside to impress people; I would just look at them because I considered them like pieces of art. Nobody even knew that I had this extensive, serious watch collection. It was just KT and me. Every once in a while, I would take them out and line them up and be like, “Oh my God, those are so beautiful!” Then gold prices went up to almost $2,000 an ounce and I sold them off. Who gives a damn about the watches?
luxury  interesting  finance  people 
11 weeks ago by ramitsethi
Opinion | On Motherhood and ‘This One Thing That People Don’t Share’ - The New York Times
It felt slightly illicit to listen in the control room, alongside an editor and a producer, as Joni exposed her private shame, fear and disappointment. Yet it was also revelatory to hear how this woman’s anxieties had warped her assumptions about how the world sees her. I remember the identity crisis of new parenthood, and how easy it is to imagine that others are evaluating you as harshly as you’re evaluating yourself. But even in novels, I’m not sure I’ve ever had such a distinct sense of what that experience feels like inside someone else’s head.

Later, Sacks pointed out to me that I’d just seen, in miniature, the psychological dynamic behind the so-called mommy wars, merciless, no-win public competitions over the best way to raise a child. “Everyone’s always insecure they’re doing something wrong, and the stakes are so high — you don’t want to mess up your kids — so you’re constantly projecting your insecurities onto other people,” she said. The result is the widespread feeling of aggrieved defensiveness that dominates many cultural conversations about parenthood.
gender  parenting  secret  interesting  podcasts 
12 weeks ago by ramitsethi
SerPuissance comments on Does it really matter what you spend on a wedding ring?
An engagement ring is a Zahavian Signal and most women are culturally aware of that, even if they are not consciously aware of it and couldn't name it . No woman wants to have the cheapest most unimaginative ring among her friends; just like no man wants his wife to be the frumpiest woman at the party. People (i.e. pathologically frugal redditors) who ignore these things and dismiss them as trivial do so at great peril to their long term romantic prospects.
commenters  cheap-people  gender  interesting  writing 
may 2019 by ramitsethi
My (25f) boyfriend (30m) is nitpicky about money, my friends (20s m/f) are the opposite. It makes going out as a group awkward : relationships
My friends and I, when we go out, tend to not be nitpicky about money.

We'll buy each other rounds of drinks, and take turns buying instead of paying each other back. Or if we're going to an event, I've picked up tickets for a friend with the agreement they'd buy food and drinks at the event to make stuff even. A friend will call us an Uber, and another one of us will get the Uber next time. It doesn't work out dollar for dollar, at every event, but over time it absolutely evens out. I can't think of anyone in our group who is stingy or takes advantage of things. It makes going out a lot more fun, since nobody worries about crunching numbers throughout the night.

For more expensive stuff like airline tickets or something ,we all pay our own way, but that's really rare.

I started seeing Jacob about six months ago, and for a while, he didn't really come out with my friends and I once. He was really busy with work and also introverted and not a fan of big group outings.

But recently his work has chilled out and he wanted to start getting out more and so I started inviting him to stuff with my friends and I. Concerts, nights out, beach trips, etc. And things have been great, except for one little frustrating thing.

He's not really comfortable with our way of handling money. Every time, he wants to pay people back immediately. Like if someone gets a round of drinks, or pays for an Uber, or something, he'll try to give them cash right away even though they all say not to worry about it, or just ask him to get the next round instead.

He is also nitpicky whenever he pays for something for the group, like he got the group an Uber one day and in the car asked everyone to pay their share, which was awkward because most of us didn't have cash or apps like venmo. This has come up with drinks too, he's picked up drinks for my friends then asked them for cash right away

I talked to him every time to say that's just not how we do stuff , it's awkward and inconvenient to try to crunch the numbers for who owes who what... And it's super awkward to ask everyone for money whenever he gets something for the group, especially because everyone has been treating him and each other to stuff

And he keeps saying that he doesn't like owing anyone shit, and he doesn't like when people owe him something and it's not getting paid back in a way that's easy to keep track of.
money-relationships  finance  interesting 
may 2019 by ramitsethi
Uber, Lyft drivers manipulate fares at Reagan National causing artificial price surges | WJLA
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) — Every night, several times a night, Uber and Lyft drivers at Reagan National Airport simultaneously turn off their ride share apps for a minute or two to trick the app into thinking there are no drivers available---creating a price surge. When the fare goes high enough, the drivers turn their apps back on and lock into the higher fare.

It's happening in the Uber and Lyft parking lot outside Reagan National airport. The lot fills with 120 to 150 drivers sometimes for hours, waiting for the busy evening rush. And nearly all the drivers have one complaint:
may 2019 by ramitsethi
Nick Hornby on Marriage: For Better, for Worse, for 10 Minutes at a Time - The New York Times
“High Maintenance was the first time that I saw someone think: ‘Hey, why does a show have to be 30 minutes or 53 minutes?’” Hornby said. “It just seemed like such a neat way of telling a story.”

He borrowed that neat way, tweaked for Louise and Tom, and pitched the show to producers at See-Saw Films, who were struck by what Hornby could accomplish in each 10-minute, dialogue-heavy chunk. SundanceTV, intrigued by the idea, agreed to distribute it.
podcasts  interesting  video 
may 2019 by ramitsethi
Web Smith on Twitter: "Began tracking this over the last year ( ~ 40 trips) and found it interesting. There are many inferences to derive. The nicer the hotel (2-5 stars), the more likely a patron will find a busy fitness center at 5-6 AM."
Began tracking this over the last year ( ~ 40 trips) and found it interesting. There are many inferences to derive.

The nicer the hotel (2-5 stars), the more likely a patron will find a busy fitness center at 5-6 AM.
interesting  health  wealthy 
april 2019 by ramitsethi
The Efficiency Delusion – OneZero
But efficiency isn’t always value neutral. Placing efficiency over other values can be a mistake — a lapse in ethical, political, personal, or professional judgment. Some human or civic interactions thrive when they’re deliberate and erode when they’re sped up.

Apparently, some instructors get straight to the point when criticizing their assignments. Being downright brutal in this context is viewed as a sign of respect, not rudeness.

The first is about a fairly senior engineer who was probably a project manager. At some point, he got very angry at the number of jokes that were being told in meetings
culture  politics  efficiency  interesting 
april 2019 by ramitsethi
Employee Wellness Programs Yield Little Benefit, Study Shows - The New York Times
The study, published on Tuesday in JAMA, a medical journal, looked at the experience of 33,000 workers at BJ’s Wholesale Club, a retailer, over a year and a half.

While workers who enrolled in the wellness program reported that they learned to exercise more and watch their weight, the research found no significant differences in outcomes like lower blood pressure or sugar levels and other health measures. And it found no significant reduction in workers’ health care costs.

“These findings may temper expectations about the financial return on investment that wellness programs can deliver in the short term,” conclude the study’s authors, Dr. Zirui Song, a health policy researcher at Harvard Medical School, and Katherine Baicker, dean of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
work  health  interesting 
april 2019 by ramitsethi
Fat Rant Tuesday : fatlogic
I tell people I count my calories and smile and nod when they tell me their weird diet plans. People are weird and superstitious about food. They'd rather believe in magic than admit they eat too much.
fatlogic  psychology  interesting  culture 
april 2019 by ramitsethi
Why do so many men on dating apps seem to post pictures of themselves holding a fish they caught? : AskMen
Because dudes have a hard time finding pictures of themselves that aren't group pics or selfies. There's almost never a time when a guy is groomed, well dressed and willing to ask a friend, "Hey man, take a picture of me real quick, I need tinder photos." other than weddings, and fishing/hunting. So they just work with what they got, which is fish/dead animal pictures.
gender  photos  interesting  culture 
april 2019 by ramitsethi
The Streets Were Never Free. Congestion Pricing Finally Makes That Plain. - The New York Times
The Streets Were Never Free. Congestion Pricing Finally Makes That Plain.
The policy could change not just traffic, but also how we think about the infrastructure cars require.
urban-planning  culture  interesting 
april 2019 by ramitsethi
The New York Times on Twitter: ""Instead of the usual one-night-only, blowout bash, we broke down our wedding reception into intimate gatherings of unexpected guest pairings, spread over six months." https://t.co/aapDwqxfbS"
"Instead of the usual one-night-only, blowout bash, we broke down our wedding reception into intimate gatherings of unexpected guest pairings, spread over six months."

LOVE how unconventional and intentional this is. Note comments that disagree, uncomfortable with making a different choice.
wedding  interesting 
april 2019 by ramitsethi
What are some tips for changing from an "I'll do it later" person into an "I'll do it now" person? : AskReddit
I've found that this type of behavior just manages to encourage life to throw more work at you. The work necessary inflates to fill the space allotted.
if-you-win-you-lose  interesting 
april 2019 by ramitsethi
John Warner on Twitter: "One of the moments of epiphany in my teaching was when a college sophomore openly longed for retirement so she could finally start to pursue the things she wanted to do with her life. Wrote about it in Why They Can't Write.… htt
One of the moments of epiphany in my teaching was when a college sophomore openly longed for retirement so she could finally start to pursue the things she wanted to do with her life. Wrote about it in Why They Can't Write.
interesting  culture  millennials 
april 2019 by ramitsethi
Professional women who have all aspects of their life relatively under control: How do you do it? : AskWomen
Commenter asks, "Does anyone know women like this?" Health, food, relationships, career...

Answers range from "Nobody on earth is like this" to "98% of my friends are like this"
culture  millennials  interesting 
march 2019 by ramitsethi
Why Voters Haven’t Been Buying the Case for Building — Shelterforce
It’s tempting to think that the issue is just geography: that apartments are just like gas, but instead of different markets in different states, there are different markets in each neighborhood. Clearly neighborhoods are important, but the research suggests that both location and other quality factors and building amenities combine to define distinct submarkets. You can think of each submarket as all of the different units that one kind of person might consider when they are looking to move. They may be in several different neighborhoods, but they will be of similar overall quality and desirability and they will have similar prices.
real-estate  interesting  economics 
march 2019 by ramitsethi
Schools Aim to Teach Teens Financial Savvy - WSJ
A 2014 study that examined 168 academic papers found such instruction has “minuscule effects” on behavior unless it is delivered shortly before a person needs the information to make a financial decision, said co-author John Lynch, director of the Center for Research on Consumer Financial Decision Making at the University of Colorado Boulder.

A 2015 study compared 18- to 22-year-olds in three states—Idaho, Texas, and Georgia—that began mandating financial education in high schools around 2007 with young adults in bordering states without such requirements. It found statistically significant improvements in credit scores and reductions in late payments on credit cards three years later in the states with the financial-literacy requirements.
education  finance  interesting 
march 2019 by ramitsethi
Delano farmer turns 105 - YouTube
Inspiring 105-year-old Sikh man works every day and finds purpose in work

Immigrated to America in 60s!
interesting  videos  inspirational  aging  work 
march 2019 by ramitsethi
Hemant Mohapatra on Twitter: "So @lyft is paying $8m/mo to @AWS -- almost $100m/yr! Each ride costs $.14 in AWS rent. I keep hearing they could build their own DC & save. My early days at @Google cloud, heard the same from customers: "at scale, owning is
So @lyft is paying $8m/mo to @AWS -- almost $100m/yr! Each ride costs $.14 in AWS rent. I keep hearing they could build their own DC & save. My early days at @Google cloud, heard the same from customers: "at scale, owning is cheaper". It wasn't - they all came around. Here's why:
total-cost-of-ownership  interesting 
march 2019 by ramitsethi
You're given $5000 to spend on something fun for yourself. What would you buy? : AskReddit
Travel agent says $5,000 will get people 1 week in London. HUNDREDS of angry commenters call travel agent a scammer and say "that's way way way too expensive"
frugality  interesting 
march 2019 by ramitsethi
We hired a Japanese moving company! - YouTube
Send someone days before to survey / explain process. Hand tissues to neighbors
Recycle old appliances
Sell new appliances (at low prices) -- put right into house
Introduce themselves by name, explain process day-of.
Add protectors to wall and floor
Wrap the bed instead of just carrying it out
Carry things to their own car
Add numbers to boxes so you know which cabinet it belongs to
Containers for dishes, fragile lights, dishes, clothes (accommodate hangers, no folding required)
Color-coded containers: Red is fragile, yellow is "use it right after move"
Specialized workers for different things (e.g., taking light down)
Unpackers are different workers
culture  japan  moving  interesting  amazing  videos  luxury  customerservice 
march 2019 by ramitsethi
Inside the Dark, Lucrative World of Consumer Debt Collection - The New York Times
The scale is breathtaking. From 2006 to 2009, for example, the nation’s top nine debt buyers purchased almost 90 million consumer accounts with more than $140 billion in “face value.” And they bought at a steep discount. On average, they paid just 4.5 cents on the dollar. These debt buyers collect what they can and then sell the remaining accounts to other buyers, and so on. Those who trade in such debt call it “paper.” That was Aaron Siegel’s business.
debt  interesting  ethics 
march 2019 by ramitsethi
Parenting in America
today fully four-in-ten births occur to women who are single or living with a non-marital partner.

The share of children living in a two-parent household is at the lowest point in more than half a century: 69% are in this type of family arrangement today, compared with 73% in 2000 and 87% in 1960.

Now, about two-thirds (67%) of people younger than 50 who had ever married are still in their first marriage. In comparison, that share was 83% in 1960.

46%—are living with two parents who are both in their first marriage. This share is down from 61% in 19808 and 73% in 1960.
parenting  culture  interesting 
march 2019 by ramitsethi
The Lonely Life of a Yacht Influencer - MEL Magazine
Alex Jimenez (aka TheYachtGuy) might look like he’s comfortably residing in the lap of luxury on Instagram, but the truth is, he’s kinda lost at sea
interesting  social-media-marketing  culture 
february 2019 by ramitsethi
On a post that literally shows the dangers of obesity, the first comment is filled with fat logic. : fatlogic
Years ago, I read something in a magazine about getting perfect skin. As part of the article, the author interviewed people with perfect skin, after one talked about her routine and listed multiple things that she "always" and "never" did, the person that wrote the article noted, "'never' and 'always' are big words with perfect skin people."

"Always" and "never," not "pretty much" and "a little."
advice  interesting  self-development  discipline 
february 2019 by ramitsethi
How NYT Cooking Became the Best Comment Section on the Internet - The Ringer
“We made the conscious decision not to call them comments,” Sifton tells me. “The call to action was to leave a note on the recipe that helps make it better. That’s very different from ‘Leave a comment on a recipe.’ And the comment might be ‘I hate you.’ ‘You’re an asshole.’ ‘This is bad.’ And that’s helpful to no one. I see that on other recipes, and I’m glad that we don’t have those comments, because we don’t have comments. We have notes.”
commenters  interesting  community 
february 2019 by ramitsethi
Flipkart Billionaire Breaks His Silence After Walmart Ouster - Bloomberg
Fascinating comparisons of what it takes to be 1% in diff countries, including cost of private school tuition and live-in nanny
wealthy  finance  interesting 
february 2019 by ramitsethi
‘You Need to Instill Some Confidence’ - The New York Times
In India, it’s a very different ballgame. This is the biggest democracy in the world, and the culture is so complex and so diverse it can be very challenging to manage. That’s why you have so few luxury brands in the country. The cost of entry is just too high. India is a key market for us, but after 30 years we still only have two hotels there — that’s how difficult it is to move things forward there.
aman-hotels  india  interesting  culture 
february 2019 by ramitsethi
Polar Vortex 2019: Why Forecasts Are So Accurate Now - The Atlantic
“Modern 72-hour predictions of hurricane tracks are more accurate than 24-hour forecasts were 40 years ago,” the authors write.
weather  interesting  future 
february 2019 by ramitsethi
Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff: Startups that try to disrupt real estate commissions are doomed to fail – GeekWire
In terms of seeing radical changes in the commission structure, Rascoff said “don’t hold your breath.”

“There are other startups that are trying to break down those agent commissions, and I think most of them will fail,” he said. “And I think those that haven’t failed yet, probably will for the reasons I just explained, but we are not one of them.”

In my opinion, most home shoppers select a real estate agent based on their expertise and their overall fit with the potential client more so than based on price. For evidence of this, look no further than the many companies that started out as discount brokerages but which have reduced their discount over time, in most cases to the point where their product differentiation has become the quality of their agents rather than their price point. Brokerage after brokerage that have tried to gain market share based on offering discount services have tried and failed, because consumers don’t respond to it. The real estate transaction is too infrequent, too expensive, and too emotional for people to select an agent primarily based on price. True, there are also industry forces which make it difficult to operate as a discount brokerage; but the primary reason why discount brokerages fail is because consumers don’t choose to work with their agents.
interesting  finance  real-estate  truth 
january 2019 by ramitsethi
Researchers say if parents want to successfully cut back on their child’s screen-time, they must first cut back on screen-time themselves - Thriveworks
A new study “Mothers’ and fathers’ media parenting practices associated with young children’s screen-time” from University of Guelph and published in BMC Obesity says that children’s screen-time is directly related to their parents’ screen-time. And any efforts intended to reduce children’s screen-time should start at the root, with the parents’ screen-viewing habits.
funny  interesting  parenting 
january 2019 by ramitsethi
Steven Sinofsky on Twitter: "1/ Much analysis: Apple has long known it is missing the boat on providing low priced phones—strategic mistake to cede “low end” to Android. Or raised prices too much/soon. Then it must be an easy answer to just lower pr
1/ Much analysis: Apple has long known it is missing the boat on providing low priced phones—strategic mistake to cede “low end” to Android. Or raised prices too much/soon. Then it must be an easy answer to just lower prices or make low priced phones. Ack! Harder than it looks.
pricing  strategy  interesting 
january 2019 by ramitsethi
Down in front! – Signal v. Noise
Look around YouTube at car reviews, and you’ll see a lot of people standing in front of cars. Below I’ve snapped captures of early frames in six car reviews. These represent the first time the car is shown whole, in profile.
marketing  interesting 
january 2019 by ramitsethi
ECON 252 (2008) - Lecture 9 - Guest Lecture by David Swensen | Open Yale Courses
David Swensen, Yale’s Chief Investment Officer and manager of the University’s endowment, discusses the tactics and tools that Yale and other endowments use to create long-term, positive investment returns. He emphasizes the importance of asset allocation and diversification and the limited effects of market timing and security selection. Also, the extraordinary returns of hedge funds, one of the more recent phenomena of portfolio management, should be looked at closely, with an eye for survivorship and back-fill biases.
podcasts  interesting  finance  investing 
january 2019 by ramitsethi
Aggression - Robert Sapolsky Rocks
Top down or bottom up hierarchies. In top down a single dominant individual (usually male) sets the rules and enforces them with aggression. He takes the best for himself and will fight and kill anyone that tries to interfere. This is chimps, baboons, Republicans. The bottom up version, as seen in vervet monkeys, is rule by consensus. The guy in charge is in charge because others want him to be and he rules fairly. This is democratic rule, this is the noble chief.
podcasts  interesting 
december 2018 by ramitsethi
Customer service and luxury | Seth's Blog
If your Chanel bag wears out, don't expect the same response you might find if you have trouble with something from LL Bean or Lands End. Luxury brands have long assumed that if you can afford to buy it, you can afford to replace it.
luxury  interesting 
december 2018 by ramitsethi
John Rosemond on Twitter: "Forty years ago, a woman with children who worked outside of her home was referred to as a working wife. Today, she is called a working mother — one example of how today’s woman is encouraged to put her children before her r
Forty years ago, a woman with children who worked outside of her home was referred to as a working wife. Today, she is called a working mother — one example of how today’s woman is encouraged to put her children before her relationship with her husband.
relationships  interesting  history 
december 2018 by ramitsethi
Why Standing Desks Are Overrated - The New York Times
Why Standing Desks Are Overrated
They’re not cures for anything, and standing is not exercise.
health  interesting 
november 2018 by ramitsethi
Beauty and the Backlash: Disney’s Modern Princess Problem - WSJ
Animators must draw princesses’ eyes looking in different directions when they appear on the same lunch box or poster. That’s because the princesses are not to live in the same imagined universe, even if they’re adjacent to each other in the physical world.

“Ariel and Belle wouldn’t be friends. Cinderella and Snow White wouldn’t know each other,” said one former Disney executive.
disney  interesting 
november 2018 by ramitsethi
He's Retired, She's Working, They're Not Happy - The New York Times
A Cornell University study of 534 retirement-aged men and women found that working women whose husbands were retired or disabled were the least happy with their marriages. Working men whose wives stayed home were the most.
interesting  gender  culture  happiness  retirement  relationships 
november 2018 by ramitsethi
Jim Stormdancer on Twitter: "Someone compiled a list of instances of AI doing what creators specify, not what they mean: https://t.co/OqoYN8MvMN… "
Someone compiled a list of instances of AI doing what creators specify, not what they mean: ªªhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vRPiprOaC3HsCf5Tuum8bRfzYUiKLRqJmbOoC-32JorNdfyTiRRsR7Ea5eWtvsWzuxo8bjOxCG84dAg/pubhtml …ºº
november 2018 by ramitsethi
How to grow your network by hosting kick-ass dinners - SJO.com | SJO.com
Sol hosts dinners for entrepreneurs. Look at his 1-page playbook that he gives to restaurants to ensure the dinners go smoothly. Awesome!
interesting  networking  automation 
november 2018 by ramitsethi
What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick? | Hacker News
A very interesting ethical discussion I had with a doctor friend recently is that in some cases where a doctor identifies that amputation is the right/only course of action, they will only present that as a soft option to the patient, if at all.
This is because studies have since found that amputations can cause a great deal of psychological harm and it can be better for the patient if they arrive at the conclusion to amputate of their own volition - even if that takes months of excrutiating agony spent realizing not having the limb is better than the pain.

It was an interesting additional dimension to consider - even if the doctor knows much better than the patient, sometimes the patient feeling a sense of autonomy could be important for their wellbeing, and that short term pain could be beneficial.
medical  interesting  ethics  persuasion  psychology 
november 2018 by ramitsethi
As Trump Spreads A Fog Of Falsehoods, His Fans Believe Them And Make Excuses For Him | HuffPost
“It doesn’t bother me. No one’s got a perfect memory,” Walton said of Trump’s propensity for falsehoods. “He’s got a lot on his mind.”

One 75-year-old woman who declined to give her name said she supported Trump because Obama had doubled the national debt in his two terms in office. But when it was pointed out that Trump was on track to have $1 trillion annual deficits during a strong economy, she demanded to know why the media has not covered that. She added that she watches Fox News religiously and had not seen that mentioned.

She added that she was not interested in whether or how many times Trump might lie that evening. “I don’t care if he sprouts a third dick up there,” she said.

“I don’t believe that,” she said, joining in with the verbal assault on HuffPost for daring to challenge Trump’s version of reality. “I don’t believe he would lie like that.”

“It’s a matter of semantics,” he said, and pointed out that falsely claiming to have built a wall was an effective campaign tool. “It’s wonderful campaigning for the Republican Party in congressional seats around the country, to stimulate the base.”
politics  stupid  psychology  lies  interesting 
november 2018 by ramitsethi
Where ‘Yes! To Affordable Groceries’ Really Means No to a Soda Tax - The New York Times
“We should not be taxed on what we eat,” she says in a commercial that is being broadcast across Washington State. “We need to eat to survive, and if we have to cut back on what we eat, that’s not going to be good — especially for the elderly.”

But what most voters don’t know is that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and other American beverage companies are largely financing the initiatives — not to block taxes on staples like milk and vegetables but to choke off a growing movement to tax sugary drinks.
ethics  culture  lies  health  deception  interesting 
november 2018 by ramitsethi
Former CIA Chief Explains How Spies Use Disguises | WIRED - YouTube
Former Chief of Disguise for the CIA, Jonna Mendez, explains how disguises are used in the CIA, and what aspects to the deception make for an effective disguise.
secret  military  interesting  videos 
october 2018 by ramitsethi
Overview of investing -- great
One of the best overviews of investing I've seen!
investing  interesting 
october 2018 by ramitsethi
Timofey Pnin on Twitter: "If Harvard admitted students based solely on the applicant scoring in the top decile of an "academic index" (=test scores + HS performance), the racial/ethnic composition of its freshman class would be expected to change as follo
If Harvard admitted students based solely on the applicant scoring in the top decile of an "academic index" (=test scores + HS performance), the racial/ethnic composition of its freshman class would be expected to change as follows:

White -6%
Black -94%
Hispanic -82%
Asian +108%
race  education  interesting  culture 
october 2018 by ramitsethi
The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America - The New York Times
Becoming a mother used to be seen as a unifying milestone for women in the United States. But a new analysis of four decades of births shows that the age that women become mothers varies significantly by geography and education. The result is that children are born into very different family lives, heading for diverging economic futures.
gender  interesting  culture  parenting  relationships 
october 2018 by ramitsethi
Apple Said to Have 'Dramatically Reduced' Multi-Billion-Dollar iPhone Repair Fraud in China - Mac Rumors
In 2013, Apple is said to have discovered a highly sophisticated fraud scheme in which organized thieves would buy or steal iPhones, remove valuable components like the processor or logic board, swap in fake components, and return the "broken" iPhones to receive replacements they could resell.

Apple also began dipping batteries in a special dye that could only be seen under a high-frequency light to authenticate them during repairs, the report says. A-series chips in iPhones are also allegedly coated in a waterproof sealant that can be seen under certain wavelengths, offering another countermeasure.
security  interesting 
october 2018 by ramitsethi
Tribespeople react to the polar bear segment of Planet Earth. Truly amazing seeing people react to a ecosystem so foreign to them. : videos
Tribespeople react to the polar bear segment of Planet Earth. Truly amazing seeing people react to a ecosystem so foreign to them. (youtube.com)
interesting  culture  nature  animals 
october 2018 by ramitsethi
The Functional Alibi | Journal of the Association for Consumer Research: Vol 1, No 4
In a 2016 paper, the Harvard Business School professor Anat Keinan and her co-authors studied what they call “functional alibis”—the excuses people make for expensive purchases that play up a product’s function. For example, they might justify buying a Range Rover because it can handle extreme conditions, or justify buying a high-end handbag because it has a useful protective pocket for a laptop. “When people indulge, they want to feel like there’s some sort of rational excuse for their behavior,” Keinan told me.
luxury  lies  psychology  interesting 
october 2018 by ramitsethi
Matthew Ball on Twitter: "1/ While most have come around to the viability of #Disney’s OTT service, many remain lukewarm on its prospects. I’m very bullish for 8 reasons, most of which I find overlooked or downplayed. I also don’t worry about the fa
1/ While most have come around to the viability of #Disney’s OTT service, many remain lukewarm on its prospects. I’m very bullish for 8 reasons, most of which I find overlooked or downplayed. I also don’t worry about the fact that it’ll take years for Disney to be ‘all in’.
strategy  interesting  disney 
september 2018 by ramitsethi
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