Daily Notes

Friday, September 17th, 2021

‘Don’t take criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from’. /r/LifeProTips.

‘3,100… people died of COVID-19 in America on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The tally was higher than the death toll from the devastating terror attacks.’ The Economist [c].

One of the best and underrated things about the Roku streaming devices is their volume leveling mode. It’s extremely useful for content with a large contrast between sound effects and dialogue. Or for just when the sound for whatever reason is too low. My Dad couldn’t imagine watching television without it now.

And talking of Roku, it amazes me that you can get a 55″ 4K TV for £400 [c].

Remember Clubhouse? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like its 15 minutes is over and I barely hear it mentioned anymore. And it seems like Twitter Spaces has been fairly successful in replicating Clubhouse.

‘Oh. So. Pro.’ One of the worst Apple product bylines ever?

In 1841 Charles Mackay published the classic, original book on stock market bubbles and the psychology behind them with “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”.

And yet several years later he still lost a fortune speculating during the Railway Mania bubble.

Rolling Stone magazines new list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time is so bad it’s actually funny. I mean if you ignore pretty much any song on the list from the last 20 years or so it’s actually pretty darn good. But much of the modern additions feel extremely forced. And if you click play to hear the 30 second preview of each song god does the modern dross stick out like a sore thumb alongside some of the classics from the 60s/70s.

”Historic moment’: UK beef heads to US for first time in 20 years’. Farming UK [c]. I didn’t realise that British beef hasn’t been exported to the USA ever since the mad cow disease outbreak in the 1990’s.

Today I discovered the YouTuber LEMMiNO. He makes outstanding YouTube documentaries. Using some tremendous animation and story telling he takes complicated events and explains them simply and engagingly. Honestly, check him out!

I genuinely want to know why so many websites have auto-playing mini videos when you visit. I mean the bandwidth costs alone to deliver a video to every single visitor must be huge?! But there must be some reason why they do it, right?

‘Inside the Studios’ (And Apple’s) Frenzy to Get Christopher Nolan’s Next Film’. The Hollywood Reporter [c].

The project is meant to be a smaller-scale feature film for Nolan, which in his case, meant a production budget of around $100 million and an equal marketing spend, according to sources. He asked for total creative control, 20 percent of first-dollar gross, and a blackout period from the studio wherein the company would not release another movie three weeks before or three weeks after his release. And he asked for what insiders say was around a 100-day theatrical window. (Some sources have said the number was 110 days, with one person saying it was 130 days.) These were, in fact, many of the conditions Nolan was accustomed to enjoying at Warners.

Battlefield 2042 joins recent game-delay frenzy, moves to November’. Ars Technica [c]. Noooo! Battlefield 1 is one of my favourite games of all time and I recently purchased a PlayStation 5 almost solely to try out the latest Battlefeld installment. Oh well, I’ll just have to wait a bit longer and continue to stare at my unopened PS5 in the corner of my room. 😐

Link Money

‘China to Cleanse Online Content That ‘Bad-Mouths’ Its Economy’

Bloomberg [c]:

China kicked off a two-month campaign to crack down on commercial platforms and social media accounts that post finance-related information that’s deemed harmful to its economy.

The initiative will focus on rectifying violations including those that “maliciously” bad-mouth China’s financial markets and falsely interpret domestic policies and economic data, the Cyberspace Administration of China said in a statement late Friday. Those who republish foreign media reports or commentaries that falsely interpret domestic financial topics “without taking a stance or making a judgment” will also be targeted, it added.

The move is aimed at cultivating a “benign” online environment for public opinion that can facilitate “sustainable and healthy development” of China’s economy and its society, according to the statement. It followed a draft proposal issued earlier Friday by the cyberspace regulator to regulate algorithms that technology firms use to recommend videos and other content.

One of the reasons I’m keen on direct indexing becoming more mainstream is so I can take countries like China out of my pension investment portfolio. I do want the diversification of a ‘world index tracker’, but it would be nice to take dodgy countries like China out of the pot.

And it probably wouldn’t even cost me anything. I mean that’s half of the reason I want to take it out! Sure, morally I disagree with China. But I also think they simply won’t perform in the long run.

They haven’t done especially well over the past 10 years:

Oh and in other China news, ‘China Slashes Kids’ Gaming Time to Just Three Hours a Week‘ [c]:

Gaming platforms from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to NetEase Inc. can henceforth only offer online gaming to minors from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and public holidays, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing a notice by the National Press and Publication Administration. The new rules, which limit teen playing time to three hours most weeks of the year, is a major step-up from a previous restriction set in 2019 of 1.5 hours per day, most days.