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9/23 - What's Next

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What you think about landfill and recycling is probably totally wrong

We aren’t anywhere near running out of space for landfill. The Earth is huge and we are good at digging deep holes. Space will never be a meaningful constraint.

The main downside of sending something to landfill is we miss the chance to benefit from recycling it — but recycling is only sometimes cheaper or better for the environment.It depends on the item.

The problem of rubbish polluting the sea, rivers and land can be most cheaply addressed by improving rubbish collection and making sure everything gets to landfill.

Almost all of the litter that escapes into nature, especially the sea, comes from fishing ships or poorer riverine countries with bad rubbish collection practices, such as China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Rich countries like the UK or US have rubbish collection rates approaching 100% and are responsible for little new waste reaching the oceans.

Fat, Happy, And In Over Your Head

Marcel Hirscher is the greatest ski racer in history, winning the World Cup Overall title in each of the last eight years. Few of you have heard of him because ski racing is tiny in America. But in Europe he’s like Michael Jordan.

Hirscher announced his retirement last week. It baffled many; It’s like if Jordan retired in 1993. Nowhere close to slowing down, his margins of victory just months ago were the highest they’ve ever been. He probably had 5-8 more good years in him. He could have kept winning, kept earning millions, the king of his sport.

The idea of having “enough” might look like conservatism, leaving opportunity and potential on the table. I don’t think that’s right. “Enough” is realizing that the opposite – an insatiable appetite for more – will push you to the point of regret.

My partner Craig says we shouldn’t worship unicorns. We should admire crickets. Crickets produce more body weight per gram of food eaten than any other farm animal. A lot of unicorn companies are huge because they raised a ton of money, but the cricket business is one that raised a little money, said, “that’s enough, that’s all we need, let’s go build a real business” and still prospered. They will likely become the most sustainable businesses – and the most valuable long term – because their proactive sense of “enough” keeps them from getting in over their heads.

The Hypocrisy of SoulCycle

A woman lifts weights while riding a SoulCycle stationary bicycle.

If there is a trend in corporate accountability and scrutiny from consumers, it is also, poetically, exactly what brands such as SoulCycle and Equinox ask for. The companies sell their workouts as much more than just a workout. They sell a lifestyle, an identity—one of virtue and character and dedication.

Talent is everywhere, opportunity is not. We are all losing out because of this.

The world’s most limited resource is not oil, iron, or coal, but the potential of the human mind.

We lack treatments for a large range of diseases; we need to decarbonize the global economy; we should transform our food system to one that feeds the world while reducing its impact on the environment that we rely on; if anyone has the ideas to solve these problems, everyone can benefit from them at the same time. Someone living in Europe or America benefits if someone in India or Africa becomes better off and invents that medical drug, the technology to produce cleaner energy, or those new crops.

There are 2 billion children under the age of 15. Focussing our efforts on improving the conditions in which the young generation grows up is a big challenge, but also a fantastic opportunity. All who are in power today will be gone soon and the generation who is growing up now will take the lead. All will go through the education system we offer them today; whether they can realize their potential depends on the circumstances in health, shelter, food, prosperity, freedom, and education that we can provide for them.

'These kids are ticking time bombs': The threat of youth basketball

Their conclusion: Those who were highly specialized in one sport (at the exclusion of other sports) and played it year-round were at a significantly higher risk for serious overuse injuries, such as bone and cartilage injuries and ligament injuries. How much higher of a risk? About 125%.

Simply put: Today's players are faster, stronger and more athletic, the product of years of weight training, speed training, vertical jump training, skills training. But the brakes, the suspension -- their ankles, hips and core -- while often neglected, remain tasked with enduring the brunt of the body's force. "We would joke that half of these athletes are so good that they could almost out-jump their ability to land," says Blase, who is now Fusionetics' director of professional and collegiate team services. Says Clark, "All the specialization is helping the player become more skillful and more powerful and more athletic, but at the same time they're not working on the things that prevent injuries and help them recover."

The Internet Relies on People Working for Free

When you buy a product like Philips Hue’s smart lights or an iPhone, you probably assume the people who wrote their code are being paid. While that’s true for those who directly author a product’s software, virtually every tech company also relies on thousands of bits of free code, made available through “open-source” projects on sites like GitHub and GitLab.

It’s hard to demand that programmers who are working for free troubleshoot problems or continue to maintain software that they’ve lost interest in for whatever reason — though some companies certainly try. Not adequately maintaining these projects, on the other hand, makes the entire tech ecosystem weaker. So some open-source programmers are asking companies to pay, not for their code, but for their support services.

Many in the open-source community are opposed to the idea that they should be paid in any way, which remains a controversial topic. Some in the open-source community believe that monetization defeats the purpose of “free” — but the reality is that the people working for free need to eat and feed families, just like everyone else.

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