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Amazon Opens Warehouses To Tours

I thought you brought the map From CNN Money: Amazon opens warehouses to tours Of Amazon’s 37 U.S. fulfillment centers, six will begin offering public tours this month. I’ll bet the technology and organization would be fascinating, but one look … Continue reading

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Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, by Michael Lewis

For 300 million dollars, your web browser could receive this post three milliseconds faster I’ve just finished reading Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis, an exposé on the rampant parasitism at the core of the U.S. stock … Continue reading

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I’m Really Glad This Exists: HowManyPeopleAreInSpaceRightNow.com

HowManyPeopleAreInSpaceRightNow.com (go ahead – click on it) A self-explanatory domain name, a clean single-page website, and a need I didn’t realize I had. Best wishes, you lucky few.

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A Plane Flight So Long They Added A Compartment For Corpse Storage

Are we there yet? Like most experienced travellers, The Gentleman Economist occasionally gets wistful recalling really long flights, suppressing painful memories of so many hours yearning to simply be home in one’s own bed. The war stories include: Shanghai     … Continue reading

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Is The Ride-Sharing Business A Winner-Take-All Market?

Business up front… …party in the back From Wired: Uber vs. Lyft: The $500 Million Battle to Decide How You Ride Consider our old friend Ebay. They’re in the business of matching buyers and sellers in a virtual marketplace. If you’re a … Continue reading

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Mozilla CEO Ousted For Personal Political Beliefs?

 Don’t try to tell the fox whom he can or cannot marry After only two weeks on the job, Mozilla’s chief executive Brendan Eich resigned last Thursday over a brewing controversy involving his personal political beliefs. It seems that six … Continue reading

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Is Facebook Membership Soon To Collapse?

Maybe we’ll see less of this From The Guardian: Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers First, there was the social networking site Friendster, which rocketed into our consciousness in 2002, peaked and then flamed out, living … Continue reading

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Tesla, The Future, and Its Enemies

 Make a run for the border From Business Insider: MAP: Here’s Where Tesla Is Banned From Selling Cars Consumer Reports recently gave the Tesla Model S its highest rating ever. Sales are up and the future looks bright for this all … Continue reading

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Not The Best Pocket Watch 340,000 Swiss Francs Can Buy

Time doesn’t exist. Clocks exist. From Digg:  Why Does This Pocket Watch Cost $400,000? This is an appealing pocket watch, but I have a few concerns: It has an “Oil Change” indicator on the back, reminding you to get it … Continue reading

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How to Write a Blog Post

1.  Start with a strong declarative sentence that leaves some things unsaid: It doesn’t have to be “A bunch of the boys were whooping it up at the Malamute Saloon“, but you get the picture. 2.  Reward the curious: Include … Continue reading

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