10 Weekend Reading – The Big Picture

Welcome to October! The weekend is here, so pour yourself a mug of Puerto Rico Import coffee, settle into the couch, and get ready for our long-form weekend read:

The Great Bluff: How Ukrainians Outmaneuvered Putin’s Army: Russian army was considered to be very advanced. But Ukraine nevertheless managed to secure an almost unbelievable coup by taking back huge swathes of territory in the northeast. Can Ukraine actually win? (Spiegel)

New York City’s vacant offices reveal a global property dilemma: The heart of Midtown Manhattan is a multibillion-dollar problem for building owners, the city and thousands of workers. Blocks of decades-old office towers are partly empty, in an awkward position: too old to attract tenants for the latest amenities, too new to be demolished or converted for other purposes. The rise of remote work is taking a toll on older buildings, leaving landlords uneasy • New York City’s vacant offices reveal a global property dilemma: Rise of remote work will damage older buildings, leave landlords reeling (Bloomberg)

Boaz Weinstein reveals the trade secret that helped make him famous: The founder of Saba Capital Management talks about the little-known deal that showed him how to take over JPMorgan’s chief investment office, and describes the new opportunities he’s seeing in today’s volatile credit markets. (Bloomberg)

Beware of the illusion of certainty: We like to think that our lives are orderly, predictable, and subject to a lot of control. past finite; We see only one result. We attach causality and narrative to it so that it makes sense. We roll our ability to understand the past into the future, which is infinite; There are still as many results as unknown and unknown. Randomness, chance and luck influence us more than we realize. Certainty is an illusion. Uncertainty is everywhere. (Richard Hughes Jones)

The Blackstone Rebellion: How One Country Took On The World’s Largest Commercial Landlord: The giant asset management firm used to target places where people worked and shopped. Then people started buying houses. In one country, the reaction was violent https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/sep/29/blackstone-rebellion-how-one-country-worlds-biggest-commercial-landlord-denmark

Indistinguishable from magic. Magical Technology: iPod, Spotify, Figma, AI Art, Arc, web3 and beyond: Last week, I asked people on Twitter for the best articles and blog posts they’ve read They delivered. You should check out the answer. There is a lot of gold there. I think reading so much great stuff, I had more fun writing this week’s piece than I have in a long time. It just flowed, like some other writer’s ‘je ne sais quoi’ rubbed off on me. (not boring)

I have yet to hear a satisfactory answer to why adults think what young people think Maybe they just want to be cool moms. (Rob Henderson)

How one of America’s last piano makers survives: Piano manufacturing was once one of the largest industries in the country. Today, only two companies remain in business. (hostel)

How big is infinity? Of all the endless questions that children and mathematicians ask about infinity, one of the most interesting concerns its shape. (Quanta Magazine)

The Jetsons, now 60 years old, are iconic. That’s a problem. Science was great, technology was blooming, and more and more Americans were dreaming of owning their own homes, complete with the latest gadgets. The Jetsons took that dream and supercharged it, riding a wave of optimism to envision a future where technology meets our every need, at the touch of a button or the command of our voice. It was a fantastic vision that deeply appealed to our needs and desires for comfort and convenience. (slate)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with David McRaney, science journalist, blogger, podcaster and author. He created the You’re Not So Smart podcast based on his bestselling book of the same name. His new book “How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Beliefs, Opinions, and Persuasion

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Source: The Hustle

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