Apollo - Success Bias

“In Event of Moon Disaster:

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace. These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding. They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by the nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.


21st Century Moats - Your Brand

"No one has a Suzuki tattoo" [1] - a nugget from an otherwise so-so Medium article

The numbers are clear though. As the article notes, half of Harley Davidson’s revenues come from deals to license their name and the sale of apparel. This is the power of branding — something apparel companies do particularly well (Vineyard Vines, Carhartt, etc) but they all do it — so the comparative gains to be had are probably minimal. Harley Davidson has probably found such success because Suzuki and its competitors don’t do this on the same level or at all.


Duty - A Definition

“When there was peace, he was for peace: when there was war, he went.” - The Unknown Citizen: WH Auden, 1939

WH Auden’s The Unknown Citizen is a cynical response to perceived bureaucratic encroach by western governments in the 1930s so this is admittedly a pretty odd poem to write a July 4th post about but I found it odd that my residential advisor would post it in the hall [1] of my dorm freshman year so here we are. For some reason, these middling stanzas have stuck with me as a good definition of doing your duty to country.


Photos - Ubiquitous, Worthless?

“People wonder why their daughter is taking 10,000 photos a day. What they don’t realize is that she isn’t preserving images. She’s talking.” - Evan Spiegel, CEO Snap

Snapchat fundamentally changed the way we think about what a camera is. This is perhaps the natural conclusion of the spread in accessibly and volume of images in the last hundred years. First were the formal portraits you sat for once that your family framed and kept on the mantle that your grandparents still have today. Equipment was expensive and you didn’t even take the photo yourself.


American Words - Still Everywhere

“There is no such thing as Rohingya, It is fake news.” - U Kyaw San Hla: officer in Rakhine state security ministry.