Business

"Meet Is Murder"

Virginia Heffernan asks a good question:

They’re boring. They’re useless. Everyone hates them. So why can’t we stop having meetings?

The only explanation I've seen that makes sense is that the third assertion is untrue: a lot of people like meetings. Some because they're friendly and extroverted. Some because they like to hear themselves talk. And some because they feel that however bad meetings are they're better than actual work.


"How to get any job you want — even if you're not technically qualified"

I'd be cautious, but your mileage may vary.

It turns out that people applying for a job care more about their own credentials than the people who are hiring them.

This is very counterintuitive.

Average applicants obsess over getting the right credentials and being "qualified" on paper. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, companies are playing a totally different game.

They’re obsessing over finding the right person to solve their problems.


"What happens to a tiny town when Walmart disappears?"

Hey, Walmart haters, read this. Reminds me of when national grocery chains pulled out of Detroit. And New York City may well soon acquire a deeper appreciation of those awful, awful Wall Street firms: "Wall Street jobs are leaving New York".

Cue Joni Mitchell.

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone


"Will Shale 2.0 Lower Oil Prices to $20 Per Barrel?"

Summary of a paper from last year that argues improvements in fracking will continue.

Mill's main thesis is that technological innovation continues to improve in all aspects including logistics, planning, seismic imaging, well-spacing, fluid and sand handling, chemistry, drilling speed, pumping efficiency, instrumentation, sensors and high-power lasers.


"A different kind of doctor's office: Patients pay directly, keeping insurance out of it"

This makes so much sense, one would think it would grow like crazy.

But I wouldn't be confident of that because Liberals will scream about it--voluntary contractual arrangements breed inequality, don't you know--and try to undercut it or ban it altogether. And if it got too big the insurance companies probably would strongly oppose it, too.

Among its advantages would be a decrease in this problem: "Why Are Doctors’ Offices So Badly Run?".


"Why Everybody Should Work in Hollywood"

Not for me, but your mileage may vary.

I’m convinced that working in Hollywood is the most effective and efficient way to teach people how to work.

You have to work well under constant pressure. You have to be responsible for more things than anyone should have to be responsible for. And you have to be cunning. I’ve worked in the development and production of major motion pictures and television, then switched over to working in content at an advertising agency, and now work as a creative director at a media company, but in all my travels, the most incredible workers were those who got their start in the film & television biz. When I think about the things that make me good at my job, I can trace them back to what I learned being at the bottom of the food chain in Hollywood and fighting my way up.