Great story from Institutional investor on how A.I. and machine learning scraping search results and social media is a way to determine trends and future retail products to invest in. Another segment that CircleUp is missing is utilizing retail sites and trends on there as well to find hot products. Glad to provide more clarity as things progress for Ryan Caldbeck's venture!

The most important day of your life but to me it was Tuesday

Below is a clip which is coined as one of the best quotes ever from one of the worst movies ever. Street Fighter where M. Bison talks about his incoherence to Chung Liu's most fateful day. In the scene above "I'm sorry I don't remember any of it.. You don't remember. For you the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life but to me it was Tuesday." This is such a relevant quote because of things that are crazy in many people's eyes are just another day for somebody else. Tuesday in this case..

Recycle Plastic and Become the worlds largest company

This past years winner from The Royal statistical society was for a creative number was for 90.5% thats the amount of plastic that can be recycled in the world to create a multi-trillion dollar company. The 90.5% is the amount of plastic that is currently unrecycled. Sustainable companies that positively impact the world are a growing trend. Look at the success of the Beyond and Impossible Burgers. Instead of paraphrasing the piece read part of it below and the rest of it at:

http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/7/e1700782.full

Plastics have outgrown most man-made materials and have long been under environmental scrutiny. However, robust global information, particularly about their end-of-life fate, is lacking. By identifying and synthesizing dispersed data on production, use, and end-of-life management of polymer resins, synthetic fibers, and additives, we present the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics ever manufactured. We estimate that 8300 million metric tons (Mt) as of virgin plastics have been produced to date. As of 2015, approximately 6300 Mt of plastic waste had been generated, around 9% of which had been recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% was accumulated in landfills or the natural environment. If current production and waste management trends continue, roughly 12,000 Mt of plastic waste will be in landfills or in the natural environment by 2050.


Dinosaurs Coming Back to this World in 2029

In the next 5 to 10 years we will start to see the re-emergence of Dinosaurs in our planet. What affects and how this will work over the long run will be one that I'm excited to see. The Wolly mammoth is another species that is being re-born into our society and there was a brief 60 minutes segment about this.

References: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2018/06/scientists-say-they-could-recreate-living-dinosaurs-within-five-to-10-years.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/the-race-to-resurrect-woolly-mammoths/

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/should-we-bring-back-the-woolly-mammoth/


A big part of leadership is deciding, and good decision-making benefits from intelligence, thoughtful deliberation, and experience, but also, as i hope you agree, from sound values.

Seth Klarman a hedge fund manager from the Boston, Massachusetts area that I have admired for years and author of one of my favorite finance books "Margin of Safety" has a great quote in a recent Harvard Business School speech. The quote is "A big part of leadership is deciding, and good decision-making benefits from intelligence, thoughtful deliberation, and experience, but also, as i hope you agree, from sound values."

Other great lessons in the piece can be found here for my reference: https://www.alumni.hbs.edu/stories/Pages/story-bulletin.aspx?num=6818


Who Will Be Todays Chiune Sugihara?

While the crisis of World War 2 is not an apples to apples comparison by any means the future hopefully will reveal the unsung heroes like Chiune Sugihara who was recently re-honored in a nice NY Times piece seen here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/opinion/sugihara-moral-heroism-refugees.html

 

Some excerpts from the piece:

“heroic imagination,” a focus on one’s duty to help and protect others. This ability is exceptional, but the people who have it are often understated. Years after the war, Sugihara spoke about his actions as natural: “We had thousands of people hanging around the windows of our residence,” he said in a 1977 interview. “There was no other way.”

A second characteristic of such heroes and heroines, as the psychologist Philip Zimbardo writes, is “that the very same situations that inflame the hostile imagination in some people, making them villains, can also instill the heroic imagination in other people, prompting them to perform heroic deeds.” While the world around him disregarded the plight of the Jews, Sugihara was unable to ignore their desperation.

“I told the Ministry of Foreign Affairs it was a matter of humanity. I did not care if I lost my job. Anyone else would have done the same thing if they were in my place.”

Decades from now we will likely here the stories of those fleeing violence and corruption in their country and how a man or woman came to their rescue...time will tell?


Apu May Soon Be Gone from the Simpsons

As any millenial remembers the Simpsons being one of the biggest parts of our lives as far as entertainment goes we can also embrace a day when the Simpsons far past it's prime years may no longer really be the Simpsons as they start to kill off characters. The Guardian is one of my favorite papers so support and donate to their hard working journalists if you enjoy their pieces: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/01/apu-simpsons-hero


Alternative Locations for Ultra Music Festival in Miami

Miami commissioners have said no to renewing Ultra Music Festivals Bayfront Park location earlier today. The only comment on potential alternative locations was the Hard Rock Stadium which is quite far from the usual Downtown Miami location. If they would want to move the location that far away then here are some other venues and locations that may be a fit for 2019 Ultra Music Festival if they are unable to work out a deal for Bayfront Park:

1. Hard Rock Stadium - Home of the Miami Dolphins I don't believe is a great place for a music festival as rolling loud took place there and a Paint Party festival that took place in December. The area has no hotels and traffic would back up causing too many logistical issues. 20 minutes northwest or 15 miles from the current location.

2. South Beach - they could set up pop up tents and have a beach party bringing it back to their roots. They of course would also have to figure out permits and compliance.

3. Mana Wynwood - Same place that they hold the 3 points music festival in the art district. The festival would really have to slim down as I don't believe the capacity would be even close to what Bayfront Park Reaches.

4. Homestead Speedway - As we know from Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta and EDC Vegas motor speedways are great locations for holding music festivals as their size is immense and is 42 minutes south or 32.5 miles away from the current event location.

5. Miami Beach convention center - After seeing a show here I was impressed with what they can do here but this also completely changes the vibe and energy of the event.

6. Big Cypress Indian Reservation - This is one that I always wondered why they haven't done a big event here. Phish did an 85,000 person concert here and it would turn Ultra into a camping event. Issues that I've heard is that there is no signage and it's difficult to get in and out of. Also if its rainy then it will end up being a mud fest. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Cypress_Indian_Reservation

7. Virginia Beach Key - Last year Rapture music festival was held on the Thursday before the music festival kicked off. While it may be rented for other Miami Music Week events this is a hidden gem that is a great place for events.

8. Gulfstream Race Track - In Hallandale Beach, Florida just north of Miami there is a horse racing track that could be setup to throw an event.

I personally don't think any location will have the flare that downtown Miami has but think that a Beach setup would be the next best thing in the area.

 

Richart Ruddie ESTP Personality Type

Took the Myers-Briggs test and would highly suggest anybody from high school students to adults to take this personality test. My results for my record keeping is an ESTP which stands for Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving. After reading the characteristics they are spot on in my opinion for my case. The Myers Briggs test provides 93 questions for you to answer to help determine your type of personality. There is no wrong or right answer just a way to help determine who you are.

More information for easy access about ESTP personality types:

ESTPs are energetic, active problem solvers who respond creatively to challenging situations in their environment. They focus on the here and now and enjoy each moment that they can be actively involved in achieving immediate results.


They value home, family, health, financial security, and prestige.

 

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ESTP's Like myself make work fun and it's always a challenge to solve problems that others find difficult or are unable to complete:

Here are the characteristics of the ESTP's like me:


• ESTPs develop easy ways to do hard things, and they make their work fun.
• They don’t let rules or standard procedures interfere with getting the job done.
• They are good team members and can pull conflicting factions together.
• ESTPs are experts at seeing the need of the moment and responding quickly to
meet it.
• They can be gifted problem solvers because they focus on the current situation
and accept the reality of what exists.
• Because they are not bound by a need to follow standard procedures or
preferred methods, they are often able to see ways of achieving a goal by “using”
the existing rules, systems, or circumstances in new ways, rather than allowing
them to be roadblocks.
• ESTPs do best in jobs requiring a practical and realistic approach to problems,
action, and adaptability. Examples are engineering, police work, marketing,
construction, recreation, food service, and any job requiring troubleshooting.
• They are likely to be bored in a job that requires them to work on abstract
problems or engage in long-range planning.

 

How well do they work and do they work well with others?


• ESTPs develop easy ways to do hard things, and they make their work fun.
• They don’t let rules or standard procedures interfere with getting the job done.
• They are good team members and can pull conflicting factions together.
• ESTPs are experts at seeing the need of the moment and responding quickly to
meet it.
• They can be gifted problem solvers because they focus on the current situation
and accept the reality of what exists.
• Because they are not bound by a need to follow standard procedures or
preferred methods, they are often able to see ways of achieving a goal by “using”
the existing rules, systems, or circumstances in new ways, rather than allowing
them to be roadblocks.
• ESTPs do best in jobs requiring a practical and realistic approach to problems,
action, and adaptability. Examples are engineering, police work, marketing,
construction, recreation, food service, and any job requiring troubleshooting.
• They are likely to be bored in a job that requires them to work on abstract
problems or engage in long-range planning.

I encourage everybody to spend the $55.00 on the MBT test https://assessment.mbtionline.com

Remember though at the end of the day no test will tell you if you will end up being an engineer, doctor, DJ, entrepreneur, or firefighter but it's nice to see a personality test that can nail things so accurately.


ZOZOBRA - Fiestas de Santa Fe Burning Man Origins

Was really interesting to find out that New Mexico has an event that goes back to the 1700's for Fiestas de Santa Fe. It's where a man is burned similar to the "Burning of the Man" at Black Rock Desert for the annual Labor Day Week counter culture event Burning Man. The event in New Mexico today is called ZOZOBRA which means Old Man Gloom.

The similarties are really cool to read about and makes me wonder why I haven't noticed any of these similarities before when attending Burning Man.

Read for yourself:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zozobra