Friday Roundup: Why Quiznos Crashed, Be Ambidextrous & Flexible, the Longest Road Climb 1

Friday Roundup: Why Quiznos Crashed, Be Ambidextrous & Flexible, the Longest Road Climb

Here’s a wrapup of all the stuff I didn’t get to this week. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Why Quiznos Seemingly Disappeared

Whatever happened to those toasted subs? Last I remember those creepy sponge monkey ads were around then all the shops nearby closed. TL;DR: corporate greed.

Chill Out to This Live Stream of a Norwegian Train

Courtesty Jason Kottke, this live stream of a train making its way through the snow-covered Norwegian landscape is very relaxing. It’s been streaming 24/7 since September 26th, 2018.

Be Ambidextrous

Seth Godin with some words of wisdom for these divisive times:

Anthropologists have found that we’re very motivated to divide into teams, and once on a team, we’ll work hard to degrade the other team. Over the smallest differences. For the smallest possible stakes. Even when we get no other benefit than thinking that we won something.

And that leads to a great opportunity. If you can be the person who coordinates the work of people regardless of their designated unasked-for affiliation, you’ll be able to find brilliant contributors that others foolishly overlook.

The Longest Road Climb in World – Mauna Kea

Bucket list climb. Starting at sea level the climb gains 13,802ft (4207m) in only 55 miles (88.5km) to the observatory at the top. Plus you get a 5-mile washboard, ashy-dirt road section just before the summit.

Ride Zwift’s Virtual Tour of New York

Friday Roundup: Why Quiznos Crashed, Be Ambidextrous & Flexible, the Longest Road Climb 2

It’s you last chance to take a bite out of Zwift’s Big Apple this weekend. The Tour of New York runs through Nov 3rd. Today through Sunday there are staggered re-runnings of each stage.

The Most Important Survival Skill for the Next 50 Years

This article is from a month ago, but I just discovered it today. Author and historian Yuval Noah Harari was interviewed by Clay Skipper of GQ about his vision of the future, focusing on automation, and his philosophy is that flexibility will be the greatest tool in the coming decades:

Some people imagine that it will be like this one time, big revolution, that—I don’t know—in 2025, 60% of the jobs are taken over. And then we have a couple of rough years in which people have to retrain, and new jobs appear, and some people don’t find new jobs and you have a large problem of unemployment. But then eventually things settle down into some new equilibrium, and we enter a new kind of economy.

The problem with this scenario is that it assumes that AI will kind of reach its maximum capacity by 2025, which is extremely far from the truth. We’re not even approaching the full capacity of AI. It’s going to just accelerate. So yes, we will have these huge changes by 2025—but then we’ll have even bigger changes in 2035, and even bigger changes in 2045, and people who have to repeatedly re-adjust to these things.

 

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