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Zoom pitch + no script = $200 million commitment

“[A]ll it took for [Universal Pictures to commit] was an exuberant Zoom call with Tom Cruise, director Doug Liman, Christopher McQuarrie and PJ van Sandwijk. They pitched the picture with no script (Liman is writing it), and came away with […]

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2020 state of Gen Z report

For people born 1995-2010, emojis don’t mean what I thought they did. For example, I just learned this 🙂 is an extremely passive-aggressive smile. “This report is the most comprehensive deep-dive on Gen Z highlighting cultural trends and shifts, featuring a year’s […]

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Private rail car between NYC and Chicago

I investigated private rail options for travel during Covid-19. I quickly learned that there’s mostly no such thing anymore, but one company did offer it as a special back in 2007. The price? About as much as a private jet […]

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American truck owners, French words: Tonneau

Think about a pick-up truck with an open bed. You might want a cover for the bed. These are called Tonneau Covers in truck parlance. The word is a throwback to the era of horse-drawn carriages. | learn more

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WTF happened in 1971?

A lot of charts with inflection points that imply something changed in 1971. View with a healthy dose of skepticism, but also google August 15, 1971. | learn more