Sunday Music: Jazz At Harvard with Wynton Marsalis

Did you know Wynton Marsalis’ Harvard lecture series, “Hidden in Plain View” is on YouTube? I didn't. Get some music. Get some philosophy. Get some of that Marsalis magic in your soul.  I was lucky enough to see him give a masterclass circa 2004. Now, I’ve seen my share of music masterclasses and most of them … Continue reading Sunday Music: Jazz At Harvard with Wynton Marsalis

Where Valentine’s Day Comes From, Why It Works, And How To Steal Its Formula

3rd-century Roman law was clear: Christians were to be persecuted. And Saint Valentine of Rome did not agree with the law. Here’s his story and how it connects to Valentine’s Day. Saint Valentine was a priest, serving (illegally) the persecuted Christians of Rome. The charges against him would include marrying Christians, a real no-no because … Continue reading Where Valentine’s Day Comes From, Why It Works, And How To Steal Its Formula

Sunday Music: Acuff-Rose By Uncle Tupelo

Play me a songThat everybody knowsAnd I’ll bet you it belongs to Acuff-Rose Roy Acuff and Fred Rose founded their music publishing firm, Acuff-Rose Music Inc., in 1942. Their goal was to give their writers an honest contract. Sounds like an obvious business move, but at the time it wasn’t the norm. The results they … Continue reading Sunday Music: Acuff-Rose By Uncle Tupelo

Charlie Munger On Making Improvements And Accepting Change

Charlie Munger lurks the internet trying to make me pick fights with myself. As you might expect from any other 97-year-old investment and business zen master, he’s got quotes circulating the world just waiting to sneak up and punch you in the gut. Broken ribs have never been so much fun. This one might even … Continue reading Charlie Munger On Making Improvements And Accepting Change

Our Work Is A Prepared Response To The Surprises Of Others

“History is the study of surprises.” - ProfessorEdward T O’Donnell It’s been a tough year. It’s been a challenging year. It’s been a surprising year. And, it’s also just been another trip around the sun on the little rock we call home. It sure feels like a lot more than a 365-day cycle. There’s no … Continue reading Our Work Is A Prepared Response To The Surprises Of Others

Nazi-Fighting Field Mice And Always Having A Margin Of Safety

There are two types of conservative: the kind where you avoid risk, and the kind where you broaden your definition of success. The first is about limiting the potential outcomes to something certain. The second is about opening up to a range of acceptable outcomes, also called having a margin of safety. The distinction matters … Continue reading Nazi-Fighting Field Mice And Always Having A Margin Of Safety

Podcast Of The Week: Ron Howard On The Past, Present, And Future Of Entertainment

Ron Howard and James O’Shaughnessy are friends? Sure, why not? Listen to everyone’s favorite quant-investing philosopher interview the acting and film legend on story, structure, and group dynamics (amongst a million other things). These are the conversations podcasts make it incredible to be a fly on the wall for. Check out Infinite Loops ep. 19: … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Ron Howard On The Past, Present, And Future Of Entertainment