October 30, 2018

Tesla

He needs to get off Twitter.”

Why doesn’t he hire someone to watch what he says?”

He shouldn’t have taken a puff on Joe Rogan’s podcast.”

I’ve long believed Elon Musk has taken the Donald Trump approach to Twitter. Tesla is constantly in the news. Sometimes it’s because of the carbon emission dragon they’re slaying. But other times it’s merely because of controversy.

This is how you become a cultural icon with a $0 ad budget:

Elon Mural

Elon news stories

October 29, 2018

Slow

Moving slowly is a feature, not a bug.

Things often go sideways when humans take things that should take a long time, and package them into condensed dosages.

  • Clash Of Clans instead of chess.
  • Fireball shots instead of martinis.
  • Soul Cycle instead of a Saturday morning bike ride.
  • Instagram likes instead of coffee with a friend.
  • Meal kits instead of fermenting your own 20-year-old kimchi.
October 23, 2018

Steve Martin

Last week, Sarah Silverman and Howard Stern were discussing Steve Martin’s brilliant wit.1

Sarah proceeded to share a story about Steve. One year, she helped to host an AFI honors ceremony. After the awards show, she went to an afterparty at Steve’s house.

The idea was to have cocktails and dinner. Sarah was toasting with legends. Diane Keaton, Martin Short, Candace Bergen, Nancy Meyers.

Martin Short, acting as a sort of host, was asking questions to get conversation going.

So Candace,” he said, when did you first meet Steve?”

Well, I remember I was hanging out with Lorne and Paul, and Steve didn’t know what prosciutto was!”

And then Steve, immediately, goes, Can you believe it? And now I drive one!”


October 11, 2018

7,830 miles

The path to Southeast Asia

I landed in San Francisco this morning.

It was chilly outside.

After spending 5 weeks in 100-degree weather, I needed a sweater.

As I walked to Uniqlo, I passed this sign.

It’s 7,830 miles back to where I came from, back to where Elizabeth started her SE Asia trip.

October 9, 2018

Scrolling and scrolling and scrolling

The current US-based opinion of Facebook is that it’s on the decline. The narrative seems to be that 1) less people are using it; and 2) the people who do use it are using it less.

Traveling, though, has convinced me that Facebook is stronger than ever.

When I was walking around a clothing market in Chiang Mai, I’d see the stall owners scrolling Facebook on their phones while waiting for customers to pop in.

When I crammed onto the train in Bangkok, everyone had their phones out, scrolling away. About 80% of the time it was Facebook. 10% of the time it was YouTube. 10% of the time it was Other.”

And it’s not just Asia. The same was true for all of the food stall vendors I saw in Mexico City. Everybody is looking down, scrolling the News Feed.

I think Facebook’s power is (unfortunately) underestimated internationally.

Facebook on the train

Facebook on the train

October 7, 2018

Mr. Singh

Near the end of this yellow brick road and tucked to the left is the Hangover Hostel. When you walk up, there are a few chairs on the patio. Mr. Singh was sitting in one of them.

Elizabeth?” He asked before we could say Hello.

Yes!”

Welcome.”

He made copies of our passports, and then slid open a large glass door. We were immediately inside our dorm room.

There were 12 beds inside. There was a sink and two bathrooms. That’s it, except for the life lessons posted on the walls.

When we showed up, two girls who we’d met in Pai were there. Elizabeth went out to dinner and drinks with them while I stayed behind.

Around 10 PM, Mr. Singh started placing bottled water next to everyone’s beds.

The internet was blazing fast.

When I needed dinner, Mr. Singh walked me down to a local restaurant and asked them to stay open a little bit longer to make me fried noodles.

He warned me about eating the pizza after midnight.

When I came back into our dorm room at 1 AM after a call, he asked, Hey Will - do you have everything you need?”

Mr. Singh’s one-room hostel was the best place we’ve stayed.

10/10. 5 Stars. Two Thumbs Up.

Hangover Hostel