Interesting report by Apollo showing cellphone activity by city compared to pre-pandemic levels.
San Francisco is lowest, at 31% of pre-pandemic levels.
Boston at 54% and New York at 74%.
Only 4 cities saw an INCREASE.
More proof that offices are empty, a real estate crisis. pic.twitter.com/yXZR6QWWNW
— The Kobeissi Letter (@KobeissiLetter) April 24, 2023
The unintentional dystopian beauty of oil rigs
1. Brage oil field, located in the North Sea 120 km northwest of the city of Bergen pic.twitter.com/JGyFaSZYEO
— Federico Italiano (@FedeItaliano76) April 25, 2023
Automakers are starting to admit that drivers hate touchscreens. Buttons are back!
? Palantir demo’ed a battlefield assistant calling in drones and quarterbacking a battle in Eastern Europe.
I’m sure @ESYudkowsky is going to be pleased at how fast this is moving.
— Ate-a-Pi (@8teAPi) April 26, 2023
The news that LucasFilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny would feature a de-aged Ford came at the end of last year, but an interview with director James Mangold in Total Film just revealed it will be for almost a fifth of the film’s running time.
CMS fined a hospital in N.H. for not posting its prices publicly, which violates federal law. The hospital didn’t give a shit about the process — it ignored all of the federal gov’t voicemails. https://t.co/cycyaAhoQ5 pic.twitter.com/U8Xm6A1Kug
— Bob Herman (@bobjherman) April 28, 2023
British institutions exert impressive amounts of soft power for a tiny island nation. One can think of the country as playing the role of an Italian city-state in the fourteenth century: it capitalizes on historic cultural prestige, educates the children of elites from its former empire, and serves as a playground for wealth and status games while not really producing anything of hard value.
And because democracy operates on the principle of freedom of choice, such manipulation should be done subtly, Bernays added. If you want a man to buy a piano, for example, don’t tell him to buy a piano. Rather, Bernays wrote, you should “implant the idea in the mind of the general public” that having a music room is now fashionable. Then the idea of buying a piano “will come to him as if it is his own idea.”
Tobias Wolfram (@_twolfram) has produced a tour de force on the intelligence stratification of occupations
There's a lot in it, but here's a taste: the occupations with the highest and lowest mean levels of intelligence. Compare physical scientists (114) and packers (87). pic.twitter.com/tOWVt8s60x
— Crémieux (@cremieuxrecueil) April 29, 2023