The DQYDJ Weekender, 2/4/2017

August 22nd, 2020 by 

Go Patriots!

When 'they' say that a three-year-old at daycare is going to get you sick, 'they' aren't lying.  I've spent the last few weeks getting acquainted the germs of a new generation.  Let's try to continue our series on software development in America this week, okay?

Here's some stuff we enjoyed!

Links We Liked!

  • Steve from Steveonomics finally posted up his guide on which watches to buy in which budget.  Nice to see Nomos in there.
  • The WSJ had an interesting article on the shift to contractors from full time workers.  It's a real phenomenon and not just a meme - Alan Krueger and Lawrence Katz estimate that ~94% of jobs created since 2005 have been 'alternative' [pdf].  Your thoughts?  Is it good, bad, or indifferent?
  • Political Calculations looks at the number of companies announcing dividend cuts (monthly), which has been elevated for quite some time.
  • Todd Schneider looks at 100 million taxi trips in Chicago and... well, you'll have to read the post!
  • Our friend Nelson at Financial Uproar looks into how much you could earn while still paying $0 in taxes in retirement in Canada.  (He also discussed a time when a purchaser of his likely committed mortgage fraud!)
  • Funny About Money asks if you tip counter staff when making your own purchases.  Me?  Sometimes if I pay with cash, I'll just dump my change.  Certainly never 30% on a $15+ purchase, though.
  • The NYT calls 'peak Millennial' and claims that cities that have benefited so far from the demographic surge may see a reversal as Millennials hit their child-rearing years.  Well, I'm technically a Millennial and I'm married with two kids - but I live in Silicon Valley, which is essentially one big city.  You tell me your conclusions from that n=1, and from Millennials in general, deal?
  • We sleep on a foam mattress (and sometimes the newborn ends up there at some point in the night), but our friend Sherry at Save. Spend. Splurge. spends her nights on a Japanese futon.  Her experience here.
  • Limit Texas Hold-Em was a 'solved' game already, with computers able to beat human opponents.  Mark another conquest in the drive to the singularity: a no-limit bot beat four top pros in no-limit Texas Hold-em poker.

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