CK Links--Friday August 26, 2016


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Here's what the USA's new GMO labeling bill means for consumers. (Food Politics)

Should we be worrying about the "restaurant recession"? (Washington Post)

Berkeley, CA believes their recently-passed soda tax is producing results. (LA Times)

58 different names for sugar! (100 Days of Real Food)

An important (and usually overlooked) factor in changing yourself. (Zen Habits)

Why understanding survivor bias is incredibly important in investing. (StockCharts)

Related, sort of: Survivor bias is also critical in understanding consumer choice. (Casual Kitchen)

Intriguing list of the 100 greatest films of the Twenty-first century. (BBC) Note: Laura and I finally finished working through the AFI’s top 100 movies of the 20th century a few years ago. It was well worth it!

Use your knowledge of history to make better decisions about the future, not to be a contestant on Jeopardy. (Tony Isola)

Book Recommendation: Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericksson and Robert Pool. An excellent, useful and practical book on the concept of deliberate, purposeful practice… and how to use it to improve significantly in any life domain. Helpful, insightful and highly recommended.

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Melissa said...

I made my way through about two-thirds of that AFI list the second time Steve was overseas in the Marines (in 1999!). I was really glad I did. Did you guys have some standout favorites? Any that surprised you?

Daniel said...

Hi Melissa! We were really surprised by a lot of films, mostly positively but also a few negatively. For example, we loved the silent films, all of them. And we loved the westerns: Stagecoach was great, The Searchers was great, even Shane was really good. And I can't believe I lived as long as I did without having seeing "High Noon." Really good movie.

We enjoyed some of the "epic" style films a lot more than we expected to: Lawrence of Arabia was exhibit A here. Loved that film.

Some of the film noir style movies were really good too: Double Indemnity (as weird as it was seeing the father character of the show "My Three Sons" play a bad guy, this movie really worked), Maltese Falcon, etc. Great stuff.

And then there were some films that were (uh, for lack of a better phrase) Baby Boomer Generation jerk-off movies. Apocalypse Now and Easy Rider were kind of textbook examples of films that didn't resonate so much with us, probably because we didn't live through the 60s. They came off as self-absorbed to us. I suspect some of these films will drift off this list in the coming generations.

All in all though, it was a great, great cultural experience to have seen everything on the list. I'm glad we did.


Melissa said...

Interesting. I agree about Apocalypse Now and Easy Rider. But I wasn't as much a fan of the westerns - or Lawrence of Arabia (sorry!). I think I was more surprised by my preconceived notions being shattered. For example, I thought Gone with the Wind had a heroine in Scarlett O'Hara. I didn't realize she was a brat! Or that the movie was such an artistic achievement for its time. Another example was Casablanca; I always thought it was a love story and was surprised to find that it was a war and honor and integrity story that was much more moving than I anticipated. All About Eve was a standout to me as well - crackling, smart dialogue that I think was ahead of its time. And I was also surprised how much I loved Rear Window and Psycho. Never thought I would appreciate Hitchcock - and Psycho was pretty bold for bringing up some of the subjects it did.

Never met anyone else who went through that AFI list like I did. Very cool. :)