The Nest thermostat is a great product. But there are two software updates it could really do with.
This picture has been doing the rounds, and it’s certainly an interesting explanation of the Economist’s house style. I particularly like the idea of a red rectangle as a way of keeping the chart identified as coming from the Economist, even when it moves onto Twitter, Tumblr, etc. But, why on earth would you want to “move the chart as far into the background as possible”? There’s an inferiority complex, here, with respect to “the surrounding article”, which is unhealthy.
Most interesting, however, is the squib at the bottom, saying that the chart “has been created for educational purposes only” and “has not been created by The Economist”. Which means that this chart shows what a *designer* thinks an Economist chart should look like. As opposed to a data visualization professional, who understands numbers and how to convey information using charts. I’ll give you a second, here: what’s the big screaming error in this chart, which the designer of this infographic has completely missed?
That’s right, it’s charting share price, rather than market cap or enterprise value. In other words, the chart is conveying no useful information at all, since the relative share prices of the two companies tell you nothing about their relative value. Bad chartist!
I think for a number of decades, there was this very odd recruiting climate where Wall Street and consulting firms became the default option for students at good schools who didn’t know what they wanted to do after graduation. If you knew you were going to be a doctor, but you didn’t feel sure about your options, Wall Street was an incredibly enticing option. It created a generation of accidental bankers, and some of them did the wrong thing. I think now what you’re seeing with the competitiveness is the people who became bankers, they really want to be bankers. And I think that’s a good thing because it’s better for the banks and the rest of the economy to have people who are talented. —
I think Kevin Roose is exactly wrong here. Maybe The Epicurean Dealmaker can explain why?
A Conversation About Young Wall Streeters - NYTimes.com
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How to Sneak In (or Out) a Relationship’s Back Door — With a Little Help From Social Media - The Cut
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