Thoughts on the Jamal Adams Trade
07.26.20
This was a tough but expertly executed trade. Up until things went off the rails, Adams was a model teammate on and off the field. I loved watching him and he a true difference maker. Come playoff time Hawks fans will tune in as they’re introducing the players and think, “Man, I sure am glad we get to roll him out.”
 
1. How good is Jamal Adams really?
He’s 24 and already has been 1st team All-Pro. Not Pro Bowl. All-Pro. FIRST TEAM....
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The Informant! — a few takeaways from the commentary track
07.22.20
I think The Informant! is one of those completely overlooked gems even by a very famous director. Very funny, bizarrely based on a true story, it has truly one of the great Matt Damon performances from an incredibly imaginative script from Scott Z. Burns. Impeccably directed by the great Steven Soderbergh. 
 
The commentary track has both Soderbergh and Scott Z. Burns on it (at a time when Scott Z. Burns had not yet directed and so they...
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The NYC Marathon + Housing
01.03.20

Planet Money has a terrific new episode on the allocation of slots in the NYC marathon [link]. 

So there's roughly 50k slots and 150k applicants. More applicants than slots. How to allocate this fairly? Apparently, the NYC marathon has 4 ways you can get in:

1. lottery -- completely randomized, one entry per person

2. merit -- run below a certain time in another marathon

3. desire (money) -- they give away slots to charities who then...

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The Benefits of UCB: a Q&A
01.03.20

An actor recently asked me a bunch of questions re: UCB so I figured I would do a Q&A with myself in case it was helpful to other actors.

Q. Why are you relevant to talk about UCB?
A. I did the full UCB improv currriculum, was passed into Advanced Study, and auditioned and got into Academy. I've also done the full sketch program, was passed into Advanced Study, and also did some one-off stuff like their Character 101 class. I have *not*...

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Thoughts on McKinsey
12.30.19

McKinsey, the consulting firm, has been in the news lately -- primarily because it was the first place Pete Buttigieg worked post-college / post-Rhodes scholar. (An achievement he apparently touted for years.)

Recently, Daniel Altschuler published an op-ed in the Washington Post about the recruitment of Rhodes scholars at Oxford [link]. 

I wanted to write about McKinsey because the firm had a particular hold on me -- so strong in fact that...

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Paint + MyPerfectColor
07.30.19

When I worked at Amazon, I worked with a guy named Jason Shaw -- and since leaving Amazon, he became one of many startup founders, only unlike many of the more tech focused startups that I come across, his dealt with something much more physical... paint

I somewhat recently renovated my place and as anyone who has gone through renovations could tell you, the scale and scope of decisions one has to make -- almost all of which likely involve...

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