January 18, 2017

The Missing Link #24

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication [Leondardo Da Vinci, sporting his new Snap Spectacles].


This newsletter is a tribute to renaissance men: Seth Godin, Shigeru Miyamoto, Louis CK, even Mark Burnett...

The Mythmaker
This is the story of an elite British Paratrooper. A Beverly Hills nanny. A T-shirt salesman. The greatest reality TV producer of all time. And the creator of Donald Trump as we know him.
https://theringer.com/mark-burnett-donald-trump-the-celebrity-apprentice-5b1a80ad189c#.gou14i7q0

Economics Is Messy
Seth Godin on a few all-too-common economic myths.
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2017/01/messy.html

Asking The Wrong Questions
When forecasting the future, we sometimes err because we ask the wrong questions. We simply don't know what we don't know.
http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2017/01/11/wrongquestions

How The Inventor of Mario Designs A Game
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong, describes the principles he employs when designing a game. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-NBcP0YUQI
Bonus link:
Master of Play
The New Yorker's Miyamoto profile from 2010.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/12/20/master-of-play

Netflix Wants The World to Binge-Watch
Brazil as a case study for Netflix's world conquest aspirations. Content is just part of the picture.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-12/netflix-wants-the-world-to-binge-watch

The Preposterous Success Story of America's Pillow King
The opening line of this article is simply irresistible: "As so many great entrepreneurial success stories do, the tale of Mike Lindell begins in a crack house". The rest (pun intended) is history.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-11/the-preposterous-success-story-of-america-s-pillow-king

How Louis CK Tells A Joke
Dissecting the work of a joke master.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufdvYrTeTuU