Thursday, April 2, 2020

Will Coronavirus Actually Save Lives because of less road activity?

Last year in the world there were approximately1.25 million traffic deaths globally according to the World Health Organizations latest stats (2013

In the world the number one cause of death among youngsters 15-29 years of age is car crashes. With the Coronavirus in full force locking down the world and emptying the roads I am eager to look at the data in 2021 or 2022 when it's available and measure the total road deaths vs. previous years and then calculate if more lives were saved because of inactivity during COVID-19 vs. people going out and living.

While COVID-19 is currently the 3rd leading cause of death in the country Heart Disease and Cancer are still far outpacing this and we should shift focus (not right now) to resolving these causes of death of which many are preventable (90% I believe the number is).

Overall the question we can look back at and ask is Was less activity creating less deaths even with the increase in COVID-19 deaths? Approximately 101 people die in the USA a day on the road. What is that number going to be for April 2020 the month the USA took a pause.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Timeframe Between Market Crashes

Interesting chart to display with timeframes between crashes. The key is staying out of the frenzy and selling off during the drawdown, buying when there is blood in the streets and I can't comment as to whether it makes sense to trade in and out of the market as it is too hard to time and you may miss good opportunities. The market as it is today is where it was 4-5 years ago now. Would it have made sense to sit out during this?

Whats interesting is also the time frame between Market Crashes that creates buying opportunites in 1970, 1973, 1980, 1987, 2000, 2008, and 2020    3 years, 7 years, 7 years, 13 years, 8 years, and 12 years, between draw downs beginning. So after looking at this if you don't want to chase the market you can wait anywhere from 3 years to as many as 13 years for the next good buying opportunity and I believe these "Black Swan" events are ergodicity.  

Friday, March 13, 2020

Empty Parking Lot due to Corona Virus

The parking lot out at my Utah office is looking barren due to the Corona Virus scare. IMO it's the uncertainty and fear that has caused much greater problems and issues than the actual virus itself which is no more dangerous than driving on the interstate.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Aspen Art Museum Kusama Exhibit Gone Due to Elevator Being Blocked

I had the pleasure of visiting the Aspen Art Museum, They had up until Sunday February 23rd a single Light Room showcasing Yayoi Kusama's infinity lights. Unfortunately when they were planning it out the setup was blocking the elevator and with the city of Aspen unwilling to give in and the Museum unable to find a new place to put the exhibit it unfortantely closed a bit early.

No staff is allowed to talk about the incident and refers you to read about it online so if you're researching this then here is the answer you've been looking for.

I am personally offering a couple of my Kusama pieces on loan to the Aspen Art Museum and have sent them an email offering such to appease those future visitors who would love to see the greatest Japanese Female Artists work when visiting the AAM.

I am still awaiting a response from the curation team.

-Richart Ruddie

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Grit, Courage, and Creativity

What do you need to succeed in the real world? Well according to a recent builtin piece exploring Zillow's rapid growth their growth hacking team credits hiring people who have those three attributes to help them innovate and expand constantly iterating on new or static concepts to see how they can expand beyond just the current traffic that the platform was receiving.

Creativity to dream up new tests to run that may be the daily email alerts on properties you may like or coming up with the courage to take risks and “try things that fail, cause a lot of growth is failure.”

Not all things work all the time and timing is important but persistence with those 3 attributes are a combination for success IMO.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Quote From Scott Weilands Book Dead and Not For Sale

Sifu Simonet was a mentor to the late Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots. He practiced a kung fu art form called Pentjak Silat Tongkat Serak. He had his own philosophies that inspired Weiland deeply and potentially kept him alive longer than he would have been otherwise.

After reading Weilands book there's a quote that sticks out that says:

"My art form never stops evolving. I can never repeat myself because the past is gone and the present is ever new, ever changing."

It's from a book called Dead and Not for sale. I recommend it.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

2020 Fact: More People Will Go to Libraries than you think

The facts don't lie. While there are a lot more libraries than there are sports stadiums and teams it's still an impressive fact. Many use the local library to rent movies and books or to get online. Read more from this Team Builder project:
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