Saturday, September 21, 2019

Glacier National Park Montana - Richart Ruddie 2019

After having the pleasure of visiting BANFF in Alberta last summer I was told that the next best nature park in the area is Glacier National Park in Montana. I had the pleasure of visiting and driving on the famous "Going to the Sun Road" and visiting the Many Glacier Hotel that is a striking similarity to Switzerland. My favorite was the hike up to the Grinell Glacier which is 6.5 miles each way and ends with what was my first view of a Glacier in real life. It is very cloudy so good luck catching it on a clear day.

-Richart Ruddie 2019 Travel

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Steve Aoki is a Top Art Collector

Outside of being one of the most popular DJ's in the World Steve Aoki apparently has an amazing art collection at his Las Vegas home as recently covered by Artsy. He has a ton of Kaws figures, Damien Hirst Pieces, Takashi Murakami, and some great street art pieces.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Similarities Between The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley vs Fyre Film

HBO recently released a film about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos which was once valued at 9 Billion dollars and employed 800 people. The film has many similarities to the previously released Fyre Film on Netflix and Fyre Fraud on Hulu. Where as a breakdown between the characteristics and traits of Elizabeth Holmes vs Billy Mcfarland may be well suited.

Similarities Between Elizabeth Holmes & Billy Mcfarland: 

Billy & Elizabeth both gained excessive publicity & tried to use legal tactics to suppress and stop bloggers, journalists, and employees from disparaging them.

Both are sociopaths who believed in their mission despite seeing it was becoming a sinking ship.

Both used excessive lies and deception to extract more money from investors. ,

They believed even after the sinking of their ships that they still had a viable product and chance to redeem themselves.

Neither had any issues bold face lying about what they had done and felt no remorse.

The Theranos Story vs. Fyre Festival 

Both stories are built on charisma and entrepreneurship which I initially felt both characters had the fake it till you make it mentality but by the end of both films you tend to think "Okay they are just out to scam people and don't really care." It is possible the Holmes expected her Edison machine to be able to run all the tests and just had a lack of scientific knowledge. She wasn't going to be humbled by her staff and apply the law of physics that some tests couldn't currently be run in that capacity at the time. While it is a Silicon Valley way of thinking to do the impossible in this case it just wasn't viable.

Fyre Festival used social media to build up their image and gain exposure for their event. Theranos gained VC and then once it was rolling garnered glitz and glamour as a self made female entrepreneur. Both seemed like they were on the way up but it was all smoke and mirrors. The Theranos Edison machine wasn't able to accurately run tests and they only booked a few hundred thousand dollars of revenue but claimed it had made a billion dollars (dont quote me on the exact figure). Billy Mcfarland did the same bringing in <$100,000 in revenue and claiming to have brought in millions for their platform.

The amount of similarities between the two films are great and I suggest watching both stories (all 3 films if you can).


Saturday, March 2, 2019

What Bill Gates Learned in 2018

Always an interesting read to help discover what the future holds and how one of the most successful people of our time thinks.

Nuclear Energy

Some spotlight points from his latest year in review includes the fact that Nuclear power is something that we should expect to see grow and for reasons having to do with it's low impact on the environment if we can properly use technology to avoid catastraophic damage that comes as the main headline risk of using Nuclear energy. A deal in China that would have greatly reduced global warming was scrapped due to global trade tensions.

Gene Editing

With Artificial Intelligence gaining the majority of headlines we should look at the risks associated with Gene Editing and the problems that may come as a result of this. While there are many positives.

Stopping Epidemics 

Were close to eradicating the polio virus with 29 cases last year vs 22 the year before. The two cases happened in war torn areas of Afgahnistan and Pakistan but once we eradicate this we will have a resounding celebration knowing that one of many killer epidemics is gone. The Spanish flu killed over 50 million people and the next flu could do the same so that's where our worries should be focused not on terrorist attacks, climate change, and an asteroid hitting us. 


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Best of Fort Lauderdale

List of the best places in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding Broward County area:

Food in Fort Lauderdale

 Best Steakhouses in Broward County:

1. Steak 954 @ the W Hotel
2. Council Oak @ the Hard Rock Hotel
3. Ruth's Chris on Federal Highway
4. Grille 66

Best Seafood in Fort Lauderdale

1. Lobster Bar on Las Olas
2. S3 on Ocean Boulevard
3. Boatyard
4. Kellys Landing (For their Lobster Rolls)
5. 3030 Ocean

Best Sushi in Fort Lauderdale

1. Asia Bay
2. Kuro @ the Hard Rock Hotel
3. Sushi Rock

Best Pizza

1. Louie Bossi
2. Midici


Best Beach Bar

1. Blondies
2. Elbo Room

Best Rooftop Dining & Bar

1. Tower Club
2. Rooftoop @ 1WLO

Best Movie Theatre

1. IMAX Theatre Riverfront

Best Beach in Broward County

1. Fort Lauderdale Beach @ Las Olas (Not family Friendly)

Most Successful Startup in Fort Lauderdale

1. Chewey

Best New Condo Buildings

1. Icon
2. Paramount 
2. Auberge

Best Construction Companies (Residential Homes & Commercial Property Developers)

1. Stiles
2. Unique Palms Development
3. GSD Contracting 

Nicest Neighborhood to live in Fort Lauderdale

1. Beverly Heights 
2. Colee Hammock
3. Idlewyld 
4. Seven Isles

Best Newspapers

1. Sun-Sentinel
2. New Times
3. Palm Beach Post

Best Hipster Bars

1. Glitch (Barcade)
2. Stache

Best Overall Restaurant Show & Experience

1, Mai-Kai

Friday, January 18, 2019

Knowing What You Don't Know and Other Lessons for 2019

Let 2019 be a great year by improving your well being and psychology on every day events. Knowing what you don't know has been one of the best ways in which I've improved upon myself over the last decade and has helped me to expand in numerous ways.

Know what you (don’t) control
Consider the formula of compounding, where –
Future Value = Present Value x (1 + Rate of Return) ^ Time
What excites most of us in this formula and where we wish to exert the maximum control and expect the greatest certainty is the ‘rate of return’. This is despite that it is the only variable in this formula that is tentative and most uncertain, and beyond our control.

Here are 50 other great lessons and tips for the future: here

Friday, October 19, 2018

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