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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The "How to Hide $400 Million" Couple Is Selling Their $36 Million Penthouse in Toronto

Remember that lengthy feature from The New York Times regarding the Oesterlunds? The couple — well, husband — who warped his financial world with shell companies and trusts in the Cook Islands and swindled hard working people from their dollars?

Well Robert Oesterlund’s now-ex-wife Sarah Pursglove is selling one of their penthouses. The $36 million Toronto penthouse is a traditional-meets-modern style — perfect for my tastes.

When reading features like the one from The New York Times, it’s hard to imagine real people undertaking such actions. This penthouse serves as a reminder that Oesterlund and Pursglove are living, breathing people, despite their high-profile divorce.

Living, breathing people with surprisingly good decor tastes, I might add.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Being a Billionaire in 1916

George F. Will for The Washington Post:

Boudreaux says that if you had Rockefeller’s riches back then, you could have had a palatial home on Fifth Avenue, another overlooking the Pacific, and a private island if you wished. Of course, going to and from the coasts in your private but un-air-conditioned railroad car would be time-consuming and less than pleasant. And communicating with someone on the other coast would be a sluggish chore.

Commercial radio did not arrive until 1920, and 1916 phonographs would lacerate 2017 sensibilities, as would 1916’s silent movies. If in 1916 you wanted Thai curry, chicken vindaloo or Vietnamese pho, you could go to the phone hanging on your wall and ask the operator (direct dialing began in the 1920s) to connect you to restaurants serving those dishes. The fact that there were no such restaurants would not bother you because in 1916 you had never heard of those dishes, so you would not know what you were missing.

The list of living standard differences between 2016 and 1916 is endless. And aside from flying cars, those who dreamed of what the future would look like 100 years after 1916 probably envisioned much of what we enjoy today.

While I don’t think George F. Will intended for this, I appreciate his subconscious premise that capitalism has drastically improved poverty rates, life expectancy rates, child mortality rates, and overall standards of living. Thanks to competition and cut-throat capitalistic innovation, modern refrigeration has been given to the masses, inter-continental travel is affordable for more than the ultra-rich, medicinal advances have drastically improved life expectancy, and I can type on the same supercomputer as someone who owns a private jet.

It’s odd to see a Washington Post article so greatly define the successes of modern capitalism, but I applaud George F. Will for realizing the democratization of technology through the hand of business and not the hand of government.

UPDATE: John D. Rockefeller had an estimated personal net worth of $340 billion at one point during his life — more than 4 times that of the world’s current richest individual, Bill Gates. What’s even more staggering: Rockefeller was attributed as much as 1.5% of the entire economic output of the United States of America.

Some public companies can experience major stock price shifts if Warren Buffett buys or sells a position. In Rockefeller’s case, entire countries would feel a buy or sell.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

It's Been Awhile

Excited to be back.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Will the Yankees Let Their Hair Down?

Billy Witz for The New York Times:

If Frazier, a top outfield prospect for the Yankees, played for most any other team in baseball, his hair would be embraced in all its flaming glory.

But with the Yankees, Frazier’s hair has brought unwelcome attention. In short, the Yankees do not do big hair (or beards), under a policy set years ago by George Steinbrenner and vigorously policed by his daughter Jennifer. Now there is a guessing game over whether the team will send Frazier to the barber before sending him to the plate.

Tradition is tradition. If you are a Yankee, you have short hair and a trimmed beard. It’s not like you can deny the Bronx Bomber success during Steinbrenner’s tenure.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Rishad Daroowala's Second Trip to the Alps

Thursday, March 02, 2017

A Review of the PowerCube ReWirable USB + Plug Travel Adapter

That’s one heck of a name. The real name of the company is allocacoc, so it only gets better from there.

This nifty travel adapter was quite the purchase before our trip last year. I was able to charge almost my entire gadget list each night with the PowerCube, except for the nights with the quirky outlets in Italy.

And, I can use the PowerCube at home in a pinch.

Travel adapters can be the bane of a travel experience for a geek like me. I was grateful for how well the PowerCube handled my backpack full of devices.

Head over to Tools & Toys for the full review.