I put this post together a bit later than usual.
The week has been just as insane as last week, Meng Wanzhou is out on bail, but Donald Trump cast a shadow on the whole process by a saying that he was quite prepared to use her freedom as a pawn in his trade dispute with China. Telling China that the rule of law is malleable isn’t a good move from a strategic point-of-view. Suddenly everything is negotiable, which incentivises bad actor behaviour.
As for Brexit, the words of Danny Dyer still ring true:
Who knows about Brexit? No one has got a fucking clue what Brexit is… You watch Question Time, it’s comedy. No one knows what it is. It’s like this mad riddle…Danny Dyer, Good Morning Britain – ITV (June 28, 2018)
Things that made my day this week.
How smooth jazz originated and took off
Matt Farah’s Watch and Listen podcasts is one of the better YouTube channels out there. Their interview with Jean-Marc Pontrué, the CEO of Panerai is a level of insight that you wouldn’t normally have. One key observation is that Richemont has turned SIHH into a fan event for their brands as other houses have withdrawn. It is part of a wider more engaged attitude that Panerai takes with its fans compared to the likes of Rolex. I think that its a smart move as luxury is still about experiences.
How habit-forming products are made by Nir Eyal. This is all pretty dark and illustrates how modern apps are and web services are made
There are a series of Christmas themed adverts at the moment that riff on Christmas animation The Snowman by Barbour and Irn Bru’s original and belated sequel ad
Uber has got into the Christmas spirit by putting a limited amount of toy themed cars out on to the streets of Paris.