One of the many things I’d never considered before building a house: lead contamination in soil.
Thanks to Flint, Michigan, everyone knows the problems of lead in water. Though less publicized, lead in soil also has health and safety concerns.
70+ years of lead paint and gasoline use has contaminated all soil near buildings and roadways — which is a lot of places. Worse, lead doesn’t biodegrade and will remaining in these soils for thousands of years.
Most plants can survive in leaded soil — but humans can’t. Common levels of lead contamination are enough to make plants that aren’t…
Next, we’ll talk about finances for the land, the house, and home ownership.
The exact numbers depend on what, where and when you’re building… but here’s a rough guide for those brave enough to try!
If you’re building new, you need an empty plot of land. These can be difficult to find in a city. But, when you do find them (outside of NYC or SF), they’re pretty reasonably priced. My 5,000 sqft plot cost about 50k…
“People think building a house will save their marriage — but, just like having kids, it won’t. Building a house can’t be to fix things, it must be to make a good thing better.” — My real estate agent
This is the first in a series I’ll be writing about my home-building adventures. I’ll be including lots of details, photos and financials as a future guide to myself and anyone else brave enough to embark on this journey.
Before embarking on your journey, it’s worth writing down your 2–5 core principles. Why are you building a house? …
Our focus is under assault. Over $100 billion was spent on online advertising in 2018 alone — all trying to distract us from the things that really matter.
One of my New Years’ resolutions is to be more focused — both in how I live my life as a whole, and how I spend each minute.
To that end, I’ve created a Chrome extension to help me be more focused when using the Internet, by slowing down and removing color from distracting sites.
I’ve tried tools that totally block distracting websites before — but it’s hard to completely block distracting…
Climate change is happening. Is your investment portfolio ready?
Although we can still mitigate the truly catastrophic damage forecasted by 2100, the absolute best case for 2050 is 1.5*C warming and 150 million refugees. That’s going to significantly reshape the economic landscape — and the stock market. Let’s explore how you can prepare.
First, let’s consider what companies are going to struggle the most over the next 30 years of climate change. You might short them — or, at the very least, remove them from your investment portfolio:
Although the science of human damage to the environment is crystal clear, the steps to reduce our impact can be murky at best.
Part 2. Read Part 1 (Geopolitics of EVs). Part 3 coming in November.
In Q2 2019, Americans purchased 4,430,000 passenger cars.
To understand what a shift to 100% electric might look like — and whether it’s even possible — we’ll need to understand the three core auto industries: making, dealing (selling & repairing), and fueling.
Finally, we’ll explore two hot topics that influence these industries: Consumer Demand and Executive Compensation.
Part 1 of a series on electric vehicles. Part 2: The Business of EVs.
In 2016, Americans drove more than 2 trillion miles.
Converting to an all-electric fleet would reduce the environmental impact of all those cars… but what challenges would we face, and what can we do about them?
EVs face geopolitical challenges on three fronts: getting the resources, fighting incumbent industries, and gathering political support for climate change. But first, let’s talk about why EVs are important:
Make your retirement savings work for you — and the planet.
Our planet is worth saving — but it can be difficult to figure out how we, as individuals, can make a difference.
There’s already a lot of good resources for taking political action and making lifestyle changes like biking instead of driving and eating less meat — but there’s a third weapon in our arsenal: eco-forward investing. Investing money you already have in companies that care about the environment.
(Want to get straight to the strategy? See the 60 second guide at the bottom)
This approach is beautiful for…
After 100 years of paying expensive consultants to try and train the bias out of employees, companies and psychologists finally had to admit defeat. The human brain is just too flawed.
But they still needed those human employees. In those same 100 years, AI had failed to reach its much-hyped promise of replacing all human jobs. The world still needed doctors, lawyers, engineers, even salespeople.
Enter =, a new well-funded startup designed not to eliminate bias from humans, but to eliminate bias from anything humans entered into a computer.
Their first product was limited — eliminating bias from promotions and…
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