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Ron Lancaster

Thoughts on tech and leadership

Living and working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Though nowadays, everyone works from home.


  • It seem to me, that the executives at Apple know full well, that developers and Apple fans would see glasses on these memojis as a reference to future Apple Glasses.


  • Went for a 8.0 mile Ride around our local park. Happy I got out and I’m hopeful this is start of a strong season.

    www.strava.com/activitie…



  • I recently finished (and very much enjoyed!) Nod, by Adrian Barnes. The story explores a world where humanity can no longer sleep - with the exception of a few - and the quick slide into madness of the world. The writing is enjoyable; though the premise is both tense and dark. If you are a reader of post-apocalyptic fiction, this is one to add to your list.


  • U.S. COVID response could have avoided hundreds of thousands of deaths: research

    That is the conclusion of a group of research papers released at a Brookings Institution conference this week, offering an early and broad start to what will likely be an intense effort in coming years to assess the response to the worst pandemic in a century.

    U.S. COVID-19 fatalities could have stayed under 300,000, versus a death toll of 540,000 and rising, if by last May the country had adopted widespread mask, social distancing, and testing protocols while awaiting a vaccine, estimated Andrew Atkeson, economics professor at University of California, Los Angeles.

    Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-economy-idUSKBN2BH1DK


  • Where are all the containers? The global shortage explained - “Many are in inland depots. Others are piled up in cargo ports, and the rest are onboard vessels, especially on transpacific lines.”

    North America currently faces a 40% imbalance; which means that for every 100 containers that arrive only 40 are exported. 60 out of every 100 containers continue to accumulate, which is a staggering figure considering the China to USA trade route sustains on average 900,000 TEUs per month.

    And the punchline: “capacity likely won’t normalize until Q2 2021.“


  • Ten years ago Marc Andreessen wrote an article in the WSJ called ‘Software is eating the world’, arguing that there was a fundamental shift in the role that software plays in the economy.”

    It’s stunning that it only took 10 years for software to change nearly every industry in the world.

    Source: https://www.ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2021/3/18/outgrowing-software


  • As others have noted, this could be the next “Software is Eating the World”: https://moores.samaltman.com