Jack Ma speaking at World Economic Forum

I found this fascinating recorded conversation of Jack Ma (the founder of Alibaba) at the World Economic Forum on Youtube.

An interesting note is his idea of what else we could do with a fraction of the money US spent on the past wars.  I’ve always believed that the spending on US industrial military complex is much too big and far more benefits can be obtained if some of that money is spent on infrastructure, education or even healthcare.  Specifically, certain unwanted programs that Congress passed but Pentagon doesn’t want.  Read it here, here, here, and here.

If even just one of these wasteful programs gets redistributed to infrastructure, education or healthcare, how much better would the US citizens be?  They would be JUST as safe with a better environment to live in.

 

Mmmm Steak….

This Netflix documentary called Steak Revolution is amazing.  The show documents the many different ways beef is valued in different parts of the world.   For example, the French do not like to have their steaks marbled while Japan prefer to have their steaks to be nicely marbled.  The difference lies in how each culture views beef and views fat.  That’s pretty fascinating.

As a side note, I should try Peter Luger’s one of these days.  That steak house was mentioned multiple times by breeders, butchers, chefs and beef connoisseurs as where they ate the “best steak” ever.

Terrace House: Boys & Girls In the City

For the past few days, I’ve been watching this Netflix show called Terrace House: Boys and Girls In the City.  The show is an unscripted Japanese reality TV show about 3 men and 3 women living in a house while cameras record their interactions.  It’s almost like America’s MTV Real World show that somehow doesn’t devolve into screaming matches and one-upsmanship.  I think Japan is probably the only place where politeness and courtesy is still respected while in the middle of heated arguments.

Aside from the show itself, there are a group of commentators that comment on the events in the show.  They’re mainly interested in the human relationships between the different housemates.  Sometimes the commentary is hilarious as they try to dissect the thoughts and emotions of the housemates interacting with each other.  The raw emotions the housemates experience seems to be real.  Some of the facial expressions cannot be faked especially when housemates announce suddenly that they’ll be leaving.  I don’t know how much footage gets recorded but every week gets edited down to approximately 30 minutes.

My favorite housemate would have to be Misaki.  She has a great smile.