Thoroughly Thursday - the "Clean Slate" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Clean Slate Edition. Happy New Year everyone, and let me be the 100th person to wish you a bright and beautiful 2019. I've been spending the last week or two thinking through my New Years Resolutions, both concerning goals, but also my intentions for this upcoming year. Though I have my annual financial and fitness goals, much of my thoughts are about being a better friend and community member. And, most of all, I'm going to try and remember people's birthdays this year (usually, I'm terrible). If you would like to receive a personal Happy Birthday email from me in 2019, you can sign up here.
FYI - This is not some evil scam to get your personal data. It's a despicable attempt to spread more birthday joy in the world. Buhahahah!
What I'm Reading (Article) - The Electric Hegemony Is Coming Fast
In 2006, the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car discussed the short-lived EV1 that was famously recalled by General Motors due to lack of demand. Well, a lot of things have changed since then. A third of the car sales in Norway in 2018 were electric vehicles. Additionally, automotive industry watchers are predicting that German carmakers will stop designing new internal combustion (i.e. gasoline-powered) cars by 2023. More importantly, Dan Neil of the WSJ wrote that the next generation of electric cars coming in the next 18 -36 months will be another leap forward in range and ability (such as the electric pickup truck). Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure my girls would sell off my kidneys for a Tesla Model X tomorrow if the production wait was shorter.
What I'm Watching - Following the Light Fantastic
On New Years Day, my family went to see Mary Poppins Returns. As like all decent human beings, I'm a fan of the original 1964 classic and hoped this new edition wouldn't ruin the original for me (Why? George Lucas, why?!). I really enjoyed it. More like a beautiful companion piece than a new movie, there was a lot to enjoy. Lin-Manual Miranda and Ben Whishaw were great, the cinematography was beautiful, and several of the songs were surprisingly moving. But, most of all, Emily Blunt was terrific as the eponymous M.P. Even if you don't have kids, go see it.
What I'm Thinking About - How to Keep in Touch?
This year, I'm going to be reaching out more often to get advice on habits, techniques, and ideas for work and life. Right now, I'm thinking about how people keep track with both personal and professional networks (oh, and birthdays). Right now, I use a combination of Google Contacts and email. How do you do it? Physical address book? Filofax? CRM? Hand-drawn sketch? Any suggestions are welcome.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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