Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Things I Like

Unexpected friendships.

Would You Pay $75,000 For Your Very Own Gold Mine?

Only for the thick-skinned.

Useful link:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6570569/Would-pay-75-000-gold-Remote-New-Zealand-hut-hits-market.html

A Report From The Field: Our Nigerian Sapphire Initiative

A must visit. A brilliant initiative.

Useful link:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/report-from-field-our-nigerian-sapphire-initiative-eric-robertson

How A Job Listing Earned This Jewelry Entrepreneur A Business Advisor -- And Friend

Get to know Nadine McCarthy.

Useful link:
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/325568

Random Thoughts

Read, read, read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Responsible Sourcing Book

The new CIBJO Responsible Sourcing Blue Book will be presented to the industry by Responsible Sourcing Commission President Philip Olden at a seminar in Vicenza on January 19, 2019. The seminar, which is being held during the VICENZAORO January trade show, will open the symposium of the Federation for European Education in Gemmology (FEEG), in Hall 7.1–TIZIANO Room of the Vicenza Exposition Centre. It will be moderated by CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri.

Free Courses

400 free Ivy League university courses you can take online in 2019. Explore online courses for interesting lecture videos.

Things I Like

Random acts of kindness.

Your Flight Attendant Is Now Accepting Tips

A new trend.

Useful link:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-07/your-flight-attendant-is-now-accepting-tips?srnd=premium-asia

Before The Electric Car Takes Over, Someone Needs To Reinvent The Battery

Why it took so long?

Useful link:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-06/before-the-electric-car-takes-over-someone-needs-to-reinvent-the-battery?srnd=premium-asia

The 10 Most In-demand Skills Of 2019

Take note.

Useful link:
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/04/the-30-most-in-demand-skills-in-2019-according-to-linkedin-.html

Random Thoughts

Get skills to stay out of and get out of trouble. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

EV Batteries

As the first generation of electric vehicles and stationary storage begins to phase out next decade, millions of lithium-ion battery packs will go out of service. BloombergNEF estimates the total will reach 1 million metric tons in 2027 and keep growing, creating challenges and opportunities for regulators, manufacturers and recyclers. Large-format batteries like those in EVs and home systems are expected to account for 90 percent of the market by 2030.

What is the solution?

What Driving Can Teach Us About Living

Take note.

Useful link:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/03/magazine/driving-living-reality.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=The%20New%20York%20Times%20Magazine

Out Of Silence, The Music Of Meditation

A brilliant initiative.

Useful link:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/arts/music/princeton-meditation-music.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage

The End Of Coffee: Could Australia Save The World's Beans?

Only time will tell.

Useful link:
https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/jan/07/the-end-of-coffee-could-australia-save-the-worlds-beans

The Diamond Source Initiative

World famous jeweller Tiffany & Company has launched an initiative to provide greater transparency about the origins of its diamonds to customers, from miners to retailers.

Following in the footsteps of the world’s No. 1 diamond miner, De Beers, which is testing a blockchain technology-based platform aimed at clearing the supply chain of imposters and conflict diamonds, Tiffany has begun tracing each of its individually registered diamonds (0.18 carats and larger) by a unique serial number.

I hope it works.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Random Thoughts

C.A. Hidalgo is among the premier data miners of the world’s collective history. With his MIT colleagues, he developed Pantheon, a dataset that ranks historical figures by popularity from 4000 B.C. to 2010. Aristotle and Plato snag the top spots. Jesus is third. It’s a highly addictive platform that allows you to search people, places, and occupations with a variety of parameters. Take note.

Virtual Assistants Have Hit A Wall—And It’ll Be Years Before They Reach Full Potential

Why it took so long?

Useful link:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/virtual-assistants-have-hit-a-walland-itll-be-years-before-they-reach-full-potential-11546783201

Why Your Next Safari Should Happen In Sweden (Yes, Sweden)

A must visit.

Useful link:
https://robbreport.com/travel/destinations/luxury-safari-sweden-2837369

6 Rings From Margisa Jewelry

Take a look.

Useful link:
https://www.jckonline.com/editorial-article/jck-tucson-2019-margisa-jewelry