How do you spend your 100 blocks each day?

Happy Halloween, y'all. It was this weekend back in 2001 that I flew out to New Orleans with a buddy
How do you spend your 100 blocks each day?
By Daveslist • Issue #21
Happy Halloween, y'all. It was this weekend back in 2001 that I flew out to New Orleans with a buddy to find a place to live. We partied all weekend instead of looking for places, and ended up pulling over on our way back to the airport to run into an apartment complex on the Interstate and drop off an application. The rest, as they say, is history. If you ever get the chance to do Halloween in the French Quarter of New Orleans, it truly is a freakshow on another level. 10/10 would recommend.
Got some great stuff this week. Let’s get it on…

Still too soon.
Still too soon.
Las Vegas High Rollers Call This Guy to Fight the Casinos
You might be surprised to learn this, but casinos don’t like to lose. They especially don’t like to lose to skill players, those players who are adept at counting cards, signaling, and various other perfectly legal techniques that mitigate the house advantage. In the old days, players caught employing these techniques were often taken to a back room and beaten before being thrown out. Nowadays casinos just blacklist them and refuse to pay them their winnings. This is the guy who rights those wrongs.
Uber's Self-Driving Truck Startup Otto Makes Its First Delivery
In case you missed it, Uber completed its first driverless commercial delivery this week. Seems somehow appropriate that it was a beer delivery, but I couldn’t tell you why. Anyway, this is great news for Uber, and longer term great news for fellow motorists, but is decidedly no bueno for those folks who make their living behind the wheel of a truck.
Workers will simply try to survive, rather than prosper, as tech takes over the economy
I often hear the argument that jobs in new tech replace the jobs displaced when old tech becomes obsolete. Up to now, that has been the case; the entire horse-powered economy retooled and found work in automobiles 80 years ago. The problem with this argument is that it isn’t happening this time. Jobs are being replaced by technology, and no new jobs are being created. This leads to some potentially bleak outcomes if we don’t quit trying to assign blame and just start looking for solutions.
100 Blocks a Day
This one is short and can have a big impact. If you only read one link this week, make it this one. 
You are handed roughly 100 10-minute blocks of time when you wake up every morning. How do you spend them? This is an interesting thought exercise for a productivity freak like me, but it applies to everyone. How many blocks just vaporize over the course of your day? Would spending them more mindfully bring you closer to your goals?
China wants to give all of its citizens a score – and their rating could affect every area of their lives
Setting aside all the terrifying Big Brother aspects of this for the moment, I wanted to point out that this is the exact plot of the first episode of the new season of Black Mirror, entitled Nosedive (you should definitely watch it). I’m sort of in the business of numerically ranking people (my company assigns a reputation score to our customers who ask for it), so I’m pretty sensitive to the negative outcomes that are possible when large groups of people are competitively ranked on subjective criteria. Chilling.
'Afghan Girl' Arrested on Fraudulent ID Charges
Many of you are too young to remember this photo (conversely, some of you are too old to remember this photo, lol), but it was a pretty big deal back when we used to think invading Afghanistan was a crime against humanity (you know, back when somebody else was doing it). Anyway, the girl in that haunting photo is all grown up and now in jail in Pakistan for allegedly bribing officials for citizenship paperwork. Some people just never get a break.
‘Where’s the chicken?’: Woman sues KFC for $20M over false advertising
Eight-figure lawsuits filed in response to imagined slights is pretty much the most American thing ever, but this lady has a point. WTFKFC? I could be called as an expert witness on this one, because I was an assistant manager at KFC in high school (mid-1980s) and back then you could barely seal the bucket there was so much chicken in it. Nowadays? Not even close.
We Tried a Zero-Based Budget
I recently read that the average American has less than $1,000 in savings and that an unexpected car repair would be enough to wipe out the average American household financially for months. I firmly believe that a large part of the problem is the fact that money management isn’t taught in school, but that’s a topic for another time.
Here is an interesting budgeting discipline I found this week. At the very least, it’ll show you where you’re hemorrhaging money each month. 
Leicester woman tries to teach husband lesson, wins $1 million on scratch-off
When is my wife going to teach me a lesson like this?
That’s it for this week, y'all. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all the new subscribers. As always, share far and wide if you enjoyed it and know somebody else who might. I’d love to hear what you think, so just hit REPLY and let me know.
Have a happy and safe Halloween weekend, and I’ll see you next Saturday!
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