The Breads Roundup No. 86

Psychological Emotional Concepts, Big Anime and Green Shipping

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Hello Fraudulent Hucksters,

RIP to a legend. A unique one at that.

I’m writing this, incredibly tired, from a bed at a very bougie ranch in Western Montana. I cannot afford this place. I am here on a press trip. They work like this: I’m put up for free under the assumption that I’ll write an article about the place (not for The Breads, mind you) so long as the place does not suck. This place does not suck at all. It’s beautiful and I’ve gone exploring the outdoors and canoeing and fly fishing and rode an ATV for the first time. All good things.

I’m also acutely aware how different most folks are from me who are staying here. They are all much wealthier than me. People here are investment bankers, oil tycoons, lawyers, doctors, and other farm more obscure wealth derivers (one guest owns 400 bowling alleys, which sounds awesome frankly). But we’ve talked and it’s been friendly and it’s been fine. I haven’t made any lifelong friends, but I have had pleasant experiences that have broken from my normal everyday conversations in my typical circles back home. Sometimes it feels good to speak with people you wouldn’t normally have contact with because it really does show that there can still be some civility left in the world. I’ve gone in judging people by their covers and almost always been pleasantly surprised by the outcome. The best was a drunk 75 year old woman who kept raving about her wine that came in an aluminum bottle and made literally zero other sense. So just go out there and talk to some strangers (assuming you are not in elementary school of course) and you might have some fun.

Ok time for the usual linkies. Enjoy.

The Psychological Concept That May Change How You Process Your Emotions

Just Give Me A Synopsis:
A wide reaching study was done to gauge how people think and feel about very specific things. A few examples from the article include asking people "if beetles can feel love?" or "do robots deserve moral treatment?" Through this we are able to see how groups process information and create structural thinking methods for the same topics that can then result in wildly differing opinions depending on geography.

And A Quote From The Article Please:

When these answers are pooled, Weisman looks for patterns that inform similarities, and differences in our mental lives. A mental life consists of the thoughts, feelings, and intentions we attribute to others, animals, and inanimate objects. It’s a concept we employ to sort social and moral obligations.

And Tell Me Why I should Care:
First of all, hell yes robots deserve moral treatment, when the revolution occurs and the bots take over you don't want to be one of the ones they target because you kicked around your Roomba too often. But on the serious side this study helps to confirm a bit of what we already know, that different cultural norms lead us to think about the exact same issues in completely different ways (you could say that is even the case within large countries, such as the rapidly splintering US). But also by seeing how we think about things in the same ways, we can develop strategies for bridging the gap and bringing people a little closer together.

Welcome To The Era Of Big Anime

Just Give Me A Synopsis:
Hell yes one of the main stories is about Anime because anime is awesome and it is also one of the largest genres of the streaming world (3rd most popular). People love it and you don't have to be Japanese or a nerd to appreciate it anymore. And where there are viewers there is big money.

And A Quote From The Article Please:

More recently, however, as international appetite for anime grew, mainstream behemoths like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have entered the licensing fray, gobbling up exclusive titles like Beastars, Kakegurui, and Made in Abyss. Anime has ballooned into the third-most in-demand TV subgenre globally, according to data from Parrot Analytics. In fact, the firm estimates that otaku thirst could support 33 percent more anime titles—and already, 190-plus are released every year. Between 2001, when Dragon Ball premiered on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block, and 2019, the number of new anime series produced in Japan annually increased by over 50 percent. And it’s not just Japanese people producing anime anymore; Netflix has poured millions into the industry with the goal of internationalizing the genre with talent from across the globe.

And Tell Me Why I should Care:
The battle for anime is just another stop along the way in the streaming wars. My prediction: there will be a revolutionary service that comes out in the near future that bundles all the streaming services together for a lower price than all of them would be separately. It will be the great rebundling I call it. As streaming gets more niche there will be more need to collate multiple streaming services together. The new age cable.

Can A Tiny Clothing Company Force The Shipping Industry To Clean Up Its Act

Just Give Me A Synopsis:
Mammut, a small (relatively, they had revenue of about $250M last year) outdoor clothing company from Switzerland, has pledged to go carbon neutral which is honestly not really anything new. However, they have also pledged to stop using shipping (as in boats) that don't rely on renewable energy, which at the moment accounts for pretty much zero of the world's shipping fleet.

And A Quote From The Article Please:

How exactly the company will achieve that goal is, at this point, uncertain: Currently, every single merchant vessel on the high seas burns fossil fuels. But the relatively small Mammut, which brought in $240 million in revenue in 2020, sees its zero-emissions shipping pledge as an opportunity to draw attention to a part of the supply chain that’s badly in need of climate-friendly makeover, and to lead by example.

And Tell Me Why I should Care:
This is what the future of shopping will look like, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but nonetheless something to be aware of. Companies will try to be more and more ecologically healthy, which let us be honest, is almost entirely a marketing ploy, which again, isn't necessarily a bad thing. But we will eventually get to the point where companies are showcasing the carbon footprints of individual employees to show how eco-friendly they are. "Our CEO only had a carbon footpring of X, aren't we great? He took all his business meetings on a pirate ship that only sailed by the wind and zoom meetings were conducted via a wifi router that runs on energy created by harvesting invasive algae. We love earth! Now please buy our weed killer!"

Other Newsletters You Should Check Out

Y’all know I’m a sucker for a good brand, which is why I’ve recently gotten very into the newsletter Modern Different. It is run by a fellow named Juris in the UK and consistently highlights unknown and cool products and brands. Mostly for your body or for the home and they are almost always things I want. If you’re looking to discover new things to buy and gift, this is a great addition to the inbox as it is sure to turn up products of interest on a consistent basis. Check it out.

Other Interesting Things You May Or May Not Care About

  • Porno Hustlers Of The Atari Age
    If you ever wanted to know the history behind some controversial adult video games made for the Atari, well you're in luck and you can read about it all right here. Nothing like a good 8-bit nipple, I'll tell ya.

  • The Last Glimpses Of California's Vanishing Hippie Utopias
    A beautifully written and slightly sad piece about a disappearing way of life out west. Also some dope photography to go along with the great writing.

  • Teen Artists Are Making Millions on NFTs. How Are They Doing It?
    While the original NFT bubble has burst (the one that saw people throwing down tens of millions of dollars on a whim for the digital art) a steady and reasonable market has appeared in the wake. And it is booming for teens who have now made more money than I can ever hope to. Good for them. But also maybe I'll just have to mint some editions of The Breads.

  • The Saladbots Are Coming
    An existential question of whether or not we will feel differently about our mediocre chain salads if a robot makes them instead of a human. Probably not, you already order your Sweetgreen ahead of time and pick it up off a shelf so it doesn't matter if Robot or Robert made it for you. A look into what the future of fast food could look like. But again, the robots will take over and murder us all, so tip well when you get salads.

  • China's Hottest New Rental Service: Men Who Actually Listen
    Wealthy Chinese women are increasingly going to cafes where they are doted on by young, attractive and most importantly kind male servers. So they are basically paid to be me because I got all three of those, all three qualities are deteriorating by the day though, so get it while it’s hot!

Brands I Quite Like

There are so many brands out there that are not cool or unique that I thought I would highlight new brands that I think are in fact doing dope things and are worth knowing about. This is not sponsored or full of affiliate links.

Empirical Spirits

If the Danes love one thing, other than having a weird-ass language, it is fermenting shit. And Empirical Spirits is doing one of the craziest jobs of fermentation in the game right now. It was started by a NOMA alum and now creates some of the most unique spirits and low ABV drinks (I don’t really know how to describe them, they are sorta like beer but not at all) out there. They claim to be “a flavor company” which is a bit of marketing lingo, sure, but also holds true once you try it and realize they are like nothing else out there. Check em out.

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