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What I'm Reading - 4/13/2018

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THE DIZZYING STORY OF SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS, THE LARGEST AND MOST AMBITIOUS CRUISE SHIP EVER BUILT

Symphony of the Seas – which, on its maiden voyage from Barcelona in March 2018 became the largest passenger ship ever built – is about five times the size of the Titanic. At 362 metres long, you could balance it on its stern and its bow would tower over all but two of Europe’s tallest skyscrapers. Owned and operated by Miami-based cruise line Royal Caribbean, it can carry nearly 9,000 people and contains more than 40 restaurants and bars; 23 pools, jacuzzis and water slides; two West End-sized theatres; an ice rink; a surf simulator; two climbing walls; a zip line; a fairground carousel; a mini-golf course; a ten-storey fun slide; laser tag; a spa; a gym; a casino; plus dozens more shopping and entertainment opportunities. To put it another way, Symphony of the Seas might be the most ludicrously entertaining luxury hotel in history. It just also happens to float.


CRAFT BOURBON BREWERS RIDE THE BOOM, PREPARE FOR A BUST

Craft bourbon distillers have been growing for the past several years as drinkers rediscover heritage and new styles of brown liquor drinks. Some might call it a boom. But many distillers have seen the boom-and-bust cycle of liquor popularity before and are exploring ways to hedge their bets against another bust.


FACEBOOK STORIES ADDS FUNKY AR DRAWING AND INSTAGRAM’S BOOMERANG

You’ll soon be able to draw on the world around you and shoot back-and-forth Instagram  Boomerang GIFs with the Facebook  Camera. Bringing additional creative tools to the Facebook Camera could make it a more popular place to shoot content and help the company compete with Snapchat.

“We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them” says John Barnett, a Facebook Camera Product Manager about the feature it calls “3D drawing”. It’s rolling out to users over the coming weeks.


CAPTAIN AMERICA’S LONG HISTORY OF QUITTING

But here’s the thing: Steve’s comic book history is packed with this exact sort of identity-shedding, shield-dropping crossroads and disillusionment, and these moments have actually been key in defining the way we understand and relate to Captain America from the very beginning. What we’re seeing on screen now is just a small piece of a much bigger, much more complicated puzzle.


GEORGE MASON ECONOMIST ALEX TABARROK SET OUT TO PROVE THAT FEDERAL REGULATIONS ARE STRANGLING THE ECONOMY. THAT’S NOT WHAT HE FOUND.

Alex Tabarrok is no one’s idea of a big-government liberal. A libertarian economist at George Mason University, he’s best known for cofounding Marginal Revolution, one of the most popular economics blogs on the internet. A deep skeptic of government bureaucracies, he has written favorably of private prisons, private airports, and even private cities.

That’s why a study he co-published earlier this year is so noteworthy. When Tabarrok and his former grad student Nathan Goldschlag set out to measure how federal regulations impact business growth, they were sure they’d find proof that regulations were dragging down the economy. But they didn’t. No matter how they sliced the data, they could find no evidence that federal regulation was bad for business.

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