Author Archives: Mike Roselli

The Truth About Dentistry

Ferris Jabr, in an extremely well researched and written piece for The Atlantic:

Whereas a typical dentist might perform root canals on previously crowned teeth in only 3 to 7 percent of cases, Lund was performing them in 90 percent of cases. As Zeidler later alleged in court documents, Lund had performed invasive, costly, and seemingly unnecessary procedures on dozens and dozens of patients, some of whom he had been seeing for decades.

Absolutely appalling.

It’s easy to see how dentists, hoping to buoy their income, would be tempted to recommend frequent exams and proactive treatments—a small filling here, a new crown there—even when waiting and watching would be better.

When you’re a hammer, the world is your nail. I’ve had my fair share of unnecessary medical work. To this day, I’m extremely skeptical of any proposal from any doctor, especially when there is no perceived problem or pain and the issue is discovered on a routine checkup. There is a significant and inherent conflict of interest when consumers don’t have the ability to understand the recommendations and repercussions of the medical work proposed to them by private doctors whose income is intrinsically linked to the number of procedures performed.

The 20 Best TV Dramas Since ‘The Sopranos’

And speaking of the New York Times, here’s another article I enjoyed this week. While I haven’t seen all these shows, ‘Lost’ had such a significant impact on my opinion of what a modern TV drama should be. To this day, the writing and execution continue to amaze me. The interview from Damon Lindeloff was particularly close to home:

The theory that continues to drive me bonkers is the idea that they were dead the whole time. That makes no sense to me… It definitely creates some brow furrowing. But I’ve decided that on my tombstone it will say: “Here lies Damon Lindelof. He was dead the whole time.”

Every Building on Every Block: A Time Capsule of 1930s New York

Really neat article, photos, and interface from the New York Times with pictures spanning almost 90 years from the same spots and perspectives. Definitely worth your time if you haven’t checked it out.

AirPods: From Mockery to Status Symbol

Elena Cresci reporting for The Guardian:

Of all the widely ridiculed tech products, Apple’s AirPods have experienced an extraordinary turnaround. Back in 2016, they were roundly mocked by the tech industry… But fast-forward to 2019 and, somehow, the £159-a-pair little pods have transformed into a bona fide status symbol.

It’s continues to amaze me that Apple products have a value proposition that is so easily misunderstood upon release. Months or sometimes years later there’s a sudden collective public understanding, even though revenues typically reveal the product as a financial success long before its recognized as a social one. The next biggest ridiculed item I can recall is the iPad when it was released in 2010. Widely written off as “just a giant iPhone”, pundits were missing the forest through the trees. What made the iPad a success was exactly that: it’s a giant iPhone. For context, Apple sold 43 million iPads last year.

REI Half Dome 2 Plus Tent Review

I upgraded my tent recently. I’ve been using an REI Quarter Dome T2 for a few years, but the waterproof coatings on the rainfly and tent bottom were delaminating. Now I’m using a new REI Half Dome 2 Plus, so here’s a quick review. Continue reading

U.S. DoJ Says Ruling Approving AT&T-Time Warner Merger Ignored ‘Fundamental Principles of Economics and Common Sense’

Juli Clover, reporting for Mac Rumors:

In the filing, the DoJ says the district court approved the merger after “erroneously ignoring fundamental principles of economics and common sense” and that it used a “deeply flawed assessment of the government’s evidence” to reach its decision…

The original ruling approving the merger, says the DoJ, ignored key documents from AT&T on the competitive harm of vertical mergers, limited expert economic testimony, and refused to close the courtroom to allow for testimony related to confidential business information. Further, the DoJ insists the original ruling ignored the economics of bargaining and did not consider corporate profit maximization.

Aren’t these the things you would review when looking at this merger? If they didn’t review the basic principles of economics, bargaining, or profit maximization, what on earth did they review?

Pineapple Thief – No Man’s Land

ATP 271: Voting With Your Virtual Feet

I was on Accidental Tech Podcast a few weeks ago! I emailed Casey a question for Ask ATP a while back about getting a Jeep Wrangler or another weekend convertible. A little behind on my listening, I was catching up on my podcasts and was surprised to hear my question. It totally made my day. This is Episode 271, and Casey Liss, Marco Arment, and John Siracusa chime in on my question around the 1:15:15 mark.

ATP is a fantastic podcast about Apple and the tech industry, but they typically switch gears and cover cars at the end of each episode. You can support them by ordering merch at their store here.

Ruffwear Palisades Pack Review

This past winter, I invested in some more Ruffwear gear for Kaylee. I had previously bought the Track Jacket as a reflective piece for when I let her off-leash, so I wanted to try a few other items made by Ruffwear on a winter backpacking trip in February. Today I’ll be reviewing the Palisades Pack. Continue reading

Radiostoyevsky: 2018 Eurovision Could’ve Been’s Ft. DJ Mike Roselli

Listen to the best of this year’s regional Eurovision contestants that were (for reasons unknown to Radiostoyevsky) eliminated during their country’s 2018 National Selection competition. Hear from a selection of the best Eurovision runner ups from Romania, Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Latvia, Poland, and Ukraine along with special commentary from Eurovision rookie, DJ Mike Roselli.

I was in Arlington and DC this past weekend and had the amazing opportunity to join Jaime Cordes in the studio to record the latest broadcast of Radiostoyevsky. I didn’t contribute very much, but had an absolute blast.