Thursday, December 21, 2023

How Christmas tree farms can help wildlife

You know what it’s like. Sometimes, you meet a wonderful person, but it’s only for a brief instant. Maybe on vacation or on a train or maybe even in a bus line. And they touch your life for a moment, but in a special way. And instead of mourning because they can’t be with you for longer, or because you don’t get the chance to know them better, isn’t it better to be glad that you met them at all?

How Christmas tree farms can help wildlife NYT

Yuletide owl found roosting in Kentucky family’s Christmas tree for days before being found Fox

This Is What Happens to All the Stuff You Don’t Want The Atlantic

This Is What Happens to All the Stuff You Don’t Want

The Atlantic [free to read] “…When you order a pair of sweatpants online and don’t want to keep them, a colossal, mostly opaque system of labor and machinery creaks into motion to find them a new place in the world. From the outside, you see fairly little of it—the software interface that lets you tick some boxes and print out your prepaid shipping label; maybe the UPS clerk who scans it when you drop the package off. 

Beyond that, whole systems of infrastructure—transporters, warehousers, liquidators, recyclers, resellers—work to shuffle and reshuffle the hundreds of millions of products a year that consumers have tried and found wanting…Reverse logistics—basically, the business of moving unwanted products back up the supply chains from whence they came, or into different supply chains entirely—is a ballooning global industry that was valued at nearly $1 trillion in 2022. Before the advent of online shopping, return rates for even finicky products like clothing were in the single digits; now 20 to 30 percent of all purchases come back. 

Beyond the behemoths—Amazon, Walmart—very few retailers undertake the messy, fiddly work of evaluating the deluge of products themselves. Instead, the prepaid shipping labels you print out guide most of your returns to third-party facilities like Inmar, where they’re stacked six feet tall in palletized bins known as gaylords, along with thousands of other retaped cardboard boxes and poly mailers, all waiting to be ripped open, eyeballed, and searched by hand.”

Views on the economy have shifted dramatically over the past year Sam Ro, TKer. Many charts.

The deals that show how lucrative private equity can be FT

How to Search on Pinterest Without Logging In

MakeUseOf: “Pinterest will force a login on its landing page. But interestingly, you can access its “Explore” page without signing in. This page features trending and most-liked content across Pinterest’s numerous categories. Here, you can even access the search bar and look up pins. Here’s how to get to Pinterest’s Explore page:

  1. Search for Pinterest on your preferred browser.
  2. The search results will show Pinterest’s official site at the top. Click Explore the best of Pinterest from the options below.
  3. You will be redirected to Pinterest’s Explore page where you can search for a specific keyword, see what’s trending, and browse pins by categories and topics…”