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Everything makes time.

ey hey, my friends, welcome to Thursday. Today we have four excellent stories for you. It’s one of those days where I think each item is especially good. Enjoy!

Everything makes time. [Everything Changes] — “The question to ask with all those things isn’t, “how do I make time for this?” The answer to that question always disappoints, because that view of time has it forever speeding away from you. The better question is, how does doing what I need make time for everything else?” [See also Jason Kottke’s response to this short essay.]

How to build a DIY identity-theft protection system. [Wallet Hacks] — “For $15 a month, you can get identity theft protection from one of the credit bureaus or third party companies. That’s $180 a year! What if you want identity theft protection but don’t want to (or can’t afford to) spend $180 a year to get it? Do it yourself. Here’s how to build your DIY identity theft protection system for free.”

Trader Joe’s: The anti-grocer. [SatPost] — “Coulombe made one crucial decision early — pay people well — and all of the future strategic choices (product, ads, stores) followed from that. A notable comparison is Costco: since it makes most of its money on memberships, its strategic decisions revolve around selling products to customers at the thinnest margins possible.” This is a fascinating article, and if you’re a Trader Joe’s fan (like me) it’s well worth reading.

To close out the day, here’s a great Tom Scott video (all of his videos are great!) that examines why advertisements are so loud.

Okay, that’s all I have. I’ll be back tomorrow to take you into the weekend.