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Brew Hoop Night Shift: January 15th, 2020

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Every evening at 8:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.

Tonight’s (On) Topic: Cool, Calm, Confident

If you’re a regular reader of my MMMR then you’re already fully aware that there are numerous vultures circling the Milwaukee Bucks. These buzzards, loathe them as we do, represent the absolute worst-case scenario when it comes to Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Yet the Bucks continue to project a calm demeanor in the face of the menace just outside their door. According to Sam Amick of the Athletic:

Bucks ownership and management remain very confident in the relationship they’ve built with Antetokounmpo and what that might mean for the possibility of a shared future, but they’re also well aware that the outcome of this postseason will be a major factor here.

Truly groundbreaking stuff. Though I suppose it is better than a report that GM Jon Horst is “freaking out” and “hasn’t slept for days out of fears/nightmares of the worst kind”, right?

Tonight’s (Off) Topic: Mildly Interesting Work Things

There’s always some angle that can fascinate those outside of your chosen line of employment. For example, I work in the wacky world of trade finance (this is the part where I reveal that being a blogboy does not, in fact, pay the bills), a field which should hold very little interest to the average citizen.

One thing you might find interesting — at least, something I found to be interesting — is the fact that many of the internationally accepted principles around which trade documentation functions hasn’t changed much since the 1920s.

Yes, the form in which relevant documents are crafted has modernized in the intervening century, but in general the way agreements between exporters, the exporter’s bank, importers, and the importer’s bank has stayed mostly the same. A bill of lading in 2020 fulfills the same role it did in 1920, and not even the broad adoption of the internet has really budged the way businesses execute trade contracts.

What I’m saying is have skills which would easily transfer in case I fell into a time machine and got spit out in the Roaring ‘20s. Time to practice my Charleston’ing.

What is it about your work that you think others would find interesting?