I'd like to inaugurate my 10th This Week with a photo that I hope incapsulates everything about this man that I could every write about him.

I'd like to inaugurate my 10th This Week with a photo that I hope incapsulates everything about this man that I could every write about him.

Alright, we've got my 10th This Week. I first want to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to read these. I mainly use this space to practice and work on my skills as a writer as well as share a bit of my world and the content that I read through the week.

This is this is the first This Week of the new year and my approach to the year has been different. I set a a few basic resolutions last year and I was successful. I wanted to clear all my credit card debt and work my way to a minimalist lifestyle. In a separate post I plan to share how I deceased my wardrobe by about 80% and *made* money by selling what I had. My living area is now cleaner and more accessible than ever and it is even easer to find any thing that I may need.

Ok cool, now let's into the things I read this week. The first was the an article release covering the impacts of resources on opposite sex ratings of physical attractiveness by males and females. I read the report and the results suggest that females are four times more sensitive than males to economic status cues when rating opposite sex attractiveness, indicating that higher economic status can offset lower physical attractiveness in men much more easily in women. 

Upon reading the the report, I had a few thoughts. First thing I would like to see is the difference between American and European results. I believe there's a paywall that prevents this data, but I think it would be more enlightening to see. Upon reviewing the report again, I found that for each tenfold increase in salary, the attractiveness received of men increased by 1.5 units in Americans and 2.6 in Chinese.

Now, I think a tenfold increase in salary is quite a bit, so I think it's a pretty strange way to present the data. Another thought I had was that the experiment didn't isolate social cues from economic cues as it pertains to wealth. For example, a doctor makes good money, but also has high social status. What would it look like for a plumber who owns a company and makes six figures?

All in all, the experiment was interesting as it looked to explain the effects rather that just confirming what peer reviews has already explained.

Ok, enough of that, let's talk about what I've been watching.

What I've Watched:


Ok, Godless is a new western series from Netflix. Here's the synopsis, "Notorious criminal Frank Griffin and his gang of outlaws are on a mission -- get revenge on Roy Goode, a former protege who betrayed the brotherhood. On the run, Roy seeks refuge in isolated mining town La Belle, N.M., where he lives with Alice Fletcher, a hardened widower and outcast. When word reaches La Belle, which is governed mainly by women, that Griffin is headed there, the residents of the town band together to defend against his murderous gang."

So far it is pretty good. We talk about its use of Black folks in our Podcast which you can check was well. We'll see how it turns out, and I'll give a review when I've finished the series.

Alright, that's all I have for this week. Have a great one!

Justin Smith