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Briefs

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Enjoy this superb little series on contemporary American commercial aviation by “Slate, from security theatre to the pilot shortage.

Monday, September 4th, 2017

On the Y Combinator podcast (episode #29), Jack Dorsey reads from a couple of books he found important and imparts a daily practice.

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

In defending Amazon against Trump’s recent broadside, Matt Seybold in the beautiful Los Angeles Review of Books brings out the literary big guns: he notes that Mark Twain defended Rockefeller’s Standard Oil against Theodore Roosevelt’s trust-busting.

Monday, July 17th, 2017

I appreciate this nicely laid out summary of wisdom reminders for the working life by Studio Lovelock, This Much We Know.

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Robots don’t eat chocolate. James Meek weaves a rich tale of Cadbury’s moving its chocolate factory from Bristol in England to Skarbimierz in Poland. We get EU politics, British commercial history and contemporary Polish politics. It’s a microcosm of the economic game of musical chairs happening in our era. [via Tyler Cowen’s marginalrevolution.com]

 

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Customer service needs to be good not great.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

At the Zapier Blog they note that AirTable, the online database builder, is the fastest-growing app. Competitors include Knack and Zoho Builder. Could be that the online database service might finally be entering public consciousness as a possibility, taking its rightful place alongside word processors and spreadsheets.

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Francis Fukuyama coins and explains vetocracy. The intricacies are bamboozling—which is the point. Seems to me that fixing this is the first domino.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

New British prime minister Theresa May’s first major decision was the nuclear plant at Hinckley Point and it seems she took the easy way out.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Speed of Dark

Elizabeth Moon

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I was brought to this most non-sci-fi of sci-fi novels by the Brighton Science Fiction Discussion Group. Narrated in character by its autistic protagonist, Speed of Light initially reminded me of Mr Robot. Yes, I did like it, but wasn’t sure if the thinness of the other characters is due to our narrator’s limitations or those of the author; I don’t know her other work so can’t say. A mostly unsentimental decency permeates — actually it’s an exploration of decency — which gives it an appreciable pre-cyberpunk, almost square feel.

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Sports are the linchpin holding the entire post-war economic order together.

Ben Thompson, The Sports Linchpin

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Choose Yourself

James Altucher

If the author has anything to teach here it is self-promotion and then being engaging. How was he able to get then keep my sustained attention for this warmed-over pap? And even get me to pay for it (albeit not much)?

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Lately I’ve noticed an irritating profusion of paid-in-kind reviews on Amazon—see Is Amazon Doing Anything To Fight Latest Wave Of Fake, Paid-For Reviews? in The Consumerist. I think that allowing this is a huge mistake on Amazon’s part—the first I can remember seeing them make. It essentially makes their incredibly valuable review functionality—even other retailers include it in their web sites—valueless. Worse, it’s irritating and draining, because you have to scan to the end of a review to find out if it’s been subsidized by the vendor. See “How to Snag a Deal by Writing an Amazon Review” in USA Today. The current antidote? fakespot.com.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Ben Thompson on Apple: if they really want to become a services company they’ll have to change their fabled organizational structure.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

All that matters is the quality of the experience and the ability to scale…

Ben Thompson

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

The Practice of Management

Peter F. Drucker

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Talk about a dent in the universe! This classy Cold War tome cuts it open to demand space for a new thing: management. The universe complied.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

According to Michael Schrage in “Whether You’re Qualified Depends on How You’re Quantified”, being a paid-up participant in the Quantified Self movement will soon be a requirement for getting a decent job. “Best-in-class performers are relentlessly dedicated to measurable self-improvement,” he writes. “Consequently, they relentlessly self-quantify.”

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Released: Steve Jobs’ and James Murdoch’s email correspondence negotiating over HarperCollins e-books for iPad. Note how Murdoch’s careless spelling and grammar improves after receiving a reply in Steve’s impeccable English. Murdoch capitalizes News Corp’s businesses, “Studios, Books, and Newspapers” but then writes lowercase “apple”, which, if deliberate, is kind of thuggy.

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Stand up for your work! Or as The New York Times puts it, “Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics”.

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Mercer’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2012. Most expensive: Tokyo. London is #25, Tel Aviv #31, New York #33, and Rome #42.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

TV too is dying. The percentage of people who watch video on a computer once a month—84%—is now higher than the percentage who watch TV.

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Re Facebook, “Mark Zuckerberg is to uselessness what Henry Ford was to the automobile.”

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Taking his time, Morozov asks the right questions about Steve Jobs, comparing him first to the Bauhaus movement, then to Henry Ford. Many quotable quotes, and good comments, especially the long one from JakeH at 02/27/2012 – 7:46pm EDT.

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Toca Boca: ingenious iOS games for kids and not such.

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Marxist academic Slavoj Žižek on what are not proletarian protests but protests against the threat of being reduced to proletarians.

Monday, January 16th, 2012

It’s not the economy, stupid. Much like the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, Daniel Bell, co-founder with Irving Kristol of The Public Interest, believed that the economic, the political and the social are separate realms and must be kept in healthy balance.

Friday, January 13th, 2012

On parking in LA Mag—the history, the psychology, the economics.

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Monday, December 19th, 2011

In this Haaretz article on Israelis’ dependence on cars due to lack of adequate public transport, the word “bus” appears 8 times, “train” only once, “bicycle” not at all.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The Wall Street Journal’s Top 25 Economics blogs.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

China and Walmart: the symbiosis, the similarities.

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Friday, August 26th, 2011

After Steve Jobs’ resignation, the Daringfireball round-up of anecdotes: Dave Winer, David Cairns, Vic Gundotra,
Allen Paltrow, Jonathan Berger, Marc Hedlund.

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The reprap, a self-replicating 3d-printer. Most mind-boggling thing ever.

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Monday, May 16th, 2011

 
 

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