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Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Inside Apple

Adam Lashinsky

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Engagingly written albeit disappointingly somewhat thin, the useful angle here is how Apple differs from conventional wisdom.

Secrecy, even internally, is paramount; it helps alleviate internal politics and keep people focused. There is little internal promotion, taking seriously the Peter Principle. Unlike the rest of Silicon Valley, perks are minimal; working at Apple is the perk.

A product of its time (2012) and of the author’s lack of access, the book is marred at the end by pessimistic obsession with Apple’s viability post-Jobs, but is nonetheless ultimately worth reading because it does convey an impression of what Apple is like.

Monday, July 10th, 2017

All our spines. A compilation of what Houston-based chiropractor Dr Gregory Johnson calls his ring-dingers.

Friday, July 7th, 2017

In a large study of US military veterans, researchers “consistently found a significant association between PPI (proton pump inhibitor) use and increased risk of death”.

They don’t know why this happens but do know that “PPI treatment impairs lysosomal acidification and proteostasis and results in increased oxidative stress, dysfunction, telomere shortening and accelerated senescence of human endothelial cells.” [via The New York Times]

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Possibly the world’s most important story at the moment? American middle-class impoverishment, or as the author—himself afflicted—calls it, financial impotence.

 

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Max Edwards, a 16-year-old writing in The Guardian. What a dude. [Update 8 days later: the man is already gone.]

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The conclusion of this peer-reviewed scientific article on sauna: “Increased frequency of sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of SCD, CHD, CVD, and all-cause mortality.”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

A fearsomely refreshing list of what the author has learned in her 40s. Enjoyable if you’ve reached the age, and I wonder if edifying for those yet to.

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Adam Garfinkle at The American Interest waxes catholic and sensible on the runaway American health care system — or, more accurately, disease repair system.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Good long solid chunky New York Times piece on the health hazards due to flame retardants in sofas.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Forced exercise is better for the brain than voluntary, and can help with Parkinson’s.

Monday, August 8th, 2011

“Gutted” by Steven Shapin in the London Review of Books is a wonderful tour of the boyn (“the burn”) which unfortunately is interesting and relevant to me.

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Fascinating, brief, accessible article on bone in nytimes/science. Wish nytimes.com had a donations box.

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

 
 

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