A week in review, 2019-W46

Wrote

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Read

  1. Michael Pollan, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (2013-04-23). (notes)
  2. Steve Vockrodt, To promote Kansas City, business group turns to a familiar T-shirt design, Kansas City Star (2019-11-08).
  3. Penelope Trunk, Steal this business idea, Penelope Trunk Careers (2019-10-30).
  4. Andy Mannix, I posted a video that became right-wing disinformation. Here’s how I fought back., Columbia Journalism Review (2019-11-14).
  5. Matt Taibbi, Wells Fargo's Master Spin Job, Rolling Stone (2015-10-02).

Listened

  1. Three Speeches in October, China in the World (2019-11-15).
  2. Ep. 12 | Apollo 12's Really Close Call, Sidedoor: A Podcast from the Smithsonian (2019-11-13).
  3. Pagan Fundraisers, Blue Haired Boy, Autism and Oscar, The Moth (2016-05-31).

Watched

3 Idiots (2009)

Photo

Snowconeman

Upcoming


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A week in review, 2019-W45

Wrote

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Read

  1. David Browne, In the Room at Nirvana’s ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’, Rolling Stone (2019-11-01).
  2. R. Du Toit Strauss, Voyager 2 enters interstellar space, Nature Astronomy (2019-11-04).
  3. Mary Cain, I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike, The New York Times (2019-11-07).
  4. David Ferguson, Find The Thing You're Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life, The Onion (2013-03-20).
  5. Ernie Smith, The Car Cassette Adapter Was an Unsung Hero at the Dawn of the Digital Age, Motherboard (2019-11-06).

Listened

  1. Live Episode! Luke's Lobster: Luke Holden and Ben Conniff, How I Built This (2019-11-07).
  2. Atari's Nolan Bushnell: "I started tinkering in third grade and never stopped, Danny in the Valley (2019-11-02).
  3. Philanthropy in China, with Scott Kennedy of CSIS, Sinica Podcast (2019-11-07).

Photo

Upcoming


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A week in review, 2019-W44

Wrote

  1. We serve good mornings all day (2019-10-28).
  2. Three views of Lago Maggiore (2019-10-30).
  3. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight (2019-11-02).

Read

  1. Dan Piepenbring, The Book of Prince, The New Yorker (2019-09-09). He paused for a moment. "We need to find a word for what funk is,"" he said. Funk music, which fused impulse to structure, was the living contradiction he embodied: his mother and his father in one.
  2. Grayson Haver Currin, Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind, Pitchfork (2018-05-13). During the '90s, he issued two solo acoustic albums of earnest, sometimes poignant renditions of American standards, delighting those who had pined for the lost days of the folk kid from Greenwich Village. But coffeehouse covers hadn't made Dylan a spark of resistance in the '60s or a source of bittersweet reckonings with reality in the '70s. He had become a legacy act, accruing lifetime achievement laurels and touring his hits for Boomers in khakis. Possibly for the first time in his career, Dylan was beginning to blend into the scenery.
  3. Charles Duhigg, What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team, The New York Times (2016-02-28). (notes) Project Aristotle is a reminder that when companies try to optimize everything, it's sometimes easy to forget that success is often built on experiences — like emotional interactions and complicated conversations and discussions of who we want to be and how our teammates make us feel — that can't really be optimized.
  4. Dan Catchpole, Boeing's CEO Says Its Culture Will Fix Its Problems. Experts Say It May Be to Blame, Forbes (2019-10-31).
  5. Andrew Gill, How to get started in homebrewing, from the pros who mastered it, The Takeout (2019-06-25). However your beer comes out, Randy Mosher says you'll be a practitioner in a most intimate form of art. "You're making something that other people are putting in their bodies and the sensations of aroma and taste and flavor go into some of the more emotional and primitive parts of our brains. So you have this ability to really reach out and affect people in really deep ways with flavor. For me, that's the magic of beer: being able to kind of get inside there and mess with people's heads a bit."

Listened

None

Watched

None

Photo

Le France renaissante

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Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight

Flying is de rigeur now. Has been. I don't notice so much the outside of the plane--the environment through and over which we're hurtling. No more counting grain elevators until they're flat with the perspective. No more noticing the creeks and rovers like fire as they briefly reflect the sun. No more naming the features down below. Looking out the window, when it happens, is just to watch the flight surfaces trim slowly back and forth. (Until it's speed brake time.)

It's all still there if you want it. The magic or wonder of those first (many) flights isn't really replaced by anything. Flying is now just the simple subtraction of distance. Step in a tube on one side in St. Louis, step out the other side in Shanghai--an ellipsis in between. It's still about sitting back back, maybe a little more relaxing, but a little less enjoying the flight.

We serve good mornings all day

Away, as at home, I have a default greeting: howzitgoin.

Away, as at home, the mental wheels slip a little when the default doesn't match with the situation in reality.

Here in Italy, buon giorno—"good day"—works for just about every hello from good morning until some fuzzy part of the late afternoon. So I get in the habit of buon giorno-ing everyone. Buon giorno. Buon giorno. Ciao. Arrivederci. &c.

In the evening it's a little different: buona sera—"good evening". It's not difficult to hear or say. But in that moment when the taxi driver or the waitress says buona sera there is a little bit of scrambling internally to hear something different than buon giorno and say something different than buon giorno in return. I have been in Italy for eight days of my entire life, so the rut isn't that deep, but the rut is comfortable and easy and takes some energy to leave nonetheless.

Lago Maggiore, morning - from Hotel Ancora

A week in review, 2019-W38

Wrote

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Read

  1. Salman Rushdie, What Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" Tells Us Now, The New Yorker (2019-06-13).
  2. Nellie Bowles, Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good, The New York Times (2019-03-23).
  3. Aishwarya Kumar, The grandmaster diet: How to lose weight while barely moving, ESPN (2019-09-13).
  4. John Semley, Where to dive into Frank Zappa’s weird, unwieldy discography, The A.V. Club (2012-08-09).
  5. It's the Flame That Matters, Not the Carrier, gapingvoid (2019-09-16).

Listened

  1. Free Will, In Our Time (2019-09-12).
  2. Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow, In Our Time (2019-09-19).
  3. Special CHP Episode: China Tripping - Experiencing the Everyday in the People's Republic, The China History Podcast (2019-09-06).

Watched

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Photo

welcome back (waiting)

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A week in review, 2019-W37

Wrote

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Read

  1. David Browne, How Bob Dylan Made a Pre-Rock Masterpiece With ‘Love and Theft’, Rolling Stone (2016-09-11).
  2. Liam Shaw, A sharp crack and a heavy explosion, LRB Blog (2019-09-13).
  3. James Somers, Speed matters: Why working quickly is more important than it seems, the jsomers.net blog (2015-07-26).
  4. Glen Alleman, Project Management + Systems Engineering = Increased Probability of Project Success, Herding Cats (2019-09-13).

Listened

  1. PMP#8: Spider-Man: Far From Home (and Elsewhere), Pretty Much Pop (2019-08-27).
  2. Trade war economics, with Andy Rothman, SupChina (2019-09-05).
  3. 699: What Great Coaching Looks Like, HBR IdeaCast (2019-09-10).

Watched

Ne Zha (哪吒之魔童降世Nézhā zhī Mótóng Jiàngshì;) (2019)


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A week in review, 2019-W36

Wrote

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Read

  1. Ahmed Kabil, What a Prehistoric Monument Reveals about the Value of Maintenance, Blog of the Long Now (2019-09-05).
  2. Tyler Cowen, The New Generational Divide: Screen Size, Bloomberg (2019-09-07).
  3. Dave Winer, The heroes machine, Scripting News (2019-09-08).
  4. Aditya Bhalla, Don't Misuse the Pareto Principle, Six Sigma Forum Magazine (2008-05-01).

Listened

  1. The Life Is Good Company: Bert and John Jacobs, How I Built This (2019-09-02).
  2. Picasso's Guernica, In Our Time (2019-09-05).
  3. Hunting bugs and tech startups with Python, Talk Python to Me (2019-09-04).

Photo


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A week in review, 2019-W35

Wrote

None

Read

  1. Stanisław Aronson, I survived the Warsaw ghetto. Here are the lessons I'd like to pass on., The Guardian (2018-09-05).
  2. Mary Delach Leonard, 20 Years Ago, Route 66 State Park Rose from the Ashes of Times Beach, St. Louis Public Radio (2019-08-26).
  3. Lily Hay Newman, How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code, Wired (2019-08-15).
  4. Danielle Applestone, Struggling to hire at your rural plant? Read this., LinkedIn (2019-08-29).

Listened

  1. Augustine's Confessions, In Our Time (2019-08-29).
  2. 697: How African-Americans Advance at Work — And What Organizations Can Do To Help, HBR IdeaCast (2019-08-27).
  3. The Memory Palace, Radiolab (2019-08-28).

Watched

American Factory (2019)

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minor construction (subtitle: unsquare constraints lead to scrap wood)

Upcoming


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