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It’s Official: Aardvark Books Will Close in January - October 30, 2018 - SF Weekly
Aardvark’s impending closure marks the end of another independent bookstore in San Francisco. There are about 57 left in the city, according to the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, a figure that includes comic-book shops, museum gift shops, and retailers with small book selections
sanfrancisco  books  business  reading  economics  economy  jobs  work  culture  bayarea 
25 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Advice for journalists: how to explain things well - Vox
There are many different ways to do good journalism, but there is no way of becoming a good journalist that does not involve learning, trying, and practicing: doing the work.

Learn a lot about something. Practice sharing it with people in an engaging way. Find and occupy a niche. Then learn more, share more, expand your niche, and keep on learning. Good luck.
advice  blogging  journalism  work  career  social  socialmedia  newspapers 
5 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Netflix Star Samin Nosrat’s ‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’ Is a Marxist Fantasy - Eater
“They say the potter always drinks out of a broken pot,” Nosrat’s mother tells her in the last episode, “Heat,” as they share some rice that misses the serving plate. In what kind of world is the food fallen on the counter the best bite? One that will belong to the workers, someday.
food  politics  identity  cooking  creativity  labor  work  socialism  video  television 
12 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The pain and joy of the side hustle - Columbia Journalism Review
“Journalists are the most underpaid people in the knowledge economy, when you think about credentials and skills and people who can understand and analyze data, write stories, self-motivate, interview people, design,” Flood says.
journalism  work  jobs  writing  employment  career  publishing  media  newspapers 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Hanya Yanagihara: influential magazine editor by day, best-selling author by night | Books | The Guardian
The private,” she says, “becomes much more sharply private when you have a job, especially one that’s in the world. It reminds you on a daily basis of what people sound like, how they move, what their concerns are, how they think.”
news  work  magazines  writing  journalism  privacy 
april 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The Suit | Vestoj
A suit isn’t merely a uniform, traditionally made of one fabric. It is, if one is a believer in the power of style, a sly opportunity to play with notions of passing while also signaling dissent.
fashion  men  work  power  sex  gender  career 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
California Über Alles | Ann Friedman
"Believe me, I understand the temptation to separate yourself: it’s true that I am different from the people I grew up with who chose to stay in Iowa. Part of that difference is, now, an economic and cultural advantage. So I have a dual responsibility: to see that California actually makes good on its professed values, and to ensure that those values incorporate the rest of America. Refusing to rationalize elite neglect is the real rebellion."
california  usa  president  politics  iowa  economy  jobs  work  behavior 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Uber, Data Darwinism and the future of work — Tech News and Analysis
The shift from a generation that started out un-connected to one that is growing up connected will result in conflicts, disruption and eventually the redrawing of our societal expectations. The human race has experienced these shifts before — just not at the speed and scale of this shift.
data  culture  future  work  reputation  identity  power  politics 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
A Recent Study Shows That White-Collar Workers Exercise More When Unemployed | Running |
“From an economical jargon, the time cost or opportunity cost is now lower,” said Dhaval Dave, co-author of the study and economics professor at Bentley University. “So you should see a lot more people exercising.”
exercise  work  jobs  employment  writing 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Employees leave managers, not companies | Alaister Low
Today I found out one of my good friends left their position at a well known technology company that many people would “kill” to work for. I asked him why he left, expecting an answer like “I needed more of a challenge”, or “I outgrew the position and there was no where for me to grow”, but instead he said “I couldn’t work with my boss”.
management  work  career  employment  leadership  business 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Google’s Richard Gingras: 8 questions that will help define the future of journalism » Nieman Journalism Lab
While technology holds great promise, it’s important to recognize that while technology has value it has no “values.” Technology, in and of itself, is not the solution. Yes, it can provide the means for solutions, but it is up to us to determine how to make it so.

We need to rethink every facet of the journalism model in light of the dramatic changes in the architecture of the news ecosystem. I’m not suggesting that everything must change, but a comprehensive rethinking is a necessary and valuable intellectual process.
journalism  media  newspapers  news  google  content  narrative  writing  reporting  work  data  search  social  design  innovation 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Social Business isn’t About Companies, It is About Cities | Social Enterprise Today
Customer-centricity, whatever this really means, not only implies the growth of different behaviors, but also to think differently about our spatial and symbolic relationships to customers. Providing them with more channels to interact is not enough, we need to design them in a more human way, and allow customers to embed these channels in their way of life. Cities, and those who think and design them, are ahead of organizations in tackling these problems.
cities  urbanism  business  relationships  capitalism  work  jobs  social  socbiz 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
I Flunked My Social Media Background Check. Will You?
Your personal email address, especially if you've had it for a long time, could have all kinds of things tied to it that you'd rather an employer not see. Spend the nothing it costs to set up a dedicated job search email account, and list that one on your c.v.
business  jobs  work  web  online  social  socialnetworking  facebook  twitter  search  google 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How to De-Crapify Your Home: A Start-to-Finish Guide - Lifehacker
We're not talking about going ultra-minimalist here, but rather making a concentrated effort to only keep the things in your life that you use and actually matter to you. To do this, we're first going to take a look at identifying the crap in your home, then how to get rid of it so you're not always just throwing it away, and finally discuss some methods for actually maintaining your crap-free lifestyle. Let's get to it.
diy  howto  gtd  Home  work  attention 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
On the Floor Laughing: Traders Are Having a New Kind of Fun - James Somers - Technology - The Atlantic
The trick seems to be that games are constrained in a way that the real world isn't: there is a board, field, pitch, court, area, table, ring or other enclosure that bounds the action in space; clocks that bound it in time; and rules that restrict the space of allowable moves.

In some ways those constraints are what make games mentally satisfying, because they relieve us of what existentialists called "the anxiety of freedom." By giving us obvious, well-defined goals, they save us from having to define success; and with points, leaderboards, heads-up displays, indicators, badges, etc., they tell us exactly when we've achieved it.

[...] It's a lot harder to say whether you "have a healthy romantic relationship" or "are making a lasting contribution to something bigger than yourself" than that you've "lined up the yellow gemstones," "scored more points than the other team in twenty minutes," or "collected forty pounds of silver."
games  attention  technology  money  business  power  work 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Recession-Era Entrepreneur | Educations & Careers | East Bay Express
"People are doing lots of small things cobbling together a full living," said Lauren Venell, who teaches often sold-out DIY business classes at Workshop in San Francisco. Venell said her enrollees are mostly creative types — designers, crafters, and illustrators — who want to launch their own endeavors. Many hope to start curatorial businesses that recommend products or hand-pick items to sell. Most of them are in their twenties and thirties, or semi-retirees in their sixties, with few in between, Venell noted. And, for whatever reason, the majority are women.

Venell acknowledges the Bay Area's entrepreneurial pedigree, but says she's seen a new trend of people being drawn to start their own businesses out of economic necessity: getting laid off from their jobs or having their work hours reduced. "It didn't used to be that way," she said. "It was much more deliberate a few years ago. And now ... they're doing it with a little less preparation."
work  entrepreneurs  EastBay  creativity  jobs  recession 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Unlit Social Graph - TNW Location
Ubiquitous smartphones and always on access to umbrella social graphs are suddenly making these sort of tools possible.

And the opportunity is far larger than pick-up basketball, or even sports.  Every school is a network, every employer is a network, every bar is a network, every office building is a network, every hobby is a network, every neighborhood is a network, and at an extreme level, every shared interest is a network, regardless of location.

This doesn’t even get at the disposable, or elastic networks as discussed by companies like Nearverse and Color – people that happen to just be nearby each other for a snapshot of time.

All of these networks share two common characteristics.  1) They are not yet graphed in a mainstream way by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Jive, or any other dominant, online social service; and 2) They are all mappable with a smartphone.
mobile  location  social  work  attention  socialnetworking  behavior  data  information 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin - TIME
"You cannot sit still all day long and then have 30 minutes of exercise without producing stress on the muscles," says Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, a neurobiologist at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center who has studied nutrition for 20 years. "The muscles will ache, and you may not want to move after. But to burn calories, the muscle movements don't have to be extreme. It would be better to distribute the movements throughout the day."
exercise  health  work  research 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Not Every Journalist Can Be an Entrepreneur
Most of the people I know in the news biz, and most of the students I teach, want to be reporters because they love to write, or get a charge out of chasing a big story, or are crusaders wanting to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, and so on. Not many get into journalism to make a lot of money (if they did they'd be fools anyway.)
business  journalism  media  newspapers  entrepreneurs  work  identity 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Sustainable Love - Tara Parker
While the notion of self-expansion may sound inherently self-serving, it can lead to stronger, more sustainable relationships, Dr. Lewandowski says.

"If you're seeking self-growth and obtain it from your partner, then that puts your partner in a pretty important position," he explains. "And being able to help your partner's self-expansion would be pretty pleasing to yourself."

The concept explains why people are delighted when dates treat them to new experiences, like a weekend away. But self-expansion isn't just about exotic experiences. Individuals experience personal growth through their partners in big and small ways. It happens when they introduce new friends, or casually talk about a new restaurant or a fascinating story in the news.
psychology  love  marriage  relationships  power  work  creativity  science  education  identity  attention  presence 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
So, You Want To Be A Wire Service Photographer? - Feature Story - JPG Magazine
Lately, you've been practicing with that new digital SLR/kit lens combo and are ready to try your hand as a professional. No wimpy children's photography for you, no way. No stodgy wedding photography, either. Ixnay on the corporate workay also. No, you dream of being a camera slinging, press-pass wearing, always on-the-run wire service photographer, travelling the globe on assignments ranging from entertainment to news to sports. So–march right in to your boss's corner office and turn in your two weeks. You're destined for the big time, just chomping at the bit to see your credit in magazines at newsstands around the world.

Well, go ahead, get out of your chair! What are you waiting for? Take a picture of your boss on the way out as a memento! You'll show her!
photography  freelance  advice  media  newspapers  magazines  work 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Music 2.0: Breaking It Down with Bruce Houghton < PopMatters
Work outward in concentric circles or target a few cities that you can get to within a day’s drive. This makes it possible for you to keep going back and build something.

Festivals are also great ways to build an audience. But don’t just go on stage once and think you’re a star. Stay all weekend and offer to play extra shows for free. Busk if you have to or hang out with fans and other bands. And be sure to hand out flyers for a show in 90 days at a nearby club.
music  livemusic  work  attention 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Queer Oakland: Juba Kalamka, the Lyrical Misanthrope | Oakland Local
“I think it’s important to make it clear, especially to young people … I do art, and I have a job that I get up and go to every morning," he says. "Sometimes I get to fly somewhere and do a show. I’m happy doing both. There’s nothing the matter with it. If I had the opportunity to be on the road 200 days out of the year, that’s not the kind of life that I’m interested in.

“I like being home; I like being around my family. My kids know who I am, that I’m just this dork. I empty cat boxes and take out the garbage on Wednesdays. There’s nothing the matter with it. I’m tired of this investment in the idea that in order to make art, in order to have notoriety around your work, you have to be tragic, and people gaping at the spectacle of that when it’s happening.”
queer  oakland  bisexual  art  creativity  music  hiphop  work  attention  identity  jobs 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Contributor - How to End the Great Recession -
Policies that generate more widely shared prosperity lead to stronger and more sustainable economic growth — and that’s good for everyone. The rich are better off with a smaller percentage of a fast-growing economy than a larger share of an economy that’s barely moving. That’s the Labor Day lesson we learned decades ago; until we remember it again, we’ll be stuck in the Great Recession.
economy  money  work  jobs  usa  power  economics 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
About My Job: The Indologist - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
The purpose of my field, then, is to understand something about the ways of being human in the world. And if I could find a single term to convey all that I’d be home free!
india  academia  humans  science  research  work  education  asia 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why I Returned My iPad - Peter Bregman - Harvard Business Review
Being bored is a precious thing, a state of mind we should pursue. Once boredom sets in, our minds begin to wander, looking for something exciting, something interesting to land on. And that's where creativity arises.

My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive. When I am running but not listening to my iPod. When I am sitting, doing nothing, waiting for someone. When I am lying in bed as my mind wanders before falling to sleep. These "wasted" moments, moments not filled with anything in particular, are vital.

They are the moments in which we, often unconsciously, organize our minds, make sense of our lives, and connect the dots. They're the moments in which we talk to ourselves. And listen.

To lose those moments, to replace them with tasks and efficiency, is a mistake. What's worse is that we don't just lose them. We actively throw them away.
addiction  attention  creativity  family  parenting  brain  ipad  work  socialmedia  time  technology  psychology  gtd  apple  innovation 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
BELOVED STRANGER: Letter To A College Student
So maybe I gave up a few years there, did the mommy track, played nurse. I'm older now and I don't give a Flyin' Rats Ass that I don't sound a thing like Celine Dion. That's the beauty of gettin' on and doing things your own way.
music  women  business  songwriting  work  art  gender 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Shortcuts - In Talent, Determination Outweighs Nature and Nurture -
“Most of us are far from our potential,” said Angela Duckworth, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. “The prevailing wisdom, for much of the last century, has been that talent is the most important determinant of achievement. Our focus in the next millennium is turning to all those things that unlock talent, including grit, self-discipline and confidence.”
behavior  health  thinking  attention  identity  creativity  work  psychology  achievement 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
When Newsroom Diversity Becomes an Ideology - Conor Friedersdorf - Metablog - True/Slant
It matters a great deal that we read writing by people from different racial and ethnic communities, by women and men, and by any other identity group whose cultural experiences one hopes to better understand. Ta-Nehisi Coates explains one black perspective better than any white guy could — and John McWhorter explains another one, and WEB DuBois still another. Typical newspaper writing is perhaps the written format where folks from any background are least able to meaningfully bring their perspective to the work. Let’s be honest, the average newspaper story is fleeting, merely adequate in its writing, and produced on such a tight deadline that merely getting the facts correct is difficult enough.
newspapers  diversity  power  jobs  work  writing  media  journalism  washington 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Carrie Brownstein Talks Sleater-Kinney, Acting, Writing, and More
CB: No. I mean, I'm always trying to encourage people not to limit themselves in the same way that many of our parents stayed with one job forever. I've realized that I have a lot of different loves, and I want to pursue writing, but I can never divorce myself from music. When I talked to you, I probably was at that point in playing music where I was likely taking it for granted. That tends to happen after you've been doing it for so long. But once you're away from music, I realize that's as intrinsic to who I am as anything else. That's the part that takes me out of my brain. As you probably know as a writer, anything that can do that for you is kind of a huge relief. So, I mean, it does feel great to be writing, but the process is sometimes excruciating. And nothing is as nice as plugging in your guitar and turning up the volume really loud, just seeing what kind of beautiful noise you can make with it.
pitchfork  interviews  music  creativity  work  guitar  attention  acting 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What 2010 Will Be Like: Don't Bank On It (Essay by Chris Gardner, author of "The Pursuit of Happyness") - Speakeasy - WSJ
In case you missed it I’ll say it again in BIG BOLD LETTERS, CASH IS KING!

The only reason to go to a bank is to get a toaster! Do they still give those?

Happy New Year!
business  finance  money  jobs  work  economics  economy  happiness 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A Plea to All Creatives: Stop Going to Work | Duffy Point of View | Fast Company
Now that we have the ability to dial up, to log in, to upload notes, and download drafts from almost anywhere, we also need to learn the power of powering off and shutting down to charge up, sometimes for a few hours, sometimes for a few weeks.
design  creativity  environment  future  nature  work  creative  inspiration  office  sustainability 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge Oakland gets a taste for gourmet
The best part, Hackett said, is that doing business in Oakland is about a third of the price of San Francisco, where the minimum wage is $1.79 more an hour. In addition, San Francisco businesses with more than 20 employees are required under the Health Care Security Ordinance to pay $1.23 an hour extra per worker. That amount goes up 8 cents in January, and rises to $1.96 for San Francisco restaurants with more than 100 employees. The city also requires restaurants to compensate full-time staff nine days of sick pay.
eastbay  bayarea  oakland  food  restaurants  marketing  sanfrancisco  business  employment  work  jobs 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Rescuing The Reporters « Clay Shirky
For people who see newspapers as whole institutions that need to be saved, their size (and not the just the dozens and dozens of people on the masthead, but everyone in business and operations as well) makes ideas like Coll’s seems like non-starters — we’re talking about a total workforce in the hundreds, so non-profit conversion seems crazy.

[I]f you start not from total head count but from a list of the people necessary for the production of Jones’ “iron core of news,” a list that, in the Columbia Daily Tribune’s case, would be something like a dozen. (To put this in perspective, KBIA, Columbia’s NPR affiliate, lists a staff of 20.)

Seen in that light, what’s needed for a non-profit news plan to work isn’t an institutional conversion, it’s a rescue operation. There are dozen or so reporters and editors in Columbia, Missouri, whose daily and public work is critical to the orderly functioning of that town, and those people are trapped inside a burning business model.
journalism  media  newspapers  business  news  work  culture  economics  local  future  reporting  writing  nonprofit  corporations  cities 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Byrne: New York State of Mind
What is it about certain cities and places that fosters specific attitudes? Am I imagining that this is the case? To what extent does the infrastructure of cities shape the lives, work, and sensibilities of their inhabitants? Quite significantly, I suspect. All this talk about bike lanes, ugly buildings, and density of population isn't just about those things, it's about what kinds of people those places turn us into. I don't think I'm imagining that people who move to L.A. from elsewhere inevitably lose a lot of that elsewhere and eventually end up creating L.A.-type work and being L.A.-type people. Do creative, social, and civic attitudes change depending on where we live? Yes, I think so.
cities  urban  newyork  losangeles  work  architecture  demography  bicycling 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
About Last Night . . .The Boyfriend, by Carrie Hill Wilner -
Once, I heard that having a boyfriend isn't about auditioning guys for the role; it's about finding someone you care enough about to write the role for. Here, I've found a specific person, but what's getting in the way isn't my idea of what he should be. It's my idea of who I am: unfettered, of loose morals, wild, restless. I’m learning, though, that these qualities don't preclude me from loving someone, no matter how hard I'd throw a bottle at someone who suggested otherwise.
writing  relationships  identity  women  men  dating  love  nyc  behavior  sex  creativity  work 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Increasing Residential And Employment Density Could Mean Reductions In Vehicle Travel, Fuel Use And Carbon Dioxide Emissions
The committee disagreed about the feasibility of achieving the target density in the upper-bound scenario -- doubling the density of 75 percent of new development -- by 2050. Some members of the committee thought that these higher densities would be reached due to macroeconomic trends -- higher energy prices and carbon taxes -- in combination with growing public support for infill development, investments in transit, and higher densities along transit rail corridors. Other members thought that the high-density scenario would require such a significant departure from current low-density development patterns, land-use policies, and public preferences that it is unrealistic without a strong state or regional role in growth management.
transit  research  science  transporation  cities  environment  cars  jobs  work  housing  gas  urban 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Female Supervisors More Susceptible To Workplace Sexual Harassment
"This study provides the strongest evidence to date supporting the theory that sexual harassment is less about sexual desire than about control and domination," said Heather McLaughlin, a sociologist at the University of Minnesota and the study's primary investigator. "Male co-workers, clients and supervisors seem to be using harassment as an equalizer against women in power."
discrimination  society  work  jobs  sex  bias  power  men  women  gender  science  research 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Not every cloud has a silver lining: Cory Doctorow | Technology | The Guardian
It's easy to think of some extremely specialised collaborative environments that benefit from cloud computing– we used a Google spreadsheet to plan our wedding list and a Google calendar to coordinate with my parents in Canada – but if you were designing these applications to provide maximum utility for their users (instead of maximum business-model for their developers), they'd just be a place where encrypted bits of state information was held for periodic access by powerful PCs that did the bulk of their calculations locally.

That's how I use Amazon's S3 cloud storage: not as an unreliable and slow hard drive, but as a store for encrypted backups of my critical files, which are written to S3 using the JungleDisk tool. This is cheaper and better than anything I could do for myself by way of offsite secure backup, but I'm not going to be working off S3 any time soon.
amazon  computers  internet  work  data  information  backup  technology  online 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Toll taker collects random acts of kindness
When someone's toll gets paid by another driver they're shocked. Sometimes they'll pay for the car behind them, especially at Christmas time. One of the other collectors said this happened once, and it set off a chain of 18 people who paid the toll for the car behind them.
happiness  transit  sanfrancisco  work  altruism  cars  transportation 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
For the Time Being - Happy Days Blog -
We want enjoyment, we want to avoid pain and discomfort. But it is impossible that things will always work out, impossible to avoid pain and discomfort. So to be happy, with a happiness that doesn’t blow away with every wind, we need to be able to make use of what happens to us — all of it — whether we find ourselves at the top of a mountain or at the bottom of the sea.
life  spirituality  work  ethics  meditation  attention  identity  religion  happiness  washingtonstate 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Merce Cunningham and John Cage, forever inseparable | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times
The only reason this approach could work is because the dancer and composer were on the same wavelength. They understood that music and dance would come together as friends. Theirs was a deep relationship based upon trust that honored independence, which is different from separation.
music  dance  friendship  relationships  art  creativity  work  beauty  love  gay 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Merce Cunningham - Telegraph
After school, Cunningham enrolled in the Cornish School for Performing and Visual Arts in Seattle. It was during his second year that he met John Cage, who played piano there. Cage, who was then married, started a percussion programme that Cunningham attended. When Cunningham had mastered one piece, Cage told him: "'You were playing everything absolutely perfectly. Now just go a little further and make a few mistakes.' I thought, that is a marvellous idea."
obituaries  work  creativity  music  attention 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Revolutionary choreographer Merce Cunningham dies at 90 - Los Angeles Times
"When you work on something that you don't know about, how do you figure out what's right for that moment?" he asked rhetorically in the 2005 Times interview. "Using chance can be a way of looking at what you do in another way without depending always on your memory. It helps something else to come out that otherwise you wouldn't have known about." [...] "Very often you discover something that you think is impossible. You do it, you try it out -- and it is impossible. But while you're doing it, you discover something else you didn't know about. I always think there's something else -- not necessarily that I'm going to find it, but I know there's always something else."
dance  art  creativity  work  improvisation  music  dancing  thinking 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
A Day in the Life of a Twintern: Meet the recent college grad who tweets for Pizza Hut. | The Big Money
According to the Center for Work-Life Policy, 64 percent of Gen Y regularly uses social networking sites, compared with 20 percent of baby boomers. The problem though, Dietrich says, is that "they've been using social media in a personal not a business application." Understanding what Facebook and Twitter are is different from understanding what they should be for your specific brand, she explains. "By letting an intern determine this, you're putting your brand and reputation in the hands of someone who has no experience."
reputation  business  social  twitter  facebook  work  jobs  youth  attention  media 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
gary scott: More furloughs at MediaNews*
All LANG employees will be forced to take five days off between now and the end of September - those with vacation time will be able to collect vacation pay; those without will be forced to take an unpaid furlough.
medianews  work  jobs  losangeles  newspapers  media  journalism  business  corporations 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
A news entrepreneur lives her obsession and makes it pay | Knight Digital Media Center
I left my job as a reporter/blogger/columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News in January 2009. Now I work for myself as a blogger at, which helps people save money on everyday expenses. In almost six months of working for myself I’ve learned a few things.
entrepreneurs  media  journalism  blogging  identity  social  business  work  news  marketing 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Incidental submission. at The Perverted Negress
I hear so many people talking, myself included, about “managing their lives.”

Increasingly this sounds like so much bullshit.

You can’t manage it. You can only ride it. Submit to it.

And in doing so, with the fight between me and destiny and pain slowly grinding to a standstill, the quiet is filled with some really strange and beautiful music.
time  work  career  sex  identity  attention  power  relationships  jobs  psychology  spirituality 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Wife/Mother/Worker/Spy - Reigniting Creativity in Middle Age -
“Usually the people who keep going are the ones who are open to new experiences. Do something different. Take a risk. Try to believe in the future tense.”
aging  work  creativity  parenting  career 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Micro-presence: changing the 'status' quo | Social Business |
Although there may not be much value for business in the consumer social networks that are dominating the Internet today, business is a very social enterprise. It is only a matter of time before the right tools, the right culture and the right uses come together to create value for managers and employees alike.
business  social  presence  attention  blogging  twitter  work  jobs  corporations 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Still A Newspaperman » Blog Archive » On being unemployed
Regardless of the reasons — resignation, layoff, firing — unemployment is tough, tough on the pocketbook, tough on the ego. And it is boring.

Most of my friends and colleagues recognize that we won’t be doing in the future what we have done in the past. I accepted months ago that I would not work in a newspaper newsroom again. The challenge now is to persuade potential employers that our skills — substantial skills built up over many, many successful years — can transfer to different but related career paths.
work  jobs  journalism  media  newspapers  blogging 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Steven Soderbergh and Sasha Grey deliver "The Girlfriend Experience" - Beyond the Multiplex -
You can see relationships that seem to be really unbalanced, where one person in them holds all the cards and the other person has no cards. And when I've made the mistake of trying to help, I come to find out that this is not what it appears to be at all. That there are absolutely buttons being pressed in both directions here and I'm dealing with two people who want those buttons pressed, and I was told by them basically to leave them alone. And I learned a lesson there. I only ask why when it comes to things that I do. I've stopped asking why when it comes to things that other people do, because I've realized I just don't know.
men  women  gender  work  sex  relationships  power 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SocialFishing...: The 2 Paradoxes of Identity in a Digital Age
[...] In other words, as an organization, we also have a social identity. We are building a presence on the social web, opening up our communications, learning how to engender trust, how to enable employees to represent us, how to have a personality, how to be transparent, etc. We're thinking about how to layer all kinds of rich conversation on top of our traditional marketing. We're adding complexity while peeling away layers, if that makes sense; we're learning to relinquish control and give our members more ownership, in several different yet connected spaces. More varied, more complex, less control. [...]
identity  work  jobs  corporations  business  attention  marketing  ethics  behavior  online  social  power 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
America's poor are its most generous givers | McClatchy
When Jody Richards saw a homeless man begging outside a downtown McDonald's recently, he bought the man a cheeseburger. There's nothing unusual about that, except that Richards is homeless, too, and the 99-cent cheeseburger was an outsized chunk of the $9.50 he'd earned that day from panhandling.

The generosity of poor people isn't so much rare as rarely noticed, however. In fact, America's poor donate more, in percentage terms, than higher-income groups do, surveys of charitable giving show. What's more, their generosity declines less in hard times than the generosity of richer givers does.
poverty  money  work  social  religion  behavior  ethics  happiness  spirituality 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Multnomah County puts social media position on hold after backlash from employees -
"The bedrock of communication has shifted dramatically in the last three years," Matthews said. "Maybe I am too busy to go to a county meeting, but I want information. It's a way of responding to consumer demand."
politics  government  social  yasns  public  media  work  oregon  portland 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Interview with Emily Wells |
"How do you feel about the outcome of your live show vs. studio work? Is it as satisfying?" "EW: It’s totally satisfying. In a way you can’t dwell on things. It happened in the moment or it is happening, you know what I’m saying? With studio recordings you can take it with you and play it in all sorts of places. You can nit pick it, so there’s a type of restlessness with that. I love the feeling after playing a live show. There’s no drug that can compare."
songwriting  music  aesthetics  beauty  work  presence 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
You're Fired—but Stay in Touch - BusinessWeek
Alumni networks follow a tenet of the knowledge economy: Personal connections transcend corporate boundaries. Already, office workers routinely Twitter and share Facebook status updates with long lists of "friends" that often include business rivals and former colleagues. With their alumni networks, corporations attempt to dissolve those boundaries themselves, establishing for each company a broad network of people who can keep in touch throughout their careers to benefit from each other's knowledge and contacts. Some companies mix alumni with current employees; others keep them apart.
jobs  work  business  corporations  twitter  facebook  friendship  economy  social 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
AP: Study: Technology can overwhelm even 20-somethings
Another one-fifth of the mobile-attached users feel quite differently. These people, according to Pew, are the "Digital Collaborators." They not only are comfortable with technology, but they also are enthusiastic. They also tend to be male, but in their late 30s.

Horrigan said Digital Collaborators more likely have elevated into jobs that require collaboration across distance.

"The live a professional lifestyle that draws them to digital resources," he said. "They are lunging ahead with less fear and hesitation."
aging  technology  blogging  mobile  work  career  information  data 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Sleepless in Seattle : CJR
You need deep curiosity, the intellectual bandwidth to range across a broad spectrum of issues, analyze documents, research, interview, interrogate, relate to people, gain their trust, behave appropriately for whatever situation confronts you (interviewing a trauma victim versus covering a politician, for example), keep your sense of humor, help colleagues, and info-share, follow your gut instincts, be tough and compassionate—sometimes simultaneously—and then weave all this material into a layered, intelligent, multi-faceted, unbiased, truthful piece that holds people’s attention.
journalism  media  newspapers  seattle  washingtonstate  identity  work  jobs  writing 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Lauren Groff - Rooms
I have a friend who writes outdoors. He likes the fresh air, he says, the light, the thousand shifting changes in the world. Outside, his imagination can go wild, like a pet cat that escapes and imagines itself feral until kibble-time.

This friend is the kind of person who makes you drunk with exuberance, and after I heard about his method, I decided that I, too, would become a plein-air scribbler, sunburnt and prolific. For an afternoon, I sat at the park down the street and waited for inspiration to descend like Glinda the Good Witch and touch me with her twinkly wand.

Instead, the white sky above was too much like a blank page, infinite in possibility, and, terrified, I slunk on home. I do best in small, dark places, and would probably write well in a closet, if it weren't for the indignity of sitting amongst the coats.
writing  fiction  shortstory  story  creativity  space  work  aesthetics  memory 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Is There Life After Newspapers? | American Journalism Review
Of the people who volunteered their old newspaper salary, only 2 percent made less than $20,000 a year. Of the people who gave me their new salaries, that number shot up to 17 percent. The age of those at the bottom of the salary scale has changed surprisingly as well. The median age of those who made less than $20,000 at their old newspaper job was 24. The median age of those now making less than $20,000 is 48.

Here's another surprise: While the overwhelming majority – 85 percent – say they miss working at a paper, they are often happier in their new jobs. Sixty-two percent tell us they had been satisfied in their old newspaper jobs; 78 percent report being satisfied in their new jobs. (The bus driver and liquor store clerk are not finding much job satisfaction, however.)

So it's safe to say there is life after newspapers. But it's not always the life the journalists had expected.
journalism  newspapers  business  news  jobs  career  future  work  media  aging  money 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Consumers skip Starbucks for plain ol' joe - Crain's New York Business
Coffee drinkers who have scaled back the most since the beginning of the year, according to the online survey of 500 Americans conducted between Jan. 14 and 15, are consumers aged 45 to 54, with fully half (50.4%) saying they have "cut back a lot" on fancy or expensive takeout coffee. That was followed by consumers 35 to 44 (37.5%) and 25 to 34 (33.3%). As might be expected, those who had trimmed the expense the most were in the lower of the survey's income brackets (48.6% earned between $20,000 and $39,000, and 33.6% earned below $20,000; the latter presumably included college students, who are a sweet spot for Starbucks).
But salary didn't appear to be that big a factor among the 92% who said they are cutting back on back on expensive coffee to save money: The percentage was close to even across all income levels, including $75,000-plus.
coffee  drinking  economics  beverages  caffeine  work  finance  research 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The weird science of stock photography. - By Seth Stevenson - Slate Magazine
While it's fun to ponder which future trends Getty's seers are banking on, it can also be illuminating to learn which sorts of images have been most attractive to their clients in the recent past. Getty's Web site gets more than 3 million unique users each month, all scouring it for purchasable content. Getty gave me lists of the most popular search terms on their database for 2006, 2007, and the first half of 2008. Only three entries showed up in the top 10 on all three lists: business, people, and woman. (Woman climbed from eighth to fifth to first, which Waggoner attributes to the increasing global presence of women in the workplace and thus the increasing global demand for photos and video depicting women in the workplace.)
data  futurism  sociology  design  photography  culture  journalism  media  marketing  information  business  women  work  jobs 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New Haven Independent: Oh, Rude-y!
Those of you who are still employed may wonder what it’s like to be unemployed. A snarky answer might be “You’ll probably find out for yourself soon enough.” Here’s what it’s really like: [...]
work  jobs  essay 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salary, Gender and the Social Cost of Haggling -
"It is not that women always act one way and men act another way; it tends to be moderated by situational factors. The point of this paper is: Yes, there is an economic rationale to negotiate, but you have to weigh that against social risks of negotiating. What we show is those risks are higher for women than for men."
men  women  work  jobs  money  social  psychology  economics  gender  power  identity  reputation  business  marketing 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Deuzeblog: The People Formerly Known as the Employers
"Journalists today have to fight with their employers to keep the little protections they still have, and do so in a cultural context of declining trust and credibility in the eyes of audiences (the few "audiences" that still exist given the Rosen formula), a battle for hearts and minds that they have to wage without support from those who they traditionally relied on: their employers."
media  journalism  newspapers  relationships  work  power  theory  future  outsourcing  globalization  labor  unions  diy  news  business  corporations 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Contributor - Margare Atwood - A Matter of Life and Debt -
We are social creatures who must interact for mutual benefit, and — the negative version — who harbor grudges when we feel we’ve been treated unfairly. Without a sense of fairness and also a level of trust, without a system of reciprocal altruism and tit-for-tat — one good turn deserves another, and so does one bad turn — no one would ever lend anything, as there would be no expectation of being paid back. And people would lie, cheat and steal with abandon, as there would be no punishments for such behavior.
money  work  ethics  writing  essay  aesthetics  relationships  psychology  altruism  happiness  crime  behavior  culture  history  economics  literature  sociology  finance  rhetoric 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Six Apart CEO: Down Economy Boosts Blogging | Epicenter from
"When you don't know where else to invest," he explains, "you invest in yourself." Which is kind of a slick way of saying that when you get laid off or your company goes under, it's a good time to build your personal brand by blogging. Or, for that matter, if you suddenly find yourself with a lot of time on your hands, you might blog to fill the empty spaces. "You look for a way to reassert control," Alden points out. "That's a reason blogging surges in down times."
blogging  economics  finance  marketing  internet  work  jobs  diy 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A talk with Antony, on the occasion of his Walt Disney Concert Hall show | Soundboard | Los Angeles Times
"As a singer, I really like to support people. It’s something I got from going to school and singing in choirs. I like singing with other voices. It makes me feel really happy. I like that space were two voices blend together or when it’s a blend of voices. I’m just as happy to sing at the top of my lungs in a big group of people. Oftentimes, that’s an even happier experience to me. That’s just pleasure to me."
music  creativity  social  work  rock  happiness 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Kathleen Norris
"[...] I suspect that one of the reasons we keep ourselves so busy is to avoid caring about the true condition of our lives and our world. As our 24-hour news media bombard us with more 'information' than we can absorb, we grow less able to distinguish between what is important for us to care about and what is not. We're mired in acedia's world without knowing its name. And as any reader of fairy tales can tell you, that's a bad predicament to be in. [...]"
psychology  religion  spirituality  attention  media  news  information  story  work  books  essay 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Chris Colin's "On the Job": All the news that's fit to text
"If I were any good at predicting the future of the news business, I'd probably get out of it."
mobile  news  journalism  internet  web  work  business  media  attention 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Matchmakers, Matchmakers, Making a Mint -
"By your late 20s, many people are not willing to stand around in a bar all night . . . and they've met everybody they would've met through their office mates. So they're turning to new ways to do this same old thing, which is: find love."
love  relationships  marriage  men  women  technology  work  jobs  sex  money  social  yasns 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
David Byrne | Pitchfork
"[...] I did go over to London a couple of times, but only one time did we work for a week solid. The rest of the time was this back and forth. Brian (Eno) pointed out that it's nice for both of us to be able to kind of live with the tracks, not feel the urge to respond right away to what someone else had done. I could work out a tentative melody to something, then work out little changes over the course of a few days or weeks or whatever, whereas in a recording studio working immediately with somebody, the pressure is on to perform and do something right away. So this took a lot of that out. I mean, there was still pressure to keep stuff going back and forth, but it was over days as opposed to hours or minutes. [...]"
creativity  art  music  work  writing  rock  pitchfork  interview 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Audacity of Hov :
"That’s the beauty of rap: I’m not Jay-Z and can do whatever—it doesn’t work like that. With rap, it’s always about the next project, no matter who you are! It’s about what’s current, what’s happening right this second."
hiphop  quotes  music  work  business  ethics  creativity 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Take Action: Fight Anti-Union Retaliation Against Newest Journalists' Unit
I signed because ... well, let's just say I've got several dogs in the fight. If you live in the Bay Area, care about the future of journalism or know what it means to organize and be active, step up and get some!
labor  unions  jobs  work  medianews  journalism  newspapers  media  bayarea  eastbay  activism 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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