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Technical Work: What is technical work?
Some kinds of work are so tricky or complicated that practitioners can't guarantee results; they can only promise "best efforts" and (perhaps) "best practices". I'm not thinking here about work like farming or fishing, where the unpredictability of nature is a large part of what happens. via Pocket
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9 hours ago
Andrew Sullivan: America, Land of Brutal Binaries
It was entirely a coincidence that I found myself reading Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff’s The Coddling of the American Mind in the same week that Brett Kavanaugh was credibly accused of sexual assault in his teens, and Ian Buruma lost his job as editor of The New York Review via Pocket
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11 hours ago
#65: Heaven or Las Vegas
Robert Venturi died this week. via Pocket
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11 hours ago
DealBook<!-- --> Business and Policy
On Tuesday, the chief executives of the world’s largest public companies will be receiving a letter from one of the most influential investors in the world. via Pocket
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14 hours ago
John Battelle's Search Blog If Software Is Eating the World, What Will Come Out the Other End?
So far, it’s mostly shit. Seven or so years ago, a famous VC penned a manifesto of sorts. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
Why Design Matters: How to Use Your Design Power Wisely
Design matters because it affects us emotionally. Even when a space isn’t expressly created to wow us, disturb us, excite us, to make us feel happy or sad, it leads us to feel some emotion or another. That reaction influences how we think and behave. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
Glenstone, a Private Art Xanadu, Invests $200 Million in a Public Vision - The New York Times
POTOMAC, Md. — When they were building a gallery here at Glenstone for Robert Gober’s 1992 “Untitled” immersive installation — featuring spouting sinks, stacked newspapers and woodland scenery — Mitchell P. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
Will robots take over our jobs? , Education News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
With robots increasingly taking over jobs, including those that require technical skills, it may be the "fuzzy" or soft skills that will save your job. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
Employee experience drives design - REMI Network
With so many people having choices in where they do their work — ranging from third places, airport lounges, hotel lobbies, or simply at home — they have higher expectations for what the work experience should feel like. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
Tesla: What's Really Going on, on the Plant Floor | IndustryWeek
Brilliant, vaguely altruistic, confessional at times, and occasionally a world-class a-hole, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is the antidote to the CEO-in-a-box who can’t innovate his car into a tight parking space and requires a 10-person communications team to orchestrate every utterance. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
The 7 forces that will change the way you work | World Economic Forum
Technological and social forces are transforming how work gets done, who does it, and even what work looks like. And while technology can make workers more productive, there will be significant turbulence as organizations grapple with the complexity and unpredictability of a changing workforce. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
'That Ain't My Department, Sir’: Why I Never Attended a Shoot — Jim Carroll's Blog
In the late 1940s John Ford directed three movies about the US Cavalry of the 1860s and ‘70s, all of them starring John Wayne. Ford created a world of dedication and discipline; of camaraderie and quiet courage on meagre rations and poor pay. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
Ottonie von Roeder: Un laboratorio per immaginare una vita senza lavoro
“Demand full automation, demand universal basic income, demand the future”. In 2015, philosophers Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams write Inventing the Future, a fundamental book for radical theory that imagines a future in which machines liberate humanity from labour. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs - MIT Technology Review
I took an Uber to an artificial-­intelligence conference at MIT one recent morning, and the driver asked me how long it would take for autonomous vehicles to take away his job. I told him it would happen in about 15 to 20 years. He breathed a sigh of relief. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
Why Brands Are Friendly on Social Media - The Atlantic
Comcast had recently started advertising mobile-phone service where I live. Given that Comcast and AT&T were already the only local choices for broadband and cable, the move felt like an ominous sign of even more industry consolidation. I took to Twitter to air this worry. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
The Ravens at the Tower of London Are More Than Symbols - The Atlantic
I can make a passable imitation of a raven’s low, guttural croak, and whenever I see a wild one flying overhead I have an irresistible urge to call up to it in the hope that it will answer back. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
Yuval Noah Harari on Why Technology Favors Tyranny - The Atlantic
Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. It will further concentrate power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it. There is nothing inevitable about democracy. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
Simple, Practical Advice That You Can Implement Today To Succeed In Life And Work
Jack Kelly Contributor i Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Careers I write real and actionable interviewing, career and salary advice. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
Editor’s Note: The American Crisis - The Atlantic
The National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia, is a monument to the benefits of pessimism. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
The main challenge of modern working life: finding the place just right to meet - Workplace Insight
Every physical setting sends distinct signals to meeting participants – signals that set the tone and provide a context for the conversation, even when they are subtle or not in anyone’s conscious awareness. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
The Arguments We Have From Guilt - The Book of LifeThe Book of Life
We’ve been wasting all day on the internet. One diversionary click turned into a thousand. It started with a news site and ended up in some very silly or very vile (or both) places. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
What Ideally Happens When An Affair is Discovered? - The Book of LifeThe Book of Life
What typically happens is fury on one side, and a desperate show of contrition on the other. The person who has had the affair admits that they have done something evidently terrible for reasons that they are in no mood to defend. They were – they say meekly – merely being ‘idiotic’. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
Andrew Sullivan: Why America Needs a Healthy Conservatism
In these fetid times, it’s easy to know what you’re against. And I’ve spent many diaries assailing the dueling Trump and “social justice” cults on the illiberal right and left these past several months. But what am I for? via Pocket
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19 hours ago
What would a truly walkable city look like? | Cities | The Guardian
Arriving by Greyhound coach in Phoenix, Arizona, one November evening I was faced with either six hours waiting in the terminal or a one-mile walk with my wheelie suitcase to a nearby shuttle bus. I soon learned that simple-sounding walk was alongside a fast, unlit road with no pavement. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
The best way to learn is drawing, even if you're no artist — Quartzy
“I just can’t draw.” It’s a refrain most adults say when confronted with a blank piece of paper. Something happens in our teenage years that makes most of us shy away from drawing, fretting that our draftsmanship skills aren’t up to par, and leaving it to the “artists” among us. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
Five Underrated Things to Pack for Every Trip - The New York Times
Skip the fancy travel gadgets. Here are five simple things that will save you stress, money and hassle so you just enjoy your much-deserved getaway. I’ve spent the majority of the last five years as a digital nomad, living and working in over 40 countries. via Pocket
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19 hours ago
A Modern Second-Home Retreat for Seattle’s Tech Elite - WSJ
The architecture of Methow Valley, long home to farmers, artists and conservationists, is being transformed by affluent executives at the likes of Amazon and Microsoft via Pocket
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20 hours ago
How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Choosing Presence Over Productivity – Brain Pickings
The meaning of life has been pondered by such literary icons as Leo Tolstoy (1904), Henry Miller (1918), Anaïs Nin (1946), Viktor Frankl (1946), Italo Calvino (1975), and David Foster Wallace (2005). via Pocket
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20 hours ago
Is Your Culture ‘Tight’ or ‘Loose’? The Answer Could Explain Everything - The New York Times
RULE MAKERS, RULE BREAKERS How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World By Michele Gelfand 376 pp. Scribner. $28. There is a longstanding debate among social scientists about what ultimately drives human behavior. via Pocket
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20 hours ago
Drawing isn't just an art form, it's also a tool.
Most of us have spent some time drawing before, at the very least because of compulsory art classes. via Pocket
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20 hours ago
Office design should take account of the quality of interactions as well as quantity - Workplace Insight
Ever since technology first made it possible for people to work remotely from their colleagues, there has been speculation that the physical office could be dispensed with entirely; and with it the idea that people should come together to work in the same place at the same time to achieve common go via Pocket
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Thomas Piketty: Capital in the Twenty-First Century. - 3:AM Magazine
(In 2014 Wolff wrote a long sequence of responses to his reading of Piketty’s seminal book. We repost them here to remind people of the central political issue of our day. via Pocket
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20 hours ago
Resistance Training: How Much Weight Should I Lift?: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Whether you’ve decided to resistance-train for the physical and mental health benefits, aesthetic ones, or all three, investing in equipment like adjustable dumbbells or a set of resistance bands can be both empowering and a little intimidating. via Pocket
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20 hours ago
How to Start a Resistance Training Routine: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
As a personal trainer, I recommend strength training for clients whose goal is general fitness. Recent research suggests that lifting weights can positively impact mental health, too. Whether you join a gym or work out at home with dumbbells or resistance bands, you should have a solid plan. via Pocket
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21 hours ago
How to Build Strength - A year of living better Guides - The New York Times
Everyone knows that exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. But most people ignore one crucial component of it: resistance training. via Pocket
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You May Be Surprised to Hear That Restoration Hardware Is Doing Great - The New York Times
Restoration Hardware seemed doomed. Now, it’s a vast and booming bricks and mortar empire. What gives? via Pocket
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The Nobel Prize in Literature Takes This Year Off. Our Critics Don’t. - The New York Times
Right about this time of year is when the literary world would normally be praising, bemoaning or just scratching its collective head over the latest winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. via Pocket
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A Timeline Showing the Full Scale of Russia’s Unprecedented Interference in the 2016 Election, and Its Aftermath - The New York Times
It’s easy to lose the larger narrative of the Trump-Russia story given the relentless pace and complexity of the news. Stepping back to view the timeline from beginning to end reveals how these parallel threads — contacts, hacking and social media fraud — often crossed during the election. via Pocket
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Why Jeff Bezos Should Push for Nobody to Get as Rich as Jeff Bezos - The New York Times
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world’s wealthiest man, has been publicly agonizing over a vexing problem: what to do with all his money. Last week, more than a year after asking his Twitter followers for philanthropic ideas, Mr. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced an initial plan. via Pocket
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The Plot to Subvert an Election: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far - The New York Times
On an October afternoon before the 2016 election, a huge banner was unfurled from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City: Vladimir V. Putin against a Russian-flag background, and the unlikely word “Peacemaker” below. It was a daredevil happy birthday to the Russian president, who was turning 64. via Pocket
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