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Archive for September, 2011

What does a sprained foot have to do with trust?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Sometime last week I must have “done something” to my foot. Perhaps I overexerted it, stretched it too vigorously in some contortion, pushed down too hard on the elliptical trainer, or maybe that sudden misstep at the curb had indeed been more intense than it felt at the time. Whatever the trigger, by the time […]

The eyes (might) have it

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Over five years ago, I kept a “secret” blog, very, very briefly. It was written from the standpoint of a stuffed toy: a sleeping, dreamy, already “antique” sheep that used to belong to me and which I then passed on to my daughter. The strategy of writing as a stuffie was inspired by Maria Benet […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

AdverseEvents: Why Big Pharma Is Scared Of This Startup | Fast Company “By taking lists of potential side effects out of the hands of the drug makers, the startup is letting people know what their pills might be doing to them in a more open way than big pharmaceutical companies ever have. “ tags: crowdsourcing […]

Richard Florida on “The Long Road to Recovery”

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Great article by Richard Florida in the new “Cities” edition of The Atlantic magazine: The Long Road to Recovery – go read it now. Not mincing words, Florida warns that this recovery could easily take a generation – up to 25 years, in other words – to kick in. Scary prospects. But what really caught […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Human Bodies Created Out of Dissected Typewriters – 1-800-Recycling Strange and awesome sculptures of the human form, made from old typewriters… QUOTE As we browse through Mayer’s work, you will notice that there are few (if any!) typewriter parts that do not resemble a feature of the human body. A mechanical part becomes a human […]

What I think about when I’m standing on my head

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

I recently took up the habit of daily 4-minute headstands. I’ve done headstands for decades now, but I never tried keeping to a daily regimen, nor did I ever before pay attention to duration. Lately, for a purely physical reason, it occurred to me that I should do headstands often (every day), and that I […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

One Path to Better Jobs – More Density in Cities – Jane Jacobs wrote about this decades ago, but it still applies: QUOTE This insurance function is important. It reduces the risks associated with specialization and therefore encourages more of it. By allowing workers to focus on tasks at which they’re relatively better than […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Steve’s Seven Insights for 21st Century Capitalists – Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review Very nice set of comments on the Steve Jobs quotes recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. QUOTE Herewith, without further ado, a minor eulogy for Steve Jobs the CEO. When you look at the global economy today, here’s what might […]

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