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The Book of Firsts: A great “firsts” book for history buffs

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The next time someone says to you, “I’d like to study history, but I don’t know where to start,” tell them to pick up a copy of The Book of Firsts: 150 World-Changing People and Events from Caesar Augustus to the Internet. Written mostly by Peter D’Epiro, with numerous contributions by eight other scholars, The […]

Trust Agents, one

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Reading Chris Brogan and Julien Smith’s book, Trust Agents, helped me put a fresh insight about Millennials in place: Make your own game, the authors write, which describes a Gen Y characteristic that’s been bugging Baby Boomers for a while now. But the kids are all right.

Jane Jacobs on “differences, not duplications”

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Rereading Jane Jacobs‘s classic, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and came across the following on p.169, in the chapter on “The Uses of City Neighborhoods”: Almost nobody travels willingly from sameness to sameness and repetition to repetition, even if the physical effort required is trivial. Differences, not duplications, make for cross-use and […]

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