More from less: the aluminium drinks can

Adding information (in the form of better design and processes) to aluminium cans has seen the weight of metal used drop from 85g to 12.75g – that’s 6.8 times less. Here’s a great video about the design and process innovations that made that saving possible: And here’s an article from Andrew McAfee on More from Less. More here from Wired.

The trouble with the default

Nobody ever looked at an empty calendar and said, “The best way to spend this time is to cram it full of random meetings!” Nobody ever said “The most important thing today is everybody else’s whims!” Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky – Make Time As water flows down hill, as elements tend to iron, so jobs, meetings, distractions wriggle through…

The Wellerman: state change (key collaborators)

If you haven’t come across The Wellerman meme from tiktok (check out the different versions on the twitter thread above, or the YouTube compilation below), you should. It’s great. What made this meme take off? The first video is great – a good voice, good song, and the black and white adds something extra too. Nathan Evans went first. But…

A world class sentence

Could you write a world-class sentence – one that wouldn’t look out of place in a classic or a bestseller? Here are a three for free: “She turned.” “He scratched his head.” “The sun went down.” World class sentences. Very simple. Easy to write. Write some more.

Cohort (2): Seth Godin on peers and practice

Cultural standards and normalisation have enormous power over whether we choose a practice and how we find the guts to commit to our work. Bob Dylan moved from Minnesota to Greenwich Village for a reason. Most of the famous painters of the renaissance came to Florence for a reason as well. When you’re surrounded by respected peers it’s more likely…

The parent of prosperity

Innovation is the child of freedom and the parent of prosperity. Matt Ridley – How Innovation Works I finished this in audiobook form today. Highly recommended as an overview of the impact of innovation and the messy process by which it happens. More from Matt Ridley: On Invention vs Innovation On innovation as gradual (feat. the Wright Brothers) On innovation…

Charles Darwin on teamwork and cooperation

When two tribes of primeval man, living in the same country, came into competition, if (other circumstances being equal) the one tribe included a great number of courageous, sympathetic and faithful members, who were always ready to warn each other of danger, to aid and defend each other, this tribe would succeed better and conquer the other. Let it be…

Trillion Dollar Coach: Bill Campbell on putting teams first

Bill’s guiding principle was that the team is paramount, and the most important thing he looked for in people was a “team-first” attitude. Teams are not successful unless every member is loyal and will, when necessary, subjugate their personal agenda to that of the team. That the team wins has to be the most important thing. … As managers, we…

Janus (3): DC Reading List 2021

I’m trying a different format for this year’s reading list: a queue and a read (past tense) list. (Note that many of these are carried over from last year’s list!) The Queue Fiction:Don Quixote – Cervantes (Edith Grossman translation) The Three Body Problem – Cixin LiuExhalation – Ted ChiangA Hero Born – Jin YongUncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher StoweNorse…

Janus (2): DC stats 2020

DC visits year-on-year Year Visitors Change Page Views Change Views/day 2018(6 months) 229 – 700 – 3.8 2019 1,542 +573% 2,827 +303% 7.7 2020 8,094 +424% 11,196 +296% 30.7 2021 projections As of today, DC is a little short of 15,000 all-time views (14,833). Another year’s worth of traffic at the 2020 average of 30.7 view per day would add…