Reading List: 2020 and beyond?

*Asterisk indicates previously read (to re-read) read or partially read. I’m not promising to finish in 2020, but I’d like to. Needs more fiction. Getting things done (4) 12 Week Year – Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington* (read 2020/01/09) Atomic…

2019: Goals in review

Driverless Crocodile Goals for 2019: Here’s a review of the year’s goals: Goal 1: Keep it up. 600 posts on DC by the end of 2019, with enough of a frontlog to set it and forget it for a couple…

Seth Godin on physical books

A book is a souvenir of an idea. You come in here, and you see something, and you go “Oh yeah!” and then you can go do something.Whereas who knows where it is on my harddrive? They’re like old friends.…I…

Canon: fences and trampolines

I’ve just spent a thoroughly enjoyable day at the first Jakarta International Literary Festival. I sat in on two Symposiums*: The Southern Common Themes Dilemma, moderated by Nukila Aman and featuring Legodile Seganabeng, Sharlene Teo, Intan Paramaditha, and Nukila Aman;…

Peter Drucker on social responsibility

A business that does not show a profit at least equal to its cost of capital is irresponsible; it wastes society’s resources. Economic profit performance is the base without which business cannot discharge any other responsibilities, cannot be a good…

Resource: the parts of a book

If you’ve ever wondered if you’re looking at (or writing) a forward, preface, introduction or something else, you may find this helpful: Parts of a Book from iUniverse.

Systems: complicated and complex – Aaron Dignan

The engine inside a car is complicated. A complicated system is a causal system – meaning that it is subject to cause and effect. Although it may have many parts, they will interact with one another in highly predictable ways.…

The level of your systems

You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. James Clear – Atomic Habits If you want things to be easier tomorrow, it really helps to have strong systems in place.…

Toolkit (v0.1)

My last post got me thinking again about the toolkit for making change and building a good future. What follows started out as the tail of that post but grew too long, so I’ve cut it off and put it…

Tim Harford: slow-motion multitasking

I love Tim Harford‘s stuff, and I’m surprised he hasn’t featured here before. 50 Things that Made the Modern Economy is a delightful romp through economic history from cuneiform to mobile money transfers by way of clocks and the Haber-Bosch…