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Christopher Mims is a technology columnist at The Wall Street Journal, which he joined in 2014. Previously, he was a science and technology correspondent and editor for Quartz. He has been an editor at Scientific American, Technology Review, Smithsonian and Grist.
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How to Do Nothing
Resisting the Attention Economy
Jenny Odell - 2019-04-09
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This thrilling critique of the forces vying for our attention re-defines what we think of as productivity, shows us a new way to connect with our environment and reveals all that we’ve been too distracted to see about our selves and our world.When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for perso...
Christopher Mims
the core insight of both Cal Newport's "Digital Minimalism" and @the_jennitaur's excellent book is that it's possible to use tools rather than be used by them (but first, you have to detox so you can do it with a clear head)      source
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On the Clock
Emily Guendelsberger - 2020-07-14 (first published in 2019)
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"Nickel and Dimed for the Amazon age," (Salon) the bitingly funny, eye-opening story of finding work in the automated and time-starved world of hourly low-wage laborAfter the local newspaper where she worked as a reporter closed, Emily Guendelsberger took a pre-Christmas job at an Amazon fulfillment center outside Louisville, Kentucky. There, the v...
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@GalenBrown18 if you're asking in good faith, here's a book that will help explian the larger issue -- if every place is essentially the same working conditions, the answer to your question is essentially "yes"      source
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Midnight Riot
Ben Aaronovitch - 2011-02-01
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Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happ...
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@SunnySeaGold that definitely was not me, but if you're looking for some pure goodtimes escapism, I am currently LOVING this book:      source
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A History of the City, Humankind's Greatest Invention
Ben Wilson - 2020-11-10
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From a brilliant young historian, a colorful journey through 7,000 years and twenty-six world cities that shows how urban living has been the spur and incubator to humankind's greatest innovations.In the two hundred millennia of our existence, nothing has shaped us more profoundly than the city. Historian Ben Wilson, author of bestselling and award...
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@DavidLarter thank you. Meanwhile, I feel like you might enjoy this book, which is ostensibly about cities but actually is about trade, because what else is a city for?      source
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Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
Jessica Bruder - 2018-09-04 (first published in 2017)
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From the beet fields of North Dakota to the campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older adults. These invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in RVs and modified vans, forming a growing...
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Elon Musk
Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Ashlee Vance - 2017-01-24 (first published in 2015)
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In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs—a real-life Tony Stark—and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new “makers.”Elon Musk spotlights the techno...
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Ninety Percent of Everything
Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate
Rose George - 2014-09-09 (first published in 2013)
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On ship-tracking Web sites, the waters are black with dots. Each dot is a ship; each ship is laden with boxes; each box is laden with goods. In postindustrial economies, we no longer produce but buy, and so we must ship. Without shipping there would be no clothes, food, paper, or fuel. Without all those dots, the world would not work. Yet freight s...
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Insanely Great
The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything
Steven Levy - 2012-01-16 (first published in 1993)
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The creation of the Mac in 1984 catapulted America into the digital millennium, captured a fanatic cult audience, and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology, economics, and show business. Now veteran technology writer and Newsweek senior editor Steven Levy zooms in on the great machine and the fortunes of the uniq...
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Catching Fire
How Cooking Made Us Human
Richard Wrangham - 2010-09-06 (first published in 2009)
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The groundbreaking theory of how fire and food drove the evolution of modern humansEver since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the evolution and world-wide dispersal of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary succe...
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The One Best Way
Frederick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency (The MIT Press)
Robert Kanigel - 2005-01-14 (first published in 1997)
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The definitive biography of the first efficiency expert.Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915) was the first efficiency expert, the original time-and-motion man--the father of scientific management, the inventor of a system that became known, inevitably enough, as Taylorism. In the past the man has been first. In the future the System will be first, ...