Recommended reading

Welcome to Saturday and my customary summary of blog posts worth reading from this week.

I don’t know who writes The Book Of Life, a blog of sorts about, well, life and its mechanics. But I surely liked this week’s missive: how to listen. Read How to Be a Good Listener

I like many of Bruce Springsteen’s songs, but I’m not quite a fan. Ken Levine is, though, and writes a rhapsodic review of his last show in LA. This rocker with a Medicare card still does three-hour shows! Read The Bruce Springsteen Concert

Tina Gasperson wants a chance to go back to her youth, to get back in touch with the girl she was, to tie up some loose ends, to figure out what those loose ends even are. If you’re at least middle aged, don’t you sometimes wish the same? Read The unfinished business of youth

First computers beat Kasperov at chess. Now they’ve mastered Go, a game orders of magnitude more complicated than chess. Jeff Atwood sums it up: it’s at once frustrating that computers will now always be better at games than us — but it is also the human mind’s greatest triumph. Read Thanks For Ruining Another Game Forever, Computers

What’s supposed to happen when a company profits is that they reinvest it in the business. But what appears to be happening is mostly that investors are getting richer. And so Tim O’Reilly calls BS on companies — like Indianapolis’s Carrier Corp. — who say they’re outsourcing jobs to remain competitive. Read This is strictly a business decision


2 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. hmunro says:

    … aaand Mr. Grey does it again! :) Great reads, all — but The Book of Life’s post on how to listen really spoke to me (pardon the pun). When I was a reporter, active listening was a critical part of my job. But since I shifted to the ad world — where everyone is vying to have their idea heard — I’m afraid I’ve developed some bad habits that have spilled over into my personal life. So thank you for passing along this lovely, gentle reminder to be more present.

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