Recommended reading

Good morning, Roadies! Here’s your Saturday morning digest of the blog posts I liked most that I found published this week.

Jennifer Bowman tells a great story about a character she met on the trails in Glacier National Park. She seems to meet all sorts of characters out West. Read Flat out to the finish: Old looks different in Glacier

I look at a lot of photo blogs, and so many of them just show photos with no text describing them. I always want to know what I’m looking at! Daniel Schneider writes a useful nuts-and-bolts primer on when and how to caption a photograph. Read How and why you should caption your photographs

God hates divorce. God even says so directly in the Bible (Malachi 2:16). But John Pavlovitz makes the compelling point that divorce itself is not necessarily a sin — breaking the marriage covenant is. If the covenant is broken, and there’s no repentance on the horizon, the sin just might be staying in a harmful marriage that will never be restored. Read Why God May Want You To Leave Your Marriage

Donald Trump keeps talking about bringing back manufacturing jobs. But most of those jobs don’t physically exist anymore because they are automated. Machines do them. And Rohan Rajiv argues that it’s a good thing — because those jobs were horrible anyway. Read Machines take away horrible jobs


2 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Bill Bussell says:

    No sir! Plants moving to Mexico take away horrible jobs, and most cannot be automated so easily. The lure of $3-per-hour labor is the real deal. I know what this is about because I worked through it. BTW, software engineering is a bargain in India where much of it goes these days. I could tell stories that I hope you know. Cheers

    • You raise a good point, and moving jobs to Mexico and China has certainly contributed. I work in the software to download world, and so I have direct experience with using shops in India, and even China and South America. What I can tell you there is that only the most routine programming jobs can successfully be sent to those places. It comes down to the fact that everything but routine maintenance program requires a level of innovation that can’t be outsourced successfully. That’s not to say that people overseas can’t be innovative – they certainly can, when working on things that are their own idea. But every project I’ve done with offshore programmers has struggled, because ultimately it comes down to fulfilling a contract, and they want to be told exactly what to do. That doesn’t work well for the kinds of software development that I’ve been involved with.

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