Every So Often Links #3|Liquid LEGOs and Spinning Planets

Have you ever seen 70 Big Mouth Billy Bass fish singing in unison? Well, now you have thanks to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Chicago.

As America’s support of its troops can seem almost fetishistic at times, especially on Veteran’s Day, combat veteran and author David Dixon writes about his take on fixing it.

American veterans have a great many reasons why they served, as varied as the millions of people who have worn the uniform.  That’s worth remembering, that veterans are people—the exact same people as make up our wonderful, complicated country. Veterans are not super patriots, nor are they the sole guarantors of American greatness.  They wore the flag on their shoulder when they served, but they stand under it when it flies, the same as every other citizen.  Their patriotic duties to the America the flag represents are the same as every other Americans’; those duties did not begin when veterans put on a uniform, nor do they end when they take it off.  May we all, veteran and non-veteran alike, remember that.

Someone took LEGOs and made them look like liquid. Cool.

For the record, I think modern American work life is atrocious – terrible work-life balance, little vacation time, laughable maternal/paternal leave, healthcare tied to employment, and a general feeling of not producing the best work a company can. In his New York Times article, computer science professor Cal Newport (who also happens to pen one of my favorite blogs) talks about German entrepreneur Lasse Rheingans who recently had his company start 5-hour work days, and reduced meeting times to 15 minutes and cut out electronic distractions in the office. Pretty radical, right? But Cal argues in today’s working world, radical is what we need to better change the office for the worker and the company.

The Wall Street Journal described Mr. Rheingans’s approach as “radical.” But as someone who thinks and writes about the future of work in a high-tech age, I’ve come to believe that what’s really radical is the fact that many more organizations aren’t trying similar experiments…

I believe that knowledge work today is where automobile manufacturing was in 1913. The way we currently work is simple and convenient. Because everyone can talk to everyone at any time through email and instant messages, we just let work flow along as an unstructured conversation made up of missives flying back and forth through the electronic ether. This scales up the way we’ve always naturally collaborated in small groups…

To believe, in other words, that our current approach to knowledge work — which is brand-new on any reasonable scale of business history — is the best way to create valuable information using the human mind is both arrogant and ahistoric. It’s the equivalent of striding into an early-20th-century automobile factory, where each car still required a half day’s worth of labor to produce, and boldly proclaiming, “I think we’ve figured this one out!”

After the Holocaust, we told ourselves never again. But hearing about the Chinese government’s treatment of the Uighurs makes me question how true we are to those words. In a manga titled “What has happened to me“, Japanese manga artist Tomomi Shimizu tells the heartbreaking story of Mihrigul Tursun’s detainment and torture at the hands of Chinese authorities.

It’s pretty cool to watch the internet growing up. In this video, Data is Beautiful tracks the most popular websites from 1996 to 2019. The video is full of new companies taking the crown from the old kings, so who will dethrone Google?

Planetary scientist Dr. James O’Donoghue created this cool little clip of all the planets and their rotations compared to Earth. Look at Jupiter go!

 

 

Photo by Philipp Katzenberger on Unsplash

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