Frank Voisin: Book Reviews
I wish I had the time to review books, instead of just articles. But at least I can point people to a good collection of reviews of various business and finance books.
Bot & Dolly and the Rise of Creative Robots
If you've seen the short film Box and wondered how it was made, this article will help you understand. The crazy thing is that it was made in live action, without postproduction tricks. There is a large photograph of the Bot & Dolly studio at the beginning of the article, and it sure does look like a fun place to work!
Parallel Parking in the Arctic Circle
I don't mean to downplay the military and climate implications of the article, but the part that struck me the most was how the fragile, artificial environment of a nuclear submarine drives a culture of high integrity and transparency. Perhaps I was jarred by the contrast to my own work environment. I work in a passive-aggressive culture with little transparency or accountability. It occurred to me that perhaps this is allowed to persist because, unlike the submarine, there is so little at stake. Something for us to think about as we go about our business in our office cube farms.
Ray Dalio: Principles
My guess is that even most readers of personal finance blogs don't know who Ray Dalio is. But maybe you should. Principles is a 123-page document that explains how Dalio approaches management, work, and life. It is this sort of deep thinking that has driven Bridgewater Associates to be what it is today. There are some very insightful points in the document, and I would encourage a weekend read if possible.
Has everyone heard the new Coldplay song? Of course I was so swamped with work that my kids had to point out to me that it had been released. The first thing I noticed was how nicely understated parts of the song are, which is not exactly a common thing in popular music. My second thought was that this is the sort of piece that will ultimately be redone in other genres (think Jazz or World Music) because the simple chord progression lends itself to endless riffs and improvisation. Overall, it's a nice teaser release for the upcoming album.