Alex’s Recommended Reading

Welcome to Alex’s Recommended Reading.

Here, you will see topics ranging from technology and analytics to the literary and even maybe humorous. If you like what you read, sign up for my newsletter below. If you want to share an article with me or have any other feedback, contact me through the form below. Enjoy the reads!

Week of 2/6 – 2/12

How to Structure your Day Better from Quartz

How to be Funny at Work by Harvard Business Review

There are two kinds of Happy People by the Atlantic

There are spying eyes everywhere – and now they share a brain by Wired

Not bot, not beast: Scientists create first ever living, programmable organism by

Why you suck at taking work breaks – and how to get better at it by

Week of 1/31 – 2/5

Superstar cities are in trouble in the Atlantic

Read this piece for its clear-eyed view of what trends may drive the next few years in business and technology.

Even if the piece is wrong in its slightly over-hyped headline, the consequences of cultural shifts that have forced more people to embrace remote work and have allowed companies to explore work solutions outside their typical stomping grounds of big cities will have very real consequences after COVID.

#work #technology

The coup we are not talking about in the New York Times

Read this piece for a deeper philosophical and practical understanding of the trade-off we have unwittingly made that has fueled the rise of giant online corporations.

For me, the most fascinating thing here is how the events of 2001 fed into the government-business feedback loop that allowed one to gobble up personal data for the benefit of the other and how that has led us into the situation we are in today. Compellingly, the piece makes the case for a new understanding of the rights and obligations that must be created or re-interpreted in order for us to live with this still-new level of technological penetration in our lives.

#rights #government #regulation #facebook

Where Programming, Ops, AI, and the Cloud are Headed in 2021 by O’Reilly Media

Read this piece to get a truly in-depth understanding of trends in online technology from web development to analytics and all the hot topics in-between.

The discussion of AI/Data science and DevOps/cloud solutions are especially interesting and valuable as these topics will impact every company with any decently large digital footprint.

#technology #cloud #AI

Why Hostility Can Bring People Closer Together by Scientific American

Read this piece for an interesting perspective on how an adversarial mediator may encourage disputing parties to find solutions.

While I generally wouldn’t advise businesses or managers to practice this too much on their teams, it does illustrate some fascinating cases in which understanding, empathy and connection may only exacerbate disputes and keep opposing parties from cooperating.

#cooperation #conflict #negotiation

The Downside to Life in a Supertall Tower: Leaks, Creaks, Breaks by The New York Times

Read this piece if you are planning on buying property on billionaire’s row.

Or just read this to get a peek into the trials and tribulations of living in a building that is way out of reach for most of us.

#billionaire #realestate #newyork

‘Who pours the kibble?’ And other answers about daily life for dogs in the White House by the WaPo

Read this piece to get a view into the lives of presidential dogs!

Lots of delightful and heart-warming stories in this piece – about the dogs and their presidential companions.

#dogs #presidents #whitehouse

The decline and fall of the American empire: Joe Biden’s biggest challenge by Salon

Read this piece for its unvarnished approach to where America currently stands in the world and a digest of what Joe Biden may need to do to repair the damage done over the last 20-some years.

I especially appreciate the clear call-out of what American imperialism means in practical terms. Whether you accept the epithet “imperialist” or not, the consequences of America’s actions in the last half-century have been nothing short of world-altering. Sadly, in the last 20 years, the US has lost the narrative of what it means to be a global events-shaper and consequently, lost any perspective of the advantage that can engender to anyone willing to accept and use the tools such power unlocks.

#america #imperialism #global

How Aging Shapes Narrative Identity by Nautilus

Read this piece for an introduction to the concept of Narrative Identity, what it means, and how it shapes who you are through the course of your life.

I especially like the fact that that this idea of Narrative Identity links well with behavioral and maturity benchmarks and helps one understand where in one’s life one currently is – and what you may have to look forward to in the coming years. Consequently, it can allow for better planning and better understanding of the way one sees the world and better understand the needs and perspectives of those who surround you as well.

#goals #aging #perspective #identity

Study: The quick choice might be a choice-overload avoidance strategy by

Read this piece to better understand what kind of decision-maker you are and the pros and cons of each type.

This links to other studies I have read which encourage teams and businesses not to linger too long over making decisions. Instead, a team should set a deadline date (or time) by which to make a decision. If more than one option is equally attractive, the team should agree to choose one and move ahead with that option.

#choices #management #strategy

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Work-Life Balance Is About Years, Not Days

Many of us feel like we don’t have enough time – that we must work on all of our goals simultaneously. This article does an excellent job of showing us why maybe, we should be a little easier on ourselves. Pick what is important to you and pursue that for as long as it makes sense.

The Age of Rudeness

Is it rude to tell the truth? Is all rudeness, truth-telling? Rachel Cusk takes a very personal look at the role that rudeness and manners play in her life and by extension., to all our lives.

The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics

Why does the brain work as it does? Does quantum physics explain consciousness? Or does consciousness arise out of quantum superposition? If you like mind-bending questions of physics and our perception of reality, you need to check this out.

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