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Innovation

This is about spread of innovation. He talks about anesthesia and antisepsis, but you can easily see parallels to technology. He talks about understanding existing norms and barriers to change and how neither incentives nor penalties really work. Very interesting. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how to best institute change in the organization and why certain teams fail, even though they produce great products from an engineering perspective. This offers some insight into that. If you’re attacking a big, but a mostly invisible problem, it is very hard to get other people bought in.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/07/29/130729fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all

What People Eat

Delicatesen with love. Photographs and recipes of what Grandma’s cook around the world.

http://www.gabrielegalimberti.com/projects/delicatessen-with-love-2/

The Girl Who Turned to Bone

Occasionally you come across articles about rare diseases and I often find them captivating. This one is particular is amazingly well written and reads almost like a short story. This is about a rare disease called FOP or Fibrodysplastia Ossificans Progressiva. There have been ~700 confirmed cases in the world.

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/06/the-mystery-of-the-second-skeleton/309305/

 

Video Game Economics

A great article about hyperinflation in Diablo 3.

http://mises.org/daily/6435/A-Virtual-Weimar-Hyperinflation-in-a-Video-Game-World

using Macs

This isn’t the only reason why I stay away from Apple’s products, but it’s definitely a factor.

https://rachelbythebay.com/w/2013/02/22/mac/

 

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