Podcasts = Lectors…

I spend hundreds of hours each year running, working, commuting and “getting stuff done” with podcasts. I thought that this was something new, it isn’t…

“Thus arose the tradition of lectors, who sat perched on an elevated platform in the cigar factory, reading to the workers. It started in Cuba and was brought to the United States more particularly to Key West in 1865 when thousands of Cuban cigar workers emigrated to Florida to escape Spanish oppression.”

Tobacco factory Lectors, 1910

 

Ice bucket breakthrough…

A lot of what happens on the internet is criticised as having no impact and being just plain narcissism. Well…

“Dismissed by some at the time as “slacktivism” – an exercise that appears to do good while achieving very little – the ice bucket challenge raised more than $115m (£88m) for motor neurone disease in a single month. Now, scientists funded with the proceeds have discovered a gene variant associated with the condition.”

How the ice bucket challenge led to an ALS research breakthrough

Transparency in engineering…

Increasingly businesses are being built on untested technologies. In some cases there are technologies being implemented that hold the tag line beta although people are paying for them.

To be a success in these new domains you need experience, and quickly. One way to gain experience is to pool the data, share the experience across the industry. We’ve seen this with Open Source in the past.

Interestingly we’re now seeing engineering companies publish Root Cause Analyses (RCAs) in the public domain. Tesla are doing it as part of a media battle battle. Others for other unstated reasons, like Koenigsegg…

A Koenigsegg One:1 endured a severe crash at the Nürburgring Circuit in Germany last Monday, 18th July.

Koenigsegg Analysis Of Nurburgring Accident – Koenigsegg | Koenigsegg

A quick tip for the none engineers: If your teams don’t produce RCAs this well, they’re not working hard enough!

Literature as theatre…

A Barrio Norte, une ville de Buenos Aires, on peut trouver un sublime repère pour lecteurs appelé El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Cette librairie a été construite

100-Year-Old Theatre Turned into a Magnificent Bookstore – Fubiz Media

Random thoughts…