Late summer in California increasingly implies preparing for wildfire smoke. By “preparing” I mean focusing on indoor air quality, and in particular: Particulate Matter 2.5 [https://www.epa.gov/pm-pollution/particulate-matter-pm-basics]. We’re instructed to seal off our windows and doors from the outside and– if able– convert our
I’ve been trying to better understand Liu Cixin’s writing style in hopes of improving my own. (That is, his Chinese writing translated into English.) One story caught my attention on a recent Sunday afternoon, as I rummaged around my house pretending to clean while daydreaming about dinosaur technocrats.
Last month I was lucky to spend several weeks luxuriating in complexity science. Hosted by the Santa Fe Institute, the Complexity Interactive program is a virtual, part-time course focused on complex systems— equal parts lecture, discussion, group project, and mental orgy. Attendance was a gift to myself after many years
Working Backwards [https://www.amazon.com/Working-Backwards-Insights-Stories-Secrets/dp/1250267595] by Colin Bryar and Bill Carr describes in detail the inner workings of Amazon, including the development of its best practices over a nearly 3-decade history. The chapter Organizing: Separable, Single-Threaded Leadership quickly jumped out at me. Separable teams? Where had
This post is cross-posted on the Build Incentive newsletter [https://newsletter.buildincentive.com/p/why-focus-on-concrete-and-cement], a new project of mine. Why focus on embodied emissions? When I surveyed [https://www.buildincentive.com/p/welcome-to-build-incentive] the landscape of Embodied, Operational, and End-of-Life emissions in the built environment last fall, it was