Monthly Archives: December 2019

2019 Recap: A Meta-Post

New Year’s Eve seems like a fitting occasion for a meta-post; a post about posts. Looking back over 2019, I wrote 19 posts.  Coincidence?  They break down into these categories: Management & personal development: 4 Environment & energy: 4 Personal … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment


Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World By David Epstein Riverhead Books, New York, 2019 I didn’t finish Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World for the same reason I don’t eat chicken wings: too much effort for … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Peak Stuff

I’m going to try something different in this post.  Instead of reviewing a book, I’m going to look at a research paper called “Peak Stuff — did the UK reach a peak in material consumption in about 2001-3?” Sounds pretty … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environment | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

High Output Management

High Output Management is one of the most disappointing books I’ve ever read, and in some places it flat out pissed me off.   The focus is always on output. Everyone and every team produces output. A manager’s job is … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Management | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More From Less

More From LessBy Andrew McAfeeScribner, New York, 2019 More From Less is a book about dematerialization Demawhat?  No, it’s not some sort of Star Trek transporter technology. Dematerialization is the phenomenon of producing the same goods from less material and … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Energy, Environment, Science and technology | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments