March; Elon Musk and Nasty Women

March 31, 2017

March was an extremely busy month but I managed to squeeze in a fair amount of reading. It’s been a tough month for Internet privacy, SpaceX made history (again), and some new publications shipped!


Articles

  1. Kickstarter PBC’s 2016 Benefit Statement — Read this, this is how a technology company should operate in 2017.

  2. What Is a Successful Society?

    Societies like Sweden, Canada, and Australia are more successful than societies like the US. At what? At being societies. No: not perfect. But more successful at what societies exist to do: deliver social goods, that allow people to enjoy genuinely prosperous lives.

  3. Plainness and Sweetness, Frank Chimero — I advocate this message from Frank. Achieving simplicity in design is super hard but when you get it right, it sings.

    Here is a reminder: the surest way forward is usually a plain approach done with close attention to detail. You can refine the normal into the sophisticated by pursuing clarity and consistency. Attentiveness turns the normal artful.

  4. Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens — We’re hopelessly addicted to screens and we need to take measures to curb our addiction before it destroys our relationships.

  5. I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it — An important message from Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The web is precious, we need to protect it. We need to protect our data and our privacy online. We need to fight for it.


Books/Publications

  1. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future — Ashlee Vance gives us a window into the life and work of Elon Musk, how his companies have grown over the years, and his grand vision for the future of humanity. He’s an incredibly interesting figure, highly recommend checking this out.

  2. Nasty Women — Nasty Women is a collection of essays outlining what it’s like to be a woman in the 21st century.

  3. Offscreen Issue 16 — Offscreen returns with a fresh coat of paint. I’ve been reading through issue 16 this past weekend, it’s wonderful.

    Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by Lawrence Weschler

  4. Ethos — A new magazine for and about ethical entrepreneurs, innovation and sustainability.


Podcast Episodes

  1. I’ve really dropped off listening to podcasts this past month. I’m not even listening to my usual shows, apart from Roderick on the Line. I am, however, interested in checking out the new Serial and This American Life podcast: S-Town. I will report on this next month!