Gweek podcast 131: Huggable Atomic Mushrooms

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Strategies for the future: accuracy vs. resilience vs. denial

Seth Godin's daily thoughts are always provocative and thoughtful, but today's is a particularly timely and apt one for the new year. Godin describes three ways of coping with the future: Accuracy (correctly guessing what will happen); Resilience (admitting you can't make accurate predictions, so preparing to weather a variety of storms); and "Denial" (pretending nothing will change and getting clobbered as a result). — Read the rest

(Why you shouldn't) run your company like an airport

I liked Seth Godin's "Eleven things organizations can learn from airports," wherein he notes, "[Of course, this post isn't actually about airports]."

2. Problems persist because organizations defend their turf instead of embrace the problem. The TSA blames the facilities people, who blame someone else, and around and around.

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Email from a Gweek reader

Here's a nice email from Geoff Petrie, a Gweek listener. If you haven't subscribed to the Gweek podcast yet, I hope you check it out and enjoy it as much as Geoff does!

I just wanted to send you a short note to thank you for the great work you're doing with Gweek.

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Gweek episode 027: We Are All Weird


In this episode of Gweek, I'm joined by Boing Boing's managing editor Rob Beschizza and Seth Godin, an author, entrepreneur, and human wunderkammer.

Here's what we talked about:

The Domino Project: Seth's partnership with Amazon to publish short books loaded with useful ideas

Searching for an adjustable standing desk that doesn't cost a fortune

Test driving the Mitsubishi i electric car

The undiscovered or overlooked or underappreciated work of John Taylor Gatto, education reformer

A wonderful how to book called Handmade Music Factory: The Ultimate Guide to Making Foot-Stompin'-Good Instruments

Penguin Magic Shop: An online magic trick store with good video demos

Sasha Dichter: Reflections on generosity, philanthropy and social change

Collin's Lab: excellent introductory videos to electronics

Bizarro comics

Seth's fondness for buckwheat soba noodles

Bobo Explores Light: A swell iPad app that teaches kids about light

Rising Card: A great $(removed) iPhone magic trick

Kaweco Liliput Ballpoint Pen from JetPens

Sous Vide Turkey for Thanksgiving

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Why I Left My Publisher in Order to Publish a Book

I'm publishing a lot of essays this week, but enjoy the conversations here more than out on the regular net. So I'll link to them when I think they're appropriate for the Boing Boing community as well.

This one, for Arthurmag, explains why – for my own current book, anyway – independent publishing may be a much better path than going through the traditional corporate route. — Read the rest

What will you miss about newspapers?

Seth Godin asks the question, "When newspapers are gone, what will you miss?" And answers it: "deep investigative reporting." But that reporting is only two percent of the daily rag, and the other 98 percent is stuff the web does well:

What's left is local news, investigative journalism and intelligent coverage of national news.

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HOWTO Win at Monopoly

Tim Darling's "Surefire Strategy" for winning at Monopoly sounds plausible — a great way to suck all the fun out of the game, leaving behind nothing but the relentless pursuit of victory.

* Always buy Railroads; never buy Utilities *

* At the beginning of the game, focus on acquiring a complete C-G (Color Group) in Sides 1+2, even if it means trading away properties on Sides 2+3.

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Manifesto: Write in your books and dogear the corners!

A provocative post called "Lifehack Your Books: Dogear, Writing In Books, and Apologizing to Librarians" advocates writing in your books and dogearing the covers — hear, hear. I used to take enormous pains to ensure that my books remained in re-saleable condition, despite the fact that I never actually sold my old books. — Read the rest