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Book Review: Anna Carries Water

Anna Carries Water, by Olive Senior, with illustrations by Laura James It is unclear exactly what nation inspired this particular book but since the author is of Jamaican heritage and the illustrator is an Antiguan (both of which are lovely … Continue reading

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They Like Control

We live in a world where the obvious solution to problems of trust and security is to increase control at the cost of hindering the ability of other people to do things that they need to do. Most notably, at … Continue reading

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Don’t Touch My Water, Or, How To Radicalize Your Essential Employees

This morning when I arrived at work I found that the break room had a sign on the door that said that until further notice the breakroom, including the water dispensers, was closed until further notice as part of the … Continue reading

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Meeting After Meeting

I am not someone who spends most of my life involved in meetings.   There are good reasons for this, among which is the fact that I am a somewhat antisocial person who can only spend so much time around most … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mean People Suck

Mean People Suck:  How Empathy Leads To Bigger Profits And A Better Life, by Michael Brenner [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookSirens.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] I think it can be safely agreed … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Manga Guide To Statistics

The Manga Guide To Statistics, by Shin Takahashi This book is surprisingly awkward to read.  To be sure, this book has plenty of funny material in it.  Unfortunately, the framing of this material is more than a little bit uncomfortable, … Continue reading

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Book Review: American Prison

American Prison:  A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into The Business Of Punishment, by Shane Bauer A lot of this book consists of the author’s attempts to troll a private prison firm by serving as an undercover $9/hr corrections officer at the … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Go, Put Your Strengths To Work

Go, Put Your Strengths To Work, by Marcus Buckingham, read by the author As someone who is pretty fond of the Strengthsfinder test [1] and its implications, it was perhaps unsurprising that I would take to this book by one … Continue reading

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Book Review: Things Are What You Make Of Them

Things Are What You Make Of Them:  Life Advice For Creatives, by Adam J. Kurtz I must admit that I have a great taste for earthy and humorous books on advice, and as a creative person myself I found this … Continue reading

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A Pareto Analysis Of Commissions Processing

For those who are unaware, my day job is as a data/commissions analyst for an insurance brokerage, where I make reports that no one reads and process commissions that, on the contrary, everyone cares about a great deal.  For a … Continue reading

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