To say that I've taken a break from blogging would be an understatement, given that my latest post before this was over an entire year ago. Nevertheless, one of my goals for this year is to write more, regardless of how non-technical or short-form it may be. With that being said, I'd like to revive this "series" of posts, since I tend to come across some great content while scouring the internet.
Without further adieu, here are some things that I've been reading from my Pocket over the last few days:
1. Ways to Think About Cars - The word "disruption" is being thrown around a lot these days. As much as I'd like for it to go in ear and out of the other, I can't help but see its effects in market disruptions like Uber, Airbnb, Relay Foods, Warby Parker, Spotify, and many others. With all of the news about self-driving cars and the various Tesla projects Elon Musk speaks of, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the automobile market is in the cross-hairs of innovators everywhere.
How will services like Uber and Lyft influence the purchasing of self-driving cars? Couldn't Uber just buy self-driving cars, allowing for less overhead (cheaper insurance than accident-proned human drivers, and no more paychecks to drivers)? This article presents the most thorough train of thought regarding these changes, and brings some non-traditional points of discussion into the conversation.
2. 5 MAJOR WAYS FREELANCERS WILL CHANGE THE ECONOMY BY 2040 - Did you realize that 34% of our current workforce is comprised of freelancers? This project-based phenomena in the world of work has been something I've been tracking for the last 3+ years, and the stats are more alarming each year. One of the biggest, and most consistent implications of a more project-based economy, as pointed out in this article, is that everyone will truly be responsible for her/his success. While that sounds obvious, the current systems and structures we've relied on for decades (i.e. upward promotions, retirement plans, domain expertise, etc.) will not necessarily be the standards of our impending economy. The future is up for grabs, which excites me to no end.
3. How to Write: A Year in Advice from Franzen, King, Hosseini, and More - Since I've always liked the idea of writing to taste life twice, but struggle with literary malnutrition (e.g. I rarely actually write anything), I found this article to be particularly encouraging. As the tagline of the article suggests, this consists of, "highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love."
4. 7 Events That Can Rock America In September - Since it's pretty easy to miss some major news amidst the typical shock & awe tactics employed by the media, I appreciated the brevity of this informative listicle. For similar reasons, I love Forekast, as it displays important events around the globe, on a daily list-based calendar.
5. The World's 16 Best Cities for Design - Anyone who knows me knows that I am a design fanatic. I love design in all forms, whether that be graphic design, industrial design, product design, and most certainly civic design. It's one of the reasons I love travel, and the main reason I posted this article about the world's first crowdfunded bridge. I am fascinated by the local color that cities personify, especially when citizens take an intentional approach to representing their culture within its physical confines.
*Leon Bridges - River | A Take Away Show - Consider this video a "bonus" addition to this post. I've been listening to this guy's album a lot since it first released, and this is definitely one of my favorite songs from it. Also, if you're not familiar with Take Away Shows by La Blogoteque, do yourself a favor and look up the ones featuring Lianne La Havas, Local Natives, and Beirut. You're welcome.