September Reading is the third of a hopefully new feature on this blog that only I read.
For those of you unaware, each month I begin a new post as a draft and add links to articles and content that I enjoyed reading throughout the month. I’ll include a link with some light commentary in a category (Politics, Environment, User Experience, etc).
You can view an archive of all of the Monthly Reading posts by clicking or tapping that giant button below:
- Not sure if this belongs in Politics or in a whole new section for Design, but there’s a great article about Typography and the 2020 Democrats.
- I asked around for suggestions on a travel-ready facilitator kit for user / customer workshops. It’s finally assembled and was put to the test at a workshop in Chicago that went off without a hitch. The lone downside? Getting stopped at TSA checkpoints because it looks like a gun case.
- Upcoming Firefox update will decrease power usage on macOS by up to three times. I am a really, really big fan of Firefox. I went almost 100% Safari for personal use/iOS lock-in, but recently gave Firefox another look. I’d say my browsing is now about 50/50 between the two, and I’m really looking forward to shifting that percentage a little more into Firefox’s favor the more I use it.
- Here’s a useful Python script to automatically check you in to a Southwest Airlines flight exactly 24 hours before you’re scheduled to depart. I’m not a huge fan of Southwest, but there are some routes that the combination of direct flight + schedule make me question my Delta loyalty (as in, I’m not going to fly to Atlanta only to end up in Chicago).
- It looks like Apple is shooting for a 5G iPhone in 2020, which makes sense for a few reasons: 1. It gives the networks another year to get ready for the crush of U.S. traffic congestion; and 2. It allows Apple to start building out their 5G supply chain at scale to keep BOM costs within their desired GP%.
- First Evidence That Offshore Wind Farms Are Changing the Oceans. Finally, some good news, as wind turbines can support vast colonies of marine species in areas where they were previously rare.
- My kids and I had a driveway moment when NPR’s All Things Considered interviewed climate activist Greta Thunberg. She’s 100% right: The United States has a moral obligation to lead on Climate Change because other nations won’t budge until we do.
- JPMorgan created a special index to measure Trump tweets’ impact on the market. I’ve long thought that he was engaging in market manipulation – specifically around the tariffs in China. My hypothesis was that he was using this opportunity to enrich himself, his family, and his friends. I bet I’m right.
- Crash Course: How Boeing’s Managerial Revolution Created the 737 Max Disaster is a fantastic look at what will no doubt be a hot Business School topic for decades to come. Here’s the lede:
- Nearly two decades before Boeing’s MCAS system crashed two of the plane-maker’s brand-new 737 MAX jets, Stan Sorscher knew his company’s increasingly toxic mode of operating would create a disaster of some kind. A long and proud “safety culture” was rapidly being replaced, he argued, with “a culture of financial bullshit, a culture of groupthink.”
- It should come as no surprise to anyone that white American families have an iron grasp on wealth.
- It will end up costing the U.S. economy as much as $1 trillion between now and 2028 for the nation to maintain its longstanding black-white racial wealth gap, according to a report released this month from the global consultancy firm McKinsey & Company.