Friday links roundup.

July 13th, 2007

Brace yourselves, people. Talkin’ about some serious clearing of decks here.

First, a couple of follow-ups:

–> A couple of months ago I wrote a post on the “ethic of waste” that pervades too much of our consumer culture. As far as I recall I came up with that particular phrasing, but the idea has much wider currency. This TreeHugger item quotes extensively from a Sierra magazine piece that talks about “an economy of waste.” Well worth reading, as it reminds us that it wasn’t so long ago — World War II — that our grandparents willingly changed their ways to take on a societal threat. We need to do the same thing again now.

–> A couple of weeks ago, I linked to a New York Times piece in which Michael Pollan talks about how our “farm” policy (which is really food policy) helps to foster the widespread obesity from which the nation suffers. The other day I got an e-mail from the estimable Dan Markovitz — he of the lean-management expertise — pointing to a post of his in the same vein: “The Obesity Epidemic, Part II”. Well worth reading. (Actually, just take that as a summary verdict for Dan’s blog in general.)

Now for the roundup of new stuff:

–> Part of the reason I like Dan M.’s blog so much is that he so often writes posts that make me say, “Man, I wish I had written that.” Case in point . . .

You Have Too Much Time On Your Hands. Really.

I agree with this article so much it hurts me. Physical pain, I tell you! Honestly, I don’t know anyone for whom this article doesn’t apply — either because they’ve already acted upon the reality of Parkinson’s Law and reduced their own suffering, or because they still haven’t internalized the Law and therefore they continue to suffer from work overwhelm. Dan’s article is suggestive rather than exhaustive — you could go into much more detail on the subject if you cared to — but it does a great job of getting at the essence of the problem.

I’ll be writing more about this topic in a series of posts I’ve been drafting on information overload, the besetting sin of the modern workplace. But for now let me say that you could do far worse than to start with Dan’s post, accept it on faith even if you don’t yet admit all the details of it, and then proceed here (if I do say so myself). You might just change your life.

–> “The Best Climate Change Websites” Thank you, Alex — simple and useful. (Particularly good: “How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic” from Grist.)

–> A great idea for presentations and beyond: Hara hachi bu.

–> Do yourself a favor: unclutter your life. Here’s the short version.

–> But whatever you do, don’t hurry.

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