Geekbook 3.1 | Trove Edition

Welcome to Geekbook —  The Trove looks back at the past week or so, highlighting particular stories and articles, primarily from the digital media and online marketing & design industries, that have captured my attention and compelled me to read on. Subscribe here to receive Geekbook via e-mail.


  • How Facebook’s Timeline Was Born: Get a peek into the Facebook ‘labs’ and listen as Nicholas Felton as he describes the creative process that went into Facebook’s Timeline. It’s amazing to hear him talk through the sequence of events from his creation of the idea to Facebook’s implementation of it. — Fast Company
  • Financial Times Editor on Digital Transition: As the newspapers and the rest of the media industry continue to work through major industry changes, this piece was particularly interesting. Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times talked with The Guardian about his plans to tackle this digital revolution. With a combination of a production changes, a strategic change of direction for the international editions, and staff cuts, he walks through his plans to get through it all. — The Guardian
  • The Unfair Stigmatization of Digital Notetaking: Up until about a year ago I still primarily used a notebook to take notes at meetings, etc. However, now I find myself bringing my Mac or iPad to meetings and taking notes directly in Google Docs or Evernote. I confess to chronic multitasking when taking notes this way, but is that fair these days? Alexandra Samuel provides her experiences and insights here. — Harvard Business Review
  • When Will the Internet Reach Its Limit: As the number of connected devices increases immensely from year to year, is there a point where the Internet will break? Larry Greenemeier at Scientific American looks at indicators that we’re reaching a limit,  and walks through some interesting (read: geeky) ways to increase its limits. This is a pertinent topic and it’s nice to know someone is thinking about a solution. — Scientific American
  • First the media gets disrupted, then comes the education industry: Being in the middle of the digital media revolution our focus tends to be on newspapers, publications, and media. However, Mathew Ingram’s story here looks at another area that is primed for disruption: education. In a conversation with Harvard business professor, Clay Christensen, he talks about how the availability of high-quality online learning could be a game-changer. Mathew provides links to other articles that dig into this topic even further. — GigaOm

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Trove – 4 Things Worth Reading

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‘Trove’ is a weekly compilation of stories and articles that have captured my attention and compelled me to read on.

Happy reading!

  • Parent Health Care and Modern Medicine’s Obsession With Longevity – The era of medical miracles has created a new phase of aging, as far from living as it is from dying. A son’s plea to let his mother go. | New York Magazine
  • In Defense of the Faculty Lounge –  A defense of the faculty lounge, that magical idea factory that has become, in the current presidential campaign, an object of unexpected derision.| Bloomberg
  • Why Women Still Can’t Have It All – It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change. | Anne-Marie Slaughter – The Atlantic
  • How Texas Inflicts Bad Textbooks on Us – No matter where you live, if your children go to public schools, the textbooks they use were very possibly written under Texas influence.| Gail Collins, The New York Review of Books

Something Awesome:

  • A Story for Tomorrow: A Cinematic Meditation on the Human Condition | Brain Pickings

Trove – 4 Things Worth Reading

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Supreme Court (Photo credit: afagen)

‘Trove’ is a compilation of stories and articles that have captured my attention and compelled me to read on.

This week we explore a lengthy piece taking us through the origins of the Citizens United case up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision. Next a couple of Mother Jones stories – one about military veterans, exposed to poisoned water at their base, and how their illnesses may help greatly advance breast cancer research; the second story, a tragic and compelling look at one steel plant’s dangerous history and the systemic concerns in the industry’s safety system. To finish things up, Diane Ravitch continues her aggressive defense of the public school system, countering reports and officials who find it to be a threat to national security.

Happy reading!

Trove – 4 Things Worth Reading

‘Trove’ is a weekly compilation of stories and articles that have captured my attention and compelled me to read on.

Friends cast in first season. Front: Cox, Anis...

Friends cast in first season. Front: Cox, Aniston. Back: LeBlanc, Kudrow, Schwimmer, Perry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Typically I do 5 stories, however I’m only halfway through a long read, which I’m certain will be in next week’s Trove.

This week we go on a tough journey as a woman struggles through her husband’s rare form of dementia…the end of this is beautiful. Next we read a lecture by a string theorist in which he offers his thoughts on the complementary natures of science and the liberal arts…I struggled with this one at first, as, I suppose one tends to when dealing with string theorists, but it ended up in the Trove, as I enjoyed weaving through his thought process. Then we look at an old one I pulled out of the archives as it is complementary to a book I’m reading. This is an amazing piece, which explores the foundations of human personality, what we’re born with and what is developed by our culture; how kids of similar traits can end up so wildly different in the end. This is interesting stuff! Finally, a fabulous interview with the characters of ‘Friends’ as they look back at their magical ten year run. To hear the actors talk now about the show, which ended eight years ago, I feel lucky to have experienced it. They really were friends and it’s amazing how it all came together.

Happy reading!

  • A Rare Form of Dementia Tests a Vow of ‘for Better, for Worse’ | NYTimes.com
  • On the Universality of Creativity in the Liberal Arts and in the Sciences | On Being Blog
  • The Science of Success – The Atlantic
  • Friends Oral History: Inside the Ratings Juggernaut’s Secret Past | Vanity Fair

Trove – 5 Things Worth Reading

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English: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, during his European Tour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Trove’ is a weekly compilation of stories and articles that have captured my attention and compelled me to read on.

I didn’t get much reading done this week…enough though, to cobble together this week’s list; which appears to heavily favor New York publications. This week we hear from Paul Krugman, who always makes things sound so easy; we continue on last week’s climate change thread, by looking at some strange and scary fixes that could become a reality if things don’t change soon; an insightful look into the history of our higher education system and how colleges fight to balance the need to make money and provide high quality education, with the need to keep tuition from becoming even more out of reach; an amazing, sad, and brave story of a woman who experienced tragedy and went through a unique transition to put her family’s life back together; and finally, as Facebook grapples with their IPO troubles, a great journey through Mark Zuckerberg’s growth as CEO and how his leadership style is turning Wall Street upside-down…Happy reading!

Trove – 5 Things Worth Reading

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Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys at Brixton Academy – 05/09/07 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Trove’ is a weekly compilation of stories and articles that have captured my attention and compelled me to read on.

This week we look at the review of a recent study shedding new light on how social interactions underlie the evolution of intelligence; a recent Nature report that compares the productivity of industrial and organic agriculture; a look into the life of the kid who, in 2007, became the first person to ‘unlock’ the iPhone and who went on to perform similar feats on Sony’s PS3; a book which explores how human culture and lifestyle manipulate our internal clocks, causing ‘social jet-lag’; and finally, a look back at Adam Yauch’s life, how The Beastie Boys impacted music, and how they impacted us…Happy reading!

  • How social interaction and teamwork led to human intelligence | ScienceDaily
  • Time to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Industrial Agriculture? | Mother Jones
  • George Hotz, Sony, and the Anonymous Hacker Wars | The New Yorker
  • Cuckoo | New York Magazine
  • MCA, Kid Forever: How the Beastie Boys United Us by Never Growing Up – Jack Hamilton | The Atlantic

Trove – 5 Things Worth Reading

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Arianna Huffington attending the premiere of The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Trove’ is a weekly compilation of stories and articles that have captured my attention and compelled me to read on. This week we look at theoretical physics and how government spending has impacted its progress over the last 50 years, The Huffington Post’s origins and implications for the future of news, technology’s effects on culture and if the Internet is any different, a woman’s powerful journey through infertility, and finally, a psychologist’s insight into our dwindling rate of personal conversations. Happy reading!

  • The Crisis of Big Science by Steven Weinberg – A look at government spending has impacted efforts to find the origins of the universe | The New York Review of Books
  • Six degrees of aggregation – How The Huffington Post ate the Internet | Columbia Journalism Review
  • The Call of the Future by Tom Vanderbilt – “Today we worry about the social effects of the Internet. A century ago, it was the telephone that threatened to reinvent society.” | The Wilson Quarterly
  • Yearning for Conception: The Art of Waiting – A woman’s insightful journey through infertility | Orion Magazine
  • The Flight From Conversation – Sherry Turkle, author, most recently, of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other | NYTimes.com