In the pursuit of effective real-time business communication, context is everything

Maintaining work-life balance is a frequent theme in the modern world that is a direct result of incredible advances in personal technology and mass adoption of those tools. High availability to corporate networks break down the formal walls that once separated work from home. Continue reading “In the pursuit of effective real-time business communication, context is everything”

Respect the Culture: How to eat sushi and sashimi without embarrassing yourself

I’m spoiled. About a mile from my house is a wonderful Japanese restaurant called Tokyo Sushi Loha. We call it “Rock and Roll Sushi” because of the loud music pumped in to entertain hordes of college students living in the immediate vicinity. You’d think catering to that clientele it might be a little lower down on the quality scale, but you’d be wrong. Proprietor Kenny is a world-class sushi chef that demands the very best from his staff. Continue reading “Respect the Culture: How to eat sushi and sashimi without embarrassing yourself”

How Google is hacking work-life balance for its employees and for the rest of humanity

Writing at Harvard Business Review, Google’s SVP of People Operations discusses how Google is hacking the serious issue of work-life balance. Google has always been known to rely heavily on analysis for making decisions (sometimes to a fault). The reason that Google offers the amazing perks to employees—from amazing free food to free onsite physicians, … Continue reading How Google is hacking work-life balance for its employees and for the rest of humanity

Consistently working longer hours is a recipe for disaster, not a sensible business plan for a startup

Nathan Pensky wrote an excellent piece for PandoDaily examining the fallacy that long hours are a requirement for success in the tech startup world mythology. As he illustrates, most tech workers wear the lifestyle of “[l]ong hours, bad food, poor job security” like a badge of honor. The truth is that startup culture is really … Continue reading Consistently working longer hours is a recipe for disaster, not a sensible business plan for a startup

Valley Fever: Occupational hazard for archaeologists, farm workers and construction professionals

Cocci, a fungus that lives in the top layers of arid soil, is responsible for a serious respiratory illness known as Valley Fever. Humans contract the disease when disturbing soil in dry areas causes the mold to release its spores. According to Discover, due to the nature of their work, archaeologists are often susceptible to … Continue reading Valley Fever: Occupational hazard for archaeologists, farm workers and construction professionals

Beware the toxic chemicals emitted during 3D printer use

Not good. Home 3D printers – particularly FDM, Makerbot-like devices – are still in their infancy and, as such, are untested when it comes to safety. That’s why some researchers at the Built Environment Research Group at the Illinois Institute of Technology decided to test a popular model for ultrafine particle emissions, a measure of … Continue reading Beware the toxic chemicals emitted during 3D printer use