05 May 2010

What I'm Reading

Aside from going through PILES of email post-vacation (see my post below on information overload and yes, I really do unplug completely - there's been no electronic communication from me for almost two weeks)...
  • Which came first - the metrics or the strategies?
  • Jamie Notter talks about the missing link (in strategic planning) and why it's killing us (and costing us a lot of money to boot).
  • Shelly Alcorn has completed her Associations At Risk series, and you should really check them all out if you haven't already.
  • I understand that Mark Zuckerberg thinks that privacy is dead, but seriously, WTF is wrong with FB
  • To post that update or not? Take this simple test.
  • 8 Key Elements for Online Communities:  how many do you have?
  • Build a better FAQ page (and yes, you still need one).
  • Researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center have come up with some tools to help tame the Twitter beast.
  • The Wall Street Journal now has Foursquare badges.  Yes really.  I think that is the definition of going mainstream.
  • 21 ways to become a Facebook Page ninja.
  • Respond to that negative post or not?  Trust the flyboys at the Air Force to come up with a simple flow chart to help you figure it out.
  • While on vacation I re-read Women Who Eat (seemed apropos since I was heading to New Orleans) and finished Dancing in the Streets (again, given that I was going to the land of doing just that, the timing seemed very good, although I was left puzzling over why Barbara Ehrenreich completely ignored music festivals in her otherwise excellent analysis).  
  • I also read Zeitoun, Dave Eggers' searing non-fiction account of the terrible injustices suffered by Syrian-American New Orleanian Abdulrahman Zeitoun in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  As if the death and destruction caused by the storm weren't bad enough, the private security contractors and National Guard troops called in to "help" basically went apeshit and completely disregarded people's civil rights and even common human decency and common sense.  The HBO series Treme has been alluding to what happened in the David M. Brooks storyline, but if you read this book - and trust me, you should - you will be shocked that such things could take place in America. The Zeitouns have set up a foundation to use the proceeds from the book and additional donations to benefit a variety of of excellent causes.
  • On a lighter note, I nearly completed Imbibe!, David Wondrich's reissue of "Professor" Jerry Thomas's seminal 1928 guide to cocktails. I learned three key things:  2-to-1 simple syrup (rather than the more traditional 1-to-1) make a HUGE difference, people used to drink a LOT more than we do now (even when "now" constitutes two weeks of vacation in New Orleans), and you go through a lot fewer bags smashing up your ice if you use canvas rather than plastic.


1 comment:

Hecate said...

Dancing in the Streets (again, given that I was going to the land of doing just that, the timing seemed very good, although I was left puzzling over why Barbara Ehrenreich completely ignored music festivals in her otherwise excellent analysis).


V, v important work, IMHO. She did cover rock concerts, but, you're right, not music festivals. You should email her so that they get into the revised edition.