Archive for September, 2006

Book Club: A Short History of Nearly Everything

I just finished a fantastic book by Bill Bryson that was written a couple of years ago. (What can I say, I am a little behind on my reading list.)

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bryson takes on the enormous task of explaining the entire universe and our attempts at understanding it in an entertaining and easily accessible manner. Remarkably he succeeds.

This book is fascinating and hysterical at the same time. Bryson uses nickel and dime words to explain complex scientific observations and theories. He touches on a vast range of scientific topics from the beginning of the universe, to biology, geography, and black holes.

Some of the most engrossing and comical aspects of the book are descriptions of the scientists and their centuries long quest to uncover the mysteries of nature. The drama, eccentricities, stolen ideas, and feuds are simply unbelievable.

It struck me while reading this how little we really know and how recently we uncovered what we do know. The book was written in 2004 and already some of the items discussed have been turned on their heads.

The scope of this book is too broad to get terribly deep or completely accurate about any one topic, but that is not why one reads this book. This book is a written by a layman for laymen and it is a great place to get an extraordinarily entertaining overview of nearly everything.

How to get promoted when you work from home

One of the dangers of working from home is that it is more difficult to move your career forward. “Out of sight, Out of mind” often applies to telecommuters. What options are available to the upwardly mobile teleworker? How do you set yourself up for promotion when the odds are stacked against you?

I’m glad you asked. It turns out that the steps that are necessary to get promoted when you work from home are the same as those that are necessary to get promoted when you work in an office. Like everything else however, the telecommuter must work smarter.

Here are the 3 steps to getting promoted:
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New Web Site: Web Worker Daily

Om Malik of GigaOm recently introduded a new website called Web Worker Daily.

This site is going to highlight the lifestyle, work habits and technology of the mobile web workforce or the Web Bedouin as they call it.

The lead writer is Jackson West and he seems to have a nice readable style. I will be keeping an eye on them to see how much they cover issues facing home office workers. However, if you find yourself outside of the home office a lot, you should check them out too.

Welcome to the neighborhood!