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cabinporn:

As kids, books like The Visual Dictionary and David Macaulay’s The Way Things Work were our most-prized possessions.  We’d spend hours pouring over insect classifications or a cutaway diagram of a combustion engine.
The Visual Handbook for Building and Remodeling ($23) is like that, but for grown ups: 600 pages of detailed color illustrations covering everything from timber frame joints to span & load calculation tables to sun path charts for optimizing passive solar heating in your cabin.

If only I was practical…
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cabinporn:

As kids, books like The Visual Dictionary and David Macaulay’s The Way Things Work were our most-prized possessions.  We’d spend hours pouring over insect classifications or a cutaway diagram of a combustion engine.

The Visual Handbook for Building and Remodeling ($23) is like that, but for grown ups: 600 pages of detailed color illustrations covering everything from timber frame joints to span & load calculation tables to sun path charts for optimizing passive solar heating in your cabin.

If only I was practical…

futuramb:

Clayton Christensen and Michael B Horn: Online Education as an Agent of Transformation - NYTimes.com

Like steam, online education is a disruptive innovation — one that introduces more convenient and affordable products or services that over time transform sectors. Yet many bricks-and-mortar colleges are making the same mistake as the once-dominant tall ships: they offer online courses but are not changing the existing model. They are not saving students time and money, the essential steps to disruption. And though their approach makes sense in the short term, it leaves them vulnerable as students gravitate toward less expensive colleges.

ibmsocialbiz:

6 rules for creating content that resonates with busy C-Suite execs

  • Drive credibility with hard fact. Data based on peer-based insights and stories adds to  credibility.
  • Provide timely information on issues that matter. There needs to be a “so what” that is up to the minute on topics relevant to the executive’s business, role, and current challenges.
  • Summarize, summarize, summarize. Deliver your ideas with targeted summaries and succinct points, where the bottom-line ideas and actions are easy to extract and consume.
  • Channel matters. Content has to be easy to access everywhere— during a flight when they are on the iPad, after dinner with a printed paper, or while waiting for a meeting when they have two minutes to watch a video.
  • Push beyond common wisdom and top-of-mind trends. Present a provocative vision for future possibilities. Executives seek intriguing, surprising, or useful ideas that highlight future opportunities in areas that tie to their greatest business challenges.
  • Be strategic, not technical. Executives care about how they can solve business problems and enhance revenue and profit. They are not interested in reading about technologies and products — those are only a means to the end and are readily delegated to others to review and purchase.

(via Designing Your Content Plan to Speak to the C-Suite - Business 2 Community)

Data is the pollution problem of the information age. All computer processes produce it. It stays around. How we deal with it—how we reuse and recycle it, who has access to it, how we dispose of it, and what laws regulate it—is central to how the information age functions. And I believe that just as we look back at the early decades of the industrial age and wonder how society could ignore pollution in their rush to build an industrial world, our grandchildren will look back at us during these early decades of the information age and judge us on how we dealt with the rebalancing of power resulting from all this new data.
The Battle for Power on the Internet - Bruce Schneier - The Atlantic (via fred-wilson)
The No. 1 challenge in building a great company is understanding yourself. Most companies reflect the strengths and weaknesses of their founders. Those that are more mindful of their own strengths and weaknesses tend to build more balanced businesses.

Albert Wenger, in Financial Post interview, ahead of Oct 23rd fireside chat in Toronto.

http://business.financialpost.com/2013/10/21/how-the-internet-changed-the-venture-capital-landscape-albert-wenger/

(via wmougayar)

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