* “The forgotten survivors of AIDS,” a shocking and moving story, or rather set of stories, that you should probably not read if you’re at work.
* “Andy: Introduction to High Output Management,” a book I haven’t read but that’s on the list.
* “The Risk I Will Not Take” by Michael Bloomberg, a moment of useful nobility in a presidential race that has on one side been unusually tawdry.
* “The Spiritual Shape of Political Ideas,” excellent throughout, and the next section is related to the quote above:
Our social and political life is awash in unconsciously held Christian ideas broken from the theology that gave them meaning, and it’s hungry for the identification of sinners—the better to prove the virtue of the accusers and, perhaps especially, to demonstrate the sociopolitical power of the accusers. Moreover, in our curious transformation from an honor culture into a full-fledged fame culture over the past century, we have only recently discovered that fame proves just as fragile as honor ever was, a discovery hurried along by the lightning speed of the Internet. Twitter and Facebook may or may not be able to make someone famous, but they can certainly make someone infamous in the blink of an eye. And because sinners’ apologies never receive the same publicity as their sins, the Internet both casts its targets from the temple and leaves them out there, lost among the profanities.
* The average “writer” makes £11,000 a year (well under $20,000), and other items of note in this piece. Short version: Don’t attempt to be a writer! Be a “something else” who also writes.
* “What planet is Young Thug from?“, a different piece than the sort of fare usually posted here.
* “Big solar is heading for boom times in the US.” More good energy news.
* “There has never been a better time to take a long-term view and use technology to solve major problems, and we’ve never needed the solutions more than we do right now.” See also my Grant Writing Confidential post on how to turn that general advice into specific funding: “Should your startup seek Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants?“