Did you know that mnemonic memory techniques are 2,500 years old? Their origin is a legend, passed along by Cicero. Greek poet Simonides (c.556-c.468 BC) demonstrated a feat of recall that jumpstarted the theory. He had attended a banquet, where he presented a poem. Afterwards, he went outside, which saved him when the roof collapsed, killing the other […]
Crooked Timber has started an online seminar (think of it as a non-geographically or time-based book club discussion) of Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. You can download PDFs of the book or order it from Amazon.
Poynter’s “Web Tips” this week features Tara Calishain, who writes an awesome blog that focuses on web research and search. She now has a book, Web Search Garage, that Poynter “recommend(s) to journalists, writers, and researchers. Here’s what it promises: ‘If you thought that Internet searching was just about plugging in a couple of terms […]
Do “time-saving devices” really save us time? Paul Andrews, technology columnist with The Seattle Times, ponders this question as he examines Take Back Your Time, edited by Seattle’s John de Graaf. Amazon; Powell’s.
Authors Clayton Christensen and Michael Raynor have penned a sequal to Christensen’s 1997 book, The Innovator’s Dilemma. The first chapter of The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth , follows AT&T’s search for new identity post-breakup, a $50 billion exercise, according to reviewer Leslie Walker at the Washington Post. Amazon; Powell’s.