What I read in August 2021

I read a number of novels this month so you might want to check out these reviews:

What I chose for my 2023 Digital Planner

This post is quite late but I’d rather post it late than let it sit with the other I-should-have-posted-these-drafts in my folder of regrets. After setting my 10-year goals (or skill plan), it’s time to write about the digital planner-journal I’ve chosen for 2023–something that will satisfy my need for finishing quick tasks and crossing…

Reacting to Syme’s Playlist: Jaz a Decade of Us

Exchanging playlists every year has become a tradition for us and it surprised me when he told me we have been doing it since the 8GB flash drive became a thing. What? Playlist Title: Jaz A Decade of Us He says: rightfully titled coz it’s been more than ten years since we met at WCC’s…

Recalibration: Setting my 10-year Goals

The beginning of the year often signals a reset for many people so a number of us are prone to creating resolutions we aim to abide by (at least in the first three months of the year) or goals that we want to achieve. This behavior subjects us to the marketing strategies of journal and…

As for the articles:

Will artificial intelligence be a marketer’s new best friend or foe? (Forbes)

What is it about: The benefits and downsides of AI in marketing.

What I think about it: As of the moment, Artificial Intelligence is a tool and it is only as good as the ones who wield it. The sooner we realize that labeling it a foe because of our mistake, the better. It is the same with “beating the algorithm.” What these labels do is shift the blame and mindset of people from the things they lack or they don’t do. Who could blame them when mainstream media always paint AI in bad light.

Machine Learning Algorithm | Algorithm design, Machine learning, Algorithm

A better understanding of keywords, cybersecurity, and algorithm could perhaps assuage people’s resistance against AI.

The case for a shorter workweek (BBC)

What is it about: According to some research, cutting the number of hours employees are supposed to work in a day can help boost productivity and efficiency.

What I think about it: I do observe Parkinson’s Law in the workplace but I also know that a number of employees do not subscribe to being treated like machines. In the beginning, a shorter workweek would be welcomed with open arms but after a while, a new problem would arise e.g. the amount of work done isn’t justified by the amount of money spent or that deadlines are too rigid and inhumane. There have been issues with employees not meeting deadlines and that’s with 8 hours of work per day. Work-life balance has been a prevalent concern for decades so it is about time we examine this problem from a different angle and perhaps that human beings are social animals have to be taken into consideration as well. Cutting work hours will not stop people from gossiping or cyberloafing.

Why does quitting your job still feel so hard? (BBC)

What is it about: The article shares the different implications quitting a job has and how it affects people’s mentality.

What I think about it: Some devote their lives to their jobs and that is something to be proud of. But realizing that your job isn’t your life is also a remarkable feat. Finding that balance between loving your job and staying in your comfort zone is challenging for anyone. Gambling one’s stability for the sake of a “better-future” is frowned upon simply because not everybody can do it.

How to fight microplastic pollution with magnets (BBC)

What is it about: Ferrofluid is a breakthrough created to attract microplastic from our water sources.

What I think about it: The title can be misleading but I guess changing it to “How to attract microplastic pollution with vegetable oil mixed with iron oxide powder and subsequently attracted by a magnet” seems tacky and pretty much a giveaway. It’s a good read though and can bring hope to those who worry about the ocean.

I don’t have any book review scheduled in September nor October so far so I’m going to look for other stuff to review. Ciao.


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