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Five ways to avoid ever forgetting to pack something again
September 1, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | DOMINI CLARK.

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
If you haven’t travelled for some time, turn to the pros – which in this case means apps that help you pack. One to try is Packr, which generates a detailed list once you provide information such as your gender (male or female), whether the trip is for business or leisure, what activities you will be participating in (such as hiking, photography or formal dinner) and accommodation type (including cruise).

DIY LIST
Of course, we all have particular tastes and needs, so investing the time to create your own list might be worth it. If you’re a hard copy sort of person, create a multi-use grid-type version with items in the first column, followed by multiple columns for your “done" checkmarks. This style works particularly well in bullet journals.

NEVER UNPACK
Not completely, at least. If you have duplicates of certain items, simply keep them in your suitcase (after you’ve laundered them, if applicable) so they’re always ready to go. Some suggestions: an old bathing suit, a spare phone charger, basic toiletries, an umbrella, ear plugs and an empty water bottle. (This is an excellent use of all that free branded stuff you get at conferences and trade shows.)

VISUAL CUES
For things you can’t spare to keep stowed away, create visual cues. An eyeglass case reminds contact-lens wearers to pack a backup pair. A shoe bag makes sure you don’t forget heels. Other ideas include a jewellery roll, labelled packing cubes (underwear, shirts, etc) and your camera instruction manual (assuming you’re not using it regularly).

LEARN FROM DOING
Inevitably on some trip you will wish you had brought some item it had never occurred to you to pack before. Nail clippers, for instance, or perhaps a clothespin (great for keeping curtains closed). When that happens update your packing list straight away if possible, or set a reminder task to do so when you return home. Even better, toss one in before the bag goes back in the closest so it’s there for next time.
DIY  lists  lessons_learned  mobile_applications  packing  travel  tips  visual_cues 
5 weeks ago by jerryking
David McCullough’s History Lessons
April 14, 2017 | WSJ | By Alexandra Wolfe.

David McCullough thinks that the country isn’t in such bad shape. It’s all relative, says the 83-year-old historian and author of such books as the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies “Truman” (1992) and “John Adams” (2001). He points to the Civil War, for instance, when the country lost 2% of its population—that would be more than six million people today—or the flu pandemic of 1918, when more than 500,000 Americans died. “Imagine that on the nightly news,” he says.

History gives us a sense of proportion, he says: “It’s an antidote to a lot of unfortunately human trends like self-importance and self-pity.”.....see history “as an aid to navigation in such troubled, uncertain times,”.....[McCullough] thought back to something that the playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder had said while a fellow at Yale during Mr. McCullough’s undergraduate days. When Wilder heard a good story and wished to see it on the stage, he wrote the play himself. When he wanted to read a book about an interesting event, he wrote it himself.....Even today, Mr. McCullough doesn’t use a computer for research or writing. He still goes to libraries and archives to find primary sources and writes on a typewriter. ...History, he adds, is “often boiled down to statistics and dates and quotations that make it extremely boring.” The key to generating interest, he says, is for professors and teachers to frame history as stories about people.
archives  authors  biographies  Civil_War  contextual  David_McCullough  DIY  flu_outbreaks  Harry_Truman  historians  history  John_Adams  libraries  self-importance  self-pity  sense_of_proportion  storytelling  Pulitzer_Prize 
april 2017 by jerryking
Steven A. Cohen’s Newest Bet: Do-It-Yourself Computer Traders - WSJ
By BRADLEY HOPE
July 27, 2016

Steven A. Cohen is betting as much as as $250 million that mechanical engineers and nuclear scientists can come up with market-beating mathematical models in their spare time. He's investing in a hedge fund launched by Boston investment firm Quantopian that provides money to do-it-yourself traders who come up with the best computerized investing methods, giving a share of any profits to the creators.

Mr. Cohen, chief executive officer of Point72 Asset Management LP, is also making an undisclosed investment in Quantopian itself through his family-office venture arm Point72 Ventures.

The billionaire’s new commitments are part of a broader push in the money- management world to embrace quantitative investing, which relies mainly on math-based models to bet on statistical relationships or patterns in stocks, bonds options, futures or currencies......Point72 Asset Management oversees the personal wealth of Mr. Cohen, his family and employees. It already has an internal team devoted to computer-driven trading strategies......Quantopian says it has 85,000 users signed up from 180 countries who have created more than 400,000 algorithms on the company’s free web-based platform. So far, the firm has only selected 10 of those to trade a few hundred thousand dollars on behalf of Quantopian. The platform is only for U.S. equities trading so far, but Quantopian plans to expand to other asset classes.
algorithms  quantitative  Wall_Street  Steven_Cohen  beat_the_market  hedge_funds  DIY  SAC_Capital  money_management  investing  Point72  asset_classes  family_office 
july 2016 by jerryking
Rust Belt revival: Lessons for southwest Ontario from America’s industrial heartland - The Globe and Mail
ADAM RADWANSKI
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jan. 16 2015

Not all the start-ups and emerging businesses in Grand Rapids are as sexy. Some are tied to auto parts and office furniture, the traditional manufacturing around which Grand Rapids was built. Others are in communications technology or health sciences. Notwithstanding some growing financial-services companies, they tend to fit into the region’s proud history of making things.

As the Brookings Institute’s Vey notes, that tradition – and the accompanying institutional knowledge and infrastructure – can help Rust Belt cities take advantage of the current “maker’s movement,” in which a DIY culture makes the manufacturing market accessible to small enterprises.
revitalization  rust_belt  Southwestern_Ontario  industrial_Midwest  economic_development  institutional_knowledge  Pittsburgh  urban  urban_decline  philanthropy  cities  DIY  entrepreneurship  start_ups  manufacturers  Makerspace  Colleges_&_Universities 
january 2015 by jerryking
John Telesphore Bart
OCTOBER 1, 2014 | G&M | John Telesphore Bart
obituaries  Ivey  howto  shareholder_activism  RMC  alumni  DIY 
october 2014 by jerryking
The CRTC needs to start thinking outside the idiot box - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Sep. 27 2014,

...Watching CRTC commissioners questioning cable-company executives and other stakeholders about whether Canadians should be able to choose which channels they pay for made it painfully clear that the commission’s usefulness is being outstripped by technology. ..The new scarce resource is not bandwidth, but viewers. Broadcasters and cable carriers that once had captive markets now compete with Netflix, Youtube and other Internet-based services that exist outside CRTC regulations. These newcomers, including millions of people producing and posting their own content, from Vines to videos, are stealing viewers and changing Canadians’ habits.....the reason why the CRTC still talks "television" – is because it remains the only avenue for Canada’s heavily regulated broadcasters and cable companies to hold onto their current revenue streams while they buy time and figure out what their next move should be. The CRTC’s most critical role – ensuring Canada’s stories are told, as required under the Broadcasting Act – has lately transmogrified from obliging broadcasters to produce Canadian content, and making sure the cable companies prioritize it, to something a little less noble: namely, temporarily protecting Canadian companies from the stateless, unregulated, market-driven onslaught of the Internet....There are significant advances coming down the pipe that are going to get here faster than the end of your next two-year cable contract. This is where the CRTC should be focusing its energies. The future is not “pick-and-pay”; the future is fibre-optic Internet in every home that is magnitudes faster than the current co-axial standard, and which will become the backbone of the digital economy.... The future is not limiting access or enforcing nationalistic content rules; the future is more border-ignoring services with more content than ever, some of which will inevitably be Canadian. The future is asking the question, Do we need a national television broadcaster, or would we be better off subsidizing a national content producer that sells its programming to the highest bidder? Or produces it with a taxpayer subsidy – and then instead of broadcasting via a traditional TV channel, simply posts it online for anyone to watch on Youtube and other sites?

Talking about TV – about pick-and-pay and basic packages and Canadian content – is at best a distraction while the future barrels down on us.
Netflix  Canada  CRTC  streaming  data  roaming  CATV  television  scarcity  statelessness  bandwidth  Youtube  future  Vine  content  DIY  bite-sized 
september 2014 by jerryking
To hire without using ads or recruiters - genius or folly? - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 28 2013 | The Globe and Mail | SUSAN SMITH.

That’s the challenge faced by Wojciech Gryc, 27, who started Canopy Labs a year and a half ago in Toronto. The company makes software for businesses that want to track their customers’ preferences using data analytics....The product compiles information from e-mail, e-commerce sites, social media, voice mail and call centres to help predict how likely people are to remain customers, how much they are likely to spend and which marketing messages they are likely to respond to.
hiring  Toronto  start_ups  predictive_analytics  data_scientists  recruiting  DIY  fallacies_follies 
october 2013 by jerryking
Tim Hayward’s Food DIY - FT.com
June 28, 2013 2:25 pm
Tim Hayward’s Food DIY

By Tim Hayward
cured_and_smoked  recipes  DIY  sausages  salmon 
july 2013 by jerryking
How Torontonians can get their hands dirty and improve their own parks
Mar. 29 2013 | The Globe and Mail | IAN MERRINGER.

The key, he says, is for residents to play a role in day-to-day park life – to organize, and perhaps run, the sorts of events and programs that should be animating their patches of ground.

Four weeks ago, this do-it-yourself model got a big boost when the W. Garfield Weston Foundation announced a grant of $5-million over three years to spur grassroots initiatives improving Toronto parks. The money bolsters an effort that has already been a runaway success. In those two years, the number of organized citizens groups – “Friends of” this or that park – has doubled from 40 to roughly 80.

In an era when all levels of government are pleading poverty and reducing services, Mr. Harvey’s Park People has hit upon a working method of do-it-yourself community activism: engaged volunteers seeking permission to do things on their own. This approach of co-operating with bureaucracy to get results could serve as a model for the future of advocacy in Toronto.
Toronto  parks  DIY  volunteering  community  community_support  activism  engaged_citizenry  bureaucracies  grass-roots 
march 2013 by jerryking
Choose Your Own Food Adventure - WSJ.com
February 1, 2013 | WSJ | By KATY MCLAUGHLIN.
Choose Your Own Food Adventure
Why sit back and watch the chefs have all the fun? Now, anyone can cook alongside the masters and travel to places no amateur gastronome has gone before
DIY  food  foodies 
february 2013 by jerryking
A Review of Yapp: Using a Self-Made App for Family Ping-Pong - WSJ.com
November 27, 2012, 6:23 p.m. ET

Using a Self-Made App for Family Ping-Pong

By KATHERINE BOEHRET
DIY  mobile_applications  mobile_phones 
november 2012 by jerryking
Making it in the new industrial revolution
Aug. 29, 2012 | The Financial Times | by Luke Johnson.
Two new books make this point: first, the Financial Times's Peter Marsh in his excellent book The New Industrial Revolution ; and second, Chris Anderson, of The Long Tail fame, in his new title, Makers . They argue that mass production is giving way to customisation, combined with localism, and the emergence of "micro-multinationals".

Digital manufacturing employs computers and a process called stereolithography to make products using layers of either powdered or molten plastic or metal, in what is described as "additive manufacturing". ...whether it is Apple iPhones or Rolls-Royce Trent aero engines, the real profit is not made in the basic assembly of goods. The margins are in servicing, brands, design and after-sales.

Manufacturing contributes to an economy in many ways. As Andrew Liveris, chief executive of Dow Chemical, argues in his book Make It In America , it creates more added value pro rata than other activities, and is much more likely to generate exports to help offset trade deficits. Moreover, research and development tends to take place alongside manufacturing centres, which foster clusters of sub-contractors. It is no coincidence that Germany, Europe's manufacturing powerhouse, has weathered the credit crisis so well compared to other EU nations.

Since the downturn started, many politicians in the developed world have insisted that societies move away from financial capitalism and back towards the real business of making things. If this policy is to succeed, it cannot be the usual formula of enticing global public companies to build multibillion-dollar plants. It must be about education, entrepreneurship and exploiting new equipment on a more bespoke scale. Incremental jobs in manufacturing can come from new, niche entrants using innovations in technology to help make them more of a match for the big incumbents.
manufacturers  Luke_Johnson  3-D  books  DIY  microproducers  Industrial_Revolution  developed_countries  margins  services  brands  design  after-sales_service  Apple  Rolls-Royce  developing_countries 
august 2012 by jerryking
Homemade Ketchup, Mustard and Pickles — A Good Appetite - NYTimes.com
By MELISSA CLARK
Published: June 29, 2012

The quality of your ingredients counts for a lot here. Don’t bother making ketchup until you can get luscious, ripe tomatoes. I used grape tomatoes, but feel free to use plum tomatoes instead. You want a meaty tomato for this, so save delicate heirlooms for salads.

Many ketchup recipes call for loads of spices, but I kept mine simple, using just a little black pepper and Worcestershire sauce for complexity. I was looking for something that comes close to that inimitable flavor of classic Heinz, without the high-fructose corn syrup.

I went in the opposite direction with the pickles, spicing up classic, gently sweet bread-and-butter slices with allspice and coriander. Generally, the smaller the cucumbers, the more crisp the pickles will be. I used very small Kirby cucumbers, and a month later mine still crunch with each bite.

Lastly, for the mustard, I combined yellow and brown seeds for a medium-aggressive kick. Yellow (also called white) mustard seeds have a milder flavor than the darker black and brown varieties, so combining varieties balances the heat. But you could use all of one variety if you prefer.
condiments  diy  mustard  savoury  rubs_sauces_marinades  salsa_chutney_relish_pickle 
july 2012 by jerryking
Diagnostic Tools to Unleash Your Inner Mechanic - WSJ.com
March 14, 2012, 5:38 p.m. ET

Diagnostic Tools to Unleash Your Inner Mechanic

By JOSEPH B. WHITE
automobile  diagnostic  tools  DIY  repairs 
march 2012 by jerryking
Zines Have a Resurgence Among the Web-Savvy - NYTimes.com
By JENNA WORTHAM
Published: October 22, 2011

Zines, print magazines generally available only in small quantities, have enjoyed a resurgence among the Web-savvy. The word “zine” is a shortened form of the term fanzine, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Fanzines emerged as early as the 1930s among fans of science fiction. Zines also have roots in the informal, underground publications that focused on social and political activism in the ’60s. By the ’70s, zines were popular on the punk rock circuit. In the ’90s, the feminist punk scene known as riot grrrl propelled the medium. ...MOST zines are labors of love, done as side projects and hobbies. The goal isn’t to turn a profit, but rather to capture a cultural moment, which in turn, offers the creators the freedom to explore and experiment.
Jenna_Wortham  zines  DIY  handmade  small_batch  exclusivity  publishing 
october 2011 by jerryking
Harry Potter and the amazing exploding book industry — Tech News and Analysis
Jun. 23, 2011 | Gigaom | By Mathew Ingram. Despite the
obvious demand, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has adamantly refused
to offer electronic versions of her phenomenally popular series for
young adults — until now. As part of Thursday’s launch of an interactive
website called Pottermore, the billionaire writer also announced that
e-book versions of the novels will be available directly through the
site for all major platforms. In one fell swoop, Rowling has cut both
her publishers and booksellers such as Amazon out of the picture. Not
everyone has that kind of power, of course, but Rowling’s move shows how
the playing field in publishing continues to be disrupted.
books  publishing  Harry_Potter  authors  DIY  disruption  Mathew_Ingram  Amazon  e-books  hits 
june 2011 by jerryking
9 Bathroom Cleaning Problems Solved - Manage Your Life on Shine
9 Bathroom Cleaning Problems Solved

by Reader's Digest Magazine, on Mon Oct 25, 2010
cleaning  bathrooms  households  DIY 
may 2011 by jerryking
The Rise of Backyard Biotech - Magazine - The Atlantic
JUNE 2011 ATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The Rise of Backyard Biotech
Powered by social networking, file sharing, and e-mail, a new cottage industry is bringing niche drugs to market.

By QUINN NORTON
innovation  biotech  home_based  DIY  medical  pharmaceutical_industry  cottage_industries  drug_development 
may 2011 by jerryking
Web Instructions Open the Do-It Yourself World to Everyone - NYTimes.com
By ANNE EISENBERG
April 23, 2011
Web-based instructions — often designed by hobbyists for other hobbyists
— are now supplementing the often-confounding printed directions that
come with such kits. Bloggers who tinker are creating interactive
tutorials, descriptive videos and step-by-step series of photographs
that make it easier for nontechies to go forward confidently. Dozens of
do-it-yourself Web sites, like Evil Mad Scientist, AdaFruit and iFixIt,
also offer tools, components and kits of their own, many aimed at
beginners.Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of Make magazine, which
sells kits as well as related books and tools at the Maker Shed store on
its Web site, says a new era is opening for people who want to create
things.
DIY  geeks  hobbies  cameras  tinkerers 
april 2011 by jerryking
Building up everyday heroes - The Globe and Mail
Oct. 1, 2010 | Globe and Mail | Editorial....We need to
overturn our expectations of government, and in its place build a
stronger sense of self-help, community – and country...Governments,
especially governments whose budgets have been severely strained by
stimulus spending in response to the recession, cannot respond to all
the problems Canadians face....What government can do is prepare the
ground for Canadians....For example, governments need to open more
public services to charities and social enterprises...This new culture
of responsibility is not about turning every Canadian into a Kevin
Jacobs, a Jean-François Archambault or a Terry Fox. But it is to adjust
the balance between individuals and the state to encourage individual
initiative and collective enterprise.
DIY  Canada  Canadian  personal_responsibility  public_service  charities  social_enterprise  expectations  heroes  Terry_Fox  self-help  editorials  individual_initiative 
october 2010 by jerryking
Africa's Informal Economy Revealed
Aug 23, 2010 | Fast Company | BY Jenara Nerenberg
Africa  informal_economy  design  DIY  technology 
august 2010 by jerryking
No salesman will call
March 31, 2006 | Report on Business Magazine | DOUG STEINER.
Yes, you can get free on-line investment advice that's solid and has no
strings attached...."Selhi's website focuses on advice about investing,
which is very different from investment advice. In recent years, he and
several other volunteer sages and coaches have been regulars on several
websites, and have got to know one another. Many of them are also
self-taught. Others are industry professionals who are retired or
disillusioned by the lack of truth about investing costs.

Together, this group has built a new website,
http://www.financialwebring.com, that is a forum for a low-cost
investing community. Through blogs, links and chat rooms, the site helps
everyone through every step and unspoken nuance of the investing
process. When I asked Selhi why he does all this, he responded with a
question: "Why do people volunteer?" He doesn't make money from his
work. The satisfaction comes from helping others. "
Doug_Steiner  investment_advice  free  DIY  advice  equity_research  disillusioned  investing  investors 
august 2010 by jerryking
D.I.Y. Detroit: A Hands-On Approach to Fixing the Auto Industry - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
July 30, 2010 | New York Times | By ASHLEE VANCE. D.I.Y.
Detroit: A Hands-On Approach to Fixing the Auto Industry. Added
proposed new location for TechShop Detroit. Geeks, engineers and
do-it-yourselfers in Detroit will soon have a chance to take the future
of the American automotive industry into their own hands.
manufacturers  automotive_industry  DIY  Detroit  hacks  micro-factories  small_batch 
august 2010 by jerryking
Gordon Crovitz: Government Drops the Ball on Patents - WSJ.com
JULY 19, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By L. GORDON
CROVITZ. Without guidance from Congress or the Supreme Court, industry
turns to self-help. "Patent law is a few years behind copyright when it
comes to self-help. Patents are at the tectonic plate shift between the
Industrial Age and the Information Age. That's because so much new
technology, especially software, becomes valuable only when combined
with other innovations. This is very different from protecting a new
plowshare or cotton gin."....The pharmaceutical industry, which must
invest fortunes to clear regulatory hurdles for new drugs, needs a
different approach to patents than do software companies. (See also
Larry Downes, author of "The Laws of Disruption.")
patents  patent_law  intellectual_property  L._Gordon_Crovtiz  copyright  DIY  books  seismic_shifts  industrial_age 
july 2010 by jerryking
Testing Services that Aim to Organize Your Travel Details - WSJ.com
MAY 20, 2010 | By SCOTT MCCARTNEY. Using a Smartphone to Organize Your Travels
TripIt, WorldMate and TripCase Compile Itineraries, Send Flight Alerts, but Accuracy Can Be an Issue; Being Sent to Terminal 0.
smartphones  travel  DIY  mobile_applications 
may 2010 by jerryking
Ping - At TechShops, Do-It-Yourselfers Get to Use Expensive Tools - NYTimes.com
April 9, 2010 | New York Times | by Ashlee Vance. About
TechShop, a chain of do-it-yourself workshops. A corporatized version of
the “hacker spaces”. Success depends on there being a revolution in
which Americans turn off their TVs, put down their golf clubs and step
away from their Starbucks coffees. Then they will direct their
disposable income and free time toward making things — stuff like
chairs, toys and, say, synthetic diamonds. They will do this because the
tools needed to make really cool things have become cheaper and because
humans feel good when they make really cool things.
manufacturers  DIY  hacks  micro-factories  small_batch  disposable_income 
april 2010 by jerryking
On Web, Workshops to Create One-of-a-Kind Gifts
December 22, 2009 | New York Times | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER. A
host of Web sites with names like Zazzle, Blurb and TasteBook are
helping people quickly create one-of-a-kind products like clothing,
books and jewelry. Customers love it, and the customization sites are
reporting sizzling sales growth.
artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  DIY  bespoke  Claire_Cain_Miller  one-of-a-kind 
december 2009 by jerryking
Designing Your Own Keds and Other Brands - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 10, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by CHRISTINA
BINKLEY. The program involves a "wholesale business-model change" for
Keds, says the company's president, Kristin Kohler Burrows: "Marketing
has evolved into a conversation with the consumer." The shoes don't
permit total customization; the fit is uniform. But the patterns,
embellishments, trim, color and other details can be chosen from a
palette or, in some cases, uploaded and incorporated into the factory
system....The key here is that social media allow regular folk to get
personally involved with brands.
design  DIY  sneakers  shoes  social_media  Nike  branding 
december 2009 by jerryking
INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY Turning Managers Into Takeover Artists
April 6, 2007 | Wall Street Journal Page A1 | By ILAN BRAT

How Conglomerate ITW Mints New Deal Makers
To Fuel Its Expansion
mergers_&_acquisitions  managers  inhouse  DIY  M&A  filetype:pdf  media:document  dealmakers 
june 2009 by jerryking
Consultant Lets Clients Use 'Gut' To Set Final Fee - WSJ.com
AUGUST 21, 2006 | WSJ | by JACLYNE BADAL on how management
consultants, Trium, are allowing clients to weigh in on fees in a novel fashion.
management_consulting  pricing  novel  DIY  fees_&_commissions  billing  gut_feelings 
march 2009 by jerryking

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