books for reading

On this week’s reading list: check out the proper way to streamline your multi-faceted life, a little history lesson 100 years in the making, a lantern that doesn’t actually light up, the definition of natural art, and technology that’s even more social than you.

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

1) Quitting the Balancing Act

Found on The Atlantic, a conversation with Sabrina Parsons

Whoever said it’s about balancing our work and our life was just wrong. Check out this CEO’s take on everything from growing a small business to the proper way to quit the balancing act and start integrating all the faces of your life into one.

2) The End of An Era: Not Just Any Old Veteran’s Day

Found on U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

This past Tuesday, November 11th, marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. It never hurts to know a little bit more about where we came from, so check out the history of Veteran’s Day and why it’s so important to keep the memory of their deeds alive.

3) Lantern: Lighting the Way for the Future

Found on Laughing Squid, by Glen Tickle

Can you imagine a library in your pocket? With our smartphones and tablets it feels like we can pretty much get anything we could possibly imagine with just the click of a button. But this new technology, makes what our current gadgets can do, looks like child’s play. See how this little tower is leading us into the future.

4) The Art of Changing the World

Found on Business Insider, by Christina Sterbenz

If you thought the Lantern was cool, check out how this sculptor is changing nature and the world as we know it. Here’s what artist Sam Van Aken has to say about his new project: “It definitely won’t cure world hunger. But I hope that it could inspire that type of thinking.” A tree that can produce 40 different kinds of fruit . . . you won’t believe it’s not science fiction until halfway through the article.

5) Social Technology: How to Properly Foster Company-Customer Intimacy

Found on Entrepenuer, by Lisa Hammit

As a brand and a company it’s hard to let your customers know that you really care. Enter: Social Technology. Hammit discuss the rising trend of a social technology which allows companies to foster relationships with millions of customers without relying on pesky middlemen. Be sure to read her list at the bottom of the article of key precepts for growing and maintaining your online customer communities!

This is watchLAB saying, “Keep reading, and stay warm! Have a good weekend.”

Blake Chastain

Blake Chastain

IT/Media Specialist at watchLAB
Blake Chastain is a writer and marketer. His obsessions are media, technology, and video games. Blake lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and daughter.
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