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Books I read in 2015

I managed to read a better amount of books this year than I have in years past. That was not an explicit goal for this year; it arose naturally from a combination of things:

Empowering Northern Canada

On September 4, 1882, Thomas Edison flipped the switch at his coal-fired Pearl Street Station power generator in New York City, providing 110 Volts of direct current to 59 customers in Manhattan. In the decades that followed, the world became a tangle of transmission lines, distribution stations, power generators, and every sort of electric appliance imaginable. The spread of the electric power grid represented a great shift forward for humankind, on a scale not seen since the Romans built their highways. Today, electric power is a fundamental component in the infrastructure of the developed world.

Introducing the Manitoba Business Podcast

For the past several months, I’ve been playing reporter. Armed with a digital recorder from the pawn shop down the street, a shamelessly persistent cold-email campaign, and the same insatiable curiosity I’ve always had, I have set about interviewing some of Manitoba’s most impressive business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Manitoba is a precious setting for this sort of project. Forbes and Fortune will never touch it; it’s pure fly-over country. Cold, barren, mosquito-riddled fly-over country. And yet, the companies built here have stories that could rival any other:

Move over, Jack

I wish Twitter’s CEO was still Dick Costolo, because it’s so much more fun to say (and type) than Jack Dorsey.

Anyway, the CEO chair at Twitter is probably feeling a bit hot these days. Their stock price just dipped below the IPO price (which, for the uninitiated, is a quite bad thing). The good news is that I know how to fix Twitter!

A Smart Robot Swarm

I miss grad school. I was only a grad student for about six months before I realized that it was impeding my focus (I have a tendency to spread myself a bit too thin) and yet I miss it tremendously.

The grad school experience varies widely by discipline and by advisor (and by student, I assume–grad school generally only works for people who are self-motivated). I was incredibly fortunate, however