September Reading is the third of a hopefully new feature on this blog that only I read.

For those of you unaware, each month I begin a new post as a draft and add links to articles and content that I enjoyed reading throughout the month. I’ll include a link with some light commentary in a category (Politics, Environment, User Experience, etc).

You can view an archive of all of the Monthly Reading posts by clicking or tapping that giant button below:

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User Experience

  • Not sure if this belongs in Politics or in a whole new section for Design, but there’s a great article about Typography and the 2020 Democrats.
  • I asked around for suggestions on a travel-ready facilitator kit for user / customer workshops. It’s finally assembled and was put to the test at a workshop in Chicago that went off without a hitch. The lone downside? Getting stopped at TSA checkpoints because it looks like a gun case.

Technology

  • Upcoming Firefox update will decrease power usage on macOS by up to three times. I am a really, really big fan of Firefox. I went almost 100% Safari for personal use/iOS lock-in, but recently gave Firefox another look. I’d say my browsing is now about 50/50 between the two, and I’m really looking forward to shifting that percentage a little more into Firefox’s favor the more I use it.
  • Here’s a useful Python script to automatically check you in to a Southwest Airlines flight exactly 24 hours before you’re scheduled to depart. I’m not a huge fan of Southwest, but there are some routes that the combination of direct flight + schedule make me question my Delta loyalty (as in, I’m not going to fly to Atlanta only to end up in Chicago).
  • It looks like Apple is shooting for a 5G iPhone in 2020, which makes sense for a few reasons: 1. It gives the networks another year to get ready for the crush of U.S. traffic congestion; and 2. It allows Apple to start building out their 5G supply chain at scale to keep BOM costs within their desired GP%.

Science

Environment

Business

  • JPMorgan created a special index to measure Trump tweets’ impact on the market. I’ve long thought that he was engaging in market manipulation – specifically around the tariffs in China. My hypothesis was that he was using this opportunity to enrich himself, his family, and his friends. I bet I’m right.
  • Crash Course: How Boeing’s Managerial Revolution Created the 737 Max Disaster is a fantastic look at what will no doubt be a hot Business School topic for decades to come. Here’s the lede:
    • Nearly two decades before Boeing’s MCAS system crashed two of the plane-maker’s brand-new 737 MAX jets, Stan Sorscher knew his company’s increasingly toxic mode of operating would create a disaster of some kind. A long and proud “safety culture” was rapidly being replaced, he argued, with “a culture of financial bullshit, a culture of groupthink.”


Equality

  • It should come as no surprise to anyone that white American families have an iron grasp on wealth.
    • It will end up costing the U.S. economy as much as $1 trillion between now and 2028 for the nation to maintain its longstanding black-white racial wealth gap, according to a report released this month from the global consultancy firm McKinsey & Company.

Politics