Steven Johnson on Serendipity

An oldie but a goodie: I find vastly more weird, unplanned stuff online than I ever did browsing the stacks as a grad student. Browsing the stacks is one of the most overrated and abused examples in the canon of things-we-used-to-do-that-were-so-much-better. (I love the whole idea of pulling down a book because you like the Read More

When something suddenly goes terribly wrong

Here’s what airplane pilots are told to do when something suddenly goes terribly wrong with the plane: Don’t do anything. Just sit there and think about what’s happening. Whatever you think is going on, and whatever you feel like doing right away in response, you’re probably wrong. Take your time, and it will make sense Read More

How to Pack for Two Years, One Bag at a Time

Over the next two years, I’m going to be on the road. A lot. Entering the world of the road warrior, I frequented the Flyertalk forums, among others, and discovered the cult of One Bag. Remember George Clooney’s character in Up in the Air? (If not, go watch it right now.) As a frequent business Read More

The Neuroscience of First Impressions

Getting a single job in the voice over business is a question of patience and playing the odds. But just one moment or role can make a career. In Dave Calabrese’s case, it came when he visited Edge Studios to record an online tutorial for a corporation. “He thanked us for bringing him in. Then Read More

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