Recommending Reading – 4th April 2010

If you have a spare 15 minutes this weekend, you could do worse than read the following:

Jonah Lehrer looks at Costco through his Neuroscience prism. I’m not quite sure it adequately explains why people choose to pay a subscription to enter the store, but it is still interesting reading.

Two sides of a similar coin: Tom Ewing’s latest Poptimist post considers the options of a Foursquare for music, while Paul Lamere considers a Last.fm for books. The underlying point – the more metadata collected and used, the better!

Clay Shirky’s blog postings are sparse, but always incredibly valuable. This preview of his next book – on cognitive surplus – is no exception. It prompted Kevin Kelly to announce the Shirky Principlecomplex solutions  can become so dedicated to the problem they are the solution to, that often they inadvertently perpetuate the problem

Diane Hessan has some provocative thoughts on the next generation of market research. As always, the solution depends on the problem, but I liked the points made.

This link in particular is a hard sell, but I wholeheartedly recommend you read why Bill Simmons has fallen back in love with Sabermetrics. Advanced baseball stats may not be to everyone’s taste, but it shows the power and beauty of numbers. For a more gentle introduction, you might want to read my review of Michael Lewis’ Moneyball, in which Simmons heavily features.

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3 Responses

  1. Interesting Costco article. My experience is that when you do actually get around to price comparing, they’re relatively cheaper for low cost items (I always stock up on toilet rolls or orange juice when I go there) and cheaper for high cost electrical items, but for most mid-price products, they tend to be a bit more expensive.

    I’m reading The Blind Side at the moment – have you read it or seen the film yet? I must get around to reading Moneyball.

    Latitude’s added a load more stuff to the lineup – I’m really liking the look of it a lot now.

  2. I think I’ll read the Blind Side rather than see the film – the balance between sports inspiration and middle class melodrama seems a bit out of sync to my tastes! And yeah, Latitude will be great (so long as the weather holds up)

  3. thanks admin 🙂

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