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Tamara Shopsin’s ‘LaserWriter II’ captures the feel of Tekserve, the best-loved Apple repair shop in the Tri-State region—and maybe the world.

Perhaps it was inevitable, growing up in a family restaurant that had a menu legendary for its unbelievable length, that Tamara Shopsin would find herself drawn to endless printed pages. Her new novel, LaserWriter II, is a work of love and beauty, with quirks and twists, following its slightly autobiographical printer-repairing protagonist’s time at Tekserve, an Apple equipment repair shop in Manhattan that thrived from the late 1980s until the age of Apple’s own retail presence. (Cupertino started up its photocopiers, and blurry reproductions of Tekserve and other independent repair shops flooded out, as Genius Bars.)

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Author: Glenn Fleishman
Posted: October 16, 2021, 7:00 am

Companies have been taking a ‘sustainability-as-usual’ approach to the climate crisis—a slow and voluntary adoption of commitments—but that may soon come to an end.

In his 2021 letter to CEOs, Larry Fink, the CEO and chairman of BlackRock, the world’s largest investment manager, wrote: “No issue ranks higher than climate change on our clients’ lists of priorities.”

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Author: RAZ GODELNIK
Posted: October 16, 2021, 6:00 am

‘I started telling students to consider their careers, not as a linear progression straight up or ahead, but as a river delta—a fertile area to explore that flows toward an ultimate objective.’

Something seemed very wrong with the way I’d been taught to think about my career progression. Like so many of us, I’d heard professional journeys described as climbing a ladder or following a path. But as I moved forward in my work as a journalist, I wasn’t moving in a straight line. The field I was pursuing, called audience engagement, was relatively new. I certainly hadn’t taken any courses on it in college, and two of the companies I would later work for didn’t even exist when I graduated. How was I supposed to know which path to take when it was still under construction?

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Author: Bridget Thoreson—Zapier
Posted: October 16, 2021, 5:00 am

The Minnesota Democratic senator about the effects of the whistleblower hearing in Congress and other new developments on the antitrust front.

When I commented at the opening of my phone call with Senator Amy Klobuchar that things were “getting interesting” in the realm of tech regulation, she responded as if I’d just uttered an understatement the size of a Facebook server farm.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: October 15, 2021, 7:00 pm

From a toaster that steams to a multitasking Dutch oven, these are my favorite kitchen goods—the ones that have passed my multitude of tests.

Over the past year, my kitchen has become a testing ground for Recommender potentials. On any given week, I could be putting a new Dutch oven or frying pan on my stovetop, experimenting for durability, ease of use, and overall design. Sometimes I’ll just brown a dusting of flour to test for even heat conduction. Other times, I’ll crack egg after egg into a hot, dry pan to see how its nonstick coating holds up. (Don’t worry: I eat all those eggs when I’m done.) I’ve even been known to take a hammer or heavy cans of beans to products to test their durability.

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Author: Rachel Kim Raczka
Posted: October 15, 2021, 6:22 pm

After a year and a half of pajamas and sweatpants, we know it’s harder than ever to pry warm, comfy clothing from your cold, pandemic hands.

Halloween is nearing, and based on loosened public health guidelines and a cursory scan of grocery store candy aisles, it’s going to be a block party. Trick-or-treating is greenlit and brands are churning out festive products with revived enthusiasm after last year’s dead season.

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Author: Connie Lin
Posted: October 15, 2021, 4:31 pm

If you use a watch to track your runs and keep yourself entertained on the go, the new watch’s bigger screen and faster charging make a difference.

Over the past week, I’ve been running with the new Apple Watch 7, which goes on sale today. While the new watch is a package of incremental improvements over the previous model, some of the changes impact its value as a running companion.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: October 15, 2021, 3:00 pm

Go ahead and trash your daily planner. And see how you feel.

I once had a job where every day, I’d get a list of what needed to be done. The list was always longer than was humanly possible to achieve.

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Author: Ben Crudo
Posted: October 15, 2021, 2:30 pm

A ‘Fast Company’/Harris Poll found that 47% of working adults would be more willing to accept a job offer from a company that mandated vaccines.

Americans are more likely to see employer vaccine mandates as a plus than a minus, according to a new Fast Company/Harris Poll.

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Author: Sophie Kobylinski
Posted: October 15, 2021, 2:17 pm

A new study says classic Disney movies can encourage children’s cognitive and behavioral development.

For turn-of-the-millennium kids who grew up during a renaissance for animated films, Disney movies are sweet flashbacks of childhood. Who wouldn’t think fondly of school nights spent with popcorn and the remote control, watching colorful hand-sketched lions, dragons, and genies dash across the screen?

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Author: Connie Lin
Posted: October 15, 2021, 1:01 pm

Food can spearhead gentrification. Just look at the City Heights neighborhood in San Diego, where home prices have risen 58% over the past three years.

Everybody, it seems, welcomes the arrival of new restaurants, cafés, food trucks, and farmers markets.

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Author: Pascale Joassart-Marcelli
Posted: October 15, 2021, 9:00 am

The new book ‘Woman Made’ is here to shatter all your stereotypes about women in design.

What does a piece of furniture that is designed by a woman look like? Whatever stereotypes you can think of, a new book is here to shatter them.

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Author: Elissaveta M. Brandon
Posted: October 15, 2021, 8:00 am

The FDA may soon approve a Moderna booster after a unanimous vote by the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

If you received a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year, you may soon be able to get another dose. That’s because the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) has voted in favor of granting Moderna boosters Emergency Use Authorization, according to a press release from Moderna.

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: October 15, 2021, 7:45 am

Mmhmm’s new OOO service is a more playful alternative to the grids we’ve all become accustomed to during the pandemic.

Mmhmm, a startup that launched during the coronavirus pandemic to make presenting in Zoom and other videoconferencing services less boring, is now launching its own platform for video discussions.

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Author: Steven Melendez
Posted: October 15, 2021, 7:00 am

Don’t worry, though. You’ll still be able to get something for everyone on your list.

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it may already be too late to buy holiday presents for your friends and family.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: October 15, 2021, 7:00 am

Hybrid meetings introduce potential pitfalls that can prevent everyone from feeling engaged and included.

A year ago, most of us with office jobs were all virtual, all the time. And as much as that may have felt disconnected, tiring, or unsatisfying, at least we were all in the same boat. 

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Author: Deborah Grayson Riegel
Posted: October 15, 2021, 7:00 am

Chef Kwame Onwuachi shares his reading list.

1. India: The Cookbook, Pushpesh Pant
This book opened my eyes to the depths of Indian cuisine. It also changed the way I build flavors.

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Author: Yasmin Gagne
Posted: October 15, 2021, 7:00 am

Vuori has been profitable since 2017 and is now valued at $4 billion. Founder and CEO Joe Kudla reveals how he has succeeded where many others have failed.

Times are rough for direct-to-consumer retailers, at least if the financials disclosed in their recent initial public offering filings are any guide. Allbirds? Net losses are growing, and its IPO is now delayed. Casper Sleep? Lost half its value after widening losses spooked investors. Warby Parker? Over a decade in, it’s still burning cash. And then there’s Outdoor Voices, a slow-motion train wreck of managerial dysfunction. The #DoingThings brand won’t be going public anytime soon.

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Author: Ainsley Harris
Posted: October 15, 2021, 6:00 am

Microsoft’s latest operating system has plenty to recommend it, from smarter window management to a fresh new approach to widgets.

Windows 11 was officially released on October 5th and, throwing caution to the wind, I installed it on my main work computer that morning.

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Author: Doug Aamoth
Posted: October 15, 2021, 6:00 am
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By Paula Jensen My husband is a mechanic. The tools of his trade are important to his work. He has a large toolbox with many drawers lined in soft black padding. His tools lay clean and organized inside each drawer for easy access when he needs the right tool for a job. Yet, when things […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: October 16, 2021, 11:17 am
You’re familiar with the traditional way of handling community engagement. Once every few years, an outside consultant comes in and leads a community engagement planning meeting. There are lots of flip charts and post it notes.  Most of the people who attend hold official titles or formal leadership roles. Almost all are professional middle class […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: October 3, 2021, 10:41 am
Dorrigo in New South Wales, Australia, population 1100, created an entire event to support local makers. David from the Red Dirt Distillery told us about Made in Dorrigo Day, where everything offered for sale had to be made, grown or produced in their local 2453 postcode area. Back in 2014 when they started, David said, […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 17, 2021, 11:55 am
Craft entrepreneurship is a strategy for prosperity that works in every community, no matter how small, even if everything else is against you. Even if all you have is the dirt under your feet. This is the story of Avard, Oklahoma, a town that knows how to make something out of nothing. Often listed as […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 3, 2021, 11:11 am
By Becky McCray Need an idea for your next small town or rural business? This one would make a good side hustle: Gather and resell fruit that would otherwise be wasted. Think of all the fruit, berries and nuts that no one picks, especially in yards and public spaces in your town. You don’t have […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: August 3, 2021, 11:08 am
The only housing “best practice” that really works for every town: Keep renewing your town’s core No one likes a mushy core, in an apple or a small town. Build more in the center, less on the outside. Grab a paper map of your town and a highlighter. Circle the oldest neighborhoods, the ones closest […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: July 19, 2021, 10:47 am
When you’re introduced to someone, you wouldn’t start the conversation with, “Hi, I think your hair style is a big mistake.” So why do we greet new ideas with “That will never work”? How to greet an idea respectfully Picture being introduced to someone you’ve never met. You look them in the eye, and you […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: July 3, 2021, 11:53 am
Your fellow reader Miriam wrote in to ask about attracting filmmakers to her town. I am designing a website for a small town in Texas that apparently was used as a location for some small films years and years ago. They are designing a new website for the town and thought it might be fun […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: June 28, 2021, 8:52 am
Rural communities were not immune to the chaos of 2020, but remained more concerned with ongoing challenges. To find out what rural people felt were their biggest challenges, SaveYour.Town and SmallBizSurvival.com surveyed over 280 rural people in the fourth quarter of 2020. The results make up this fourth edition of the Survey of Rural Challenges. Challenges […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: June 7, 2021, 10:30 am
Guest post by Rob Hatch Chris Brogan recently shared a story of a local bookstore in his hometown. He asked them to order a specific book for him that wasn’t in stock. The owner wrote down his name and phone number and told him she’d order it. The next week, when he walked in the […]
Author: Rob Hatch
Posted: May 28, 2021, 11:20 am
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