Rob Walker Newsletter August 2013: The Workologist debut!

Well, hello. How are you? I have a little news to pass along.

1. The Workologist, the new "watercooler therapy" column I mentioned earlier, makes its debut in the Sunday Business section of The New York Times today. It is here, and I'm happy with the first installment it as a good start, and looking forward to seeing where it goes. The column will run every other Sunday. Needless to say, I deeply appreciate any and all get-the-word-out actions you might choose to take: We'll be looking for fresh workplace dilemmas for the foreseeable future. The is the address: workologist@nytimes.com.

2. Meanwhile I'm still having a lot of fun with my Yahoo Tech column. Some recent highlights you may have missed: A Q&A with Annalee Newitz about her great book on how humanity can survive another million years; a proposal for making Facebook even more horrible; a possibly-silly experiment in determining what search engines think of each other; a look at Jeff Bezos' record with editorial staffers at Amazon; and a roundup of non-obvious podcasts that I enjoy. A follow-up to the podcast column is coming soon, with recommendations from some great podcasters.

3. Also our Procrastinaut Tumblr is, I think, turning out really well. If you haven't check it out yet, please do.

4. On Design Observer, I wrote recently about Alexandra Horowitz' book On Looking, in which she describes how her walks with a series of "experts" (on typography, insects, etc.) changed the way she sees the city. I found it really useful and tried to explain why.

5. As mentioned earlier, Where Were You? 2011-2012 is available on MagCloud. Honestly I regret using MagCloud, but given that I was so late with this thing I'm just going to chalk it up as a lesson learned and use something else for the 2013 edition. If you want to check it out, just get the free digital version (not the print one) and tell any interested friends/fans/followers to do the same. And if you do check it out, let me know what you think.

And that is all! As you know I'm always happy to hear your news, feedback, tips, or insults at rw@robwalker.net. Caveat: I may be slow to respond as I am taking a vacation! Which is something I haven't done in quite a while.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and thanks for reading/
rw