2018-12-03 3 min read


On my own blog, how The Public Radio's US-based supply chain works. If you're curious about how one would make consumer electronics in the US - or what just-in-time electronics operations look like - then this is for you!

Also, a standing request: The Prepared wants to follow a more intelligent, interesting, and diverse audience. If you know (or are) someone doing good work, let us know here.

The most clicked link in last week's issue (~21% of opens) was Bruce Sterling's essay (polemic?) on smart cities.

Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.

  • Kohzy's running twitter thread of pictures of construction site wall portholes.
  • Starsky Robotics, which is working on autonomous trucks, explains why they don't (and won't) use LIDAR.
  • Why Google/Alphabet's eye contact glucose sensor failed: Basically, measuring glucose in tears is *hard.*
  • On modern anxiety, etc: "Like many modern workers, I find that only a small percentage of my job is now actually doing my job. The rest is performing a million acts of unpaid micro-labor that can easily add up to a full-time job in itself. Tweeting and sharing and schmoozing and blogging. Liking and commenting on others’ tweets and shares and schmoozes and blogs. Ambivalently “maintaining a presence on social media,” attempting to sell a semi-fictional, much more appealing version of myself in the vain hope that this might somehow help me sell some actual stuff at some unspecified future time."


Photos from the M=7.0 earthquake in Alaska last week.

Thanks as always to our recurring donors for supporting The Prepared.Credit also to Bradley, Michael, Matthew, and Russ for sending links.

Love, Spencer.

p.s. - We should be better friends. Send me a note - coffee's on me :)
p.p.s. - Whenever possible, we work to encourage inclusivity. Here's how.

Spencer Wright
Spencer Wright
Spencer Wright is the (mostly accidental) founder of Scope of Work, which he started writing (as The Prepared) in 2013. Today he serves as its editor-in-chief and chief dilettante.
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