2018-12-17 2 min read


Thanks to all the great feedback on last week's update to the tool guide. Note that we do maintain a want-to-try list of tools & books, and are always looking for your recommendations to add to it :)

Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


  • I'm reading My Brilliant Friend, the first of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels.
  • Pheasant Island is an uninhabited river island between Spain and France, whose administration alternates between the former (February through July) and the latter (August through January).
  • If you read the section above about supporting The Prepared and thought "I wonder what this newsletter looked like five years ago," here's the answer :)

An academic history of the phrase "made in."

Thanks as always to our recurring donors for supporting The Prepared.Credit also to Severin, Julian, Reilly, James, Jordan, and Bunnie 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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