2019-01-21 3 min read


Notes, 2018-01-21.
The Prepared's 2018.Q4 report went out to paid subscribers (Note: You should totally become a paid subscriber) this week, with details on list growth, editorial plans for the next six months, and invites to The Prepared's Slack instance. The Prepared grew 26% last quarter - on par with historical trends, but still a little bit of a shock every time I re-run the numbers. Thanks for being here, everyone :)

The most clicked link in last week's issue (~16% of opens) was a collection of photos of bike mechanics' tool boxes.

Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

  • Aaron is looking for someone who can talk knowledgeably about dealing with silica dust in tunnels or other confined spaces - and about concrete tunnel repair more generally. Contact him here.
  • It's hard to repair jets that happen to be in Iran. A brand new Norwegian Air 737 MAX was forced to make an emergency landing in an Iranian airport last month, and now one of its engines (produced by CFM, the GE-Safran joint venture) needs to be repaired. But US sanctions prevent exporting basically anything to Iran, and spare parts for aircraft are no exception. Add the US government shutdown, and the airplane may be waiting for repairs for some time.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


17 years of antarctic iceberg flow.

Thanks as always to our recurring donors for supporting The Prepared. Thanks also to the following readers for sending links: Chris, Zack, Andrew, Jordan, Charlie, Gabe, Ian, Simon, Rich.

Love, Spencer.

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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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