2019-02-18 4 min read


Notes, 2019-02-18.
Recently I did a big thing, and a rare one for a New Yorker: I rented myself a workshop. The reasons were many: The Public Radio needs its own hardware lab, and recording The Prepared's podcast in my basement was getting impractical, and I'm always working on some side hardware project that's too big for my kitchen. So I bit the bullet and set up a prototyping, fabrication, and process development space to share with people who have similar habits.

It's an experiment; It's The Prepared's de facto headquarters; It's a *really* sweet shop space. If you live in NYC and are looking for something along those lines, holler :)

The most clicked link in last week's issue (a whopping 25% of opens!) was Ann Friedman's short, semi-satirical [Email from an overconfident white dude].

Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


Mars Curiosity is dead, having lived ~60x longer than planned.

Thanks as always to our recurring donors for supporting The Prepared. Thanks also to the following readers for sending links: Paul, Mike, Adam, Jordan, Daniel, Gavin, Duann, Sam, Georgia, Veronica, Alasdair, Severin, Reilly, Shah, Eduardo, Gabe.

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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