2020-01-27 3 min read


Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

  • As a matter of curiosity, I'm trying to find data on the number of machine tools (let's bound the discussion by saying "CNC machine tools," though to be honest I'm also curious about other industrial control systems) that are connected to the internet. On Twitter I got a variety of responses but hard data is proving elusive; if anyone has something that can stand a little light scrutiny I'd love to see it!
  • A rather magical set of photos of the Central Social Institution in Prague, which had a set of very tall card catalogs and custom desk/elevators to access them.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


A glimmer of hope in NYC transit: The first look at the new R211 open gangway subway cars.

Thanks as always to our recurring donors for supporting The Prepared. Thanks also to the following readers for sending links: Nathan, Russ, Lama, Brendan, Andrew, Johanna, Gabe.

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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