2021-11-15 6 min read


Notes, 2021-11-15.

2021 is coming to a close and many of us are looking for change. And my hope for you, dear readers, as you move into new roles, careers, or industries, is that you recognize your trauma on your way out.

When I arrived at my new job a little over a year ago, I was uncomfortable. Even though the toxic work environment of my last job was behind me, it had become my comfort zone. Operating outside of that system - in a more healthy, holistic way - was difficult for me to learn. I didn’t feel better starting a new job - at least, not right away.

At the time, I had no idea the amount of baggage I was carrying from that harmful work environment. Trauma from an unhealthy relationship - yes, even a work one - isn’t your fault. But healing from it is your responsibility. Here are my tips for you as you move into your new teams and workspaces:

  1. Let the muddy waters settle - give yourself some time and distance from your previous occupation.
  2. Rock bottom will teach you lessons that mountain tops never will - remember why you left and what caused it (a project, contract or coworker).
  3. Think about how you can avoid recreating that environment in the future, especially if you’re in a position to influence or control these situations at your new company.

-SJ Jones

The most clicked link from last week's issue (~12% of opens) was November's CT Scan of the Month, comparing two LEGO Minifigures. The Members' reading group has decided on our next book: How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand. Our first group conversation will kick off after Thanksgiving on 2021-12-03, so you have lots of time to pick up a copy and join in. Stewart will be joining the group's final disucssion.

Planning & Strategy.

  • The winds of change are rapidly approaching as corporations look to reduce their carbon footprint by rethinking their approach to travel. Business travel levels are low and will likely remain low until we can keep infection rates down reliably. Conferences are still mostly virtual or taking on a hybrid approach and many clients - as well as employees - are hesitant to return to face to face interactions. I wonder how much companies can step back their carbon footprints while keeping stakeholders satisfied.

Making & Manufacturing.

  • YouTuber Joel Telling and actor Neil Patrick Harris have been collaborating on a really fun project 3D printing custom ornate picture frames. The antique style frames were printed in pieces over 87 days, then sanded, primed, painted, glued together, and meticulously finished to make true 3D printed masterpieces. Their work is an excellent example of how 3D printing isn’t as simple as it looks at first glance.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.

  • An interesting idea for a pre-diagnostic COVID testing method: Just swab the patient’s smartphone screen and run a PCR test on that. “We show that 81.3–100% of individuals with high-viral-load SARS-CoV-2 nasopharyngeal-positive samples also test positive for PoST [Phone Screen Testing], suggesting this method is effective in identifying COVID-19 contagious individuals.” The best part? The test only costs between $2-3 and doesn’t require clinical-grade consumables and reagents.


  • At the intersection of sex work and the pandemic, new trends are emerging around rates and popularity. Despite restrictions on physical face to face interactions during the pandemic, AdultWork, the sex work platform used to gather data for this study, revealed that there was no substantial decline in the number of encounters from 2020 to 2021.

The 2022 Princesses with Powertools calendar.

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