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What I’m Reading – May 21, 2024

When Online Content Disappears (Pew Research Center) “A quarter of all webpages that existed at one point between 2013 and 2023 are no longer accessible, as of October 2023. In most cases, this is because an individual page was deleted or removed on an otherwise functional website.”

Putting numbers and data to something we all experience! And as marketers and web professionals, we can do our best to ensure an up-to-date experience for our website visitors by maintaining our websites regularly.

They turned cattle ranches into tropical forest — then climate change hit (The Verge) “More than 190 countries have recently committed to restoring 30 percent of the world’s degraded ecosystems under the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. Billionaire philanthropists are pledging to support those efforts. What’s happening here in the ACG says a lot about what it takes to revive a forest — especially in a warming world.”

Long Read. Good Read.

President Joe Biden to announce AI data center at failed Foxconn site in Wisconsin (The Verge) “The Microsoft project, which the White House estimates will create an estimated 2,300 union construction jobs and up to 2,000 permanent jobs, is part of Biden’s Investing in America initiative.”

The Foxconn-Wisconsin debacle continues? Hopefully, the people of Wisconsin can finally see light at the end of this long tunnel of broken promises from both foreign companies and the White House.

Why Your Vet Bill Is So High (The Atlantic) “Veterinary-industry insiders now estimate that 25 to 30 percent of practices in the United States are under large corporate umbrellas, up from 8 percent a little more than a decade ago. For specialty clinics, the number is closer to three out of four.”

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What I’m Reading – May 9, 2024

Hack targeting hospital chain Ascension is impacting patient care (Washington Post) “The hack comes as government and health-care officials focus renewed attention to cybersecurity in the wake of the hacking of Change Healthcare, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group that is responsible for processing a vast amount of medical claims nationwide.”

As my infosec team at work says, “Roll the pin.” Think about security in everything you do. Every email you receive. Every link you’re about to click.

credibility (noun) (Merriam-Webster) “as in sincerity; the quality of being believed or accepted as true, real, or honest; The new evidence lends credibility to their theory; The scandal damaged her credibility as an honest politician; They doubted the credibility of the witness’s story.”

Looked up several different adjectives today for website copy. Credible led to credibility. Thinking about the different ways to build credibility for a company through their website.

Take Two Trips (

Not posting a quote as the whole post is a 20-second read. Great ditty to churn over in your head for a rainy afternoon or evening. My latest life advice aphorism is, “Not my monkey. Not my circus.”

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What I’m Reading – May 1, 2024

‘Essential worker’ claiming vaccine side effects now seeks workers’ comp (Iowa Capital Dispatch) ““If an employer strongly urged its employees to eat healthy and consume green vegetables, it would be seem strange to conclude that an employee who choked on some broccoli at home would have sustained an injury that arose out of his employment,” Cortese stated in his ruling.”

Including this article mainly because of the above quote from the ruling judge.

China’s Moon Atlas Is the Most Detailed Ever Made (Scientific American) “With the updated atlas, scientists will be able to better understand the history of the Moon, evaluate potential lunar resources and conduct comparative geological studies. It will also inform the location choices of future missions, including where to build a lunar research base, Liu says.”

I’m a sucker for great maps.

When Burnout Is a Sign You Should Leave Your Job (Harvard Business Review) “While attempts to reduce or prevent burnout primarily fall to individuals, research has established that job and organizational factors that are largely outside of an individual employee’s control contribute to burnout at least as much as personal factors.”

I’ve been wondering a lot lately about individual responsibility and systemic or organizational responsibility. This article does a great job of reiterating that many employees discontented with their jobs do try many ways of “making it work” or “making it better.” However, there does sometimes come a time when an employee has tried everything and needs to realize that the system or organization is not changing.

A Forgotten Tradition: May Basket Day (NPR) “Perhaps considered quaint now, in decades past May Basket Day — like the ancient act of dancing around the maypole — was a widespread rite of spring in the United States.”

When the neighbor kids come around each May 1 with their Dixie Cups of popcorn and candy, I’m reminded of how much a fun-hater I am sometimes! I greatly admire those who find the time to make people feel joy.