Resources about the challenges of running a business, staying focused and working online:
Browser Statistics - See who's using which web browsers, screen resolutions, and color depths.
Browser Trends - A more in depth view with tips and hits for designers, and something for clients to keep in mind when hiring a designer - does your designer pay attention to these issues? They should.
High Tech Trash : Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health by Elisabeth Grossman
of Debt : The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis by William Bonner
and Addison Wiggin
Want to read something really scary? Then follow it up with some reading from The Economist.
of Commerce by Paul Hawken
A well-written and inspiring look at aligning economics with the principles of ecology. Includes real world examples (mostly European), so it's not all too idealistic.
The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman
The pro-globalist view. Because I'm always one to want to understand both sides of the argument.
Nation of Rebels : Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture
by Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter
A very interesting read.
Organic, Inc. : Natural Foods and How They Grew by Samuel Fromartz
A thorough history of the entire organic foods movement - some shocking stuff - I will never eat non-organic strawberries again! This book also looks towards the future, asking the question: will organics become the next big corporation?
House Thinking : A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live by Winifred
At first I picked up this book thinking it would be about interior design, something I have a growing interest in... but I was in for a pleasant surprise. Instead, House Thinking explains the history of each room of the typical house and how they've changed in size, shape, and function over the last 100 years with the advent of a consumer/car culture. An enlightening read.
Off the Grid Homes : Case Studies for Sustainable Living by Lori
An inspiring read - we already have the technology to make these things possible... it's too bad most people can't afford it yet. (And come to think of it, it still surprises me that we're still building homes without solar panel roofs... what a waste of space!)