Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What’s Dan Pink Reading?

Best-selling author Dan Pink, a keynote speaker at ASSE’s Safety 2011, sends out a newsletter on occasion (you can subscribe at One recent edition includes a list and short recaps of books he recently read. Given the popularity of his books, we thought you might enjoy hearing about what Dan’s been reading:
•Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan (by Del Quentin Weber). Washington Post reporter Weber takes us through the day in 1981 when John Hinckley shot, and nearly killed, President Reagan. Even though you know how the story ends, it’s still a page-turner.
•Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes and What Capitalism Can Learn From the NFL (by Roger Martin). The author challenges the notion that the central aim of corporations should be to maximize shareholder value.
•Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (by Joshua Foer). Foer is a journalist who became interested in the world of memory competitions and actually competed in the U.S. Memory Championship. Through his tale, he lets us into the weird world of mental athletes and the even stranger realm of memory itself.
•Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel (by S.J. Watson). In this novel, when Christine wakes up each morning, she has no memory of who she is. A doctor encourages her to keep a journal so she can remember things from one day to the next, and the process reveals that her previous life isn’t quite what she thinks it is. Unlike many thrillers, this book lingered with me and made me think about how our memories form who we are.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

“Ask Dave” About Gas Detection

Looking to learn more about gas detection? Then you might want to check out Industrial Scientific Corp. interactive blog, “Ask Dave,” authored by Dave Wagner, the firm’s director of product knowledge, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the development and application of portable gas monitoring instruments and systems. Wagner says the blog will open “a worldwide dialogue” on gas detection as he covers the latest trends and best practices.