Daily Archives: February 8, 2010

How to live your life and manage your career by Seneca

On the Shortness of Life, by the Roman philosopher Seneca, is not just a great “book” on how to not waste our lives. it is also something I would recommend to anyone starting a career. Seneca addresses this book to Paulinus, who has a job managing the corn stores of Rome, but he could just as easily be addressing a doctor, lawyer, or an IT professional. In this book (more an extended letter), Seneca is advising Paulinus not only how to live one’s life better, but on how to keep his job in perspective. It may be centrues old, but it is still good advice.
I think anyone with a career or considering a career should read this book. Good advice never goes out of date.

For more on the book, goto the Penguin site and check out On the Shortness of Life – Seneca – Penguin Books

Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, and now Big Soda

The U.S. Government looked to tax soft drinks to decrease consumption, saying it was a signifigant contributor to obesity. Soda manufacturers did not want that and countered by saying that the tax would hurt the poor. Sad. Reading the article, it appears that the major soda manufacturers are adopting the same approaches big tobacco adopted. This is telling, and terrible. I like drinking diet soda, but I think it is time to ditch it when I see behavoir like this. You read and let me know what you think: Beverage industry douses tax on soft drinks – latimes.com (via Matt Yglesias).