I've also spent this last week reading through the monthly surge of magazines. Tonight I set aside mustard recipes from Sunset and dove into my WIRED and National Geographic magazines. The latter had a really interesting article about domestication of animals, namely a Russian experiment with breeding foxes for domesticity. It's a fascinating read, and now I wonder about the feasibility of having a fox as a pet.
A fox of a different sort was the subject of one of two good articles about gadget manufacturing in China. The first article is about the working conditions at Foxconn's factories in China that make the iPhone. It's pretty interesting, but the article that grabbed my attention was the one about the shift of manufacturing back to United States. Brendan Koerner's article "Made in America" talks about the downsides of offshoring for a company's bottom line and image. The shift is to bring manufacturing to the US in order to manage quality better and get to market faster, as well as to better protect your intellectual property. It's a hopeful article, although the caveat is that most of the US manufacturing will be done by robots. But by gum, they'll be American robots ... which will be made where? Anyway, it was a surprisingly engaging article, especially for something about manufacturing processes. It's nice to see some more in depth, thoughtful articles from WIRED, which has trended towards fluff pieces, blurbs, and crime stories recently.