Life is the Serengeti Plain: If you display a perpetual limp, sooner or later you’ll be taken down. Buck up. Wear a cup. –Dennis Miller.
My friend Tom Cox, a business consultant from Portland, Oregon always seems to have something useful to offer: Try this, on listening
I’ve posted this Skinner piece before. It’s too good to not post again. Thanks Matt!
Rube Goldberg is the Godfather of senseless complexity. The website illustrates the flip side of Ockham’s law: Horrible convolution, for convolution’s sake. I really, really don’t want my life to be this way.
When it’s OK to say a bad word.
Note from my friend/business associate David Walsh (Muselife) who has been traveling from his base in Philadelphia through Vancouver, Seattle, Bangkok, Madrid and Rome over the past few weeks: “Just got back into Bangkok after one of the longest, yet most enjoyable and focused 36 hrs of travel. Riding 19 hrs aboard the Arab Etihad Airways rivals the best work environments I’ve ever found – I think my ideal office is an A330 jumbo jet.” David’s equally-traveled Muselife business partner Seth Hosko joined David in Bangkok this last weekend.
Great piece about systems, from Wally Bock.
I found this old note in my files, the start of an essay. But in reading it I realized there’s no reason to elaborate further. The essay is all here in this off-the-cuff note to myself: ”Here’s where I rail against media sensationalism, pop-psychology, sociological theory, and western society’s preoccupation with analyzing everything to death. Consider the media’s relentless search for the next big thing and how it thrives on the latest “recent study” statistics generated by a university pointy-head who – and let’s just say it – has nothing better to do with his or her tenured time and salary. In making the next life-decision, I say ignore these media-anointed experts and find the courage to rely on simple common sense. ”
In your life, too much information? Probably. Here’s a short and relevant essay on the topic, from Merlin Mann, in 43 Folders.
In my posts and newsletters, I’ve recently been using the photos of a photographer from St. Petersburg, Russia. Egor Gribanov. In his insightful portraits, I especially love the rich colors displayed against a drab backdrop. Then again, his black and white images are also stunning. THANKS Egor!
A Pep Talk and a Warning (for writers). Again, from 43 Folders.