Did you know cotton candy will, given enough time, solidify into weird looking sugar bricks? #Parenting
Workaholics are driven by fear, and I have not found myself in a position where I need to spend six or eight more hours at work because I’m trying to make everything okay.
If you’re in this frame of mind and need control, being a workaholic is a socially acceptable way to try to achieve that. Your boss thinks it’s great, and you can get a raise for doing it. In the short run, it works really well because you can — at some level — control what you’re doing and keep pushing the ball forward. You get into trouble when you get better at your work, and there’s an increase in the number of people who want to interact with you and have you do more. So this kind of working method doesn’t scale— you end up exploding.
The people who are doing great art and having an impact on the world aren’t approaching their work in this way. I recently did an interview with the architect Michael Graves. Michael Graves works a lot. He’s been in a wheelchair for more than seven years. He would be excused if he decided to scale back now after what’s been an amazing career. But, instead, he’s working on a multibillion-dollar development in Singapore, etc., etc. If you look at the way Michael works, he brings a good heart and the right attitudes to his projects at all times. He is doing important work — work that changes things. But he’s not a workaholic because he’s not doing it defensively. He’s doing it productively.” —
I really wish Spotify and Shazam connected.
A bad haircut is temporary, but the pictures are forever. #21stCenturyProblems
Marvelous moose masticate maniacal monkeys. #silliness
There are many illusions about effectiveness
Am I the only one who sees the irony of the Macho Man sung by remarkably un-macho men?
As I’ve become enamored with Spotify’s model, I wonder if we could build something like that for readers. There are so many books that I want to read, but have little interest in owning. I know I’ll only read them the one time. Having a subscription where I could read everything in a library sound marvelous. Add magazines and I’d be quite happy.
All right, here’s the deal! I’m meeting Jordan Witzigreuter (The Ready Set) on March 2nd. So if you like or reblog this post before March 2nd, I’ll write your URL in a notebook that I’m gonna give to Jordan at the meet and greet. (: So like and reblog it uppp! =P
Pet peeve: emailing me an invitation for a conference, but the only information I get is a link. No date or locale, no clicky on your linky. Good day!
I’m thinking of launching a goth themed pedicab pedicure company. It’ll be Death Pedicab For Cuticles.
It’s the first week in February, which means it’s time for my annual Valentine’s Day screed (I used to post this on my blog every year. I think the original version – since updated – was written in 2002. Keep your tongue in your cheek, ok?).
Not that you need a reminder, what with all the storefronts decorated with sickening pink and red hearts and little cherubs with pointy weapons, but V Day approaches.
I don’t like this holiday. People who do not have significant others do not corner the market on disliking Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is not a day of amnesty. It is not a day where a guy or girl can say “Well, I’ve been shitty to my partner all year long, but if I buy them a huge bouquet of flowers on February 14th, I’m off the hook!” It doesn’t work that way.
Is the guy who brings a magazine to the bathroom going to bring a tablet in the future? Will doctors stop investing in magazine subscriptions when we all carry our favorites wherever we go (and the most current editions, too). And what will that mean to the magazine industry?
I seek to be a force of relentless good.
People who read directions and follow them make my life so much easier.
“Showing up is overrated. Necessary but not nearly sufficient.” ~ Seth Godin
One challenge for me: saying “no”. I’m getting better at selecting projects. Next on my list? Data. I love learning. But getting hundreds of daily emails with new tends in a multitude of industries, I got buried quickly. I’m slowly working on focus. Refining my view to ensure maximum effectiveness. I will continue to explore new ideas. Just can’t study EVERYTHING. (Tempted to add “right now” to that really, though, that’s a never.)
It’s painful to admit I can’t study everything. Yet I know that’s a hallmark of effectiveness; clarified vision, focus and discipline. We might have abundance, but not infinite resources, especially time. I want what I do to count.
Inflexibility is socially corrosive.
Glutinous Cranius -> disorder affecting multitudes of Seattle drivers.
Major internet age pet peeve: websites demanding I create an account before I can view ANYTHING! No can do. Make a great site, with great content, then make me WANT to sign up.
My office’s network has become painfully slow. Ultimately, the issues have been due to scalability (we’ve outgrown our capacity…fantastic problem). Though we’re working on solving, this made me wonder: is company provided internet access to be expected in the future?
With cellular internet service increasing speed rapidly, and more and more folks bringing their own devices to work, will I want to rely on a third-party provider to grant me adequate access?
It’s not hard to imagine having sim cards in my laptop, tablet, etc, and getting my access through those plans.
My intellectual capacity is directly proportional to the amount of coffee I’ve consumed.
Suicide is not only about proximate causes.
The reasons someone commits suicide at a particular moment aren’t all the reasons they commit suicide. Often those aren’t even the most important reasons. No one likes this part of the explanation. It makes an event that’s already as awful as it can be more awful, because it renders it inexplicable. Most of us, even with our occasional desires for the ground to swallow us up, can sympathize but never really empathize.” —
Thoughtful reflections by Clay Shirky.
Every so often I’m stunned by how hard it us to coordinate a simple get-together anymore. Texts, emails, etc, just for a ply date. I don’t think it was this hard to negotiate the fiscal cliff.
I just received a great reminder that, even in today’s age of technological communications, sometimes the simple act of appearing in front of someone is powerful and effective. And in an extremely productive way.
I’ve only had this a few days, but I already feel how transformative it is. The main reason I wanted it was work related. And its doing great work there. Quickly logging into email, checking my project websites and such have been great. I see myself using this as a reader too.
This will become my primary computing tool shortly, when adding my home life stuff. Work-wise? No. The power of my desktop is still crucial. I am confident, though, that the tablet is the next direction in personal computing.