All career issues are religious issues. Maybe. →
Personal responsibility is the most important trait of a successful career. People who think their lives are within their control can overcome obstacles more effectively. And this is personal responsibility.
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Having trouble getting work done? I think this is brilliant: Different Computers For Different Contexts Sleep experts recommend that you use your bed only for sleeping. Why not apply the same principle to computers? You’d never pick up your Xbox and think of work. Why would you pick up your Facebook machine and expect to get some programming done? If you have the resources, a second computer...
Journalism Warning Labels →
Tom Scott: It seems a bit strange to me that the media carefully warn about and label any content that involves sex, violence or strong language — but there’s no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism and other questionable content. I figured it was time to fix that, so I made some stickers. I’ve been putting them on copies of the free papers that I find on the...
The Proposition 8 Ruling (in simple language)
I’m fascinated with this ruling, mainly because well-reasoned arguments have become so novel. squashed: On August 4, 2010, Federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that California’s Proposition 8, which prohibits California from recognizing same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. The ruling was stayed pending appeal—which means that nothing will happen until a Federal Appeals court...
New York Magazine is killin it right now. This might be even better than their Lady Gaga piece: Which is, of course, basically a description of Franco’s current career: He’s systematically challenging mass-cultural norms. Franco, you might say, is queering celebrity: erasing the border not just between gay and straight but between actor and artist, heartthrob and intellectual, junk TV and art...
I changed from wordpress to tumblr. All the old posts and pictures are missing. I’m working on bringing them back.
The End of Men
I know I’m late on this but, I can’t stop thinking about this article. From the abstract: EARLIER THIS YEAR, WOMEN BECAME THE MAJORITY OF THE WORKFORCE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN U.S. HISTORY. MOST MANAGERS ARE NOW WOMEN TOO. AND FOR EVERY TWO MEN WHO GET A COLLEGE DEGREE THIS YEAR, THREE WOMEN WILL DO THE SAME. FOR YEARS, WOMEN’S PROGRESS HAS BEEN CAST AS A STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY. BUT...
Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of...
One of the only athletes I truly, truly admire: “What do you do to throw that one pitch where you want it all the time when the situation is heavy — say, 3-1 count, bases loaded, big hitter up?” “I don’t ever second-guess myself. I don’t say, ‘I can’ or ‘I should’ or ‘I must.’ I will throw the ball where I want to.”
8000 words on elevators
Elevators are strange: “In most elevators, at least in any built or installed since the early nineties, the door-close button doesn’t work. It is there mainly to make you think it works. (It does work if, say, a fireman needs to take control. But you need a key, and a fire, to do that.) Once you know this, it can be illuminating to watch people compulsively press the door-close button. That the...
U - S - A ! U - S - A !
Still watching these the day after. This is probably my favorite:
famoussoundingwords: Passion Pit - “Tonight,...
waka waka waka
The original sketches for Pac-Man:
The Pale Blue Dot
Another great passage from The Pale Blue Dot. I need to read this book already.
Here is New York
Here is New York, E. B. White, 1949: There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter—the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person...
A nice collection of Criterion Collection box art. The art for one of my all time favorite films is so badass.
famoussoundingwords: T-t-t-talking about/...
Shooting mosquitoes out of the air
If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, watch the last half. He shows you a machine made out of consumer electronics that shoots mosquitoes out of the air…WITH LASERS
THE CHARLES SMITH AWARD FOR “BEST WAY TO BUM OUT A KNICKS FAN IN LESS THAN THREE SECONDS” 2006 draft: Renaldo Balkman (No. 20); Rajon Rondo (No. 21). 2010 draft: Jordan Hill (No. 8); Brandon Jennings (No. 10). :(
Cut and paste from Derek Sivers’ memory: “You’re an atheist? How can you not believe in God?” “How can you not believe in Zeus or Thor?” “That’s stupid. Those are old folk-tales.” “They were God! You’re dismissing others’ beliefs, calling them folk-tales? So you’re also an atheist for most gods that have ever existed. I just go one further.” “I’m not...
“If you open a window and make love to the world,...
- Kurt Vonnegut In other words, don’t write to please everyone. Write to please one person: your ideal reader.
What if he'd stayed in shape?
High School Shaq (turn down the volume, this video’s unnecessarily loud): He’s already one of the best centers ever but, he could have been even better. That’s scary.
There will be blood...
That’s just the first picture in an amazing series looking at the world through an electron microscope.
Super Mario Bros. Crossover
A reprogrammed flash version of the entire original Super Mario Bros. NES game that you can play as Mario, Mega Man, Link from Zelda, Simon from Castlevania, or Samus from Metroid, complete with customized attributes, special moves, and music for each character. Say goodbye to everything. [Newgrounds via BWE.tv]
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This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon: It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission. (March 8, 2004). On that date I was still a high school senior worrying about APs. That really ended up mattering…
“I never tire of looking at them for long periods...
William Zinsser on the above quote: I love the instinctive geometry of Matisse’s sentence. Every year I read it to the students in my writing classes. I don’t tell them what it means–how it might apply to their own writing–because I don’t know. I just want them to think about it. Writers get so fixated on the mechanics of writing that they forget how much they can learn from the other arts about...
Chemex coffee maker
A case for doing stuff
Merlin Mann: You’re absolutely right. You’re gonna die. You’re gonna die. And nobody’s gonna care which version of the iPhone you used to make something on Twitter, or to go and post about your bowel movement on Facebook. And I’m not even talking about legacy; I’m talking about the fact that I personally feel most alive when I’m making something, and I...