Stuff I'm reading, looking at, listening to, quotes and other scraps.

08 July 2013

Success demands the greatest, deepest capacity for unhappiness about what one has achieved to date. 



02 July 2013

So long as a society has unmet desires/needs, unemployment is a (tragic) failure to organise capital + labour + ideas.

– alaindebotton


12 June 2013

Stock Option Syndrome – similar to Stockholm Syndrom, a phenomenon in which employees sympathize with their start-up 



04 June 2013

90% of most technology debates can be repaired just by banning three words “ecosystem,” “meme,” “platform.” How do we fix the remaining 10%?

– Evgeny Morozov


29 May 2013

“Identity is a better word than branding. Identity is rounder, it has more breadth and depth. Branding is a single stamp.”

– John Rushworth


27 May 2013

Follow your own curiosity and say the most interesting stuff first. There is this weird idea of a “general reader,” who reads the New York Times and is equally interested in about 200 things (politics, peace in the middle east, pie, &c). I don’t think such people exist. And if they do, they are too busy reading the New York Times to read whatever you’re writing.

So forget that hypothetical reader and write about the things that are most interesting to you. Then, make it your mission to explain to readers why they should care about this thing you find interesting.

At the base of it, I guess I don’t believe in other people’s hierarchies about what’s important in the world. … And — this is one reason I love the web — all the analytics I’ve ever seen on my stories indicate that my own interest level and effort dictate what does well, not the subject matter.


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