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table for two

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“Think about how you’d feel if a guy sat down at your lunch table one afternoon when you were interviewing an applicant for a vice-president’s position and tried to sell the two of you a car, and wouldn’t go away.” – @Man. I don’t read Doc as much as I used to. Which means that […]

Finding The Best Water Skier in Luxembourg

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“I’m interested in the small worlds, the small worlds that make life worth living.” – Keith Kahn-Harris Brilliant project. Just brilliant. “I will travel to a number of places to investigate experts and champions in small fields in small countries. As the title of the book suggests, I will start with a chapter on water […]

First Answer the Question for Yourself

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“It was terribly frustrating because I remember I started with, ‘Who am I? Why am I here?’ and I never got back to that because there was never an opportunity for me to explain my life to people” – Admiral James Bond Stockdale

Towards a Longer Horizon

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“…there’s an awful lot of effort being expended that is just never going to result in meaningful, truly disruptive innovation. And I think that’s a problem.” – Max Levchin

Gulp.

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“To risk sounding like a broken record, why support a company that treats you like a criminal? I choose not to.” – jdeslip

Towards a Reconnected Future

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“…it is not unfathomable to imagine a prospective society that finds the tic itself [compulsive mobile gadget use] to be as abhorrent and vile as today’s culture does cigarettes. In that putative future, smartphone users would be relegated to special rooms in airports, where passers by would shake their heads disapprovingly at the grey faces […]

Twitchy

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“I wasn’t really GETTING anything from real time access to my performance data, except the stress of being aware of every time we had a temporary dip below the median performance (which, statistically, occurs uh… 50% of the time).” “Compounding my error, I actually now have the ability to ACT on this half-baked version of […]

Deliberate

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“When I was young the thought of going slow never occurred to me. But I learned that sometimes you have to slow down to go really fast. Seems paradoxical. But you can’t make good design decisions until you’re thoroughly familiar with a tool. And when you go too fast you have to live with the […]

Links are the Killer App

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“I may be wrong but it looks like Google’s fear of the mobile ecosystem – that apps cannot be crawled, indexed and searched for may be an overreaction. It is precisely because apps cannot be crawled, indexed and searched for, the mobile application ecosystem’s expansion will be limited – mobile app discovery will continue to […]

“It’s all news to someone”

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“So let’s call this the newsonomics of the shiny new wrapper, a movement that is allowing editors, publishers, broadcasters and marketers to reimagine what (and how) they can offer to long-time and would-be readers.” – Ken Doctor This is the space where my most interesting and most recent conversations are occurring. I see a huge […]

I read Jim’s Journal and it was OK

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I count Jim’s Journal (along with the Muppets, Hitchhikers Guide, Airplane, and The State) as significant in forming my sense of humor. I’m pleased to find Jim’s Journal is on GoComics.com. And just as dry as ever.

“What am I resisting more than x?”

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Mark Foster (author of the highly recommended, Do it Tomorrow) has an exceedingly simple and powerful task management system called: Final Version. “The FV algorithm uses the question ‘What do I want to do before I do x?’ to preselect a chain of tasks from the list. What exactly is meant by ‘want’ in this […]

Projecting

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“At that point it hit me: the notion of this idea as a ‘startup’ was holding this idea back. What if I dropped all of the pretense and just built the best thing I could think of? What would the idea look like?” – Kyle Shank On Open Loop #1 Jamie and I discuss dive […]

I’m concerned…

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…that this is starting to look like systematic discrimination. …[the St. Anthony city council] originally approved the opening of his store but now are seeking to close it. St. Anthony City Council rejects Islamic center plan.

Taken

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“The best solution is not to need money. The less you need investor money, (a) the more investors like you, in all markets, and (b) the less you’re harmed by bad markets” – Paul Graham

Open Space Tech: Guiding principles and one law

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Whoever comes is the right peoplereminds participants that they don’t need the CEO and 100 people to get something done, you need people who care. And, absent the direction or control exerted in a traditional meeting, that’s who shows up in the various breakout sessions of an Open Space meeting. Whenever it starts is the […]

Unbuttoned

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a couple things I’ve written on the subject of third party buttons littering the web: from 2010 “In my experience, customer preferences move faster than website refresh schedules – so by the time the ‘Facebook Like’ button is integrated in a useful manner – the visitors changed their preference.” from 2006 “Once I’ve decided on […]

Short Term’s the Same Too

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“In long-term, facebook will be the next AOL. Think about it.” – Stewie I’ll even say Facebook is Aol in the short term. Both are frequently confused for the internet. Both very rigid, ad-subsidized publishing platforms. Both pay their writers nearly nothing in exchange for a promise of exposure and more efficient publishing tools. In […]

Hay

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“While it is possible to find a needle in a haystack, even using specialized machines to do so takes a considerable amount of time, particularly since bone needles cannot be picked up by magnets. The task is difficult enough to still make the saying viable.” – MythBusters, Needle in a Haystack Episode And that’s with […]

Inbox 7

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I just returned from 4 days in Minnesota’s northwoods. Completely disconnected. The only things I took with me; water bottle, a couple days change of clothes, my notecards, and my wallet. I hiked waterfalls, scrambled across rocky beaches, and fell asleep to flickering fires. I pondered living in a lighthouse. Hiking a hundred vertical feet […]