“Jon Stewart managed to do something with his Rally to Restore Sanity that hasn’t been done in a long time. He confused the mainstream media to the point of a near collective nervous breakdown. The media couldn’t figure out what this rally was about, and it was only when Stewart explained it to them that they realized that it was about them.”—The Rally To Restore Sanity Causes a Mainstream Media Meltdown (via ronmarks)
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—
“A Rothschild was fond of saying, “there are three ways to financial ruin: women, gambling, engineers; the first two are the most pleasant ones, the latter the most certain.”—Health care and reform in … - Google Books
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and somthing else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”—Chuck Close (via kareem)
“I got an MBA the way sailors get tattoos – before I knew any better,” said Lutz, telling a story that will be in Car Guys vs. Bean Counters, his next book. When he returned to GM in 2001, Lutz characterized the organization as one that was perceived as foolish by the outside world, but that, on the inside, he found to be comprised of brilliant individuals. “There was an excess of IQ at GM,” said Lutz. “GM was not stupid. On the contrary.”—Search Facets » Warren Buffett’s Superfluous IQ Points
“While stationed in Panjwaii, a district west of the city of Kandahar, his unit spent an afternoon watching local children play a game, he said. Eight kids stood in a circle. One kid in the middle held a rebar with a big piece of concrete attached at the end. He’d spin it around and, after building up enough centrifugal force, let it go. If a kid on the edge of the circle jumped out of the way, the other kids would beat him up because he didn’t have enough faith in God. If he didn’t dodge it and the concrete hit him, the kids would beat him up, too, because God intended for him to get hurt. At least that’s how an interpreter explained it to the soldier.”—
“It’s actually a rare and precious thing to discover what it is you love to do, and I encourage you to remain unapologetically consumed by it. Be faithful to your gift and very confident in its value.”—Jonathan Ive (via jennaaaye)
“The girls love a guy with a low-strung strat bashing out those power chords. Take it too far with the technical ability, though, and most girls completely lose interest. Strum a few open triads like Pete Docherty and you’ll be packing venues and pulling supermodels. Throw in a couple of interesting seventh chords and a bit of melodic minor and you’ll be playing to a small audience of hardcore music fans, almost all of them in possession of a penis.”—The Rewards For Mastery - Software People Inspiring
“Every time you write code or introduce third-party services, you are introducing the possibility of failure into your system. I have far more faith in xargs than I do in Hadoop. Hell, I trust xargs more than I trust myself to write a simple multithreaded processor.”—Taco Bell Programming
“The corollary to this rule is good google foo won’t save you. You need that traffic to translate into a community. A visit is not an interesting statistic especially in a business that requires the community to produce content.”—Stuart Roseman, Out with the Old business in with the New
“They weren’t just competition, they bested us right out of the gate. Which was a real bummer, because Dmitry and I spent the last five years before Swivel competing with IBM in our other job, and just when we thought we would be doing this web startup and never have to see IBM again, boom, one month later Many Eyes came along.”—
The 10 year survival rate for someone with breast cancer is close to 90%, and is one of the most well survived cancers. Sure, as with all cancers, early detection and prompt medical attention are key to surviving but, chances are, if you get breast cancer you’re going to survive it.
On the other hand, take liver cancer. The 10 year survival rate hovers just below 10%. Why don’t companies spend millions painting their boxes red, or orange, or brown and put a little ribbon on the box to raise awareness about liver cancer? Because no one cares about bringing awareness to cancer, they only care about making money. No one is going to buy your product when it makes them think of a nasty old liver, when they could be thinking of boobs.
If I see a pink box, I’m going to buy something else.
“After more than two decades as his own boss, Johnson isn’t sure how much ownership interest—and potential profit—he is willing to give up. “All of a sudden, I have other people inventing stuff that I don’t have control over anymore,” Johnson says. “They could put patents in place for things I would need to implement in my engine. I’d have to pay them for my own idea!”—