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stuff I find funny, interesting or thought provoking

December 12, 2012 at 12:24am
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We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.

— Kurt Vonnegut

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Onwards and upwards, and never give your failures a second thought.

— George Lois

August 12, 2012 at 11:46am
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The more you document your own life, the more you check in, you tweet, the more you post photos of what you did last night, the more you do all of this stuff, or even in my case, the more you listen for little lines of dialogue that can make their way into stories, the more you photograph moments, in a way, the more you start to step out of those moments, and if you do that too much, you become a spectator to your own life.

— Jonathan Harris via swissmiss | Spectator of your own Life

July 9, 2012 at 6:07pm
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My code of life and conduct is simply this: work hard, play to the allowable limit, disregard equally the good and bad opinion of others, never do a friend a dirty trick, eat and drink what you feel like when you feel like, never grow indignant over anything, trust to tobacco for calm and serenity, bathe twice a day … learn to play at least one musical instrument and then play it only in private, never allow one’s self even a passing thought of death, never contradict anyone or seek to prove anything to anyone unless one gets paid for it in cold, hard coin, live the moment to the utmost of its possibilities, treat one’s enemies with polite inconsideration, avoid persons who are chronically in need, and be satisfied with life always but never with one’s self.

— Quote by George Jean Nathan: My code of life and conduct is simply this: wor…

June 25, 2012 at 11:54pm
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Complaining is stupid. Either act or forget.

— Stefan Sagmeister - Things I have learned in my life

(Source: swiss-miss.com)

November 10, 2011 at 5:20pm
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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

— Ben Franklin

October 30, 2011 at 4:50pm
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Fashion is what seems beautiful now but looks ugly later; art can be ugly at first but it becomes beautiful later.

— A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs | www.nytimes.com | Readability

October 29, 2011 at 5:28pm
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You escape the madness by seeing it as a thing you do, not a thing you make. You’re not making one pot, you are a potter.

— The one shot world – a case for career entrepreneurship and casual experimentation | blog.thestartuptoolkit.com | Readability

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Writer’s block arrived once quality was attributed to inspiration.

— Trollope on shipping – The Startup Toolkit Blog

October 28, 2011 at 1:04pm
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First, delighting customers doesn’t build loyalty; reducing their effort—the work they must do to get their problem solved—does.

Second, acting deliberately on this insight can help improve customer service, reduce customer service costs, and decrease customer churn.

— Stop Trying to Delight Your Customers - Harvard Business Review

September 2, 2011 at 9:11pm
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A restaurants best investment will always be the head chef.

— Gordon Ramsay

July 22, 2011 at 9:24am
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One of Graphite’s greatest strengths and greatest weaknesses is the fact that very little of it was actually “designed” in the traditional sense. By and large Graphite evolved gradually, hurdle by hurdle, as problems arose. Many times the hurdles were foreseeable and various pre-emptive solutions seemed natural. However it can be useful to avoid solving problems you do not actually have yet, even if it seems likely that you soon will. The reason is that you can learn much more from closely studying actual failures than from theorizing about superior strategies.

— The Architecture of Open Source Applications: Graphite

June 28, 2011 at 8:03am
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Believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear people say, ‘But I’m concerned about security.’ My response to that is simple: ‘Security is for cadavers.’

— Bob Parsons: A New Billionaire’s 10 Rules for Success - The Wealth Report - WSJ

June 25, 2011 at 10:01am
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Most people use statistics the way a drunkard uses a lamp post, more for support than illumination.

— Mark Twain

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Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

— Attributed to Albert Einstein but it may have just been a sign hanging on his wall at Princeton.