Murakami runs six miles a day, six days a week. (via The New York Times) In the style of Albert Camus — who claimed that much of what he knew about morality and duty he learned from soccer — Murakami believes that “most of what I know about writing I’ve learned through running every day.” … Continue reading Running Man
In October Slate published an exclusive excerpts from Rose George’s book The Big Neccessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters and I just ordered the book. From Slate: It drips on her head most days, says Champaben, but in the monsoon season it’s worse. In rain, worms multiply. Every day, nonetheless, … Continue reading The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
This an old post about the making of O’Reilly animals for the O’Reilly books. Still very enjoyable: I always loved the O’Reilly animal book covers. Continue reading Making O’Reilly Animals
From Wired: Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker’s library. A great article by Steven Levy from Wired. Geek paradise! Continue reading Geek Heaven
I would have to agree with Tim Bray: Aleksander Isayevich was an influential writer for me. Funny to think about my past reading habits. I grew up in a house where reading (and reading a lot) was just the norm. I constantly read. I remember my mother having to come into my room and … Continue reading Alexsander Isayevich
Catching up on my reading I came across this little nugget from Canadian Business writer Rachel Pulfer writing in Leadership: Limit, simplify or prime a person’s choices in a particular way, and you can influence their decisions. Pulfer’s article talks about embracing nudging in leadership and change:"Putting fruit at eye level is a nudge. Banning … Continue reading Nudge
I just ordered Beautiful Code and realized that Greg Wilson is having way way too much fun! Continue reading Beautiful Code
Carol Dweck and Mindsets via Guy Kawasaki From Publishers Weekly Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: Mindset is "an established set of attitudes held by someone," says the Oxford American Dictionary. It turns out, however, that a set of attitudes needn’t be so set, according to Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford. Dweck proposes that … Continue reading Keep those neurons working!
I used to read 2-4 books a week. My lack of reading these days is driving me crazy so I decided to do something about it: read more. This of course will require discipline, ie pry myself away from my laptop screen to sit down and read! It is possible. I have done it before. … Continue reading Pile O’reading!
From Made To Stick: Mark Twain once observed, “ A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas—businessmen, educators, politicians, journalists, and others—struggle to make their ideas “stick.” … Continue reading Made to Stick