10 months?

May 5th, 2010

Has it really been that long since I posted something on the blog? Shameful. I think there must be a way to write more and put it down in the weblog.

The Conversation

August 21st, 2009

Sometimes I think I like what good — and great — critics write and say about art just as much as the art itself.

Here’s an example: A.O. Scott’s review of The Conversation.

Tim Clark on Communication

August 19th, 2009

I re-read Tim’s piece again tonight and find it resonating even more than the first time I read it. Talking and meeting has more fidelity than email. The comments discussion at the end reveals some of the real challenges I find too in avoiding email. In no order, they are:

  • you gotta finish what someone else started (ie, there is an expectation from customers, bosses, and stake-holders that you will respond to email, even if you try to not create email for everyone)
  • different time zones, different locations
  • chopping up tasks and communications in a distributed environment can actually help using email

I suspect though, that everyone would agree we have to do something about over-email. This makes you start thinking about it, if nothing else.

Great article on Word Bloat

August 19th, 2009

Well written article on why Word fails now as a word processor, and full of points about distraction. Love the writing.

via Loryn Jenkins via Mark Bernstein.

WALL-E: Art of the Title

June 30th, 2009

A perfect daily diversion: Art of the Title on the end title sequence in WALL-E.

via Daring Fireball

On Newspapers and the Printing Press

March 31st, 2009


via Daring Fireball.

Book review: Murakami’s Running Book

February 21st, 2009

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you like Murakami, you will love this. I think the thing I like most about reading Murakami is that I feel like I get to live in his brain and see the world through his eyes. The book tells alot about Murakami’s life – how he ran a jazz bar, and starting writing and running, so if you like his books and just want to know more about him, this is wonderful. But the entries here are about running, and reading this fired my commitment to start running again. Thanks, Murakami.

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7 Miles in Rancho

February 1st, 2009

Rancho Run

January 25th, 2009

On Breakthroughs

December 4th, 2008

A very interesting article by Greg Huang on a talk by Rick Hanauer, an early Amazon investor, on what to look for (and why Amazon was so interesting). Highlights:

  • Value creation (“the ratio of benefits to cost, divided by those of the alternatives”)
  • Social disruption