October 2011

Oh wow oh wow oh wow

Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times. Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Steve’s final words were: OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW. – Mona Simpson

Finding vs having

Are you trying to find the answer, or are you trying to have the answer? Similar statements; vastly different philosophies.

Celebrity brainstorming tips

I think we can learn a lot from this short documentary on brainstorming: The difficulty of brainstorming over VC and phone The need to provide reliable lunch opportunities The danger of “celebrity” participants How thinking visually makes your ideas stick The perils of bringing in previous ideas That sometimes not deferring judgement is best…

How you become happy

Of the 136 children invited to share some of their sets of stickers, two participants stood out for giving away their entire supply. Asked in a videotaped interview why he gave away all his stickers, one child responded: “That’s how you become happy”. Smart kid.

All of the above

Design isn’t how it looks OR how it works. It’s how it IS – every decision you make.

Future oriented

Projects that are future oriented, that despite their political difficulties can be completed only in some distant decade, are continuing reminders that there will be a future. – Carl Sagan