December 2009


On tv!.

The difference between the main engine and a starter motor

> “The fossil fuel deposits of our Spaceship Earth correspond to our automobile’s storage battery which must be conserved to turn over our main engine’s self-starter. Thereafter, our ‘main engine,’ the life regenerating processes, must operate exclusively on our vast daily energy income from the powers of wind, tide, water, and the direct Sun radiation…more

Beauty and sports

“Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The relation is roughly that of courage to war.” – David Foster Wallace on Roger Federer.

Classics and creativity

It seems that if you hope to design things that cut to the heart of the human experience, you’re better off drawing inspiration from classical stories and literature than contemporary work. Something that remains relevant hundreds or thousands of years after its writing is a better foundation for meaningful work than the latest tech blog…more

Busy and lazy

When I’m lazy, I get busy–my schedule fills up indiscriminately. When I’m busy, I know I’ve been lazy. A mentor advised that “you have to continually fight off those predators that are trying to eat time away from your calendar.” A woman in [Choosing Simplicity]( said that she [wrote “NO” on the top of every…more

Desiring what you have not

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.” – Epicurus

Colin Powell’s Leadership lessons

[These lessons from Colin Powell]( are much more interesting than the usual CEO tripe… * Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off. * The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not…more


Mamihlapinatapai is a word from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the "most succinct word", and is considered one of the hardest words to translate. It describes "a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that both desire…more

“An optimistic story about the future”

The Power of 8 is a set of concept videos, fake products, landscape designs, architectural plans and stories that combine to show what a future where technology brings people together might look like. Really well done and unique.

Productivity software as an experience

Ommwriter is pretty slick; a writing tool with ambient sounds, background imagery, and an elegant fading UI that lets you get deep into your writing. Ommwriter from Herraiz Soto on Vimeo.