December 2009

Real priorities

“A priority is observed, not manufactured or assigned. Otherwise, it’s necessarily not a priority.” – Merlin Mann. Real priorities are what you are actually doing.

Read not the Times

“We should treat our minds, that is, ourselves, as innocent and ingenuous children, whose guardians we are, and be careful what objects and what subjects we thrust on their attention. Read not the Times. Read the Eternities.” – Henry David Thoreau, Life Without Principle

Accept credit card payments with your cell phone

Square – really slick way for anyone to accept credit card payments using their cell phone. Awesome.

Universities in the digital age

“Improving university education is one of the cheapest and simplest things that we could do to improve the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. The current system, in light of both the promise and distractions of modern technology, is almost laughably poorly designed. – Philip Greenspun. Some good ideas, including changing grading, stop lecturing, open offices for…more