Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.William S. Burroughs
I learned that it is absolutely okay to use the tools we have online to make sure we’re protecting ourselves. With billions of people connected around the globe, you don’t need to give everyone equal permission to your mind. Just like you would offline, you need to thoughtfully choose who you surround yourself with, what you let in and what to keep out.Tobias van Schneider
Apple shows us highly stylised manufacturing videos – raw materials being forged into a beautiful new object. Ingenuity we ought to celebrate. We were conditioned to treat the ‘unboxing’ of that precious new object like a quasi-religious experience.
And then, the promise of good design falls short. Little consideration goes into how the object ages, how maintenance could extend its use, or what happens to it when it reaches the end of its life cycle. Apple’s much-touted respect for materiality quickly turns into a liability – your liability.
From that perspective, the ‘good design’ of the AirPods (and most of today’s gadgets) remains a tragedy.Kai Brach
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.Vern Law
The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.Ernest Hemingway
There’s no way that saving 10% of the world while destroying 90% of it turns into anything close to a net positive.
My purpose in writing this isn’t to make you feel bad. You obviously already do. As my grandfather once told me, you don’t need to push a stone that’s rolling downhill. My purpose in writing this is to give you good news. And here it is. If you are looking to make a difference in the world, you are already in the place you need to be. You don’t need to go anywhere else.Mike Monteiro
If you have something to say, say it. If you have something to share, share it. Don’t invent things to say or to share just such that you can package up that pink slime as a golden nugget of truth to trade for someone’s contact information.
That’s the same insincere, manipulative logic behind influencer marketing. It’s all about disguising the sale with a thin, flimsy layer of purchased credibility. No wonder we’re all so skeptical and cynical these days. Because we have a million good A/B-optimized reasons to be.
Not everything needs to be tracked. Not everything needs to pay off. It’s perfectly fine to do things because it’s fun, feels good, is interesting, tickles your brain, or just helps someone out.DAVID HEINEMEIER HANSSON
We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.Carl Sagan