My jottings & other un-ordered notes

this is a collection of thoughts & jottings that i want to keep for later reference. i will put any new ones on the top of the list.


Without conscious and deliberate effort, inertia always wins tony hsieh in the delivering happiness book


Oligarchy – a small elite is in charge. Monarchy – the king/queen is in charge. Anarchy – now you’re in charge! Yes you. You decide what to think. You decide what to do and you damn well take responsibility for your actions. Breaking a shop window doesn’t make you an anarchist – actually thinking things through and making up your own mind is radical and can lead to behaviour that some might deem healthy while others might say threatens the fabric of the state. the guardian


the leader’s role is to be the chief energy officer – to mobilse and focus and direct and inspire and regularly recharge those he or she leadsTony Schwartz


in most of today’s workplaces, work is about figuring out what to do with finite time and attention, and infinite information and choices. from hacking work


even the intellectuals of the world are just like intellectual Hitlers, trying the prove who is the most right. they talk in such a way as to confuse and try to build up their intellectual purity to impose their views, but they create nothing but confusion. b.k.s.iyengar

capitalism is the exploitation of man by man. communism is the opposite underground slogan in eastern europe, pre-1989


there are certain people who come into your life, and leave a mark… their place in your heart is tender; a bruise of longing, a pulse of unfinished business. just hearing their names pushes and pulls at you in a hundred ways, and when you try to define those hundred ways, describe them even to yourself, words are useless sara zarr

it was a small thing, but it was a thing, and things have a way of either dying or growing, and it wasn’t dying miranda july

you can’t change the world through music, but you can give people a different perspective on the world billy bragg


you have to be complete fascists when it comes to art. there is no room for democracy. we don’t want anyone else’s opinion ricky gervais


there’s always another wave, so you’re going to go up and down; waves are going to keep coming, every once in a while you’re visible to the world and other times it’s like you’re in a trough, nobody cares. everybody’s looking at the white caps on the waves. they don’t see you but then you come up  again, riding something and it’s like “where the hell did they come from? i thought they were gone!” that’s the way i look at it, there’s nothing you can do about it except just hang in there and keep on going  neil young interview


it was not love, but it was a kind of fascination that was not unlike love ken follet in “world without end”


ridicule is nothing to be scared of adam ant


life conspires to beat the rebel out of you alex bogusky


the americans can always be counted on to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other alternatives winston churchill


fashion is not something that exists only in dresses. fashion is in the sky, in the street, and fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. coco chanel


you cannot buy the revolution. you cannot make the revolution. you can only be the revolution. it is in your spirit, or it is nowhere shevek, in ursula le guin’s novel the dispossessed


in my opinion its better to keep the $ in your pocket and just train a little harder karl king


a friend is wrestling with his ability to be coached. for the coachable, “turn right at the light” is seen as a helpful suggestion for someone lost in a strange town… the advice goes in, is considered and then acted upon. for someone wrestling with coaching, though, it’s like surgery. it’s painful, it has side effects and it might lead to a bad reaction. seth godin


no amount of fear can stop the rise of free media – the community is vastly more innovative and powerful than a single company jonathan schwartz


it’s not plastic, not contrived, everything about it is real and that’s what gives it its longevity roger waters talking about dark side of the moon


armchair pajamas media i like that phrase


his opponents professed to see in him a dark and wily schemer .. but it is far likelier that he was merely a stupid old man doing his best according to his very dim lights. george orwell talking about neville chamberlain


slashdot == the rolling stones of geek sites they’re not attracting new fans as fast as some other upstarts, but they’ve got a huge rusted on support base and know how to keep dishing up the same old fare to a bunch of fuddy duddies who lap it up cause it makes them feel like they’re still young radicals. comment by jonnosan


what we found after many millions of dollars of investment is that even a fool with a tool is still a fool no idea who said this


the last thing we need is a union. unions homogenize the workforce. you get x dollars per hour, no matter how good/terrible you are. what we need is performance-based pay, and no sane union would ask for that. unions are the antithesis of geek demands. unions demand uniformity in workplace conditions. geeks demand flexibility. unions demand standard pay scales. we like to see 15% pay increases. unions cater to the average worker. geeks despise mediocrity no idea who said this


punk makes you think you can do anything, but of course, you never really do.. warren kinsella, canada (punk empowered suburban youths like him to change the world)


.. a lifetime serving one machine is ten times worse than prison .. the clash


.. my concern is that there’s a big difference between buying new running shoes and actually hitting the road every morning. big difference. one is really fun and relaxing while the other requires a lot of hard work, diligence, and sacrifice. ultimately, the tools that we choose for any purpose will only be as useful as our ability to use them effectively and to understand what their improved quality means to the way we approach our work (as well as the challenges that led us to seek out these new tools). you can buy a successively more costly and high-quality series of claw hammers until you’ve reached the top of the line, but until you learn how to use them skillfully, you’re going to keep making ugly bird houses. no tool can save you from your own crap behavior .. merlin mann @ 43 folders


in my opinion one would be better off to keep the $ in your pocket and just train a little harder. karl king


.. suddenly, the mainstream is not the only stream. there’s room now for babbling brooks, crooked creeks, and tributaries where trends pick up momentum before they flow downstream …. breadth of content thrives in environments that are collaborative, distributed, bottom-up, and driven as much by passion as by profit ..


.. in a way, the crucial difference here is between buying and tipping. in the first case, you’re paying for a good or service, and feel no attachment toward the person producing it. in the latter case, you find yourself caring about the person you’re tipping, empathizing with them and appreciating them, not merely what they produce. you’re giving them money not in exchange for something, but simply to enable them to keep doing what they’re doing, because it pleases you and you feel it makes your life richer.. from http://blog.epistemographer.com/archives/000340.html


… those who do it for fun don’t care if it is certified and those who care if it is certified aren’t doing it for fun … stolen from Lao Zi


… we are anti-fascist, anti-violence, anti-racist, and pro-creative… the clash


… it’s not a job, it’s a jihad … attributed to an AOL executive during the dot com era


… it’s about the narrowing of the breadth and depth and diversity of our culture: the quieting of all but the blandest voices, the elimination of all but the safest choices. it’s about what it will mean to you if the blunt force of commerce succeeds in silencing people like me … an anonymous author writing about the book publishing industry


the more i learnt about this cheeky company, the more it appealed to me, as it unapologetically pointed to an alternative in a complacent and creatively bankrupt industry. apple stood for something and had a reason for being that just wasn’t about money. jonathan ive on apple


veni vidi velcro “i came, i saw, i stuck around”


… has resisted choosing sides among traditional management styles and opted instead to embrace paradox openly. the result is a company that feels both driven and laid-back, informal but highly focussed, individualistic & collaborative. call their approach post-conventional. whatever …


all over the world people are recognising that if we want to protect our communities from profiteering and destruction, then it’s up to ordinary people to get together. it’s important to look for the positives in life helen steel – half of the mclibel two


for any problem there is a person or persons in a large population of educated people that can see a solution adapted from marshall mcluhan


some people have nothing very well organized. and some people have nothing, very well organized


the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strongest, but that’s the way to bet damon runyon


they are like crazy people. all the time do they go on, and on. why do they go on? i do not know. only do they go on. what are they after? i do not know… but i ask questions no more. i, too, go on and on, because i am strong on the trail jack london


whatever happened to just winging it ? ” he asks “our culture more and more cultivates the measureable, the predictable, the standardised. we have become too caught up trying to understand and diagnose everything. that’s absurd. do you learn to swim by reading the stories of great swimmers and studying the kinesiology of the backstroke ? no you get in the water and see what works bradford keeney


$200k a year now, you’ve got three choices as i see it. you can live the rest of your life not making $200k/year, but being jealous of those who do. that’s just pathetic. or, you can figure out what you have to do to make $200k/year yourself. that’s a waste of your life, but at least you’re not stewing with impotent envy. or, you can realize now that having that kind of money isn’t worth anything, take pity on people who’ve wasted their precious life on acquiring it, and put your life into something worthwhile. what’ll it be?


a loud-mouthed, rebellious idealist, a big-hearted gung-ho desperado making ragged, bolshie music and striking blows against the empire billy bragg writing about joe strummer


fat ass to me isn’t about the toughness of the event, but rather a time spent with some good friends doing what it is we all like to do …. it isn’t simply a race, it is a happening. the “woodstock” of running dave flimpyhead


if i fall along the way pick me up and dust me off. and if i get too tired to make it be my breath so i can walk


in a culture increasingly suffocated by myopic corporate interests, it is refreshing, if not downright life-confirming, to be able to announce any victory over those interests. as the monstrous steel and glass edifices of commerce cast their ever-darkening shadows over whole communities, the crude lottery of day-to-day existence becomes an ever more complex battle. just who on earth benefits from the raging bull of globalisation? how are we to exist if we are to be treated as no more than cyphers chained to the production line of the corporate circus? what future is there for our culture if art, poetry and music are seen only as commodities? just as tin pan alley will never produce a miles davis, so charles saatchi will never produce a francis bacon. if marx didn’t say that commerce was the antithesis of true creativity, he should have done


we have done so much for so long with so little that we can now do anything with practically nothing.


ultras are limited by calorie intake, not aerobic endurance.


the paradox of our time the paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. we spend more, but have less; we buy more but enjoy less. we have bigger houses and smaller families, more convieniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgement; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness. we drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch tv too much, and pray too seldom. we have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. we talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. we’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life, we’ve added years to life not life to years. we’ve done larger things but not better things. we’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. we’ve conquered the atom, but not our predjudice. we write more, but learn less. we plan more, but accomplish less. we’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. we build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. these are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; big men and small character. remember to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesnt cost a cent. remember to say “i love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. a kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. give time to love, time to speak, give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


mono-maniac with a mission


it’s not how you start it’s how you finish


it’s a human love – flawed, inconsistent, messy, hilarious


in theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, in practice there is


i want to thank the rest of you for making me look normal gordon ainsleigh

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