A short film from France: "Can We Kiss?" Nicely done.
Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
Time was, Voegeli writes, a tolerant society was one with "a mutual non-aggression pact": If your beliefs and practices offend but do not otherwise affect me, I will not interfere with them if you will reciprocate regarding my beliefs and practices. Now, however, tolerance supposedly requires compulsory acknowledgment that certain people's beliefs and practices deserve, Voegeli says, "to be honored, respected, affirmed and validated" lest they suffer irreparable injury to their sense of worth. And it requires compelling conformity for the good of the compelled.
Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangled by unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.
Dr. Alexander Hoffmann sat by the fire in his study in Geneva, a half-smoked cigar lying cold in the ashtray beside him, an angle-poise lamp pulled low over his shoulder, turning the pages of a first edition of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin. The Victorian grandfather clock in the hall was striking midnight but Hoffmann did not hear it. Nor did he notice that the fire was almost out. All of his formidable powers of attention were directed onto his book.
This looks fascinating: The trailer for "Tim's Vermeer."
Althouse has the award winner.
The goal of creating a nonhierarchical organization is nonsensical because there is no such thing as a nonhierarchical organization.
One of the pictures hanging in my office in mid-Manhattan is a photograph of the writer E. B. White. It was taken by Jill Krementz when White was 77 years old, at his home in North Brooklin, Maine. A white-haired man is sitting on a plain wooden bench at a plain wooden table - three boards nailed to four legs - in a small boathouse. The window is open to a view across the water. White is typing on a manual typewriter, and the only other objects are an ashtray and a nail keg. The keg, I don't have to be told, is his wastebasket.
Nicholas Bate: Life doesn't have to be this way.
The problem with television is that people must sit and keep their eyes glued to the screen. The average American family doesn't have time for it.
Former Senator and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker has died.
One of the best novelists today talking about writing.
I wrote this several years ago and Hugh MacLeod at gapingvoid.com was kind enough to publish it as part of his manifesto series:
Lou Gramm with "Midnight Blue."
To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse.
I put this film on tonight and was reminded of just how chilling it is.
In any event, Mandarin would be a very difficult language for the rest of the world to learn and master. Even if you put Chinese words into pinyin form (roman characters), there are four tones to each character (often monosyllabic) that clarify the meaning. Regardless, I don’t see the Chinese discarding their Mandarin characters and converting entirely to pinyin, as they are proud of their language, which has survived more than 5,000 years.
David Kanigan reveals the problems encountered when you have NO MIDDLE NAME!
The main theme from "Cinema Paradiso."
I'll bet few of you spent part of your day feeding chickens and frogs.
Help Scout has a great review of how Disney creates magical experiences and a 70% return rate.
Wally Bock looks at shapeshifting at Apple.
Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs. It's about deliberately choosing to be different.
The soundtrack to "Seven Years in Tibet" is in the background.
David Kanigan has info on how to make Sea Salt and Honey Ice Cream without using an ice cream machine.
It was 20 years ago when millions of us were watching a white Bronco being pursued by a mass of squad cars on the freeways of Los Angeles.
At his trial, Socrates famously said that 'the unexamined life is not worth living'. He had not, of course, met Margaret Thatcher. From childhood, through the whole of her life until the infirmities of old age prevented her, Mrs. Thatcher worked without cease. For her, work had a semi-religious significance, and it was the only way of life she knew. Even after she had left politics, she would always say 'There's so much to do!' She hated the fact that she no longer had the chance to do it.
Marc Cohn with "True Companion."
Monday, the White House announced Obama will sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Where are America's saddest workers?
The executive art is nine-tenths inducing those who have authority to use it in taking pertinent action.
FutureLawyer blogger Rick Georges remembers his father in a poem. An excerpt: