Monday, May 31, 2021



Memorial Day

The absolute least we can do is to remember what they sacrificed for us and where we would be had they not done so.

[Photo by Justin Casey at Unsplash]

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Saturday, May 29, 2021

I Believe This is One of the Most Overlooked Truths Out There

Whenever you make a decision, whenever you act, you are never just doing, you are becoming.

- Tom Morris

Best Put in the Rear-View Mirror


Victor Davis Hanson at American Greatness: "Will the 2020 Madness Last?"

[HT: A Large Regular]


I am going to share with you the personal mantra of great leaders: "I am good at what I do - and I do it because I care about you."

- John Spence in Excellence By Design: Leadership

Out There


Civic Education, Rightly Understood

"We live in anxious times. But many times in our past were far more anxious, and the reasons for anxiety then were more compelling. Consider, for example, the situation facing the world in the early months of 1941, when Hitler’s triumphant armies controlled continental Europe, when only the British Isles managed to hold out, and when the future of liberty looked very dim—indeed, when civilization itself seemed imperiled. Yet at that moment, the novelist John Dos Passos chose to pen these words: “In times of change and danger when there is a quicksand of fear under men’s reasoning, a sense of continuity with generations gone before can stretch like a lifeline across the scary present.”

- Wilfred M. McClay in City Journal

Decline Update

Mike Gonzalez and Dakota Wood on "woke" training in the U.S. military.

[This is a major change from the race relations/equal opportunity training that took place when I was in the Army.]

On My List


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Ready to Go


Friday, May 28, 2021

Intelligence. Beauty. Values.


All of those are found at The Hammock Papers.

"The Hole at the Bottom of Math"

Political Calculations has a video on "Math's Fatal Flaw."

A Point of View

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.

- Marshall McLuhan

Family Movie


Use Your Vacation. For Good.

Wally Bock has excellent advice on how to take a vacation.

The rule is “less have-tos, more want-tos.” 

[Photo by S. Migaj at Unsplash]

Stigmatizing Males

Quillette: Hannah Gal on "The Growing Resistance to the Stigmatization of Masculinity." An excerpt:

Little patience exists for the kind of male disorganisation and restlessness that just two decades ago would have been understood as a normal part of growing up. Quoting psychologist Michael Thompson, [Christina Hoff] Sommers concludes, “girl behaviour is the gold standard in schools, boys are treated like defective girls.”


 What is this? Granted, the following description is not well put but the overall idea is interesting.

CUUSOO is a web platform pursuing to create a safe society by collecting and commercializing "users' wants".

Impressive, But Check the Bottom Line

 RESPECT: We treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. We do not tolerate abusive or disrespectful treatment. Ruthlessness, callousness, and arrogance don’t belong here.

INTEGRITY: We work with customers and prospects openly, honestly, and sincerely. When we say we will do something, we will do it; when we say we cannot or will not do something, then we won’t do it.

COMMUNICATION: We have an obligation to communicate. Here, we take the time to talk with one another… and to listen. We believe that information is meant to move and that information moves people.

EXCELLENCE: We are satisfied with nothing less than the very best in everything we do. We will continue to raise the bar for everyone. The great fun here will be for all of us to discover just how good we can really be.

- From Enron’s 1998 Annual Report

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Art Break

Art Contrarian looks at John W. Waterhouse's greatest hits.

I Really Can't Wait to Avoid This Movie


Now What?

Inc. magazine's profile of former Dollar Shave Club CEO Michael Dubin

That is So Kind of Them

Jonathan Turley on Facebook's announcement that people will now be allowed to discuss whether the virus was man-made.

What? No Zombies?


Up in the Air

Fast Company interviews Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian.


John Steele Gordon has reviewed the new biography of the great Thomas Sowell.

[HT: Cultural Offering]

First Paragraph

Recently, I was at a party in San Francisco when a man approached me and introduced himself as the founder of a small AI start-up.

- From Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation by Kevin Roose 

Glenn Loury Joins the GoodFellows


Keep in Mind

Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished.

- Dan Gilbert, psychologist

Walking. With #1 Son.

Late night, he shifts in the chair, the floorboards creak, his office directly above the Master bedroom. His chair directly on top of me, sleeping. He’ll be editing his photos, the same photos for hours. Days. The penguin from South Africa, that one up top, took weeks. Deliberate. Meticulous. Punctilious. Like a Professional.

Read all of David Kanigan's reflections

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Blame's Spill-Over

Commentary magazine: Rick Marin on the Philip Roth biography and the scandal surrounding the biographer.

Sea Chantey

Theodore Bikel with "Haul Away Joe."

At Least They Don't Have to Wear Masks


Well, The Litigation Should Be Interesting

Congress has allocated nearly $200 billion in Covid-19 relief funds for K-12 schools over the past year. While this money was intended to help re-open schools and mitigate learning loss, President Biden’s Department of Education is encouraging school districts to spend some of it for a different purpose: providing “free, antiracist therapy for White educators.” 

Read the rest of Max Eden's essay in the City Journal.

Notify the Tai-Pan

Reason: Who is paying the tariff costs between the US and China?

Return to the American Spirit


A State-Sponsored Religion

Former Attorney General William Barr on the threat to religious liberty from a new state-sponsored religion.

Update: [HT: Mike Edwards]



Our Gotcha Times

Ray Visotski at Mitigating Chaos tells of quoting a line from an old Saturday Night Live show and getting a warning.

Through the Stacks and to the Watchtower

My current reading is composed of several books on the Third Reich and a stack of books related to loneliness, social media, and the new workplace. There also are leadership books, a book on ancient Rome, volumes on the danger of the digital world, one on digital crime, one on ergodicity (which I'm struggling to understand), and two novels (Lincoln by Gore Vidal and Involuntary Witness, a crime novel by Gianrico Carofiglio).

These are, oddly enough, a pleasant change from the news since the incompetence of the modern news media is mind-boggling. 

As for escapes, some people take to the hills or the beach. My wife and I are re-watching the extraordinary Poirot series as a way of seeing excellent plots, fine acting, and a time when architecture and fashion were far superior to the present.

Books and films are often regarded as open doors. They can also be walls. 

First Paragraph

Curled up against him, my chest pressing against his back, our breathing synchronized, our feet intertwined. This is how we have slept for over five thousand nights.

- From The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World That's Pulling Apart by Noreena Hertz

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My Favorite is The Page Anchor

 The Study: 5 inexpensive items to make your desk look like a million bucks.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021



It Was Outside the Narrative

Jonathan Chait on how the liberal media dismissed the lab-leak theory.

You Should Always Have Some in the Cupboard

Political Calculations looks at the "Pandemic Price Escalation of Campbell's Tomato Soup."

The War Out There

The world isn't run by weapons anymore, or energy, or money. It's run by ones and zeros - little bits of data. It's all electrons. There's a war out there, a world war. It's not about who has the most bullets. It's about who controls the information - what we see and hear, how we work, what we think. It's all about information.

- From Sneakers (spoken by the Ben Kingsley character, of course)

Helping Employees

 Fortune: How some companies helped employees during a tough year.

More Like Dr. No

Outrageous, but you have to admire the audacity. Admire, then punish.

Washington Post: A real incident that seems like a James Bond film.

Get with It

Nicholas Bate is a busy person. Highly productive.

He has a lot to do. But he has also written a novel.

What do people live for?

Take a few minutes: Go to Cultural Offering and click through to the advertisement from Taiwan. 

Way to go, boys!

Hong Kong Hideaway

One of Althouse's readers tells what it is like to live in Discovery Bay, a suburb of Hong Kong.

A small, car-free, city.

Health Food Update

 Kurt Harden at Cultural Offering had a medical exam during which an important health secret was revealed.

Anti-Semitism's Helpers

 UnHerd: Ayaan Hirsi Ali on how influencers have enabled anti-Semitism.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Florida's Anti-Online Censorship Law

Althouse points to some news stories.



Don't These Organizations Have Any EEO Attorneys?

 City Journal: Heather Mac Donald on "The Revolution Comes to Julliard."

Doom: Niall Ferguson on the Pandemic


One of the Best Uses of Television

A dedicated graduate student I know returned to his small apartment the night before a major examination only to discover that his solitary lamp was broken beyond repair. After a whiff of panic, he was able to restore both his equanimity and his chances for a satisfactory grade by turning on the television set, turning off the sound, and with his back to the set, using its light to read important passages on which he was to be tested. This is one use of television - as a source of illuminating the printed page.

- From Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman

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Danger, Danger

 "I have read and agree to the Terms of Service" is the biggest lie on the Web.


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Fine Dining

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.

- Calvin Trillin

Serious Music

Cultural Offering has the essential mixes of Norah Jones.

Your Google Activity Should Be Protected

FutureLawyer (Our Man in Florida) encourages all of us to password protect our Google activity. An excerpt:

I am frustrated that many of my suggestions for computer security are ignored by many of you. For example, asking you to add two factor authentication to your Facebook access is like yelling down a dark hole. Then, when you are hacked, you come looking for solutions. I hate to break it to you; but, coming to me AFTER you have been hacked is like closing the barn door after the animals are out. So, when I tell you that there is another security in your browser, I know that many of you aren't paying attention. If you are, and you have read this far, click the link and add a password to your Google Activity page. 

Sell the Sizzle Not the Steak Theory


Something to Keep in Mind

Criminals perpetually update their technologies to incorporate the very latest emerging technologies into their modus operandi. They have evolved well beyond the days when they were the first on the street carrying pagers and using five-pound cell phones to send coded messages to one another. Today, they are building their own nationwide encrypted cellular radio telecommunications systems, like those employed by the narco-cartels of Mexico. Consider for a moment the sophistication required to establish such a fully functioning encrypted nationwide communications network - an amazing feat, especially because many Americans still can't get a decent mobile phone signal most of the time.

- From Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman (2015)

The Titans That Built America


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Friday, May 21, 2021

Presentation Basics

I watched a presentation the other night. It was a proposal by a municipal department for a major project.

Everything was smooth. The content was slick as were the slides.

Until the audience started asking questions.

They didn't ask tricky questions. Nothing came from out of left field. But the staff had to punt on several of them. Big ones. Lethal ones.

I coach people on presentations. This presentation violated several rules that I stress in my coaching sessions.

Remember, it's nothing fancy. I'm not a genius. But execution of the basics is vital and these people put to sea after drilling holes in the boat.

I suspect that the problem stemmed from two common mistakes: they fell in love with their proposal (it was pretty!) and they only solicited questions from within their circle of experts. 

If only one of them had shown the proposal to a spouse or friend in a completely different line of work and said, "I bet you can't find a problem with this." 

When French Cars Dominated the World


A Doctor Day

Tests and more tests and I see the dentist on Tuesday.

It's like taking in an old truck.

[Photo by Matt Campbell at Unsplash]

How Many Counties Does Your State Have?

Check it out.

Texas has 254 counties. Many of them are named after politicians.

Hmm. Just imagine the number of government jobs.

My home state - Arizona - has a mere 15 counties. Most of them are named after Indians or Indian tribes.

Quick Look


The Sacred Trust of Leadership


Wally Bock hits the target.

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Israel Singled Out

The invaluable U.N. Watch database shows that since 2015 alone, the Human Rights Council has issued condemnations for:

Russia: 12 times

North Korea: six times

United States: seven times

Syria: eight times

China: zero times

Pakistan: zero times

Venezuela: zero times

Libya: zero times

Cuba: zero times

Turkey: zero times

Zimbabwe: zero times

And Israel? 112 times.

Read the rest of Jonah Goldberg on structural antisemitism.


What the caterpillar thinks is the end of the world, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

- Lao-tzu

[Photo by Alfred Schrock at Unsplash]

Thursday, May 20, 2021

A Daily Visit

This and much more at A Layman's Blog.

On My List


1 Billion Dollars a Day?

 Fast Company on Apple's revenue during the last quarter.

The Lab Leak Theory

Donald G. McNeil Jr. on how he learned to love the lab leak theory. An excerpt:

But later he learned of studies with Dr. Shi’s name on them showing that work he considers dangerous had been done in level BSL-2 labs, which he considers highly porous to leaks, not just in 2016, but in 2020.

“That’s screwed up,” he said. “It shouldn’t have happened. People should not be looking at bat viruses in BSL-2 labs. My view has changed.”


The Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism is exactly the sort of group to counter much of the current madness.

"In Defense of Bird Names"

The American Ornithological Society has announced its commitment to changing “exclusionary or harmful bird names.” Nearly 150 birds in North America are named after people. The AOS is forming a committee to “tackle all of these eponyms at once,” says prominent birder Kenn Kaufman. The committee will “come up with alternatives, spend a lot of time getting buy-in from the larger community, and then establish a long lead time to a date when we flip the switch and adopt all of these new, better names.” 

Read the rest of Helen Andrews in The American Conservative.

Another Well-Done Film Which I Will Actively Avoid


Miscellaneous and Fast


Writers, Take Note

Apple (those renegades) fires Antonio Garcia Martinez, author of Chaos Monkeys.

Vox published a Kara Swisher interview with him in 2016; an interview in which the interviewer manages to be more irritating than the interviewee.

Summary: Silicon Valley is not a nice place. 

[Who knew? They've always seemed like such sweet people.]

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First Paragraph

I well remember the day - or rather the afternoon - before it all began.

- From Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio [the first in his series of novels featuring defense lawyer Guido Guerrieri]

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Advice from Thelonious Monk

The Collaborative Piano Blog has the details.

Great stuff!

Modern Times


A Very Timely Subject

Nicholas Bate with some reminders on your post-Covid 19 business.

Realism rules!

Interesting People: Sam Zell


A Good Family in Scotland


The details are at Matthew Lang's Mattisms blog. What a great photo!

 Congratulations, Drew!

They Call It "Awareness Technologies"

At a translation agency in Australia, managers can see every window open on their contractors' desktop computers at every minute of the day. Every move of their mouse cursors is scrutinized. Check-in emails flood their inboxes with expectations of immediate replies. Ironically, these draconian measures didn't exist when everyone shared a physical space. The fears companies have that workers will go rogue when unsupervised arise from the need to advance goals without actually observing firsthand the daily grind to get there.

- Tsedal Neeley in Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere

Someone thought that was a good idea.

Travel Back in Time: The PLO and the Press

Commentary magazine in January 1983: Kenneth R. Timmerman on "How the PLO Terrorized Journalists in Beirut."

We Could Use More of This


Did Basecamp's Decision Produce a Fiasco or a Sanctuary?

Was Basecamp's decision to bar political discussions a bad move?

The consultants at the article's link think so.

I disagree.

Setting aside the First Amendment complications that could arise in the public sector, I think the Basecamp decision is entirely defensible, especially in the current climate in which terms like "racist" and "fascist" are so easily tossed around. 

Does anyone really think that workplace political discussions are commonly conducted in a respectful manner with benefits of the doubt readily given, common ground explored, careful listening, and no repercussions?  Will a strong Biden supporter have the same level of respect if he or she learns that a co-worker voted for Trump? Will similar feelings occur if the choices were reversed?

This issue has a "Both the rich and the poor have the right to sleep under bridges at night" aspect. There is not equal impact. If one were to guess, based on similar scenarios regarding protests and boycotts, whether the Left or the Right would be inclined to favor political discussions at work, my hunch is that most of those in favor of the discussions would be on the Left. [My guess is also that the consultants favoring such discussions may lean in that direction.]

In general, conservatives favor political neutrality at non-political events such as sports games, the Oscars, and the Emmys. Those on the Left, however, are far more inclined to use such platforms to announce their positions. Political parties and movements differ in style. [Read the great Clinton Rossiter's classic study on parties and politics in America for detail. It remains surprisingly applicable.]

If I worked at Basecamp, I'd give a sigh of relief. Nowadays, it's nice to have a workplace that's a sanctuary from the lunacy on the outside.

[Photo by Jaanam Haleem at Unsplash]

Play This In a University Faculty Lounge and Watch Heads Explode


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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Get Pumped


Delegation is Not Always Resisted

That weekly or monthly committee meeting which you find to be boring but is a "must attend" because your area needs to be represented?

One of your direct reports may find it to be interesting and may even regard being asked to attend in your place as a compliment.

Interesting People: Peter Lynch


Checking the Data on Crimes Against Asians

Commentary magazine: Wilfred Reilly on why crime against Asians isn't due to white supremacy

Twitter, Timidity, and Email

The mean comments on Twitter are often attributed to the fact that the person making the remarks is not in the presence of his or her target and may, in fact, even be anonymous. There's no serious danger of retribution. The mean Tweeter is a verbal sniper firing from cover. The frequency of that practice has added to the shabbiness of our times.

But let's consider a practice that is less reprehensible: the use of email. It is difficult to deny that email is convenient. Rather than playing phone tag or having to arrange a meeting, we fire off an email. There now, that's done. Now the ball is in the other court. The person has been notified.

Which brings up another question: How often is email used when the motive is not convenience, but timidity? You don't need to speak with the person. Like the people on Twitter, you just need to send it off. True, you are not anonymous, but with email you don't need to experience the person's frowns or immediate reactions. By choosing email, you have put emotional distance between you and the recipient.

And emotional distance is yet another characteristic of our times. When it comes to communication that is unpleasant, emails and Tweets are cruise missiles: easy to fire and with little danger of direct retaliation. The damage is to the relationship. On Twitter, of course, relationships have no value when trolls are involved. They just move on to other victims.  But in the workplace, it can be very harmful if relationships take second place to convenience and safety.

That's a reason why, when it comes to sensitive subjects, it is both decent and wise to go see the person or to call. If email is absolutely necessary, then terseness should be replaced by an appropriate tone. There is always a human being at the receiving end. It should be clear that there is one at the sending.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Teaser of Peter Jackson Documentary on The Beatles


Just How Dangerous is China?


Down at the Border

The New York Times on a new aspect in the wave of people crossing the southern border: pandemic refugees.

Free Speech for Me But Not for Thee

Law professor Jonathan Turley on Prince Harry and the anti-free speech movement.

Should Be Shown in Journalism Schools


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2017 GOP Baseball Team Shooting: A Subtle Shift

The revelation appears in the middle of an appendix on page 35 of a 40-page FBI-DHS report released on Friday titled “Security Strategic Intelligence Assessment and Data on Domestic Terrorism.” 

Read the rest of the Washington Examiner article.

Quick Look


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Saturday, May 15, 2021

If You Like Mysteries


Tom Nolan's book reviews in The Wall Street Journal are excellent guides for mystery lovers.

Yes They Will

. . .  What had been a tool under my own control was morphing into a medium under the control of others. The computer screen was becoming, as all mass media tend to become, an environment, a surrounding, an enclosure, at worst a cage. It seemed clear that those who controlled the omnipresent screen would, if given their way, control culture as well.

- Nicholas Carr, "Silicon Valley Days," in UTOPIA IS CREEPY and Other Provocations

Couperin the Great

Britannica has the story of the composer, who died in 1733. 
Here is the link for the guitarist, Michael Chapdelaine.


Doug Fine Chats with Tom Peters

Doug Fine of D. Fined Performance Solutions and Eclecticity Light, has a solid record of hosting interesting conversations on leadership and management issues.

Here is his conversation with Tom Peters (yes, the Tom Peters) featuring Tom's always candid thoughts.

Protect the Grid

I'd feel much better about infrastructure spending if it was being devoted to protecting the nation's electric grid.

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Alien Invasion


Friday, May 14, 2021

Diminished and Demeaned Humanity

Anonymous blog comments, vapid video pranks, and lightweight mashups may seem trivial and harmless, but as a whole, this widespread practice of fragmentary, impersonal communication has demeaned interpersonal interaction.

Communication is now often experienced as a superhuman phenomenon that towers above individuals. A new generation has come of age with a reduced expectation of what a person can be, and of who each person might become.

 - Jaron Lanier in You are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

Ease Up

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life."

- Socrates

Napoleon the American?

City Journal: Guy Sorman on the complications of honoring Napoleon.

Bronze Orientation Day


Because Today's Standard is Twisted

“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago, and a racist today.”

- Thomas Sowell in 1998

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Quick Look


Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Special Moment

There comes a special moment when you notice something that no one else has noticed.

Usually, it is in plain sight.

That's why it was missed.


 Bari Weiss on "The Bad Optics of Fighting for Your Life."

True Love

True love is a lack of desire to check one's smartphone in another's presence.

- Alain de Botton

I'm Ready


The Gist of What You Hear If You Listen Closely

"I can't wait to get back to the office. I miss the people, the interactions - at least most of them - and the whole experience of being on the job."

"I love working from home. No interruptions, no commute, no drama. I am more productive and I am not distracted by co-workers and petty gossip."

"A blend of both would be nice."

"I want my team here. No matter how many Zoom meetings and emails, I sense that I am missing something. Think of how often an off-hand remark becomes intensely revealing. Don't have that anymore or at least not as much of it."

"If you're not here, how competitive are you going to be if a promotion opening occurs?"

"Some people love the break from the office. But many of those in the office love the break from home."

"This is like a laboratory test in self-discipline. And you know what we are."

[Photo by John T at Unsplash]

First Paragraph

In the first few weeks of 2020, a microscopic agent turned the world's workforce into remote workers seemingly overnight. With the emergence of COVID-19, employees from China to Qatar, India to Australia, Brazil to Nigeria packed up their offices and set up new workspaces in their homes. Digital tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Chat, and Slack went from useful supplements to the primary enablers for daily interactions with coworkers.

- From Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere by Tsedal Neeley

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Will Raylan Return?

Here's hoping the possible return of Raylan Givens isn't merely a tease.

City Primeval is one of Elmore Leonard's best novels.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Ring of Truth

Social media has revealed to us how dumb we really are. I think I preferred not knowing.

- Sean Ono Lennon


[HT: Suzanne Stork]

Western Novelist

“Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken-fried steak.”

In True West magazine, Johnny D. Boggs remembers Larry McMurtry, who wrote far more than Lonesome Dove.

Did I See Moriarty in There?



My younger colleagues at the firm, the young associates, are pilots in their cockpits. They assemble their multiple technologies - a laptop, two iPhones, an iPad. And then they put their earphones on. Big ones. Like pilots. They turn their desks into cockpits. And then they are isolated. You wouldn't want to disturb the pilot in his cockpit. You wouldn't want to disturb this lawyer in his bubble. It's not how it used to be. . . . It used to be that associates were available to be interrupted . . . but in a good way. You could talk to them. They were there to be worked, very hard, to be engaged and mentored. Now, the feeling is that you are only getting the most you can out of them if you leave them alone in their cockpits.

- A senior partner at a Boston law firm, quoted in Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

Achievement Twists

It can be difficult to determine which gives greater pleasure: achieving something you've always wanted or completing something which was very difficult but needed to be done.

Interesting Websites: A Series

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Yuval Levin


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Be Sure to Take Notes


Find Your Style

[Photo by Tommy Lisbin at Unsplash]

Back By Popular Demand: "Come with me into Macedonia"

“I am not, fellow citizens, one who believes that no advice may be given to leaders; nay rather I judge him to be not a sage, but haughty, who conducts everything according to his own opinion alone. What therefore is my conclusion? Generals should receive advice, in the first place from the experts who are both specially skilled in military matters and have learned from experience; secondly, from those who are on the scene of action, who see the terrain, the enemy, the fitness of the occasion, who are sharers in the danger, as it were, aboard the same vessel. Thus, if there is anyone who is confident that he can advise me as to the best advantage of the state in this campaign which I am about to conduct, let him not refuse his services to the state, but come with me into Macedonia. I will furnish him with his sea-passage, with a horse, a tent, and even travel-funds. If anyone is reluctant to do this and prefers the leisure of the city to the hardships of campaigning, let him not steer the ship from on shore. The city provides enough subjects for conversation; let him confine his garrulity to these; and let him be aware that I shall be satisfied with the advice originating in camp.”

Consul Lucius Aemilius
168 B.C.

"Predictable Surprises"

  • Does your organization have serious problems that you know won't solve themselves?
  • Are these problems likely to get worse over time?
  • Could they eventually flash into a damaging crisis that will take most people in your organization by surprise?
- From Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming and How to Prevent Them by Max H. Bazerman and Michael D. Watkins

[Photo by JJ Ying at Unsplash]

Anti-Anti-Racism in U.S. Schools


The World of Publishing

 UnHerd magazine: Douglas Murray on "Publishing is Now a Left-wing Bubble." An excerpt:

How is it possible to have such an inaccurate understanding of the industry in which you work? What level of delusion is demanded of a person for them to work in what is the most left-leaning business in one of the most liberal societies on earth, and still imagine yourself dwelling among aspiring Nazis? Imagine looking at the politics section of Waterstones, or even the now heavily-political children’s section, and not being at least aware that British publishing might be somewhat more liberal than the public at large?

Lesson in Municipal Development: A Brief History of Phoenix