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People and Culture

In our culture we’ve been trained for individual differences to stand out so you look at each person and the immediate thought is brighter, dumber, richer older, younger, poorer and we make all these dimensional distinctions and put them into categories and treat them that way. We get so that we only see others as separate from ourselves as just separate. One of the dramatic characteristics of experience is being with another person and suddenly seeing the ways in which they are like you and not different from you and experiencing the fact that which is essence in you and which is essence in me is indeed one and that there is no other. It is all one. Zeitgeist

Science of Human Nature

The conscious mind gives us one way of making sense of our environment. But the unconscious mind gives us other, more supple ways. The cognitive revolution of the past thirty years provides a different perspective on our lives, one that emphasizes the relative importance of emotion over pure reason, social connections over individual choice, moral intuition over abstract logic, perceptiveness over I.Q. It allows us to tell a different sort of success story, an inner story to go along with the conventional surface one

via The NewYorker

On Groundbreaking Design

Groundbreaking design doesn’t come through statistical regression testing, metrics, and causality. It comes from the richness of a biased perspective on the world.

John Kolko

via Fast Code Design

Designers vs Engineers - Interesting Read

A well worded response to the following statement:

If you want to design table lamps and dribbly teapots, keep churning out this hogwash. If you want to change the world, start designing with your brain, not your felt tip pens. The world is full of vital, urgent, life-or-death design problems, but they need substance, not style. Via tumble.unwieldy

Bad Day Today

Bad luck, I guess. It floats around. It’s got to land on somebody. It was my turn, that’s all. I was in the path of the tornado. I just didn’t expect the storm would last as long as it has.

Shawshank Redemption

On Optimization

There is no doubt that the grail of efficiency leads to abuse. Programmers waste enormous amounts of time thinking about, or worrying about, the speed of noncritical parts of their programs, and these attempts at efficiency actually have a strong negative impact when debugging and maintenance are considered. We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil.

Yet we should not pass up our opportunities in that critical 3%. A good programmer will not be lulled into complacency by such reasoning, he will be wise to look carefully at the critical code; but only after that code has been identified. It is often a mistake to make a priori judgments about what parts of a program are really critical, since the universal experience of programmers who have been using measurement tools has been that their intuitive guesses fail

- Donald Knuth

On Software Programming

The Two Things about Computer Programming

  1. Writing the code is the easy part. Writing it so someone else can understand it later is the important part.
  2. Make it work, then make it elegant, then make it fast. Via The Fishbowl

American Beauty

I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me… but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life… You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry… you will someday. American Beauty

Eminem – Lose Yourself

That’s when it’s back to the lab again, yo

This whole rhapsody, better go capture this moment

And hope it don’t collapse on him

  • Eminem

The Bucket List

We live, we die, and the wheels on the bus go round and round.

- The Bucket List

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