All the world’s a toolbox
And all the men and women merely pliers
This one, I think, is particularly true:
It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.
- Paul Graham
and, on maintaining a healthy work-life balance:
Every one of us has learned how to send emails on Sunday night. But how many of us know how to go to a movie at 2pm on Mondays? You’ve unbalanced your life without balancing it with something else.
It’s an interesting talk. I remember a Lullabot podcast from about 18 months ago about how they managed a rather larger but similarly-distributed organisation. Lincoln Loop, though, is not just a distributed company with flexible working hours – it’s one where the finances are open, and where employees, based on their knowledge of how the company is doing, get to choose their own salaries. An interesting concept to ponder.
Or you could always ask Dolly about the more traditional model…
The second-best camera is the one you have with you.
The best is the one you have in your hand.
Today’s inspired thought is from the economist Charles Goodhart. Goodhart’s law states that:
When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.
Here’s a nice quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson:
Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.
Now, what I find sobering about that comment is that he wasn’t shooting digital.
I wonder what the modern equivalent is?
And, since the mechanics (though not the skill) of taking photos has become so much easier, should the metric be applied to another part of the process…?
This is, I believe, from Michael Hartung of IBM:
Hardware eventually fails. Software eventually works.
Quote for the day:
You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
– Richard Feynman
“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
I just love Tom Stoppard. Tidying up old files in old folders I came across this from Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead:
R: I don’t believe in it anyway.
G: Just a conspiracy of cartographers, then?
Here’s another. They’re discussing Hamlet.
The Player: The old man thinks he’s in love with his daughter.
Rosencrantz: Good God. We’re out of our depths here.
The Player: No, no, no! He hasn’t got a daughter! The old man thinks he’s in love with his daughter.
Rosencrantz: The old man is?
The Player: Hamlet… in love… with the old man’s daughter… the old man… thinks.
More good stuff here.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six sharpening my axe.
- Abraham Lincoln
A good holiday is when you can't remember whether it's Sunday or Monday.