Here’s a list of random advice and rules of thumb I’ve picked up over the years and still cling to.
- The Golden Rule still applies
- If you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything
- Trust your intuition
- If offered a Tic Tac, accept it. You probably need it.
- Bitch up, not down
- Never eat anything bigger than your head
- Don’t s%^t where you eat
- Omit unnecessary words
- Shorter words are better than longer ones
- Listen more, talk less
- The only time to use an exclamation point is in the sentence “You cut my arm off”
- Don’t date someone with more than three cats
- The sky is high and the Emperor is far away
- Don’t quit your job until you have your next one
- People think in three’s — three acts, three bullets, three concepts
- The 80-20 rule always applies
- A car carrying a AAA sticker or a license plate with a sub-five digit number is driven by a bad driver
- George O’Day Died Defending His Right of Way — watch out for the other guy
- Throw back the first fish of the season with a kiss
- Red Sky At Night, Sailor’s Delight
- Red Right Returning
- When offered something, take the one closest to you
- No pleats
- Bowties are asshole detectors
- The Abe Lincoln rule of pissed off letters (and emails) applies: write, don’t send
- Tough guys don’t dance
- Tough guys don’t tweet
- Tough guys don’t sip cocktails through straws
- Powerpoint sucks
- Never bullshit your boss. Just say “I don’t know.”
- Rub dirt on it and take a lap
- Children only need to go to the ER if blood is coming out of their ears
- Don’t wear clothing with the name of any school you attended
- Don’t be the Closer of any party
- If you don’t know who the sucker is, then it is you
- 80% of Walmart shoppers turn right when they enter the store
- If ignored for 5 minutes in a restaurant, get up and leave
- Keep the crew dry and in the sun
- There is no bad weather, only bad clothing
- Cheese and fish do not mix
- High tide in Cotuit is always at noon and midnight when the moon is full
- The 20s are the worst decade
- No one gets out alive
- Don’t arrive empty handed
- Handwritten notes work
- Nothing important happens after midnight
- Take a cab
- Do what the officer tells you to
- Keep religion and politics out of it
- There’s always hope
one of my favorite Dead covers is of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” — this is the classic version from Fillmore East on the Skull & Roses album:
Yes, it is April and it is snowing. But riddle me this Batman: why is there a bright green circle on my lawn miles away from the septic tank? Nocturnal faerie urinal? Mushroom phenomena? Harbinger of the Rapture? Alien landing spot for the invasion?
Mr. Sapper was especially revered by coffee connoisseurs for his lustrous stovetop Coban 9090 espresso maker, sold by Alessi, the Italian housewares manufacturer.
Source: Richard Sapper, Designer of Sleek Housewares, Dies at 83 – The New York Times
Sorry to learn the sad news that Richard Sapper passed away. I worked with him on an amazing prototype of a “cloud” PC called the Skylight which he carved from wood in Gloucester and mailed to the design team at Lenovo wrapped in bubble wrap. My Tizio lamp on my desk is lit today in homage. A very talented, influential designer who did amazing things to simple devices from pens to lamps to Thinkpads. He also was a fellow fan of Cynar, the Italian apertif concocted from artichokes.
And David Hill delivers the goods with this beautiful reflection on Richard on the Lenovo blog.
Recent research has shown how some websites can produce results that perpetuate bias.
Source: When Algorithms Discriminate – The New York Times
I’ve been obsessing about machine learning for some reason — probably due to reading the Project VRM mailing list assiduously and looking at the massive flaws in so-called marketing automation systems. The idea that algorithms can reliably target and personalize media and messages is showing some signs of collapse as the technology does more to expose the ignorance of the sender than true understanding of the recipient.
Step with me now into the ThinkPad design time machine. Fasten your seat belt, settle in and share your thinking.
Source: ThinkPad Time Machine? | Lenovo
David Hill, Lenovo’s original and greatest blogger and the bearer of the ThinkPad design torch has lit up the Faithful with a tease of bringing back the best of the original Richard Sapper bento-box inspired design. I’ve been ThinkPad free for a couple years, suffering on a MacAir and buggy Microsoft Surface — and missing the hell out of the Thinkpad keyboard before island keys and fuzzy magnetic clip on keyboard covers took over my typing-obsessed fingers.
This is the machine I’d hit my personal funds to buy. I mean the current crop of ThinkPads are “nice” but not the power-boxes that just scream out professional writer, astronaut, carnivorous captain of industry. Give the frat boys and sorority girls their Apple toys. Give the suffering masses their Dulls. I want this Thinkpad.