“1: Be authentic. The most powerful asset you have is your individuality, what makes you unique. It’s time to stop listening to others on what you should do.
2: Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefit from the effort.
3: Get off the computer and connect with real people and culture. Life is visceral.
4: Constantly improve your craft. Make things with your hands. Innovation in thinking is not enough.
5: Travel as much as you can. It is a humbling and inspiring experience to learn just how much you don’t know.
6: Being original is still king, especially in this tech-driven, group-grope world.
7: Try not to work for stupid people or you’ll soon become one of them.
8: Instinct and intuition are all-powerful. Learn to trust them.
9: The Golden Rule actually works. Do good.
10: If all else fails, No. 2 is the greatest competitive advantage of any career.”—
“Carr is most concerned about the way the Internet breaks down our capacity for reflective thought. His testimony about how this happened in his own life is plangent and familiar, but he addles it a bit by insisting that the real damage is being done at the neurological level, that our children are having their brains altered by too much instant messaging and the like. This sounds impressive but turns out to be redundant. Of course the changes are in their brains; where else would they be? It’s the equivalent of saying that playing football doesn’t just affect a kid’s fitness; it changes the muscle tone that creates his ability to throw and catch footballs.”—How the Internet Gets Inside Us : The New Yorker
“In a practical, immediate way, one sees the limits of the so-called “extended mind” clearly in the mob-made Wikipedia, the perfect product of that new vast, supersized cognition: when there’s easy agreement, it’s fine, and when there’s widespread disagreement on values or facts, as with, say, the origins of capitalism, it’s fine, too; you get both sides. The trouble comes when one side is right and the other side is wrong and doesn’t know it. The Shakespeare authorship page and the Shroud of Turin page are scenes of constant conflict and are packed with unreliable information. Creationists crowd cyberspace every bit as effectively as evolutionists, and extend their minds just as fully. Our trouble is not the over-all absence of smartness but the intractable power of pure stupidity, and no machine, or mind, seems extended enough to cure that.”—How the Internet Gets Inside Us : The New Yorker
“And what’s true of actors is true of companies that make stuff and agencies that do creative work. People don’t just judge you for your best stuff, what you’re most proud of, they judge you by ALL the things you do and all the things you’ve done. Like: Brands with great ads but crap brand experience. Agencies that only put challenging award winners on their reel conveniently forgetting the less interesting stuff from their biggest paying clients. Agency people who will say,”But when I worked at Mother”, “When I won an APG”, “When I worked on Nike”. No one cares, they want to know what you’re going to do now. You’re only as good as you’re worse piece of work, you’re not as good as you think you are you’re as good as others think you, it’s not what you did, it’s what you’ve done.”—Northern Planner
“Gladwell can’t take part in this conversation, except by dismissing it. Which is why he must dismiss it: to deal with it on its own terms — a topography of knowledge defined by a meridian set in Cairo — would lead him away from his ability to speak about all people all the time. It would prevent Western Authority from having a monopoly on the truth of all people.”—Knowing and Unknowing the Egyptian Public
“One thing that never changes is that men leave it until the last minute, and then act surprised when there isn’t much choice left or we can’t do them a bouquet in five minutes. I think most women would expect that but I don’t think they would expect the other thing I notice which is that most men spend more on their mothers on mothers day than on their girlfriends and wives at Valentine’s Day. Come Valentines when you tell them the price of a dozen roses they pull a face and you can see them wondering if they can away with something cheaper. Whereas on Mother’s Day, they’re more likely to want a big bouquet and sod the cost. That’s right across the board as well all men from all walks of life are the same.”—The Middle Class Handbook
“Unlike in Taiwan and South Korea, China’s middle class has not emerged with any clear demand for Western-style democracy. There are some obvious reasons why. All three of China’s close Asian neighbors, including Japan, became democracies at different times and in different circumstances. But all were effectively U.S. protectorates, and Washington was crucial in forcing through democratic change or institutionalizing it. […] The freedom to consume — be it in the form of cars, real estate, or well-stocked supermarkets — is much more attractive than vague notions of democracy, especially when individuals pushing for political reform could lose their livelihoods and even their freedom.”—Richard McGregor, 5 Myths About the Chinese Communist Party (via beranger)
“Maglets are a strange, new hybrid form of storytelling. There’s no fixed rules, not enough skilled programmers, and the wall is constantly being pelted with fresh debris while simultaneously being scoured over by self-proclaimed experts holding stickometers. The truth is that we just don’t know yet what varieties of format, design and interactivity will best serve each kind of content, and though some of the experiments in the field are fascinating, most of them are just irritating applications of over-design by people giddy at the possibilities of new formats. That said, this is still a genuinely exciting time to be working in media. Nothing at all can be taken for granted - except for the simple fact that there will always be a hunger for unique stories, told in a manner in which the text, design, images. and when necessary audio and video, combine to enhance our enjoyment and understanding of the story itself.”—The Hospital Club
The Dre headphones come with admiring glances at no extra charge. They come with self-esteem built in. You can argue that this is a worthless feature in a device designed to reproduce sound accurately, but you’d be wrong. After all, the whole reason you’re listening to music in the first place is to feel good. To be happy. If the Dre’s make you happy, and your happiness is worth $300, then they’re worth it, no?
For others (put me in that category) I get more happiness knowing that I didn’t fall for a clever marketing ploy, and I buy the ones that I believe sound better.
“I want for people in the universe, my fans and otherwise, to essentially use me as an escape. I am the jester to the kingdom. I am the route out. I am the excuse to explore your identity. To be exactly who you are and to feel unafraid. To not judge yourself, to not hate yourself.”—Lady Gaga in the March issue of Vogue
“In the big scheme of things 40 years of age is nothing – however in adland, it’s ancient. Adfolk have this ridiculous habit of judging a persons ability by their age and they tend to calculate it in a similar way to how people do dogs. In short, if you’re over 28, you are ready for your funeral.”—The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]