Take Care of Yourself

May 10, 2017

I read two simple things on random blogs today. The first was a poem I really liked and almost posted right away. But I hadn’t heard of the author and googling him showed he was also a socialist politician and these days I’m avoiding politics on the blog. But screw it, in South America in the 60’s lots of people were socialists and it’s a poem.

So via Om Malik who may have the best URL around, a poem by Pable Neruda called Dies Slowly:

He who does not travel,
who does not read,
who does not listen to music,
who does not find grace in himself,
dies slowly

Follow by John Scalzi (who could be a socialist, who knows?):

Take care of yourself. You’re not getting any younger, you know. Do things that give you joy, with people you like and love. It’s more important than you might think.

Do things that give you joy…


Goals are better in Spanish

April 23, 2017

Messi’s dramatic extra time, walk-off goal. Turn the volume up.


Millennials in the Workplace

January 9, 2017

This is a portion of a one hour episode from Inside Quest. I had never heard of Inside Quest before, their motto is “This is what would happen if TED Talks, Tony Robbins and Oprah had a baby that read a lot”.

This excerpt is 15 minutes and is a fascinating discussion of the struggles of Millennials now that they are in the corporate world. I’ll probably check out the full hour…


Iceland

January 6, 2017

I’ve never been to Iceland, but I’ve known people who have and said it was fascinating. It’s definitely one of those places I’d like to see. This site made it even more enticing. Please click the link. The pictures are amazing, but professional so I can’t embed them.


If Not Now, When?

November 8, 2016

An uplifting message from Seth Godin on Election Day:

Care a little more.

Show up.

Embrace possibility.

Tell the truth.

Dive deeper.

Seek the truth behind the story.

Ask the difficult question.

Lend a hand.

Dance with fear.

Play the long game.

Say ‘no’ to hate.

Look for opportunities, especially when it seems like there aren’t any left.

Risk a bigger dream.

Take care of the little guy.

Offer a personal insight.

Build something magical.

Keep your promises.

Do work that matters.

Expect more.

Sign your work.

Be generous for no reason.

Give the benefit of the doubt.

Develop empathy.

Make your mom proud.

Take responsibility.

Give credit.

Play by a better set of rules.

Choose your customers.

Choose your reputation.

Choose your future.

Thank the ref.

Reward patience.

Leap.

Breathe.

Because we can.

It really is up to us. Which is great, because we’re capable of changing everything if we choose.

All we can do is all we can do, but maybe, all we can do is enough.


Happy Halloween from NASA

October 31, 2016

Via the Verge, what happens when NASA engineers carve pumpkins


Chick Corea Turns 75

October 28, 2016

I guess he turned 75 this summer, but he’s celebrating by doing 8 weeks at the Blue Note in NYC with more than a dozen different bands. Last night we saw one of them.

It was the classic “man we need to do this more often” night. My wife got tickets to the Miles Davis tribute band, knowing that I’m a Miles fan.

The Blue Note is small and they basically pack in as many people as the fire marshal allows. It’s not particularly comfortable, but you are 10 feet away from jazz legends.

BlueNote

Chick is in the background, Kenny Garrett is playing soprano sax, Mike Stern on guitar and Marcus Miller is playing base. All played with Miles in the 80s. Wallace Roney (not pictured) played trumpet. He studied with Miles and plays just like him. And on drums was Brian Blade. He didn’t play with Miles, but he plays with Wayne Shorter who played with Miles.

It was a simply incredible band.