Tuesday, December 28, 2010

not haunted

"Something can only haunt you if you decide to let it haunt you."
- Charlize Theron

Monday, December 27, 2010


"Two prime victims of the disease are your libido and your ability to read. Five times through a paragraph and unable to say what it's about. But oddly, you can read a book or article about depression with full comprehension."
- Dick Cavett, Talk Show, p. 151

Sunday, December 26, 2010


"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else."
- Albert Einstein


"What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and words! His real life is lead by his head, and is known to none but himself ... His acts and his words are merely the visible thin crust of his world ... and they are so trifling a part of his bulk! a mere skin enveloping it. The mass of him is hidden — it and its volcanic fires that toss and boil, and never rest, night nor day. These are his life, and they are not written, and cannot be written ... Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man - the biography of the man himself cannot be written."
- Mark Twain

what is 6 Sigma?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


"I've only remembered what I've learned by myself."
- Nassim Taleb

Monday, December 20, 2010

A: Adherence to strategy.

"Q: What failures and the successful have in common."
- Guy Kawasaki reflecting upon his Apple tenure

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I forget

"If we remembered everything, we should on most occasions be as ill off as if we remembered nothing. It would take us as long to recall a space of time as it took the original time to elapse, and we should never get ahead with our thinking. All recollected times undergo, accordingly, what M. Ribot calls foreshortening; and this foreshortening is due to the omission of an enormous number of facts which filled them."
- William James


"Must you carry the bloody horror of combat in your heart forever?"
- Homer, The Odyssey

managers and meetings

Why the office isn't the best place to get work done:

patience and discipline

"One of the Japanese experts on quality and employee involvement likens the need for patience and discipline to that of the bamboo farmer. Once the bamboo seed is planted, the farmer must water it every day for four years before the tree breaks ground! But when it finally does, it grows 60 feet in 90 days."
- Paul Allaire, Xerox Corporation

Saturday, December 18, 2010

buried and honored by five presidents

President Richard Nixon
Because only if you've been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.


"[The Business School] was reported to be so toxic that some had been medicated for stress, anxiety and depression."
- Wade Hemsworth in the Hamilton Spectator

preferred sculpting

"Painting is suitable only for women and feeble men." A lecture on Michelangelo here.

Friday, December 17, 2010


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

enter the dragon

"A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard."
- Bruce Lee

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Alfred Sisley, Snow ay Louveciennes, 1874

Monday, December 13, 2010

on adversity

"Life will never be just a walk through an open field."
- Russian proverb


Sting and Stewart Copeland in AIR Studios Montserrat, 1981. Photo: Andy Summers

"Happiness is a bovine concept. They get it. We don't"
- Sting

Sunday, December 12, 2010


"Stats are for losers."
- Dallas Cowboys owner and 3x Super Bowl Champion Jerry Jones

machinery of the universe

Dr. Bromfenbrenner
Patient shows no ambition, no get-up-and-go, no vim.
He is riding the grand loopen-ze-loop ... that goes from the height of delusional gaiety ... to the trough of despair.
He is now near, but not yet at his lowest point. When he reaches bottom, he may erupt und pose a danger to himself ... and others.
Sidney J. Mussburger
Diagnosis, Dr. Bromfenbrenner?
Dr. Bromfenbrenner
Patient is eine manic-depressive paranoid, type B ... with acute schizoid tendencies.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Neil Young only records during full moons.

Friday, December 10, 2010


The number of times Anthony Hopkins reads and rereads each script.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

father of minimalism

Question: How by looking at it can you declare it art?

Frank Stella: It's what anybody can do. If you want to look at art you can find it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The most expensive books

From The Economist:
ON TUESDAY December 7th a complete volume of John James Audubon's "The Birds of America" fetched a record price at auction. The book, which stands more than three feet by two feet (91cm x 61cm) and includes 435 hand-coloured illustrations of birds from North America in life-size, reached $10.3m. The previous record for a book was another copy of Audubon's masterpiece, sold in 2000, which reached $10.2m in today's prices. Indeed, a list of the ten most-expensive books would include five copies of "The Birds of America". Our chart, therefore, strips out any repeat mentions of individual titles. Many of the most expensive books are works of non-fiction, such as Redouté's illustrations of flowers, Gutenberg's Bible and the Declaration of Independence.

movies that work and don't work

"You always aim for the bull's eye, but you don't always hit it."
- Clint Eastwood

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Monday, December 6, 2010


"I work in a cold, dark office. No sound."
- Jonathan Franzen

Friday, December 3, 2010

on writing

A Lady Writing, 1665-66

"If you read what you wrote last year and aren't embarrassed by it then you're not making progress."
- An English teacher

Monday, November 29, 2010

5th Symphony

"Whomever understands my music will be free from all the world's miseries."
- Beethoven

Saturday, November 27, 2010

natural resource

"All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why."
- James Thurber [1894-1961]


Monday, November 22, 2010

life objective

"To be loved and respected by those who know you best."
- Robert Duvall [born 1931]

Thursday, November 18, 2010


"I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth."
- Steve McQueen

Monday, November 15, 2010


"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
- Mark Twain


Sunday, November 14, 2010


“Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.”
- Thomas Carlyle 

Saturday, November 13, 2010


"The difference between Yale actors and Juilliard actors is that Yale actors are really interesting but you don't understand them and Juilliard actors you understand them but you don't give a fuck."
- Juilliard alumnus Bradley Whitford

Sunday, November 7, 2010


"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
- Leonardo da Vinci

Saturday, November 6, 2010

strip away

“Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.”
- Michelangelo

Thursday, November 4, 2010


“In the long run, we're all dead.”
- John Maynard Keynes

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

So you want to get a PhD

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

bolt of lightening

Kate Moss

"Inspiration is for amateurs."
- Chuck Close

comfortable with that

"I taught in jail; people can get better."
- John Waters [born 1946]

Friday, October 29, 2010


"Hitler was said to favor waking up at about 10 a.m., breakfasted on coffee, bread and marmalade shortly afterward, and received visitors including his doctor in the afternoon. The accounts show he apparently worked until late in the night and went to sleep as late as 4 a.m."

Read on.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

"the right thing to do"

Julian Schnabel, Girl with no eyes, 2001

"I painted her with no eyes so you'd look at her chin."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


"Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps."
- David Lloyd George [1863-1945]

Monday, October 25, 2010


"Speed is the only modern sensation."
- Attributed to Aldous Huxley by Jeremy Clarkson

Sunday, October 24, 2010


"Don't paint what you see."
- Augustus Dunbier [1888-1977]

Saturday, October 23, 2010

a place for drinks in London

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"The only King with taste"

Anthony van Dyck, Charles I: King of England at the Hunt, 1635

... and the only British King to have his head cut off.


" ... success will always be achieved by making minuscule improvements on a grand scale."
- Robert Herjavec, Driven: How to Succeed in Business and Life, pg.289

condition necessary for success

"I live in a sort of perpetual dissatisfaction."
- Karl Lagerfeld