Saturday, September 30, 2017


"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."
- Michael Wekerle

Thursday, September 28, 2017

on writing

"I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter."
- Blaise Pascal

first movers

"Pioneers get slaughtered; settlers prosper."

eating the lunch of old school financial services

Cost-efficient ways to invest in stocks here and more simply here.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fogo Island

"Better to be looking at it than looking for it."
- Newfoundland aphorism on literal and metaphorical storms

Casa Sammie

A private Pacific Ocean Costa Rican vacation and/or full time property available to rent or buy here.

Both remote and close to "civilization" including medical care.

No hurricane impact on the western coast, though routine seasonal rain.

Two weeks can approximate $2kUSD or buy the whole property for about $200kUSD.

Services include a small staff for basic area orientation/tours as well as town runs, maintenance, Internet, TV. Airport pick-up/drop-off is available for about the same going rate as a taxi.

Comprehensive reviews and other details here.

Walking distance to shops.

Contact owners directly to work out something mutually agreeable:

Tool Chest

"We create technology so that others may create technology."
- Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

on alcohol and performing

"A good drink loosens me right up. I've never gone out there without one."
- Perry Ferrell

Saturday, September 23, 2017

urban guerrillas

"It's easier to just do it - rather than ask for persission - then ask for forgiveness later."
- The philosophy of a Toronto squad who places faux signs with reduced speed limits, demarcates bike lanes with ephemera including Lego, rubish, etc.

on life, art

"Just because something has lost its value now doesn't mean you won't want it later."
- On a Warhol box that was bought for less than $100 but ultimately sold at auction for $2.6 million

Friday, September 22, 2017

in life, business

"Get up and try again as failure is inevitable."
- Bruce Croxon

teaching engineering to kindergarteners

Thursday, September 21, 2017

happiest thought of his life

"If gravity and acceleration feel the same, perhaps they are the same."
- Einstein

plausibly doomed

... because we have "Palaeolithic emotions, Medieval institutions, God like inventions."
- E.O. Wilson 

ones and zeros

Q: How many software engineers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: None, it's a hardware problem.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


"I don't wear the same outfit twice."
- Russell Westbrook, NBA MVP

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

shrinking pool

"Most of the best people are dead."
- John Cleese, who doesn't fear death

Monday, September 18, 2017

on war

"If I must choose between righteousness and peace I choose righteousness.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, September 17, 2017

on dissembling

"No one can flatter you more than when they hate you."
- A John le Carré character

get it?

"They love me because they understand everything I do - they love you because they don't understand anything you do."
- Charlie Chaplin to Albert Einstein 

what is good storytelling?

"And then, and then, and then ..."

on sleep

"I only recognize one 5:30 per day."
- Major Charle Emerson Winchester III, Surgeon

Saturday, September 16, 2017

if it isn't nourished

"We will lose writing as an art form in our lives."
- Ed Asner


For about 250 years, the United States has not been at war for just 21 of them.

more than happiness

realized yogi

Thursday, September 14, 2017

world's richest person has a long term perspective

Bezos can wait more than 7 years for fruition:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

finally, a good point

"Your 90% enemy could be your 10% friend."
- Newt Gingrich

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

be a positive force

kickboxer kicked too many times in the head

Cro-Magnon views on depression here. If link fails again, just search. A very combustable topic pitting the well informed minority against the ignorant majority.

Monday, September 11, 2017

be here now

“History is not was, it is.”
- William Faulkner

on loyalty

"When you side with a man, you stay with him. And if you can't do that, you're like some animal. You're finished. We're finished. All of us."
- William Holden

Sunday, September 10, 2017


"We're all friends on the surface - where it counts."
- Will & Grace

on sincerity, depth

"If people don't like you, how are you suppose to know if you like yourself?"
- Debra Messing as Grace

take responsibility for your own life

Christian Science, which advocates prayer over medicine.

the arts took a new direction

Sense of forward movement.

Friday, September 8, 2017

on playing it safe

"The side that stays within its fortifications is beaten."
- Napoleon

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

gutter ball

"One can only be angry with those he respects."
- Richard Nixon

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fake News

"The press is the enemy."
"The press is the enemy."
"The press is the enemy."
"The press is the enemy."

Write that on the blackboard one-hundred times, and never forget it.
- Richard Nixon to HenryKissinger on a recorded audio tape.

the importance of coding

Young kids coding and building businesses to save deindustrialized communities/countries like Latvia. The next episode should be about older people getting into it and finding work. They make it seem as though you need to start really early which is discouraging.

hollywood north

Toronto's film industry explained here.

Saturday, September 2, 2017


When you're successful, there's a target on your back.