When trying to print a document, always stay confident and hide any doubts you might have. Printers can smell fear.— Existential Comics (@existentialcoms) August 24, 2015
Shoot for the moon, because it is both impossible and pointless. It'll be a good metaphor for life.— Existential Comics (@existentialcoms) August 25, 2015
If you're interested in where bad words come from and what it is that makes a bad word bad, watch this great video by V-Sauce.
A couple of cool bites from Douglas Coupland's latest column in the FT, in which he extolls the virtues of the modern shopping experience:
"Humanity actually seems to be split down the middle on luxury: those who want gilded leopard-shaped teapots, and those people who want to live in the white box their iPhone came in."
"Right now I like these new hipster stores that each sell exactly four and a half things and it feels like the Great Depression when you walk in. A painted rock, a really good paper notepad made in Antarctica, a knitted cosy made to display heirloom tomatoes, vintage aspirin holders and a sock. I’m never sure if it’s a pop-up conceptual art gallery or if it’s for real, which is actually the very best thing retail can be."
To reduce the risk of my political ambitions being thwarted by journalistic investigations into my embarrassing social media history, I have just deleted almost all the personal content on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. That just leaves this blog...ah, yes...well...I'm not ready to hit that delete button just yet.
I'm happy to see that Yuval Harari's book 'Sapiens' has been picked by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg for his reading group. I haven't read Sapiens yet but Harari's s on-line Coursera course, which is based around the book, was first class.
Here is a recent TED talk from Harari:
I first noticed my ipod was missing from the drawer when I was heading off to the gym. At this stage the expected loss (EL) was negligible because the probability of loss was low. The expected loss is the probability of the loss multiplied by the value, which in this instance was about £50.
When I returned from the gym, I searched my other draws, and also my various pockets, but still nothing. The EL had gone up to about £15 based on a 30% probability of loss. I was still fairly confident of finding the ipod in my car.
When I next used my car, the ipod was not to be found. The EL jumped up to about £45. This is where the pain of the loss bites, where instead of getting frustrated one takes a stoical approach and tries to quickly view the loss as a sunk cost. The probability of finding the ipod from this point on was close to negligible. I thought of the decent innings we had, and bid the device a mental farewell.
A few days later I went for a long drive and found the ipod under the car seat. Voila, as I'd completely written off the ipod, it's reappearance was a windfall gain.
"Greece is a cow slipping on ice that must be pushed to firm ground, says European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.."
"The cow is still on the ice but the ice is a bit thicker."
"Europe hasn’t been kicking the can down the road, it's been kicking it up a hill and wondering why it keeps rolling back"