“It’s extremely dangerous to follow the advice of successful people. Those successful people often don’t even know why they are successful. Luck may have been part of it. And even if they did know, how do you know their recipe for success is applicable to you?”
— Wise words from the founder of Finnish game company Supercell
“Few men have souls so dead that they will not bother to look up when they hear the barking of wild Geese.” –Roger Tory Peterson
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning,” said Mark Twain.
An editor’s job, at its best, is about turning lightning bugs into lightning.
“I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”
– Roger Ebert
via Susan Barnett
Ebert obituary from the Chicago Sun Times
Ebert’s last tweet
What to make, how to make, what does making mean in our lives? What do we make, why do make, when are we making? How important is making? What is the life of a maker, what is the life of an artist, what’s left when you’re not making anything?
From Bidart’s amazing 2006 poetry collection Star Dust, mentioned on Poetry.org and reviewed by Brian Miles on The Rumpus.
This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, argue, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek. To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.
Terry Tempest Williams, via A Word a Day
“I just told my son that when I was a kid I had to leave home to play video games, to watch movies, to send mail, to see friends….”
—Martin Varsavsky on Twitter
“News is something someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising.” —Lord Northcliffe
By that measure, there are mighty few true news reporters in tech publishing right now. Declan McCullough, certainly; Kim Zetter‘s coverage of e-voting machines also qualifies. Who else is uncovering news from the tech world that somebody wants to suppress?
(Quote taken from a biography I’m currently reading: All Governments Lie: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone, by Myra MacPherson. An alternate version of the quote: “News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising. “)
“When man invented the bicycle, he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.”
– Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills (via SFBC)
It’s not getting any smarter out there. You have to come to terms with stupidity, and make it work for you.
– Frank Zappa