Friday, June 22, 2007

If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You A Radical Innovator?

IQ Of Oldest is 3 Points higher on Average, But We're Not Radical Innovators.

Frank Sulloway is ecstatic, but I am not so sure that Norwegian family dynamics are the the same as my family (or anyone else I know) for some reason...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

My favorite eggtimer on the Mac- Minuteur

"Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life." Alan Lakein.

I love Minuteur. It is a great way to do Now Habit timed project sprints as well as a way to keep track of billable time for freelancers. Freeware up through version 4, with a suggested donation of 8 euros (like, $12.25 or something).

A good cheat sheet on Neil Fiore's Now Habit is here, by the way.

I finally contributed since I use it so much and Philippe Galmel, the developer, sent me a link to the beta of version 5, which has some other cool, simple functions -- like being able to adjust the eggtimer ticking volume really LOUD when I need to be reminded that my Time Is My Life. Which, of course, is a reminder I need constantly.

I have put in a feature request for a cortex implant in version X for the rare occasions when I am away from my Mac.

Richard Serra interview on Leonard Lopate

I am going to see the Richard Serra retrospective at MOMA in the next week (like everyone else). I got to at least hear him at his book signing at the Strand last week and he was great. The primacy of work, the respect for the work and studio process of others, even when he was not sympathetic with their artistic orientation, the lack of horseshit... all came through even in a crowd so dense that I never actually got to see the man.

It was great to see a book launch at The Strand rather than Barnes and Noble. Also: thanks to friend Suzanne who relayed the info about the appearance from S.F.

Plans to edit & post my notes are taking a backseat to my own work (what's the point of getting inspired if you use the energy up in rabbit-trail detours?--Actually, I am unfortunately a lab rat in that experiment often enough.). Here is a pretty good Leonard Lopate interview with Serra to check out.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Chomsky on Sports

(via an aside on Jewschool):

"In fact, it's hard to imagine anything that contributes more fundamentally to authoritarian attitudes than this does, in addition to
the fact that it just engages a lot of intelligence and keeps people away from other things."

Wow, I always thought Chomsky was a turd for being a much harsher critic of Israel than other countries, but here is an interview about spectator sports I agree with. Well, Rush Limbaugh loves the Macintosh...

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Hitler gets banned from XBox Live

This is so, so awesome that even though everyone is linking to it, I must as well.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Tell me the truth abt love WH Auden

I saw this on the N train as one of the "poetry in motion" ads.

When it comes, will it come without warning
Just as i'm picking my nose?
will it knock on my door in the morning
Or tread in the bus on my toes?
will it come like a change in the weather?
Will its greeting be courteous or rough?
will it alter my life altogether?
O tell me the truth about love.

WH Auden

"Tofu" text reader

This is neat, I haven't decided whether I will use it regularly. It is helpful for long articles online as well--you can save them as text, strip out line breaks (I use TextWrangler) and then drag and drop into Tofu and you have a much more readable text.

"Reading: Theres an awful lot of literature worth reading available for free on the web. Very recently I found a program called Tofu; all it does is takes selected text (or html) and puts it into justified columns of adjustable width. The upside of this is that theres no vertical scrolling, and its actually much easier to read long pieces of text. Its infectious; Im starting to wish that every piece of text that I have to read on my computer be formatted into a justified column. The program is a little touchy when it comes to preferences, but its a great tool."


Thursday, June 07, 2007

YouTube gets ugly but gives you a way out

Embedding your YouTube videos just got alot weirder with an overly busy viewer. You, the embedder, just have to know enough HTML to add "&rel=0" to the tag that embeds the video.

embed src="", for example, should be changed to:

embed src=""

It just doesn't get any user-friendlier than that! anyone?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Response to A Plea for the Horizontally Organized

Read this essay now:

The "Plea for the Horizontally Organized" is great stuff.I agree wholeheartedly with everything written there... I think the appropriate response is "AMEN"! There is a door on milkcrates in my workspace that I have been trying to "keep clear for work". Every once in awhile it gets cleared... because I have moved all the second tier projects onto a pile... on the floor. Eventually, I can't
walk around and all projects come to a screeching halt. A lazy Susan the size
of my workspace would be ideal.

Spread out!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Know Your Own Forms-Motherwell interview 1971

Meyer Shapiro to Robert Motherwell:
(There was one picture of Motherwell's that he liked.)

"Go home and make a lot of them. What it is to be an artist is to get to know your own forms."

The whole interview is here