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Bob Dylan – Street Poetry

Perhaps this was its plan. Perhaps there is no plan.

“One always dies too soon—or too late,” I told him. “And yet one’s whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are—your life, and nothing else.”

“Okay,” he said. “But I’m just the UPS guy.”

via Jean-Paul Sartres Blog : The New Yorker.

Color photography of Paris from 1914

This made my day!

Entrance to Passage du Caire

Color photography of Paris from 1914.

Mercenaries vs. Missionaries

“Mercenaries are driven by paranoia; missionaries are driven by passion,” he says. “Mercenaries think opportunistically; missionaries think strategically. Mercenaries go for the sprint; missionaries go for the marathon. Mercenaries focus on their competitors and financial statements; missionaries focus on their customers and value statements. Mercenaries are bosses of wolf packs; missionaries are mentors or coaches of teams. Mercenaries worry about entitlements; missionaries are obsessed with making a contribution. Mercenaries are motivated by the lust for making money; missionaries, while recognizing the importance of money, are fundamentally driven by the desire to make meaning.” — John Doerr

Mercenaries vs. Missionaries: John Doerr Sees Two Kinds of Internet Entrepreneurs – Knowledge@Wharton.

The New Yorker on Christian Tetzlaff

Once again, the New Yorker exceeds all expectations with its piece on Christian Tetzlaff — and keep in mind I’m very far from being a classical music buff:

[Performing music] is the job that has the most to do with the belief in the existence of a soul. I deal in Berg’s soul, in Brahms’s soul — that’s my job. […] Trying to turn lead into gold is nothing compared to taking something mechanical like an instrument — a string and a bow — and using it to evoke a human soul, preserved through the century. – Christian Tetzlaff

This I think embodies the whole reason for the uncommon attraction some New Yorker pieces exert. I know of no other periodical that so consistently exposes its readers to some of the best writing on fields that are definitely not germane to their daily hopes and preoccupations, while convincingly making the case that these alternate world-views are all part of the same reality anyway.

Link: Christian Tetzlaff Rethinks How a Violin Should Sound : The New Yorker.


Literally my childhood in street art.

A friend of mine went to college at MIT.

“One of my professors repeated himself,” she said. “Every lecture was the same.” The class was introductory physics.

“You mean he gave the same lecture year after year?” I said. “No. Every lecture.”

Seth’s Blog » Blog Archive » MIT Professor Reenacts the Movie Groundhog Day

Sens dessus dessous (Pris avec Instagram)

Vous avez mis les voiles sur un autre océan
sans étoile ni boussole
allant où mène la discussion
brisant les certitudes des siècles.

Janet Kalven

Je me suis désintoxiqué de Twitter chez les moines – Par Cyrille de Lasteyrie

Je me suis désintoxiqué de Twitter chez les moines – Par Cyrille de Lasteyrie

Quel genre de Bouddhiste était vraiment Steve Jobs ?

Je m’attendais au pire, mais c’est un très bel article faisant le lien entre la réalité et les apparences, les convictions et les actions, d’un homme qui aura marqué son époque : comment être dans le monde et être dans sa tête ?  

Quel genre de Bouddhiste était vraiment Steve Jobs ?

If you want to know what I think, just look at our products.

Steve Jobs – What Kind of Buddhist was Steve Jobs, Really? | NeuroTribes

Telfezion : pour revivre la télévision libanaise des années 90 !

Telfezion : pour revivre la télévision libanaise des années 90 !

You would wrap a tree trunk with ropes, and keep punching it. You throw 5000 punches day and night — do that for a month, the inside of your fist swells up until you can barely curl your fingers. Then you open a tin can and set it up on a stand. You keep punching the sharp part. When your hand turns into mush with blood and pus, you start punching a pile of salt. Repeat it, and your hands become like a stone.

L’entraînement des forces spéciales en Corée du Nord.

Ask a Korean!: Ask a Korean! News: North Korean Special Forces

Professions réglementées et protectionnismes

Faut-il vraiment une licence pour être coiffeur ? Jusqu’à récemment c’était le cas en Italie. C’est d’ailleurs toujours le cas dans bon nombre d’états des Etats-Unis… sous prétexte qu’un coiffeur inexpérimenté risquerait de couper quelqu’un s’il dérape avec son rasoir. 

Et pour être avocat ou comptable ? 

Professions réglementées et protectionnismes

Good post on kids, budgets, and relationships

Good post on kids, budgets, and relationships

It turns out that while large companies and organizations are phenomenally good at managing complexity, they’re actually quite bad at tackling ambiguity.

Eloge de la pensée hybride – Why Can’t Big Companies Solve Big Problems? | Co.Design: business innovation design

Sorrow comes in great waves—no one can know that better than you—but it rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us it leaves us on the spot and we know that if it is strong we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.

Letters of Note: Sorrow passes and we remain

I don’t know why we live—the gift of life comes to us from I don’t know what source or for what purpose; but I believe we can go on living for the reason that (always of course up to a certain point) life is the most valuable thing we know anything about and it is therefore presumptively a great mistake to surrender it while there is any yet left in the cup.

Letters of Note: Sorrow passes and we remain

When you’re president, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, then your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot… And so if your main argument for how to grow the economy is ‘I knew how to make a lot of money for investors,’ then you’re missing what this job is about.

President Obama on why Mitt Romney’s record in the private sector matters (via barackobama)


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