If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely...– E.B. White
Varsity Bookmarking: Who Svpply is competing with,... →
pieratt: I thought it’d be interesting to share some thoughts about the competitive landscape we’re in. This topic is of particular interest to me personally because when we launched Svpply, there was nothing else like it out there. When we launched Svpply, there were no shopping services that encouraged…
Cities And Ambition →
Another excellent Paul Graham essay. It was written in May 2008, and the financial crisis (among other things) did a tremendous amount to change the calculus that he describes, but the themes are still quite interesting. A city speaks to you mostly by accident—in things you see through windows, in conversations you overhear. It’s not something you have to seek out, but something you...
Build what you know
My buddy just pointed out to me that another “Instagram for Video” announced funding today. This is a very quick post. What feels to me like a no-brainer in designing products that capture a rich user experience: is it something that you yourself can’t stop using? There have been plenty of posts about this in the past, too. Sure, baby products and medical devices don’t...
Lana Del Rey is torturous beyond her time, if her...
ItsJaredC: The wrong question: "I want to learn to... →
itsjaredc: If you want to learn to code and build stuff and you’re starting by asking someone else what you should do, you’re already thinking about it the wrong way. Immediately, right now, with no preparation, in the blink of an eye, you can take a huge step toward your goal by realizing that you don’t…
Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment...– United States President Dwight Eisenhower, writing to his brother Edgar in 1954.
Hemingway Challenge: Twenty-five Influential...
John Updike: "Forgive me!" "What for?" "Never mind."
Irvine Welsh: Eyeballed me, killed him. Slight exaggeration.
Norman Maller: Satan -- Jehovah -- fifteen rounds. A draw.
Andrea Siegel: "Welcome to Moeshe Christiansen's Bar Mitzvah."
Rick Moody: grass, cow, calf, milk, France
AM Homes: He remembered something that never happened.
Robert Olen Butler: Saigon hotel. Decades later. He weeps.
Tobias Wolff: She gave. He took. He forgot.
Courtney Eldridge: -- I love you... -- Love ya back.
Memoir, Jerry Stahl: You are not shit. You are!
Jamie O'Neill: All her life: half a house.
Edward Albee: Poison; meditation; skiing; ants -- nothing worked.
Michael Cunningham: My nemesis is dead. Now what?
David Lodge: I saw. I conquered. Couldn't come.
Brian Bouldrey: "Cyanide? Bitter almonds." He knew. How?
Mary Gateskill: Father died. Mother triumphed. I left.
Pickney Benedict: "You? Her? No dice, fat boy."
Bruce Benderson: Mother's Day came, doubling Oedipus' pleasure.
JT LeRoy: Tossed remorselessly, whiffle balls sure hurt.
Rebecca Miller: As she fell, her mind wandered.
Ben Greenman: It's negative. Say hi to mom.
"A Short History of Academia," by Sue Grafton: Horny professor. Failing coed. No tenure.
AG Pasquella: Shiva destroys Earth: "Well, that's that."
Nicholas Weinstock: Havana's no place for hockey, coach.
As published in the Fall 2004 issue of BlackBook Magazine.
Zach Waugh: How I name my apps →
zachwaugh: For the last couple of apps I’ve made, I’ve been creating a sort of mind map to help me come up with the name. Finding a good name for an app is hard, but having a somewhat formal and repeatable process has made it much easier for me. I say “sort of” mind map, because there aren’t really any… Words of wisdom.