Ten Principles for Good Design from Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer whose design approach is “Less, but better”. He believes good design: Is innovative – The possibilities for progression are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for original designs. But imaginative design always develops in tandem with improving technology, and can never be anContinue reading “Ten Principles for Good Design from Dieter Rams”

Notes of Civility

A letter on civility from Anton Chekhov to his older brother, a drunk painter and writer, from Letters of Note. To my mind, civilized people ought to satisfy the following conditions: 1. They respect the individual and are therefore always indulgent, gentle, polite and compliant. They do not throw a tantrum over a hammer or a lostContinue reading “Notes of Civility”

Bukowski’s Movitational: Move On, Regardless

I have not read a lot of Bukowski mainly because I always remember an interview clip of Bukowski verbally and physically abusing his wife. This motivated me a few days ago after a ran across it on a lit quote feed I follow: Regardless “The nights you fight best are when all the weapons areContinue reading “Bukowski’s Movitational: Move On, Regardless”

Art, Freedom, and The Kiss–A Tribute in Syria

“If you can not please everyone with your deeds and your art, please a few” Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) is an Austrian painter and first president of the Vienna Secession ( an artists’ union), whose goal was to rid itself of classical oppression and motto was “To every age its art. To art its freedom”. The majority of hisContinue reading “Art, Freedom, and The Kiss–A Tribute in Syria”

Startups Are Enjoyable Work and Pain

Startups are not fun, they are stressful and quick-moving but they come about from a necessity to DO MORE and that is what makes them so enjoyable. A successful startup is building on an amazing number of failures, of dumb ideas and fitful nights obsessing over tiny details. Learning to manage time and duties, finding outContinue reading “Startups Are Enjoyable Work and Pain”

Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing

The art of writing can be reduced to a few simple rules. I share them with you now. Rule No. 1: Show and Tell. Most people say, “Show, don’t tell,” but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they’re like kids bringing their broken unicorns and chewed-upContinue reading “Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing”

An Open Letter to Todd Akin from Eve Ensler

This open letter is an important read for all men and women, especially women, especially men with daughters or who plan on having children and especially those who are planning on voting Republican. The decisions made in the next 4 years regarding women’s health will affect you and your daughters and sisters and mothers someday soContinue reading “An Open Letter to Todd Akin from Eve Ensler”

What makes a book a classic?

Definition of a classic book, as according to Italo Calvino’s in “Why Read the Classics?” from The Uses of Literature.  1. The classics are those books about which you usually hear people saying: ‘I’m rereading…’, never ‘I’m reading….’ 2. The Classics are those books which constitute a treasured experience for those who have read and lovedContinue reading “What makes a book a classic?”

Gandhi’s List of Blunders

This list contains “the seven blunders that human society commits, and that cause all the violence,” according to Mohandas Gandhi.  He gave it to his grandson in 1947, 3 months before he was assassinated. Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Worship without sacrifice. Politics without principles. 60Continue reading “Gandhi’s List of Blunders”

Lesson Plan

Perhaps we could endeavor to teach our future the following: How to focus intently on a problem until it’s solved. The benefit of postponing short-term satisfaction in exchange for long-term success. How to read critically. The power of being able to lead groups of peers without receiving clear delegated authority. An understanding of the extraordinaryContinue reading “Lesson Plan”