Quote: Maciej Ceglowski on Productivity Techniques

Posted on Wed 23 July 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, productivity, quote • 1 min read

Kindly remember that if, unprompted, you tell someone about your system for getting organized, you are no better than a vegan.


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Quote: Salman Rushdie

Posted on Tue 11 March 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, humanism, literature, storytelling, writing • 1 min read

Man is the animal that tells stories about himself to himself.

Salman Rushdie, Lecture at the University of Iowa (March 2004)

It’s been years since I sat in that lecture hall, but Rushdie’s description of humans as storytelling creatures still gets me with it’s perfect simplicity. I …

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Quote: Mike Monteiro

Posted on Fri 03 January 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, economics, feels, human condition, poverty • 1 min read

Every night, homeless people construct their nightly shelters outside the Quaker meeting house. Quakers will not make you leave. And have a high level of empathy. A few weeks ago I was walking home and there was a woman, a homeless woman, setting up a space. She’d unrolled a …

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Quote: Jaron Lanier

Posted on Sat 08 June 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, quote, technology • 1 min read

If you listen first, and write later, then whatever you write will have had time to filter through your brain, and you’ll be in what you say. This is what makes you exist. If you are only a reflector of information, are you really there?

Jaron Lanier

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Quote: C.S. Lewis

Posted on Wed 22 May 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, quote • 1 min read

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.

C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

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The Mechanic Muse — From Scroll to Screen

Posted on Mon 05 September 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, culture, tech • 1 min read

Great piece from Lev Grossman on the radical changes that the codex introduced into reading, specifically the ability to interact with the text in a non-linear manner. He makes a valid point that e-readers make similar interaction a clumsy affair.

I do love my Kindle, and I read a lot …

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When Elvis Died Podcast: Quentin’s Quick History of Christmas

Posted on Thu 23 December 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with anthropology, christmas, culture, friends, history, sociology • 1 min read

My friend, Quentin Lewis has put together a fun examination of of how Christmas has been celebrated in the western world – with particular emphasis on how it has been celebrated in the United States and England – over the last few centuries. The podcast intersperses traditional music dating back to feudal …

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Warren Ellis: ‘We’re living in the last days of the Roman empire’

Posted on Wed 15 April 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, future, publishing • 1 min read

Those of you who already read Ellis’ work will find no surprises in his first column for Wired UK, but this piece is worth reading regardless. There’s a lot of meat in this column, but it would be easy to discount it as simply strange. That would be a …

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A Blogger By Any Other Name

Posted on Sat 12 April 2008 in Dispatches • Tagged with blogging, culture, futility, meta • 5 min read

Eric Rice recently wrote this post wondering, “How can I stop being called a ‘blogger’?” To summarize, his issue is that it is ridiculous to be labeled by a single medium, especially when the medium is so prevalent that the term becomes meaningless as a categorization tool.

I just feel …

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Creepy Sleepy: Why Radiohead Matters

Posted on Sun 14 October 2007 in Dispatches • Tagged with appearances, creepy sleepy, culture, radiohead, warren ellis • 1 min read

Just a quick post to let you know that I appeared on the latest episode of the Creepy Sleepy Show Podcast, where DHP, Greg and myself discuss the new Radiohead album, titled In Rainbows. In particular we focus on Radiohead’s digital distribution, what this means in the music industry …

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