“‘The words of the language as they are originally spoken don’t seem to play any role at all in my mechanism of thought. The elements of my thought are certain signs, or more or less clear images, which in my case are of a visual and sometimes of a muscular type. The combination of these different images in productive thought is what enables me to make progress before there is any connection with logical construction in words or any other sign that could be communicated to others.’”—Albert Einstein (in 4 Lessons In Creativity From John Cleese @ Co.Create)
“At Apple, store managers call every detractor within 24 hours. Initially, they found there were some detractors they couldn’t reach. Subsequent studies showed that detractors that they did reach purchased substantially more Apple products and services than the others. Further studies showed that every hour spent calling detractors was generating more than $1,000 in revenue or additional sales of $25 million in the first year, which was a good return on the investment.”—Another Myth Bites The Dust: How Apple Listens To Its Customers (Forbes)
“Living in a generally warmer country doesn’t even mean that people get to wear summer clothes for longer. People who live in warm countries become wimpy; the slightest chill brings out thick winter clothes and complaints that its “freezing”. Furthermore people in these countries don’t like the hot weather much better either, complaining that its too hot to even work – hence the institution of the Siesta which sounds great from afar but in reality it just means its considered so hot that its unbearable to do anything except sleep in the shade.”—Why the fuck did you move to Norway?
“London is not just a bunch of impressive numbers; it is also an astonishing human artefact. A city that a generation ago was on the skids has become a place where the world meets to study, work, create, invent, make friends and fall in love. It is Britain’s economic and cultural powerhouse, Europe’s only properly global city and a magnet for rich and poor, from anywhere and everywhere. Londoners know they are living through something extraordinary.”—On a high | The Economist
“Discovering a favourite street in any city is always the tipping point from being just a visitor to feeling at home. It’s that moment when you realise you could live here. A quick survey allows you to plot where you’d get your coffee, your newspaper, your grocery shopping, your last orders. Here’s where you’d while away hours on a sunny Saturday morning, restock your wardrobe, lock up your bike and host friends for dinner. This feels like a good jogging route and that little balcony on the third floor clearly hides the ideal one-bed apartment to call home.
The perfect street is never a grand boulevard or main shopping drag. It’s always one you stumble across on your way elsewhere. It’s a city secret, though not impenetrable or hostile to visitors who happen across it. In its essence it’s daily life happening, happily, haphazardly. It’s impossible to construct the perfect street. Likewise it cannot be over-planned. Its success is due to years of layered living – in the buildings, the businesses and the community that inhabit it.”—Path to happiness [Monocle]
Today’s food activists think that “sustainable farming” and “eating local” are the way to solve a host of perceived problems with our modern food supply system. But after a thorough review of the evidence, Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu have concluded that these claims are mistaken.
In The Locavore’s Dilemma they explain the history, science, and economics of food supply to reveal what locavores miss or misunderstand: the real environmental impacts of agricultural production; the drudgery of subsistence farming; and the essential role large-scale, industrial producers play in making food more available, varied, affordable, and nutritionally rich than ever before in history.
They show how eliminating agriculture subsidies and opening up international trade, not reducing food miles, is the real route to sustainability; and why eating globally, not only locally, is the way to save the planet.
You see, one of the best things about Twitter is the way subjects can morph and change and speed past you. The serendipity, the openness and the say-whatever-you-want chatter allows to it roam free.
And one of the worst things on Twitter is the people who tell you you’re doing it wrong.
If I think you retweet too much, or I don’t like your style, or you always talk about yourself, or you’re not fun, then I’ll just stop following you. But I don’t think I’d ever presume to tell anyone that they were doing Twitter wrong. I’m not your parent. I may not even be your audience.
“Melancholy shouldn’t be confused with depression. Melancholy is an active state. When we’re melancholic, we feel uneasy with the way things are, the status quo, the conventions of our society. We yearn for a deeper, richer relationship with the world. And in that yearning, we’re forced to explore the potential within ourselves – a potential we might not have explored if we were simply content. We come up with new ways of seeing the world and new ways of being in the world. Melancholy and creativity go together like ebony and ivory on a piano.”—Melancholy & Creativity – Stutterheim Raincoats (via paulisakson)
“The fun is missing now. Once you become successful at something, you start mirroring how people see you and you start copying yourself and then your art is dead.”—“Leave Britney Alone!!!!!!” guy Chris Crocker in Q&A on Gawker
“At some point in recent American history, we started assuming that if people are rich enough, they must be experts in all things. That’s why we trust Mark Zuckerberg to save Newark schools and Bill Gates to rid the world of malaria. Expertise is so 20th century.”—(via labohrertorium)