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Jobs’s taste for merciless criticism was notorious; Ive recalled that, years ago, after seeing colleagues crushed, he protested. Jobs replied, “Why would you be vague?,” arguing that ambiguity was a form of selfishness: “You don’t care about how they feel! … Continue reading

Joe Flacco has a very good day

Book publishers, infused with aggrieved privilege 

Clay Shirky’s essay on Amazon and the book industry is so full of great lines, it’s hard to pick just one. The fact that any bookseller ever “runs out” of a book is now ridiculous. In the twenty-first century, not … Continue reading

Doing creative work

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you … Continue reading

Life hack: buy two belts

Belt shopping is a pain. It’s often difficult to find something you like — in my case, as plain and free of ornamentation as possible — and that’s reasonably priced. The value of the time spent looking is often more … Continue reading

Where to eat (and what to do) in New York

Similar to my Where to eat in San Francisco list, here’s a set of recommendations for food an activities in New York, particularly in Brooklyn. Restaurants (general) Aquagrill (seafood) The Soul Spot Inoteca (Italian) Shake Shack (Brooklyn location has no … Continue reading

For $6300/month, they could afford a proofreader

Why are real estate ads—even those for high-end properties—always so badly written?

Answer the question

The Process Myth: If you want to piss me off, if you want me to hugely discount your value, do this: when I ask you a clarifying question that affects how I will spend my time, my most valuable asset, … Continue reading

Need a tech job in NYC or Chicago?

Passing along for some friends: The Noun Project is a highly collaborative place where the world’s visual language is shared and created. We are working with our users, publications and a giant community to simplify and organize visual communication. There’s … Continue reading