Newsletter: ‘If you can wait and not be tired by waiting’

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I was reminded this week to ‘keep the patience’ by rereading Rudyard Kipling’s poem entitled “If”. Good things take time.

In the meantime, below are some articles and some other digs I stumbled upon this week that I think you’ll find interesting.

Interesting Digs

Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence. Francis Bacon was a mystery man who tugged at the most morose moments in his life, leaving the characters in his paintings look as if they are literally gasping for air.

Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say. According to doctors, you can blame tech for children’s inability to hold pencils. Apparently all that screen time is doing nothing to strengthen their thumb, index, and middle fingers which work together to form one’s basic writing technique.

Robin Hanson On Signaling And Self-Deception. Introverts are egg people, not onion people. “I’ve sometimes been tempted to classify people as egg people and onion people. Onion people have layer after layer after layer. You peel it back, and there’s still more layers. You don’t really know what’s underneath. Whereas egg people, there’s a shell, and you get through it, and you see what’s on the inside.”

Thought of the week

“I go in and start working, I’m not sure where I’m going — if I knew where I was going, I wouldn’t do it.”

Frank Gehry

Other Recommendations


I’m blown away by the artwork from illustrator Mochi on her Tumblr page. The gif below is called Pouring rain with the sun setting is blissful.



What would the world look like if everyone was guaranteed a basic income? For musician Brian Eno, that society would put a lot more emphasis on time well spent.

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“Try not to get a job. Try to leave yourself in a position where you do the things you want to do with your time and where you take maximum advantage of wherever your possibilities are.”




Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin: “A brilliant author or businesswoman or senator or software engineer is brilliant only in tiny bursts. The rest of the time, they’re doing work that most any trained person could do.

It might take a lot of tinkering or low-level work or domain knowledge for that brilliance to be evoked, but from the outside, it appears that the art is created in a moment, not in tiny increments.”

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