Critical Section

Saturday,  01/25/20  09:22 PM

Clayton CristensenClayton Christensen, 1953-2020: How will you measure your life?

Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people. This is my final recommendation: Think about the metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged a success.

mercator vs true sizeHow will you measure country size?  Clever map shows true size of continents.  Biggest winners: African and South America.  Biggest losers: Canada, US, and Russia.  (click to enbiggen.)

US Space Force logoThe new Space Force logo sure looks like the Starfleet logo.  Awesome.


Pantone 448C: ugliest color in the worldPantone 448C is the ugliest color in the world.  So be it.  "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we can all agree on ugly."

93-Year Old Man Wins a Storytelling Contest With a Hilarious Story About His Valentines in 1933.  A beautiful story, well told.  Do you remember to whom you gave valentines 60 years ago?

Josh Newman: Bootleg.  "In retrospect, it’s clear that people were stealing music because that was the only way to get it online. As digital album sales data demonstrate, once they were able to buy music digitally, people flocked to that option in droves."

Ottmar Leibert: Opting Out.  "Things are not going well in the music industry…. That’s an understatement. The truth is that things are pretty screwed up in the music industry… That’s also an understatement!"

Jamie Zawinski: MP3 is finally free. "MP3 is supported by everything, everywhere, and is now patent-free. There has never been another audio format as widely supported as MP3, it's good enough for almost anything, and now, over twenty years since it took the world by storm, it's finally free."

Matthew Inman: You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you.  Another beautiful story, well told.

Mathhew Inman: Listen


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About Me

Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
Aperio's Mission = Automating Pathology
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji The Nest Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
progress ratches