I think that past the age of thirty there is no obligation to be clever at all. Cleverness is a burden after that. You are supposed to settle down and be a good person, raise your children, and be good to your friends, which you may not have been back when you were clever. Garrison Kiellor, via the Paris Review
How to Settle a Dispute →
Ken Feinberg, via the NYT magazine: In all the negotiations I do, there’s a priority list: One, know the facts. Two, be dogged. Three, keep an open mind. Next, be creative in getting to “yes.” Finally, a very important basic proposition: Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
"EBooks Are Winning." →
[via TechCrunch] For 2012 YTD ebooks have outstripped hardcover sales for the first time ever. They still make up only 30% of book sales overall, but it certainly looks like ebooks are replacing print, whether we like it or not. The proliferation of free content in the early days of the internet has obviously made it difficult for companies to convince consumers to pay much (if anything)...
In mario kart, when I make the Koopa Troopa Beach...
This one’s for my wife, who is irrationally good at Mario Kart 64. whatshouldwecallme:
Is Zynga Hitting the Wall? →
Great short post from Dave Thier at Forbes on Zynga’s recent stock-price woes. So many thoughts here, including my general concern about the overvaluing of the social media tech bubble, and my personal dislike of most of Zynga’s titles, which are either a.) not really games, or b.) aim to succeed by bring out the worst aspects of the gamer in me by focusing on competition instead of...
Apple is (Still) a Control Freak →
Re: Wired post today about Apple’s newest retina display MacBook Pro being less upgradeable and repairable than ever. I assume they would point to the complications inherent in producing such thin and light technology, but it comes as no surprise that Apple’s tech is all moving in favor of being locked down such that they can be the only service provider. As frustrating as it is...