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April 11, 2016

We pay a price: for everything we add, we lose something

In particular, we need to be aware of the fact that there is no such thing as absolute progress, that every time we add something to our world, we take something away as well.

It's the Eastern notion of balance, of yin and yang, at play: Everything Better Is Purchased At The Price Of Something Worse. Life does not by definition only get better when someone invents a new phone or car or facial cream, even if that phone makes it easier to talk to someone thousands of miles away, or the car makes it easier to go see people, or get away from them, or the cream dissolves wrinkles like magic. It doesn't work like that.

We pay a price: for everything we add, we lose something. The question then becomes: what do we value most. But that's a question we never ask: we see everything new as an addition to our lives, and ignore what gets taken away from us.

-- Raúl Ilargi Meijer, editor-in-chief of The Automatic Earth

April 10, 2016

Four necessary attributes, objectives

Work that you love;
Work you're great at;
Work the world needs; and
Work you can get paid for.


-- Jeena Cho, author of The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation (ABA).

April 8, 2016

Dog food innovation or garbage innovation ?

We are still in early days here, but when there is that much attention and money being spent for this, there will eventually be compostable insulation or dissolvable insulation you can put into water and turn into dog food or something.

Someone will make a dent so people can have access to meal kits without the guilt."

-- Andy Levitt, who started the Purple Carrot.

April 6, 2016

Since when does New York City look across the Hudson for a policy blueprint?

"Since when does New York City look across the Hudson for a policy blueprint?"

Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, a Democrat from Manhattan, said in a statement.

"Whatever happens in Jersey City stays in Jersey City. With scarce affordable housing and unified opposition to illegal hotels here, this development will have zero impact on the law in New York."

April 1, 2016

Where were you when Kanye West needed a rug ?

"I specifically ordered persian rugs with cherub imagery!!! What do I have to do to get a simple persian rug with cherub imagery uuuuugh," Kanye West lamented in a 2010 tweet that has since been deleted but whose relatable misfortune remains foremost in the hearts of his countrymen.