“My proudest moments in life – that seven-game “Linsanity” winning streak; two MVPs for Steve Nash in Phoenix; my splendid mustache — have all come through hard work. But the Knicks have become too much about shortcuts and not enough about achievement. This doesn’t feel right to me.”—Former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, it his submission "Why I’m Leaving the New York Knicks published in the Wall Street Journal. So much for disgruntled Goldman employees.
“Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as “muppets,” sometimes over internal e-mail.”—Quoted from from Greg Smith’s op-ed submission to the NY Times entitled Why I am Leaving Goldman. Smith was an executive with the firm who worked there for 10 years. Finding the truth in the words of disgruntled, ex-employees is always hairy — but the letter is certainly an interesting read.
“When Susan was the age of many of her students, she dominated the New York Open chess competition. At 16 she crushed several adult opponents and landed on the front page of The New York Times. The tournament was abuzz not just with the spectacle of one pretty young powerhouse: Susan’s raven-haired sister Sophia, 11, swept most of the games in her section, too. But the pudgy baby of the family, 9-year-old Judit, drew the most gawkers of all. To onlookers’ delight, Judit took on five players simultaneously and beat them. She played blindfolded.”—Excerpt from The Grand Master Experiment published in Psychology Today. It’s an interesting read on the chess phenoms known as the Polgar sisters, who were trained (Tiger Woods-style) by their father from an early age.
“Espresso or double-shot, latte or macchiato, cappuccino or capriccino? When ordering a simple coffee in the country where they make it best, you already face a surprisingly vast array of choices. Now, there is another, unusual option: it’s called a capriccino, a new warm coffee beverage made with steamed goat’s milk (“capra” is goat in Italian) aimed at the needs – and desires — of an increasing lactose-intolerant population.”—Lactose-intolerant folks rejoice.
A keyboard’s arrangement could have a small but significant impact on how we perceive the meaning of words we type.
Specifically, the QWERTY keyboard may gradually attach more positive meanings to words with more letters located on the right side of the layout (everything to the right of T, G and B).
“We know how a word is spoken can affect its meaning. So can how it’s typed,”
Taken from an interesting Wired article discussing the work of cognitive scientist Kyle Jasmin of the University of College London, co-author of a study about the so-called “QWERTY effect” in Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
No wonder we keep blurting out asdfasdfghkl all the time..
The high street today feels like it has been monopolised by the same creative team. Is there a checklist that has to be adhered to? Plaid shirts, Pantone-picked sweatshirts, semi-smart trainers and chinos in every colour, displayed with the ever abundant roll-up.
This Ivy League meets Japanese pop style has been with us for several years now. And that’s a problem if you want something different.
”—Excerpt from Richard Spencer Powell’s recent Monocolumn “The high street needs to stop repeating itself”. Sage words on the “me too” attitude of parts of the fashion world.