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Powerful Thoughts From Paul Graham — Ross Hudgens
21. Empathy is probably the single most important difference between a good hacker and a great one. Some hackers are quite smart, but practically solipsists when it comes to empathy. It’s hard for such people to design great software, because they can’t see things from the user’s point of view.

25. In a field like physics, if we disagree with past generations it’s because we’re right and they’re wrong. But this becomes rapidly less true as you move away from the certainty of the hard sciences. By the time you get to social questions, many changes are just fashion.

34. Whatever the reason, there seems a clear correlation between intelligence and willingness to consider shocking ideas. This isn’t just because smart people actively work to find holes in conventional thinking. Conventions also have less hold over them to start with. You can see that in the way they dress.

43. E.B. White was amused to learn from a farmer friend that many electrified fences don’t have any current running through them. The cows apparently learn to stay away from them, and after that you don’t need the current. | If you’re a hacker who has thought of one day starting a startup, there are probably two things keeping you from doing it. One is that you don’t know anything about business. The other is that you’re afraid of competition. Neither of these fences have any current in them.

50. But since for most of the world’s history the main route to wealth was to steal it, we tend to be suspicious of rich people.

59. “A lot of the (people applying to be graduate students at MIT) seem smart,” he said. “What I can’t tell is whether they have any kind of taste.” Taste. You don’t hear that word much now. And yet we still need the underlying concept, whatever we call it. What my friend meant was that he wanted students who were not just good technicians, but who could use their technical knowledge to design beautiful things.

64. Good design resembles nature. It’s not so much that resembling nature is intrinsically good as that nature has had a long time to work on the problem. So it’s a good sign when your answer resembles nature’s.

70. You’re most likely to get good design if the intended users include the designer himself. When you design something for a group that doesn’t include you, it tends to be for people you consider less sophisticated than you, not more sophisticated. And looking down on the user, however benevolently, always seems to corrupt the designer. [Good design therefore requires personal risk? having skin in the game?]

76. “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” – C.S. Lewis
biomimicry  business  inspiration  productivity  quotes  start_ups  Paul_Graham  Y_Combinator  via:hotchkiss  empathy  design  UX  hackers  personal_risk  PhDs  aesthetics  dangerous_ideas  smart_people  the_single_most_important 
november 2014
Uber’s Secret Agents: When Poaching Becomes Unethical - NYTimes.com
AUG. 27, 2014
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The article posits this is a question of ethics. Perhaps. It may also be an example of tortious interference with contract. If the...
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This article is too cynical for my taste. There are also general norms of decency that rule human behavior and the reported tactics of Uber...
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Good analysis, but why, oh why, choose "cricket" as an adjective. Unlike another commenter, I've lived in NY and SF most of my life and the...
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Lyft  Uber  ride_sharing  sharing_economy  ethics  poaching 
november 2014
Google’s secret: hire people for what they don’t know yet - The Globe and Mail
HARVEY SCHACHTER
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 25 2014

One year, after speaking before a group of Rhodes Scholars, senior Google executive Jonathan Rosenberg was trying to decide who from that exceptional group to invite to formal interviews when he ran into company founder Sergey Brin in a hallway and explained the problem. "Why decide at all?" his boss said. "Offer them all jobs." It seemed crazy but after second thought he realized it made sense to grab the best talent you can and deploy them effectively. Many went on to be very successful at the company.......The authors stress that hiring is the most important thing executives do. "The higher up you go in most organizations, the more detached the executives get from the hiring process. The inverse should be true," they declare. That means not leaving the decision to the hiring manager, who may not be the individual's boss for long and may be edgy about hiring individuals more talented than he is.
Google  hiring  Rhodes  talent  Harvey_Schachter  talent_acquisition 
november 2014
Jian Ghomeshi charged with four counts of sexual assault - The Globe and Mail
JILL MAHONEY AND JAMES BRADSHAW
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Nov. 26 2014
sexual_assault  Jian_Ghomeshi  CBC_Radio  CBC  celebrities 
november 2014
Canada’s first remembrance day - The Globe and Mail
LAWRENCE MARTIN
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 11 2014
Lawrence_Martin  Boer_War  South_Africa  Canada 
november 2014
Warby Parker Adds Storefronts to Its Sales Strategy - WSJ
By DOUGLAS MACMILLAN
Updated Nov. 17, 2014

Many e-commerce players have tested the waters of physical retail, but most of these efforts are still experiments. RentTheRunway has three shops where women can pick up high-end fashion to rent, and it plans to open its fourth, in Washington, D.C., this month. Amazon.com Inc. is expected to open its first brick-and-mortar location in New York in time for the holidays.

New York-based men’s apparel retailer Bonobos aims to have 40 outlets by 2016, up from 10 at the end of 2011. The stores have limited inventory for sale and are designed primarily to help customers try on clothes so they can order them from the website.
clicks-to-bricks  Warby_Parker  eyeglasses  bricks-and-mortar  e-commerce  retailers  customer_experience  Bonobos  RentTheRunway  omnichannel 
november 2014
Enabler to a media hatchet job - The Globe and Mail
PATRICK LAGACÉ
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Nov. 06 2014
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november 2014
Brazil’s police under scrutiny over civilian deaths - The Globe and Mail
STEPHANIE NOLEN
RIO DE JANEIRO — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 23 2014

Amnesty International has launched a campaign in Brazil called “Young, Black and Alive.” It calls on government to design new policies and take “concrete action” to reduce the killing of young black Brazilians: 77 per cent of those between the ages of 15 and 29 murdered in 2012 were black, although they make up only 53 per cent of the population as a whole.
Stephanie_Nolen  Brazil  violence  Afro-Brazilians  racism  extrajudicial_killings 
november 2014
The Quick Fix: Spiced Hot Chocolate - The Globe and Mail
SUE RIEDL
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 23 2014
chocolate  recipes  Sue_Riedl  beverages 
november 2014
The Unifying Leader - NYTimes.com
NOV. 24, 2014
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november 2014
China Luxuriates in African Chocolate, Wine - WSJ
By PATRICK MCGROARTY and DREW HINSHAW CONNECT
May 8, 2014
China  South_Africa  wines  vineyards 
november 2014
Canada’s best response: Move forward - The Globe and Mail
WESLEY WARK
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014

But the public should not be passive onlookers. The consistent messaging from countries more accustomed to such attacks revolves around a key ingredient: societal resilience. Democratic societies must not get bent out of shape – restoration of normalcy and confidence that ordinary life can continue is key to moving forward and avoiding responses that we may later regret. Catch the perpetrators, apply our tough existing legal sanctions, mourn the victims, learn the lessons, improve and refocus our intelligence efforts, but take a deep breath and practise normalcy. That's the best response.
security_&_intelligence  terrorism  attacks  Ottawa  next_play 
november 2014
What unfolded during the attack in Ottawa - The Globe and Mail
KATHRYN BLAZE CARLSON, KIM MACKRAEL AND BILL CURRY
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014
heroes  Ottawa  terrorism  Parliament  House_of_Commons  home_grown  self-radicalization 
november 2014
Sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers thrust into role of modern-day hero - The Globe and Mail
ERIN ANDERSSEN
OTTAWA — Globe and Mail Update (Includes Correction)
Published Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014
House_of_Commons  heroes  Parliament 
november 2014
The scene inside: Attack in the Hall of Honour - The Globe and Mail
JOSH WINGROVE
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014
Josh_Wingrove  Parliament  terrorism 
november 2014
Marion Barry, Former Mayor of Washington, Dies at 78 - NYTimes.com
NOV. 23, 2014| NYT | By DAVID STOUT.

Mr. Barry, 78, was a flamboyant and polarizing mayor of the nation’s capital who went to prison on cocaine charges, then recaptured City Hall in one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of American urban politics.
mayoral  obituaries  Washington_D.C.  scandals  African-Americans  corruption  Improbables 
november 2014
Taxi trouble: Disruptive technology claims another victim - The Globe and Mail
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Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Nov. 21 2014
Uber  taxis  Todd_Hirsch  disruption 
november 2014
Welcome to ‘StockCity,’ where virtual reality meets money - The Globe and Mail
MICHAEL LIEDTKE
SAN FRANCISCO — The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, Nov. 19 2014
virtual_reality  personal_finance 
november 2014
Engineer Walter Curlook was ‘Pied Piper of productivity’ - The Globe and Mail
JUDY STOFFMAN
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Nov. 19 2014
obituaries  mining  Sudbury  Inco  engineering 
november 2014
School-board politics, the gateway drug - The Globe and Mail
KONRAD YAKABUSKI
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Nov. 20 2014
TDSB  Konrad_Yakabuski  dysfunction 
november 2014
Grilled Bison Steaks - The Globe and Mail
LUCY WAVERMAN
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 20 2014
steaks  grilling  recipes  Lucy_Waverman  rubs_sauces_marinades 
november 2014
Canadian grocers need to shed more light on supplier payments - The Globe and Mail
DAVID MILSTEAD
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Nov. 19 2014
Loblaws  grocery  retailers 
november 2014
The Ubers are destined to win the taxi wars - The Globe and Mail
MARGARET WENTE
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Nov. 20 2014
Uber  Margaret_Wente  taxis  Toronto 
november 2014
Ugly fruits and vegetables are finally finding a home – on store shelves - The Globe and Mail
LEE MARSHALL
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 18 2014,

How do co-ops handle traceability?
fresh_produce  fruits  vegetables  retailers  cooperatives  nonstandard 
november 2014
Recipe: Coconut Rice Pudding - The Globe and Mail
STEPHANIE EDDY
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 18 2014
recipes  desserts  rice  coconuts  puddings 
november 2014
Big Firms Fill Funding Gap - The CFO Report - WSJ
April 22, 2014, 2:38 AM ET
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large_companies  small_business  funding  alternative_lending 
november 2014
Chef Andrea Carlson’s Squash Dumplings with Chestnuts - The Globe and Mail
BONNY REICHERT
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Dec. 07 2013
Bonny_Reichert  recipes 
november 2014
Pork Tenderloin with Red Cabbage - The Globe and Mail
LUCY WAVERMAN
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Feb. 01 2014
Lucy_Waverman  pork  recipes 
november 2014
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