All Those Books You’ve Bought but Haven’t Read? There’s a Word for That

From “All Those Books You’ve Bought but Haven’t Read? There’s a Word for That“:

A person’s library is often a symbolic representation of his or her mind, with an ever-expanding library, s/he understands the importance of remaining curious, open to new ideas and voices.



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Leaves of Grass

From “The Complete Poems“:

His bearded, thirty-something face is hoaled by a wide-bimmed hat places at a rakish angle; his right hand on his hip, his left in his pocket. He wears a cotton work shirt open at the throat and his flannel undershirt is plain to see. The look on his face is hard to define, he seems relaxed and wordly-wise, not easily fooled.

What hard to define is, to myself, how well the introduction’s writer works with words. Well described, well described!

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Don’t Eat Before Reading This

From “Don’t Eat Before Reading This“:

I’ve been a chef in New York for more than ten years, and, for the decade before that, a dishwasher, a prep drone, a line cook, and a sous-chef. I came into the business when cooks still smoked on the line and wore headbands <…> In the early seventies, I dropped out of college and transferred to the Culinary Institute of America. I wanted it all: the cuts and burns on hands and wrists, the ghoulish kitchen humor, the free food, the pilfered booze, the camaraderie that flourished within rigid order and nerve-shattering chaos.

I used to work as a waitress in a local restaurant located near to my rented room (which was paid by my parents as a support of my university education), I found the job to go there just for free meals. I can’t say that was good romantic times, not at all, but what lesson learned part is you can be a waitress or you can run a restaurant.

From “Anthony Bourdain and the Power of Telling the Truth“:

Another way of putting it is that Anthony Bourdain built his career on the telling of truth.

What to say? A bit later to remember the guy, but I never ever heard about him before the story came out in New York Times. Now, I’m reading his “Kitchen Confidential“.

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What Is the Perfect Color Worth?

From “What Is the Perfect Color Worth?“:

“Exactly, and different from what it’s been before,” the woman said. “It’s almost like a counterculture type of a feeling — you deliberately use colors that would not ordinarily work together.”

From “The Devil Wears Prada“:

Cerulean, Priestly explains, first showed itself a few years earlier in a collection by Oscar de la Renta and was soon adopted by a number of other influential designers before it “filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner, where you no doubt fished it out of some clearance bin,” she says.


As Regina Lee Blaszczyk recounts in her 2012 book, “The Color Revolution,” the experiment failed but by accident produced a dark, viscous substance. It happened to stain a rag, and presto! Mauve was born. Two years later, Princess Victoria, the queen’s oldest child, was married in a mauve dress, igniting the world’s first fashion craze for a synthetic color.

More discoveries soon followed: magenta, Hofmann’s violet, Lyons blue, malachite green, Bismarck brown and aniline black.

Google tests 41 shades of blue for the sponsored links that appear in its toolbar before settling on one — a decision, a company executive claims, that increased revenue by $200 million.

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Technology firms and the office of the future

From “Technology firms and the office of the future“:

Nvidia will also install cameras to recognise what food people are taking from the cafeteria and charge them accordingly, eliminating the need for a queue and cashier. A self-driving shuttle will eventually zip between its various buildings. And Nvidia’s own AI will monitor when employees arrive and leave, with the ostensible aim of adjusting the building’s heating and cooling systems.

Eliminating the need for a queue and cashier is a great example of eliminating two or three positions that can be substituted by machines. Basically, you are paying once only for hardware and software, and monthly for electricity.

Nvidia is obsessed with triangles, the basic element of computer graphics used to create lifelike scenes in video games and movies. Its new headquarters, which cost $370m, is shaped like one (see picture), and its interior is full of them.

Apple paid 3bn for circle, Nvidia – 370m for triangles, I wonder what is the cost for perfect cube?

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Facebook Security Breach Exposes Accounts of 50 Million Users

From “Facebook Security Breach Exposes Accounts of 50 Million Users“:

Facebook said the attackers had exploited two bugs in the site’s “View As” feature, which allows users to check on what information other people can see about them. The feature was built to give users move control over their privacy.

The feature was built to give users more control over their privacy. Have you heard that? A grammatical mistake, isn’t it? And the problem it raised itself — to give users move control over their privacy — sounds like a joke!

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Instagram’s Co-Founders to Step Down From Company

From “Instagram’s Co-Founders to Step Down From Company“:

Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock (though the final cost was closer to $715 million because the stock on which part of the deal was based declined in value). It was Facebook’s biggest acquisition to date, and came a month before the social network’s initial public offering.

I think they, Systrom and Krieger, are just tired being the part of the idea which is not surprising to everyone now. And who cares? But I read more surprising sentence in “Daring Fireball“, “Interesting, too, that they’re leaving together.”

Guys are millionaires, we shouldn’t worry about their future. Lol.

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Not comfortable

From Kottke’s “Not comfortable“:

This is not a diary. A diary is a personal, private thing that I don’t feel comfortable sharing with you. Alas, I’ve occasionally let this thing turn into a diary. I’ve also shared information about other people that wasn’t appropriate. I’ve used notes to send messages to people “in the know”.

Not anymore.

To that end, I’ve removed some material from here. Personal material that was (maybe) appropriate at the time, but as I look back on it, was not such a good idea. Some of you might protest, saying that I’m tampering with the past. It’s not fair of me to go back and change my journal entries like that, right? It’s not “fair” and “sporting”. Well, fair or not, it’s done.

The way I feel about personal sites, but with a better explanation. Kottke wrote it back in 1998. 20 years to go to gain the same audience and within much tougher circumstances.

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Cary Joji Fukunaga is directing the new James Bond movie

From “Cary Joji Fukunaga is directing the new James Bond movie. Here are 3 things to know about him“:

Fukunaga grew up in the Bay Area and once wanted to be a pro snowboarder, something he actively trained for, eventually living in Japan for a year.

This pal is living a dream, living a dream.

Believe me, I consumed a ton of movie series, a ton of, and Fukunaga’s True Detective was the total masterpiece convinced me to get interested about the people on the other side of the camera.

Now question is, who is the next Bond? Idris Elba? Really?

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The Tree of Life

From Criterion Collection:

Achieved with the aid of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and production designer Jack Fisk, the Palme d’Or–winning The Tree of Life marks the intimately personal, cosmically ambitious culmination of Malick’s singular approach to filmmaking.

Wait… What? Criterion Collection? I should definitely watch this movie, now sitting and wondering how I skipped it!

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