From the book Master of the Three Ways (菜根譚) by Hong Zicheng: A single cloud leaves the peaks: Going or staying, with neither is it tangled. A bright mirror like moon hangs in the sky: Peace or noise, with neither is it concerned. I must have read the above passage […]
“Just smile and wave boys,” he said, as he walked out of the office door. We were going for lunch, and our poor colleague was stuck with the boss. It was a Madagascar reference. A cute, funny scene. But what it reminded me of was a poem by Stevie Smith; […]
Flowers grow on dirt; manure. On diamonds? Never. May I be like dirt. May those who encounter me grow and bloom.
I’m an avid reader, but have grown up reading almost exclusively non-fiction. Not because I don’t enjoy them, or think any less of fiction than I do non-fiction; it’s mostly because I can never remember the names of all the characters! (Especially in novels…) In non-fiction, the cast of characters […]
When Polly wants a cracker, Polly eats a cracker. But the million-dollar question is not whether parrots and humans can act out their inner desires – the question is whether they can choose their desires in the first place. Why does Polly want a cracker rather than a cucumber? Why do […]
My child. Makes me mad as hell. Then looks at me, says, “sorry” with a look in his eyes that tells me he really means it. Hell no longer, I wonder what it was that I was so angry about.
I came across two quotes from Kierkegaard recently, from two very different sources. It was quite a coincidence, and I thought that it must have been a sign. Here’s the first, which funnily enough came from a book on IT leadership, called A Seat at the Table, by Mark Schwartz: If […]
This TED talk really surprised me. The content was great, but it was Brian Little’s delivery that really made me go “wow!” So many times during the talk it felt I wasn’t listening to him talk on the subject of “personality” but rather his grandchildren. His passion was evident, and […]
This was supposed to be a post on radical transparency. But an article bashing radical transparency just left me feeling so outraged with its lies and misleading statements that I just spent the last four hours of my life writing this warning to all of us media-consumers out there: Don’t trust all […]
I cooked pasta for lunch today. Though it turned out pretty good, the pasta was a little soft, far from the al dente I was aiming for. This despite me checking every couple of minutes or so to see how it was doing, and taking it off the stove the moment […]