“There’s nothing sensible about organizing something that should be thrown away.”
– Merlin Mann, Back to Work: Episode 320 (~1:11:09)
I would rather keep the tough rules and be okay with breaking them than come me up with crappy rules that I never break. – Merlin Mann on Episode 309 of Back to Work
This was a good bit. Here’s more:
I like the ambition of something that would be difficult for me to do flawlessly, but I adore the feeling that it’s ok for me to fail at it but still keep doing it. I’m the one who gets to decide if I keep doing this or not. I do it on my own terms. I’m the judge who gets to decide how I’m allowed to feel about it.
I’ve started hunting for neon signs around Seattle. I usually share what I find on Instagram, but here’s everything I posted from the month of January.
If you look at the High Line, that was done with a lot of love and care and definitely with an eye on beauty. Now, one of the functions of that beauty is that, since it’s inception, there has not been a single report of any major crime on the High Line since it started, on any precinct along the highline. It’s interesting, but it’s a function of the beauty of it. If they would’ve done it crappily and quickly and value-engineered like every other thing is value-engineered in [not only] this country, but around the world, that would not have happened.
From episode 11 of the podcast, Nice To Meet You. I’ve had this in my queue for quite a while and finally got around to listening.
I think giving people advice is very simple. It’s almost too easy to give people advice, and to say, “Okay, you have a problem? Here’s how to fix it.” I think your problem is not a lack of advice, it’s a lack of understanding. And before a lot of advice can be really useful, it’s good to understand why you need that advice.
– Merlin Mann
Join the club.
Is the “I Voted” sticker a badge of civic pride, or a symbol shielding us from judgement? When paired with this message, the answer is not so clear. At face value, “Join the club” can be read as a rallying cry urging others to participate in the democratic process. But as an idiom it is decidedly more pessimistic, and instead reads as a comment on the state of American politics. Both scenarios underscore research that says many people will vote because of social pressure.
It all boils down to this: Many of us vote so that we can tell everyone else we voted. And we don’t want to have to lie about it if we didn’t. – Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, “The Surprising Genius Of The ‘I Voted’ Sticker”
Typeface is Alergia Grotesk Wide Black. Original photograpy shot with an iPhone 6s.