Tag Archives: Honesty

Everything’s Stuck. Everybody’s Stuck

Ever wondered why Beethoven didn’t invent the blues? After all, he had sufficiently tragic motivations, he had a piano, knew how to play it well and had all the same notes available to him as Ray Charles. Why didn’t he … Continue reading

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A Story About Youthful Enthusiasm Thwarted

Whenever I learn of a new government initiative to incubate innovative businesses, I roll my eyes. Back in the day, I had some first-hand experience with this kind of agency, as a recently-graduated electrical, electronics and computer engineer, with eight … Continue reading

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You’re Probably Already Doing the Right Things

The blogosphere is saturated with posts telling you what N things you need to do, right now, in order to succeed. The premise, in all of them, is that you’re a dolt, because if you had been doing what the … Continue reading

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Minimum Versus Optimum

It happened this morning while we were eating cheese. It was a particularly good cheese – an extra-matured Red Leicester that my wife had bought on a whim, just to see if it was any good. For those of you … Continue reading

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Confelicity

There is a very beautiful word that isn’t much used, in the English language. The word is confelicity. If you’re like me, you wouldn’t have encountered it much either. It’s so rare that my spelling checker is complaining about it, … Continue reading

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I Don’t Get What You Don’t Get

But you don’t get what I don’t get either. Mutual understanding is insanely difficult to build, mainly because we conflate critiques of our most fervently held beliefs and ideas into insulting, personal attacks on our very core identities. We don’t … Continue reading

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The Sanctity of Making

I realise, now, that my relationship to making things, whether that be products, art, something useful for the home, or even a piece of writing, is peculiar. I grew up in an environment where the act of making things was … Continue reading

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I Don’t Wanna

Some days, you just don’t feel it. You wake up with plenty of what ought to be fun things to do, the tools and opportunities to do them, but you just can’t summon up the interest to do any of … Continue reading

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The People With All the Money Don’t Know How to Create Value

Being good at amassing wealth doesn’t in any way qualify a person to create value. In fact, creating value isn’t how they amass their wealth in the first place, usually. Even if it is, they only know how to hoard … Continue reading

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Creative Tensions

Everything seems to be in tension, lately. Creating always involves a form of high wire balancing act, without a net. They tell you there is one right way to solve all your creative difficulties, but is there? Any brief survey … Continue reading

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