Monster links pile-up.

July 10th, 2007

Talkin’ ’bout catching up from vacation, with minimal commentary:

–Dig this from my buddy Austin. In particular, follow up on the comment thread to find out more about how French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim used a 500-page debut cartoon book as a way of teaching himself how to draw. More thoughts on this anon, but for now I’ll say I love the chutzpah on display. If you’re an artist (writer, filmmaker, chef, whatever) . . . sin boldly! Sin in public! Ask forgiveness (much) later, if ever!

–Excellent 4th of July quotes here. A favorite:

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.”

—Frederick Douglass

–[Via Hugh Macleod:] I avoided a lot of this hype because I was on vacation on an minimum-news diet, but this is sadly all too true: “I Read the News Today, Oh Boy”.

–Fred Wilson finds the same utility in social networking tools that I do: catching up with old friends.

–For no particular reason (or maybe because Disney’s been trying to force it so hard down our throats), I hadn’t planned on seeing Ratatouille, but now Austin and David have weighed in, and Dave’s recommendation in particular is leading me to rethink: “Ratatouille is the best Pixar ever. Maybe the best animated film since Snow White. And it made me very hungry.” I should know to always trust Brad Bird.

–Recovering from adversity: Yes, it’s doable — but only if you start by thinking so.

–This Fast Company item on Atul Gawande’s approach to “positive deviance” is well worth reading. I particularly like Gawande’s advice about not complaining: “. . . Resist it. It’s boring, it doesn’t solve anything, and it will get you down. You don’t have to be sunny about everything. Just be prepared with something else to discuss . . .”

–[Via Good Morning Silicon Valley:] One of the greatest obituaries you’ll ever read — not for its subject, but for the panache with which it is written. The first sentence of the piece is this: “Count Gottfried von Bismarck, who was found dead on Monday aged 44, was a louche German aristocrat with a multi-faceted history as a pleasure-seeking heroin addict, hell-raising alcoholic, flamboyant waster and a reckless and extravagant host of homosexual orgies.”

–[Same source:] That Shakespeare guy, he was somethin’.

–Tom Peters thinks we’re focused on the wrong debate in health care: “My rant: Let’s spend as much time and energy fixing the fixable enumerated above, 99% independent of the insurance debate, and seeing if we can tease out longer lives as a result of our investment. If our life expectancy is so damn low compared to those spending much less, aren’t we at some level getting screwed? I know that’s crude and bizarrely oversimplistic—but there’s also a big kernel of truth to the intemperate statement, isn’t there?”

–Tom also wants us to try things. A lot. Try as a point of fundamental belief. He’s right.

–Because we can’t ever have enough reminders about this: simple things you can do to help the earth.

–Jamais Cascio (who I got to meet at SXSW this year) is smart: An Insufficient Present.

–If you do a lot of air travel, this should be useful: SeatGuru.

That would seem to be enough for now.  Enjoy.

3 Responses to “Monster links pile-up.”

  1. David Says:

    Would Brad Bird, or I, ever lead you wrong?

  2. austin Says:

    I know Mom and Dad will like Ratatouille, but i wonder whether the kiddies will. Report back to me if there’s a family outing….

  3. tewalkerjr Says:

    David: Heavens, no!

    Actually, my main (childish) gripe against Ratatouille is that it’s taken up Bird’s valuable time, which IMHO should be devoted exclusively to bringing me the second installment of The Incredibles. But that’s just me.

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