"Balloon are a one-song band. One great song, and that's not a mean feat. Few can honestly claim to have one great song. Noel Gallagher cannot, for su"Balloon are a one-song band. One great song, and that's not a mean feat. Few can honestly claim to have one great song. Noel Gallagher cannot, for sure."
In terms of how you can know a person through the music he/she makes, then my mental image of Luke Haines was pretty accurate. I wouldn't except anything else from him. What makes this histrionic personality so charming though, is that he keeps the same not so graceful bitching and sneering tone not just about others, but mainly for himself. This book is highly entertaining. You will never be able to remove from your head the bad acid/trepanation chapter. It would be a shame if you did... ...more
I started this biography after I finished reading Against the Day by T. Pynchon and I was already intrigued by Tesla. The biography had a nice equilibI started this biography after I finished reading Against the Day by T. Pynchon and I was already intrigued by Tesla. The biography had a nice equilibrium of the private and public life of N. Tesla, as well as defining the inventor's life in the historical context of social, scientific, political and economical zeitgeist. You can't focus solely on Tesla's life leaving outside his contemporaries. I didn't mind the long chapters of (seemingly) unrelated to Tesla stories of Edison, Marconi and the likes of them. They were important to understand the "times" Tesla lived in. I also think it gracefully avoided depicting him neither as a saint nor a mad man. Maybe a little bit of both. Genius for the most part. Geniuses never have easy lives. It's not my last Tesla-related book for sure. The man changed our the way we live and we have historical evidence for his life that is surely worth exploring....more
My last attempt at learning Japanese stuck when I had to start memorizing the Kanji. I found it impossible to memorize writing, meaning and 2-3 readinMy last attempt at learning Japanese stuck when I had to start memorizing the Kanji. I found it impossible to memorize writing, meaning and 2-3 readings for each kanji all at the same time. I ended up confusing everything and not being able to memorize more than a couple of kanji each day. Mr. Heisig suggests you do each of these tasks separately. At first I thought it was an obnoxious idea and that it wouldn't fit my way of learning. But the reasoning behind the method seemed legit, and I gave it a try and after memorizing 50 characters in 2(!) days and with the help of Memrise, I have found a learning rhythm that works for me. ...more
Rework Author : Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Page : 66 Date : 12/15/2011 Highlight : Remember, fashion(Highlights downloaded from my Reader)
Rework Author : Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Page : 66 Date : 12/15/2011 Highlight : Remember, fashion fades away. When you focus on permanent features, you're in bed with things that never go out of style
Page : 69 Date : 12/15/2011 Highlight : Sell your by-products When you make something, you always make something else. You can't make just one thing. Everything has a by-product. Observant and creative business minds spot these by-products and see opportunities
Page : 72 Date : 12/15/2011 Highlight : Don't mistake this approach for skimping on quality, either. You still want to make something great. This approach just recognizes that the best way to get there is through iterations. Stop imagining what's going to work. Find out for real
Page : 94 Date : 12/17/2011 Highlight : Long lists are guilt trips. The longer the list of unfinished items, the worse you feel about it. And at a certain point, you just stop looking at it because it makes you feel bad. Then you stress out and the whole thing turns into a big mess
Page : 102 Date : 12/18/2011 Highlight : Pour yourself into your product and everything around your product too: how you sell it, how you support it, how you explain it, and how you deliver it. Competitors can never copy the you in your product
Page : 104 Date : 12/18/2011 Highlight : Having an enemy gives you a great story to tell customers, too. Taking a stand always stands out. People get stoked by conflict. They take sides. Passions are ignited. And that's a good way to get people to take notice
Page : 106 Date : 12/18/2011 Highlight : Don't shy away from the fact that your product or service does less. Highlight it. Be proud of it. Sell it as aggressively as competitors sell their extensive feature lists
Page : 107 Date : 12/19/2011 Highlight : Focus on competitors too much and you wind up diluting your own vision. Your chances of coming up with something fresh go way down when you keep feeding your brain other people's ideas. You become reactionary instead of visionary. You wind up offering your competitor's products with a different coat of paint.
Page : 111 Date : 12/19/2011 Highlight : It's so easy to say yes. Yes to another feature, yes to an overly optimistic deadline, yes to a mediocre design. Soon, the stack of things you've said yes to grows so tall you can't even see the things you should really be doing. Start getting into the habit of saying no--even to many of your best ideas. Use the power of no to get your priorities straight. You rarely regret saying no. But you often wind up regretting saying yes
Page : 112 Date : 12/19/2011 Highlight : Your goal is to make sure your product stays right for you. You're the one who has to believe in it most. That way, you can say, "I think you'll love it because I love it.
Page : 114 Date : 12/19/2011 Highlight : People and situations change. You can't be everything to everyone. Companies need to be true to a type of customer more than a specific individual customer with changing needs
Page : 122 Date : 12/19/2011 Highlight : You don't want everyone to watch you starting your business. It makes no sense to tell everyone to look at you if you're not ready to be looked at yet
Page : 129 Date : 12/19/2011 Highlight : So emulate famous chefs. They cook, so they write cookbooks. What do you do? What are your "recipes"? What's your "cookbook"? What can you tell the world about how you operate that's informative, educational, and promotional? This book is our cookbook. What's yours
Page : 182 Date : 12/21/2011 Highlight : So pay attention to today and worry about later when it gets here. Otherwise you'll waste energy, time, and money fixating on problems that may never materialize
Page : 188 Date : 12/21/2011 Highlight : Policies are organizational scar tissue. They are codified overreactions to situations that are unlikely to happen again. They are collective punishment for the misdeeds of an individual. This is how bureaucracies are born. No one sets out to create a bureaucracy. They sneak up on companies slowly. They are created one policy--one scar--at a time...more