The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

“Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have. [Wired, February 1996]

WSJ quotes from Steve Jobs

be careful what you wish for – super-pacs

“Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow may be a running gag on “The Colbert Report“ on Comedy Central, but it is spending money as it sees fit, with little in the way of disclosure, just like its non-comedic brethren.

Comedians, including Mr. Colbert in the last election, have undertaken faux candidacies. But his Super PAC riff is a real-world exercise, engaging in a kind of modeling by just doing what Super PACs do.

And he has come under some real-world criticism for inserting himself in the political process so directly. Mr. Colbert, who lampoons conservative talk show hosts by pretending to be one, is now making fun of Super PACs by actually forming one. His committee spent money on advertising in Iowa during the run-up to the Ames straw poll, which took place Aug. 13. It’s as though Jonathan Swift took his satirical suggestion about Irish babies one step further and actually cooked one.”


adbusters issue # 97

Adbusters always gives you something to think about. Agree or not; provocative as always.

Smoke 'em if You Got 'em“I am sure some of us have known moments of joy when our egos took a back seat and the child in us was free to laugh and love. Unfortunately, we lose our innocence too soon and most unfortunately, we prize this loss. We don’t want to be innocents, for that leaves us open to being ridiculed and hurt. We want to be sophisticated – that allows us to feel superior. Sophisticated people seem to have the most fun: partying, drinking, being a little wild, denying limits. What have the innocents got? An open heart, simple pleasures, faith. How much more alluring to have a sharp mind: to know all of life, the lows, as well as the highs; to have have power, be admired, feel special.”

– Alexander Lowen, Narcissism: Denial of the True Self, Adbusters #97, Sept/Oct 2011, Vol 19, No. 5


“You blame China. You blame India. You blame America. You blame the CEOs, the oil companies, the vague and incoherent ‘system,’ the international regulatory regimes, the hypocrisy of the left, the righteous of the right, the educators, the economy, your parents, your childhood, your job, your bank account, your mental health, your government, everyone and everything but yourself.”

–  Adbusters #97, Sept/Oct 2011, Vol 19, No. 5


“After Gods, after revolutions, after financial markets, the body is becoming our truth system.”

– Nerve Juvin,   Adbusters #97, Sept/Oct 2011, Vol 19, No. 5


“The inherent rights of Mother Earth are inalienable in that they arise from the same source as existence.” It further states that conflicts between the rights of anyb rings, human or otherwise,” “¦ must be resolved in a way that maintains the integrity, balance and health of Mother Earth.” Laws based on the declaration would demand, for example, that if a corporation pollutes a river, the corporation is obligated to the river to restore it to full ecological health.”

– Allen D. Kanner,   Adbusters #97, Sept/Oct 2011, Vol 19, No. 5


“I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.”

– Clint Eastwood

why did Ashley pick J.P. over Ben

“Listen I throw these ideas out there, because I recognize the country I live in. Living in Michigan now, the main topic of conversation this week was the last episode of the ‘Bachelorette,’ and why did Ashley pick J.P. over Ben. That’s the country I live in, and they all vote. And I’d like to communicate with them,” the “Bowling for Columbine” writer/director said.


Regardless of your politics, that quote stings a little.

honesty is a bitch – and we need more of it

“But on this day, he was studying my own performance in business. After what seemed like an eternity, he looked up and said, “Your company has cancer, and I’m afraid it’s terminal. You’ve mismanaged what could have been a rich and powerful company. You don’t know what you’re doing, and worst of all you don’t have the guts to admit it. You’re incompetent, a bad businessman and you’re either a crook or a clown. I hope you’re just a clown.”

– Robert Kiyosak, Not nice guys, but cowards, finish last

there’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser

Kay: We do not discharge our weapons in view of the public!
Jay: Man, we ain’t got time for this cover-up bullshit! I don’t know whether or not you’ve forgotten, but there’s an Arquillian Battle Cruiser that’s about to…
Kay: There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!

Men in Black, IMDB

HBJ on the $100M Texas Technology Venture Fund 2011

From the APRIL HBJ article on the Texas Technology Venture Fund 2011:

“(the) newly created Houston Technology Future Fund plans to raise $100 million in venture capital

The fund would provide equity to technology companies within a 30-county area in the aerospace, energy, information technology, life sciences and nanotechnology sectors. John White, a partner at Houston based venture capital firm Murphree Venture Partners , will serve as CEO of the fund.

White (Nashville Reference) will serve on the investment committee with Scott Crist of Houston-based Texas Ventures, Benton Mayberry of Houston-based Winston Sage Partners Inc., David McWilliams of BioHouston Inc. and Dennis Murphree, general managing partner of Murphree Venture Partners.

The advisory board includes J. Downey Bridgwater, HTC board chair and Sterling Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: SBIB) president and CEO and Walter Ulrich, president and CEO of HTC, as well as two unnamed representatives.”


what happens and how it happens depend on the network

“The crux of the matter is that in the past, networks have been viewed as objects of pure structure whose properties are fixed in time. Neither of these assumptions could be further from the truth. First, real networks represent populations of individual components that are actually doing something ““ generating power, sending data, or even making decisions. Although the structure of the relationships between a network’s components is interesting, it is important principally because it affects either their individual behavior or the behavior of the system as a whole. Second, networks are dynamic objects not just because things happen in networked systems, but because the networks themselves are evolving and changing in time, driven by the activities or decisions of those very components.

In the connected age, therefore, what happens and how it happens depend on the network.”

–               Duncan J. Watts, Six Degrees ““ the Science of a Connected Age

those who remain determined “mouse-avores“ starve

“IV. At the same time, living systems adapt themselves to changes in their environment they learn, grow, develop, evolve. When the mouse population in a region suddenly declines because of an epidemic, the predators who adapt to a new prey survive; those who remain determined snake bit“mouse-avores“ starve. Life events affect us and change us, and we can see these changes reflected in the nevertheless familiar faces of our friends. The ability of living systems to adapt and self-organize allows them to defy the second law of thermodynamics, which insists that everything runs down and returns to a state of disorganization and homogeneity. Not so for living systems! They continuously reorganize themselves into ever more complex patterns and interrelationships.”

Molly Young Brown, Patterns, Flows and Interrelationships