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Expect Excellence

Now that’s a company vision.

Don’t Indulge. Be Happy.

It’s easy to get caught up on buildings careers, moving forward, adding more money to the bank account, but the additional money isn’t what makes us happy. When I left my job to start working for myself, my salary went down significantly in that first year on my own, but I was a lot happier. Now, as I’m older and my business is more established, I’m starting to take a critical look at how I use money. After all, it’s just a tool. We often use it as a barometer of success, but I think my day-to-day happiness is usually a better barometer of whether or not I’m headed in the right direction, professionally and personally.

Thinking Ahead

We’ve turned politics into a career, which means it’s a career focused on getting re-elected…

I’m not sure I’m as optimistic about the voting public, as a whole, but I do agree that—outside of dogma—the average, informed citizen is thinking further down the road than the average politician. And that saddens me. Our system essentially necessitates it. We’ve turned politics into a career, which means it’s a career focused on getting re-elected (short-term) rather than doing hard, good things for the country (long-term).

Why is there no iPhone 5?

Great analysis (as always) by Horace Dediu. He answers the question that a lot of people have asked: is Apple leaving sales on the table because some people hoped the iPhone 5 would be released yesterday instead of the upgraded iPhone 4. He’s basically arguing that, considering the available target markets, Apple would not actually be able to sell many (if any) additional iPhone 5s in comparison what they would have sold regardless of which device was on the market.

Additionally, I’m a bit amazing at how many people claim to be “disappointed” in a significantly upgraded device who’s exterior still surpasses everything else in the market. Are we that vain? Probably.

Internet Access: A Basic Human Right

Amazing. I’m not disagreeing, but it’s really amazing, when you think about it, that the Internet has become so central to human culture in such a short period of time that the UN is essentially declaring it a necessary human right. Think about all the other culture-shifting technologies, like air travel, for example, that have been around much longer and don’t have this kind of status.

(via swissmiss)

On vengeance and the death of Bin Laden

Read that a second time. Smart. The whole post is the most eloquent I’ve read on the subject.

Asymmetrical mass favors, a tragedy of our commons

I don’t think I’d ever thought of it this way, but this concept touches on a lot of what I don’t like about the internet in a social capacity. No, it’s not ok for you to spam me. No, it’s not ok for you to expect me to fund your vacation through “donations.” I’m poor too—vacation-poor, at least. No, it’s not ok for you to expect me to have read everything you post on all of the services you post to the next time we meet in person. If anything, the internet highlights a very human tenant: “I care about things and you don’t care enough about those things that I care about!” (myself, on the Twitter).

Doing It For The Kids

Kyle makes a good point. It’s easy to forgot how the Internet has changed our access to “normal” people. We still raise them to celebrity status—often within small niche circles—but nevertheless, I think it’s pretty fantastic that so many people who are good at and interested in the things I’m interested in and trying to be better at have a voice. That you and I can connect with them over the internet or in person is fantastic. It’s an opportunity we shouldn’t take for granted. 

Skeletal models and super-sized hypocrisy

I don’t usually combine several quotes spread across the same article into one post, but I had trouble deciding what to include this time.

I feel like body image and eating disorders—in this case in relation to the fashion industry—is something we often have in the back of our minds, but we don’t often take the time to stop and think about. Our culture is constantly changing and adjusting, but much of it is not an accident. In many ways we get the culture and taste that we intend.

These issues effect men and women far outside the fashion industry. And fashion is not at all to blame—at least, not in its entirety—but it’s one very visible area of culture that maybe we should start intending or expecting something different from.

(via @chadfowler)

Is the Internet God?

Dave Pell makes an argument that is at once beautiful and scary. The more we know, collectively, as an increasingly-world society, the more we’re responsible for the things we choose to be passive about. It’s both exciting and daunting.