It was in this article that one of Benchley’s more popular quotes first appeared, a quote that is the sole purpose of this post. Well, the actual purpose I have for publishing this quote is to illustrate my own genius in avoiding the work I am supposed to be doing at this very moment.
I am addicted to choice
and allergic to constraints,
but choice is my poison
and constraints my elixir.
-Julian E. Gude
About: I was thinking about focus and how constraints and containers are the saviors of creative and analytical work. For example, how a book is a container for a story or a deadline is a constraint for a project. Without constraints, we have endless choice and nothing ever gets done. I jotted this thought down a couple of years ago and came across it while looking for something else in the 11,045 other notes I have in Evernote.
These are fascinating before and after pictures of the Sunami destruction and subsequent clean-up in Japan. The transformation is both amazing and eery. To see the ‘after’ photo just click on the photo photo you’re looking at on the Atlantic website.
Via Google+ post (l lost the attribution, my apologies).
The Gerber Steady – the multitool with tripod that works with your iPhone (or other Smartphone or camera)
While I wait nervously to see if the Valentine’s Gift I ordered for Shannon will show up on the Fedex truck today, I thought I’d send out an example of something a modern man would love for Valentine’s Day. The part that makes this multitool from Gerber special comes at about 1:22 of the video is you want to skip forward.
Available on Amazon for $48.28 via Thompson Tools here