Robert Benchley quote on the genius ways we avoid work

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How to Get Things Done – One Week in the Life of a Writing Man. – Robert Benchley. The Chicago Tribune February 2, 1930.

“Anyone Can Do Any Amount of Work, Provided It Isn’t the Work He Is Supposed To Be Doing At That Moment.” – Robert Benchley

Robert Benchley was an American humorist (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) most noted as a newspaper and magazine columnist for publications like The New Yorker.

In a 1930 article appearing in The Chicago Tribune, Benchley wrote a piece with a title seemingly ripped from today’s productivity-obsessed headlines, “How to Get Things Done – One Week in the Life of a Writing Man.”

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.

~ julian

Saving Constraints

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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.



Japan Earthquake: Before and After


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.

~ julian

Via Google+ post (l lost the attribution, my apologies).

Modern Gerber Multi Tool with Camera and iPhone Tripod

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


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