These are real stories making the news recently:
At about the 15 minute mark in the post game press conference Marquette head coach Buzz Williams was asked to explain a late game defensive adjustment. After quickly dismissing the question, Buzz paused and then interrupted another reporter to respond to the original question - a telltale sign he’s about to say something great.
Here’s his response (speaking to the journalist):
What happens is there’s a very fragile line in your life, in your industry. As your industry has changed, people have lost their jobs, their livelihood. Family’s have changed.
(insert a random line about twitterverse faux-swag)
There’s a fragile line in our industry too. And that fragile line is how hard it is to get a job. How hard it is to get a good job. And of the small collection of good jobs, how hard it is to have a good job and make it a great job.
The hardest thing in life to get is momentum. And the hardest thing in life to keep is momentum…
The reason why my answer to your question is “no” is because the next game we play is going to be another one possession game…I hope…just like the last two we’ve played. And so…I wanna see if we can win another game in the NCAA tournament.
I’m not a genius. I don’t want to be a genius. I don’t want to be Mr. Tactician. I don’t want to be tactical, I want to be tough. Within that toughness, and this is what’s missed, is that there’s a discipline that’s required to have that toughness.
We do some things, but I don’t want to tell you what, cause I want to pass the Sweet 16 test.
I love Buzz and love #mubb. Go Marquette.
Just finished watching the Bones Brigade documentary and really enjoyed it. Pretty much every person profiled had something to teach the audience about life - about how to pursue a passion, overcome challenges…the big stuff.
Off the top of my head:
- Mike McGill: courage beyond what most think is possible.
- Steve Caballero: the benefits of not straying from what you love.
- Lance Mountain: punk style of skating- even if you’re not technically great at something doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy doing it.
- Rodney Mullen: the power of creating from within and how to push yourself harder than any competition would require
- Stacey Peralta: true talent scout and mentor involved for all the right reasons
- Tony Hawk: knowing what you want and pursuing it relentlessly (like, really relentlessly). going after what you value and not just what’s popular (learning tricks over style). Invest in yourself and keep progressing.
And lastly - regardless of what a person looks like on the outside (winning lots of events, inventing cool tricks) you never know what they’re going through internally. A lot of these dudes seemed to face some heavy moments at or near what outsiders would describe as their “peak” of success.
Two related posts with a similar theme: being right.
The first is from Jeff Bezos:
"He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today."
The other via John Gruber:
What you want is to be (1) right more often than wrong; (2) willing to recognize when you are wrong; and (3) able and willing to correct whatever is wrong. If you expect perfection, to be right all the time, you’re going to fail on all three of those.
Related: Gingrich ‘dumbfounded’ by Obama win, but…
"We need to stop, take a deep breath and learn." He added, "The president won an extraordinary victory. And the fact is, we owe him the respect of trying to understand what they did and how they did it…to succeed in the future, we will have to learn the lessons of 2012. An intellectually honest and courageous Republican Party has nothing to fear from the current situation."
The new Digg is clean and simple - it’s a great start from the new owners - but as I understand it, you can’t digg content without sharing your activity to Facebook.
It’s ironic, but one of the best ways to spread content is to not force users to share it. Instagram offers a great example, not forcing users to share with any network outside of Instagram until they opt-in.
I think this works because when you’re new to a service, you need a safe place to experiment. You don’t want to spam your Twitter or FB friends with activity on services that are unproven to you.
If your content is worthy, users will share it when they’re ready - on the network that makes the most sense to them. If you try to force their behavior at any step, you run the risk of alienating them for good.
I don’t intend to cite this quote as a bit of claim chowder, but to illustrate a point.
Lehrer fashioned himself as an ‘explainer,’ a person whom can take complex ideas and boil them down to simple, understandable stories. But not all concepts are simply explained.
Reading Michael Moynihan’s excellently researched piece (which uncovered Lehrer’s fabrications), we’re confronted with the costs of Lehrer’s simple explanations. To illustrate and support his thesis regarding Dylan and creativity he resorted to to out-of-context quote usage and outright fabrication. The facts didn’t fit the neat narrative. The tale was too complex to boil down to a simple ‘turns out.’
Let’s not understand Lehrer’s fall as arrogance, lies, or one man’s mistake. Let’s use this event to remember that some ideas are not simple, are complex, and difficult to grasp. Let’s respect them as such. Reducing them down to sound bites or accepting cheap understanding when it’s offered has a cost. Sometimes – in fact quite often – life isn’t simple and we shouldn’t try to pretend that it is. Doing so keeps us from striving to understand and appreciate complexity.
Recently I had some time on my hands to “explore other opportunities” and outside of staying really up-to-date on Twitter and Quora, I took some time to check out the SF coffee shop scene. The city is loaded with options, but one stood out: @CoffeeBarSF (the one in the mission). I wanted to reflect on what made it so awesome…cause why not.
- Offer great service by knowledgeable and friendly people. Duh.
- Related: you gotta have great coffee/espresso drinks. Some places have comfortable environments but crappy coffee. Not acceptable in a city with so many great alternatives.
- Don’t close before happy hour. Even better if you can stay open till 8-9.
- Have free, easily accessible wifi. (cough - Sightglass, seriously…what’s your problem??)
The breakdown (in order of necessary, nice to have, and icing on the cake):
- Take a big space, offer lots of natural light and plant life, and have a multi level layout (cause it looks cooler)
- Have a variety of seating options: couches, bars with single seats, tables for couples, tables for groups, outdoor seating. See below for the hard data.
- Beyond drinks, have options for light snacks, breakfast & lunch foods, and sure throw in some beer and wine for a casual happy hour.
- No one noise stands out - the music, the chatter, the coffee machine all blend in - this matters.
- The clientele are SF’s finest. All the cool startup kids hang out there. Nobody looks homeless. People are dressed SF casual. Everyone seems fit.
-individual seats: 12
-tables for couples: 7 tables (seating 14)
-group seating: 4-5 (seating 16-20)
-space for 15 or so
Can’t find parking near CoffeeBar (it sucks)? Here are some other decent alternatives, all with hints of the right stuff but still missing the complete package: Ritual, Epicenter Cafe, Crossroads Cafe, Haus Coffee, Philz, Axis Cafe, Sightglass.
ps: follow me on Twitter yo: @kaz