We decided to clean out the link closet here at Kendeo and wanted to share a whole mess of cool and interesting things we found online this year:
First off, you can't go wrong with Star Wars Samurai, can you?
Paul Graham nails it again:
When experts are wrong, it's often because they're experts on an earlier version of the world.... Another trick I've found to protect myself against obsolete beliefs is to focus initially on people rather than ideas. Though the nature of future discoveries is hard to predict, I've found I can predict quite well what sort of people will make them. Good new ideas come from earnest, energetic, independent-minded people.
Betting on people over ideas saved me countless times as an investor. We thought Airbnb was a bad idea, for example. But we could tell the founders were earnest, energetic, and independent-minded. (Indeed, almost pathologically so.) So we suspended disbelief and funded them.
This too seems a technique that should be generally applicable. Surround yourself with the sort of people new ideas come from. If you want to notice quickly when your beliefs become obsolete, you can't do better than to be friends with the people whose discoveries will make them so.
It's hard enough already not to become the prisoner of your own expertise, but it will only get harder, because change is accelerating. That's not a recent trend; change has been accelerating since the paleolithic era. Ideas beget ideas. I don't expect that to change. But I could be wrong.
Wall Scrabble? Yes!!!
Not just a question for job candidates. A great one for customers as well:
What do you like about our product/business and what don’t you like? How would you change what you don’t like?
Mark McGuinness argues in Manage Your Day-to-Day:
The single most important change you can make in your working habits is to switch to creative work first, reactive work second. This means blocking off a large chunk of time every day for creative work on your own priorities, with the phone and e-mail off.
If you like menus, check out Art of the Menu's best of 2014.
Speaking of menus, this is interesting:
“In a study conducted at Cornell University in 2009, researchers found that people who received the menu without the dollar signs, spent significantly more money than those who received a menu with the usual currency sign present.” (Via Swiss Miss)
These are some beautiful visual "Animagraffs" from Jacob O'Neal depicting how things work. Absolutely tremendous.
I begin each day of my life with a ritual: I wake up at 5:30 a.m., put on workout clothes, my leg warmers, my sweatshirt, and my hat. I walk outside my Manhattan home, hail a taxi, and tell the driver to take me to the Pumping Iron gym at 91st street and First Avenue, where I work out for two hours. The ritual is not stretching and weight training I put my body through each morning at the gym; the ritual is the cab. The moment I tell the driver where to go I have completed the ritual.
Johnnie Moore is thinking of Idea Zoos vs. Idea Habitats:
Maintaining the natural habitat for species is more challenging and doesn’t provide as much short term gratification. Similarly, supporting the kind of working relationships in which ideas naturally flourish is much more challenging to hierarchical organisations than creating brainstorms and innovation incubators and hubs. The urge to have something organised, and centralised may distract us from what really allows ideas to flourish.
Here's a beautiful tribute to space in cinema. It is amazing just how far the future seems to stay out of reach.