Hi #BrutalAssault!

Hi #BrutalAssault!

When flowers awaken

My old acoustic song that I bothered to record for some reason.

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Microsoft Is The Very Antithesis Of Strategy

Microsoft could learn much from Sun Tzu. Over the past fifteen to twenty years, Microsoft has engaged in the very worst kind of generalship. Microsoft has allowed their competitors to join forces and successfully scheme against them. Microsoft has responded to the successes of their competitors by forswearing their strongest weapons, abandoning their strongest defensive positions and rushing to attack their competitors wherever they may be, even if those battlefields were located where Microsoft was at its weakest and their competitors were are at their strongest. When these attacks inevitably failed, Microsoft resorted to wars of attrition. Yet in these wars of attrition, it was Microsoft, not their opponents, who suffered most, taking disproportionally greater losses than they inflicted.

If you are employed by Microsoft (a few of my friends are) you have to be conscious about the true reason:

  • If it’s a “lifestyle employment” (e.g. you get paid handsomely) and you work in a vital unit, don’t bother. For example, the Windows and Office elephants can bleed forever as long as PC lives;
  • If you are in a secondary project unit and/or on contract, have your plans B and C and D ready;
  • If you want to make a difference, why are you in a corporation at all?
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What it's like to own a Tesla Model S

My biggest complaint about my car is the name. I don’t like “Model S”. It’s too stark. So I’ve taken to giving my car a variety of nicknames, such as “Intergalactic SpaceBoat of Light and Wonder” or “Electric CruiseBeast”. Sometimes I just call it “I’M IN OUTER SPACE, MOTHERFUCKER,” because that’s my favorite thing to scream at other drivers whilst passing them on the freeway.

Yes, Matthew knows how to tell people some basic truths.

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  Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.


— Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot,” 1994

This image of Earth, captured by NASA’s Voyager 1 at a distance of more than 4 billion miles, inspired Carl’s famous quote.

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

— Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot,” 1994

This image of Earth, captured by NASA’s Voyager 1 at a distance of more than 4 billion miles, inspired Carl’s famous quote.

13 Skills Every Adult Should Acquire

… he recommends 13 skills worth pursuing. “Luck has a good chance of finding you if you become merely good in most of these areas.”

I guess, you need nothing more than to diligently work through this list. Some of these definitely worked for me. The others I haven’t mastered yet still obviously make sense.

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250 Words

250 Words extols the best business books for savvy readers. The main component of the site is a daily, digestible morsel–250 words long–that features a business book (new and classic titles) from all publishers. The emphasis is on wisdom and practical advice, and though each post only takes a few minutes to read, we hope that they will inspire our readers to think about the world differently.

What a wonderful idea. Sign up for their newsletter by all means.

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Why Apple’s WWDC keynote was its most important in years
Leander Kahney, cultofmac.com
Mon­day’s fan­tas­tic WWDC keynote was the most sig­nif­i­cant prod­uct intro­duc­tion since Steve Jobs unveiled the orig­i­nal iPad in 2010. But this time, the rev­o­lu­tion­ary prod­uct wasn’t hard­ware — it was soft­ware.The sur­pris­ing­ly…

I was like “Wow!” and “Finally!” all along watching the iOS 8 keynote. Apple is just getting serious.

Why Apple’s WWDC keynote was its most important in years
Leander Kahney, cultofmac.com

Mon­day’s fan­tas­tic WWDC keynote was the most sig­nif­i­cant prod­uct intro­duc­tion since Steve Jobs unveiled the orig­i­nal iPad in 2010. But this time, the rev­o­lu­tion­ary prod­uct wasn’t hard­ware — it was soft­ware.

The sur­pris­ing­ly…

I was like “Wow!” and “Finally!” all along watching the iOS 8 keynote. Apple is just getting serious.

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Oh, the satisfaction to press “Decline” when you accidentally launch that fucking Windows Messenger and it asks to accept its fucking terms.

Written by people with either no time or no money, most software gets shipped the moment it works well enough to let someone go home and see their family. What we get is mostly terrible.

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