Newsletter 19 : 13 july 2009
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Have fun messing around with paints – and no mess! Warning: this site is addictive.
Joachim de Posada argues that one of the most important factors in success is the ability to delay gratification. He shares a landmark experiment and describes how it can predict future success.
Warning: this video contains lots of cute kids.
Many service providers, such as marketing agencies and software houses, are in the invidious position of having to define for their clients what their clients’ requirements are. Many clients change what they want two thirds of the way through the project resulting in stress, hassle, late delivery and eroded profits. These two facts are strangely linked. To find out why service providers need to adopt an emotionally intelligent approach if they are to avoid their clients changing their minds, give us a call, or check out our website
We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.
Richard Feynman, great theoretical physicist
“I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations. But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately!”
General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord
The consolations of philosophy
Alain de Botton
Beautifully written and wide ranging essays on six philosophers. Well worth your time, even if you believe, like Nietzsche, that all philosophers are ‘cabbage heads’. A delightful read. You’ll find excellent advice – and, of course, consolation – on a variety of human ailments such as frustration, unpopularity and a broken heart.
– A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
– I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
– A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
– Atheism is a non-prophet organisation.
I thank you
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Thanks this time to Charlie Collins of Ayrmer Software, a software development studio providing bespoke and turnkey business software solutions and web application development.
If you have been, thank you for reading this
Kay and Jeremy
Compiled by Jeremy Marchant . added 27 march 2015 . image: Jeremy Marchant