Posted on Monday, 14 April

Guest complaint via email: “I’m staying here and I was wondering why the 13th floor was blocked off. The elevator doesn’t stop on it and when I tried the stairwell door, it didn’t open. Please tell me why”

Newsflash: We don’t have a 13th floor.

Posted on Friday, 11 April

fastcompany:

"One thing I’ve decided for sure after a year of standing — I’ll never go back to sitting."My Year At A Standing Desk And Why I’ll Never Go Back

The Most Insane Truck Ever Built and the 4-Year-Old Who Commands It | Autopia | WIRED

Posted on Wednesday, 9 April

Posted on Monday, 7 April

carlpaoli:

Just because the universe has it’s own plan for us, it doesn’t mean we can enjoy the ride.

Why the Trix Rabbit Looks Down on You

Posted on Thursday, 3 April

"You might have wondered about how eye contact affects the mother-infant relationship, how it affects the ability to persuade, or even if it encourages men in bars. But you might not have thought much about the eye contact of cereal-box cartoon characters. Don’t fret: A new study investigated precisely that. The Trix rabbit is looking children in the eye and, as a result, increasing trust in the brand."

Posted on Wednesday, 26 March

fastcompany:

Adidas and Nike are in a foot race to see who can perfect a knit—not sewn—shoe that will wastes less material and doesn’t need as much cheap labor to make.

Good artists copy, but great artists steal.

Posted on Monday, 24 March

"Every artist is influenced by what has been done before their time. If not by direct exposure, the information the artist is exposed to through other people, media, etc. influences them. We are all a product of our times and have the benefit of those who have walked similar paths we are now on.

We all borrow because it has all been done before and we are not the originators. To merely copy is to take an existing interpretation and not run away with it. To steal an idea is to take something of value and make it yours. To make an artistic element yours you have to interpret it your way with your own approach.

This cannot be done when you are merely copying the idea. When copying the idea you are just doing everything exactly like it was previously done. When you have done it your way you have used the element and not simply duplicated it.

It is not required that you advance the element. You can go sideways and even backwards with the idea and you can be stealing the element and not copying it. On the contrary, when merely copying the element you have failed if you do not match the original.”

-via Yahoo

If we’re going to build trust, loyalty, and advocacy through social media, we must do so outside the bounds of the traditional advertising relationship. Stop using social media to try to sell your product. Try to help people achieve personal satisfaction through your brand experiences, and the sales will come.

Posted on Thursday, 20 March

What Sex, Food, And Selfies Have To Do With Effective Social Marketing (via fastcompany)

(via fastcompany)

This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes | Elite Daily

Posted on Thursday, 6 March

Andreessen on The Pains of Effective Business

Posted on Tuesday, 25 February

High-functioning business organizations aren’t Disneyland. There’s always stress, conflict, argument, dissent. Emotion. Drama.

— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca)

February 25, 2014

This exact same behavior/pattern is often found in both the best-performing companies in any space AND in the worst-performing.

— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca)

February 25, 2014

I often see young people entering business think it’s all going to be pattycake happyland, and if not, something must be badly wrong.

— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca)

February 25, 2014

So I read this story and I literally think to myself, boy, that sounds like Apple, Oracle, Intel, Cisco, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca)

February 25, 2014

Moral? Business is stressful. There’s constant conflict, emotion, even anger. Building a company is an intense experience, period.

— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca)

February 25, 2014

Harnessed properly, this is the crucible out of which high performance and great results emerges. Satisfaction of overcoming challenges.

— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca)

February 25, 2014

To quote Jim Barksdale, “This isn’t a family and I ain’t your daddy”. But together we can build great things & make our grandkids proud.

— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca)

February 25, 2014