Month: January 2015

  • ‘Read it to me’

    In one of Nick Bilton’s recent Snapchats he mentioned an iOS feature that was new to me. It’s not a default setting, so to enable it you’ve got to go into Settings, then General, then Accessibility, then Speech. Enabling “Speak Selection” turns on Siri’s ability to read you highlighted text. An example of what that […]

  • Allocating time

    One of the things I’m consciously working on this year is improving my ability to allocate time. I’m trying to do this both in terms of professional life and side projects, and in my personal life. Todoist has become one of the best discoveries as an aide for this. I’ve tried lots of to do…

  • Specialness of place

    This David Foster Wallace quote came across a social stream: “[Tourism] is to spoil, by way of sheer ontology, the very unspoiledness you are there to experience. It is to impose yourself on places that in all noneconomic ways would be better, realer, without you. It is, in lines and gridlock and transaction after transaction,…

  • We have more time

    http://new.livestream.com/accounts/2489409/events/3616174/videos/74582399/player?width=640&height=360&autoPlay=false&mute=false I watched the opening talk from NYU’s latest Women’s Entrepreneurs Festival recently. I’m a huge fan of what Joanne Wilson has created with the festival. Erica Orange’s talk above, specifically at the ~32 minute mark, is worth excerpting: If we define luxury as something that is in high demand but short supply, [the answer is] time. Time is…

  • Why love matters

    I’ve written about the Culture of Life and wrote yesterday about Roger Scruton’s “Why Beauty Matters” BBC feature. Following on from those posts I want to highlight another part of Scruton’s BBC feature. In our time we sexualize way more than is healthy, to the point where two men or women cannot demonstrate a substantive friendship without sexuality being…