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Pre-Millenium Tension
by noteworthy at 7:42 am EST, Jan 27, 2010

What if I want something more than the pale facsimile of fulfillment brought by a parade of ever-fancier toys? To spend my life restlessly producing instead of sedately consuming? Is there an app for that?

Is more what we really need?

You have a choice in a situation like the one we're confronting. You can sit back in your chair and fondle your nihilism, or you can try to be original and work toward something creative.

Any technology that is going to have significant impact over the next 10 years is already at least 10 years old.

Some of your greatest successes are going to be the children of failure.

If you want to be in the right place at the right time you need to figure out where things are going.

I could have done that. I could have done that while doing all the other things that I do. Why didn't I?

Deliberate practice is a necessary but not sufficient condition for creating genius. For one thing, you need to be smart enough for practice to teach you something.

Stop looking over your shoulder and invent something!

One passionate person is worth a thousand people who are just plodding along ...

It's about effectiveness -- not effort.

Anything that doesn't take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.

Most people will do almost anything to be liked.

The process of tying two items together is the important thing.

It's not where you take things from -- it's where you take them to.

Architecture matters a lot, and in subtle ways.

Let's pull out the bazooka and be done with it.

"Poor folk love their cellphones!"

We are moving from a world with a billion people connected to the Internet to one in which 10 or 100 times that many devices will be connected as well. Particularly in aggregation, the information reported by these devices will blanket the world with a network whose gaze is difficult to evade.

Even before the old bubble had fully deflated, a new mania began to take hold ...

$500 can build things that change how people live.

What am I going to use it for?

Once something is fetishized, capitalism steps in and finds a way to sell it.

The human mind has a tremendous ability to rationalize, and the possibility of making millions of dollars invites some hard-core rationalization.

They just want theirs. That is the culture they have created.

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