May 17

One of us, one of them

Alex Castellanos:

Team Obama has turned the candidate of hope and change into a ferociously political animal. They’ve discarded their most valuable asset, his stature. The outsider who flew above the hated, polarized politics of red and blue now does nothing but campaign and polarize. The Obama who was “one of us,” apart from Washington, is increasingly and, to his detriment, “one of them.”

May 14

Disillusionment

Most Americans believe that Obama’s declaration of support for same-sex marriage rights was politically motivated:

Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by The New York Times and CBS News since the announcement said they thought Mr. Obama made it “mostly for political reasons,” while 24 percent said it was “mostly because he thinks it is right.” Independents were more likely to attribute it to politics, and nearly half of Democrats agreed.

From Hope and Change to Just Another Politician in four years flat.

May 14

Mark Cuban on student loan debt

Mark Cuban:

The point of the numbers is that getting a student loan is easy. Too easy.

You know who knows that the money is easy better than anyone? The schools that are taking that student loan money in tuition. Which is exactly why they have no problems raising costs for tuition each and every year.

Why wouldn’t they act in the same manner as real estate agents acted during the housing bubble? Raise prices and easy money will be there to pay your price. Good business, right? Until it’s not.

There’s more student loan debt in this country than credit card debt or auto loan debt. Obscene. Throwing money at a problem does not a solution make.

May 09

Obama endorses same-sex marriage

New York Times:

President Obama on Wednesday ended nearly two years of “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage by publicly endorsing it in a television interview, taking a definitive stand on one of the most contentious and politically charged social issues of the day.

Finally.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is firmly (and unfortunately) opposed.

May 08

The $100 Startup

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau comes out today. Chris is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting – not to mention also one of the most (unconventionally) successful.

In The $100 Startup, Chris brings together advice, stories, and case studies from dozens of successful entrepreneurs who have managed to leverage their interests and passions into viable, profitable businesses. This is not one of those books that deals in vague generalities, but in useful concepts backed up by detailed, real-life examples.

Check out the book here. It’s definitely worth your time.

Older:
May 07

Buzz Bissinger: Why College Football Should Be Banned

May 04

Wiping your old Androids

May 04

Those bad words

May 04

Stephen King on taxing the rich

May 03

iPhone for the blind

May 02

Living bridges

May 02

Mozilla slams CISPA

May 02

Pride goeth before…

May 01

The worst drug addiction of our age

Apr 29

Not so different

Apr 27

The last mover advantage

Apr 27

Beautiful map collages by Matthew Cusick

Apr 26

Why ebooks cost so much

Apr 26

Tor/Forge ebooks losing DRM

Apr 21

Measuring higher education

Jan 18

The new groupthink

Sep 11

Never forget.

Aug 21

The elusive big idea

Jul 11

Don’t fear the (ebook) tsunami

Jul 07

Diner en Blanc

Jul 06

Like attracts like

Jul 05

Impostor syndrome

Jul 01

The reason for reason

Jun 22

The price of “free”

Jun 21

Free, expression

Jun 17

All about the marketing?

Jun 15

Another way to tell stories

Jun 14

The politics of grading

Jun 10

“The internet is my religion.”

Jun 10

The Bored-in-Line Network

Jun 09

Your password sucks

Jun 09

The brand that other brands want to be

Jun 09

Is “follow your passion” bad advice?

Jun 09

The Fraud Police

Jun 06

The taskmaster premium

Jun 03

What is college worth?

Jun 03

The Tumblr way

Jun 03

Digital smoke signals

Jun 02

Extracting insights from failure

Jun 02

Smart is in the preparation

Jun 02

You vote what you eat

Jun 01

The art of self-description

May 31

Creativity (just add water)

May 31

The bilingual advantage

May 30

Hardwired optimism

May 30

A day without distraction

May 30

The world’s most inspiring bookstores

May 27

Silence vs. overload

May 26

The organization of self

May 25

The Plain Writing Act

May 25

Artistic control in publishing

May 25

How do you make science interesting?

May 24

Rethinking math

May 23

Consumption that drives innovation

May 23

On Tumblr, comments, and not being a jerk

May 23

Unwritten rules of membership

May 21

Welcome to Pyongyang

May 21

Using chapter outlines

May 20

The decline of objective journalism

May 20

“I just hugged the man that murdered my son.”

May 19

Trails of light

May 19

Minimalist workspace porn

May 19

Ebooks outsell all paper books on Amazon

May 18

All fiction is fan fiction

May 18

Make things to find yourself

May 18

Worry

May 17

No literary merit

May 17

Fall in love with the work. Believe in what you do.

May 16

The power of nouns

May 13

Simpler and shorter, without misinterpretation

May 13

Process over passion

May 10

Disruptive self-publishing

May 10

My place in the world

May 10

10 myths about introverts

May 09

Why where you live and work matters

May 09

The dangers of a good job

May 08

A quiet place to write

May 07

Missing everything

May 06

Is working together better than working alone?

May 05

Writer’s fuel

May 04

Getting more happiness from your blog

May 04

On vengeance and the death of Bin Laden

May 04

Steven Pressfield’s “Do the Work”

May 03

The amazing artwork of autism

May 03

Tweeted out of context

May 03

Curiosity vs. fundamentalism

May 02

Better than ‘Show, don’t Tell’

May 01

A phone’s-eye view

Apr 30

Describing yourself

Apr 27

The benefits of written reflection

Apr 27

V.S. Naipaul’s rules for writers

Apr 27

Cybercriminals target Kindle ebooks

Apr 26

Aiming too high?

Apr 26

Interesting is forever

Apr 26

The perfect creative routine

Mar 31

Keep your goals to yourself

Mar 23

25,000 Words

Feb 14

Down with the hype