“ These painful feelings, regrets, this fear of death. I remember feeling very cold for a long time. I was shivering, even though I was sweating. It was a mental coldness, I think, a memory of neglect. ”
Patient Peter recalling his experience of assisted therapy in grappling with “end-of-life anxiety.” From LSD, Reconsidered for Therapy in the NY Times.
“ We call it Thirty Percent Feedback. It’s a trick I learned from our investor, Seth Lieberman. It came about because I once asked him for feedback on a product mockup, and he asked if I felt like I was ninety percent done or thirty percent done. If I was ninety percent done, he would try to correct me on every little detail possible because otherwise a typo might make it into production. But if I had told him I was only thirty percent done, he would glaze over the tiny mistakes, knowing that I would correct them later. He would engage in broader conversations about what the product should be. ”
42Floors on seeking constructive feedback.
“ Looking for other regions of the world having the same peculiarity of Spain, I edited a world map from Wikipedia to show the difference between solar and standard time. It turns out, there are many places where the sun rises and sets late in the day, like in Spain, but not a lot where it is very early (highlighted in red and green in the map, respectively). Most of Russia is heavily red, but mostly in zones with very scarce population; the exception is St. Petersburg, with a discrepancy of two hours, but the effect on time is mitigated by the high latitude. The most extreme example of Spain-like time is western China: the difference reaches three hours against solar time. For example, today the sun rises there at 10:15 and sets at 19:45, and solar noon is at 15:01. ”
Describing the problems inherent in the question How much is time wrong around the world? The map showing the difference is particularly interesting.
“ Ikea uses a whopping one percent of the world’s wood supply. ”
“ Any America’s Cup ship that captures or sinks the mysterious “Goolge Barge” automatically wins the America’s cup. This is non-negotiable. ”
“ There are some men I know who are teaching and writing who are single fathers. But not many. Most of them have these great devoted wives, some version of Vera Nabokov. Writers all need Vera. She famously taught some of his classes. He would say, ‘My assistant will be teaching the next class,’ and, apparently, when Nabokov gave the lectures, he needed notes. When Vera gave the lectures, no notes. ”
Lorrie Moore on the difficulty of teaching and writing simultaneously, and the great help of Veras.
“ One of the very first sentences you’re taught to say in Foreign Policy Community College is, ‘Russia without Ukraine is a country; Russia with Ukraine is an empire.’ ”
Explaining the importance of Ukraine to Russia in this informative 9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask.
“ DeBock’s fascination with the SRF-39FP began when he realized that it could receive AM signals from places as distant as Japan and Korea at his home in Puyallup, Washington. “Since then, I’ve probably had more exposure to the SRF-39FP than anyone else who has managed to stay out of prison,” DeBock said. ”
On the proliferation of the Sony SRF-39FP portable analog radio in prisons.
“ Readers admired my views on literature and my deep understanding of women — things few readers (or women) think here. ”
Writer David Gordon recounts how his novel, translated into Japanese, became a sensation in Japan, spawned a movie—"It was as if I had fallen asleep and had a weird dream about my own book"—and made a star of its author.
“ Mr. Travers was charged with burglary, although nothing was taken from the apartment and there was no damage. ”
A NY Times article from 1986 about Omer Travers (known locally as “Bum Jovi”) breaking into Yoko Ono’s apartment in the Dakota and leaving “his photograph, name and address, before fleeing by the fire escape”