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Attention and Information

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

Herbert Simon

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David on Opportunity

Most, if not every, opportunity in life begins with a conversation. Want more opportunities? Actively pursue more conversations with more people.

David duChemin

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Jesu Meine Freude

“Rage, rage, rage, world,
and break;
I stand here and sing
in secure peace!”

Tobe, tobe, tobe Welt, und springe;
Ich steh hier und singe in gar sich’rer Ruh!

– From the Bach Cantata “Jesu Meine Freude”

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Rick Smolan – Delayed Adolescence

If you know photographers, the joke is it’s the finest form of delayed adolescence ever invented.

Rick Smolan, EG Conference 2007

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Kurt Vonnegut on Writing

I myself find that I trust my own writing most, and others seem to trust it most, too, when I sound most like a person from Indianapolis, which is what I am. What alternatives do I have? The one most vehemently recommended by teachers has no doubt been pressed on you, as well: to write like cultivated Englishmen of a century or more ago.

  1. Find a subject you care about
  2. Do not ramble, though
  3. Keep it simple
  4. Have guts to cut
  5. Sound like yourself
  6. Say what you mean
  7. Pity the readers

— Kurt Vonnegut, “Palm Sunday”