Entries from January 2009 ↓

Twitter and the Google “May Harm Your Computer” Panic

About 30 minutes ago, a simple search for transit and urban policy issues turned into a desperate and frantic effort to find out what messed up my Macbook Pro.

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If he can be that passionate about pizza…

There’s no reason you shouldn’t be passionate about your business. Meet Anthony Mangeiri, owner of Una Pizza Napoletana in New York City. I stumbled across him while browsing through a few pages on Chow.com (after consuming my second steak in less than 24 hours).

Anthony was featured in a video that showcased his pizza joint and managed to capture a bit of his unique and dynamic personality. If there’s an Italian version of Gary Vaynerchuk, this guy is it!

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Tommy can swim, can you?

samaasaa vihavumah - a tribute (for the times that fun runs out of hand)
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At the beginning of this year, I decided to pick up and read Robert Cialdini’s book, Persuasion, again.

By the way, If you’re involved in anything concerning business, marketing, or human psychology, pick up that book today. Persuasion is practically a part of marketing canon. It’s a very easy, entertaining, and insightful read.

Moving along, I recently stumbled upon a passage about Cialdini’s son, Chris, that detailed the father’s frustrating and failed attempts to make the 3-year-old swim without his inflatable inner tube. The father had failed at convincing his son otherwise. Even Cialdini’s graduate student, who was a former lifeguard, had failed.

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Words to live by in 2009

A very good friend just shared this quote with me. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I found it to be inspiring and, well… majestic. It’s too grand not to share. My first 13 days of 2009 have been exciting, profitable, and enlightening. This quote will fit in nicely with those themes. I hope you find that it does the same in your life.

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.

-James A. Michener