Seth Godin: Be the different one

A key moment came in one of the first episodes. Everyone on the bridge was freaking out about something or other, and Spock’s line was a simple word: “Fascinating.”

Nimoy first delivered it in the same excited, scared tone as everyone else.

The director took him aside and said, “be the different one.

Easy to say, difficult to do.

By being the different one, Spock became a character for the ages, and changed the center of gravity for the series’ narrative.

Seth’s Blog: Be the different one, July 24, 2017 at 06:22PM

Machines:Horses::AI: Humans?

In the developed world they have been replaced with machines.

The irony is hard to miss: humans tamed horses and put them to work until they invented something that worked at greater speed and lower cost, which replaced them. Could humans one day make themselves obsolescent in the same way?

How the horse made history, August 4, 2017 at 01:53AM

This city runs on cocaine…

This whole city runs on cocaine, shiny and pure in the penthouses and cheap and cut in the warehouses. It’s as open a secret as the speakeasies in Prohibition Chicago, which, incidentally, ‘my sort’ now recreate for costume parties.

Paranoid London (Look it Up!) – Jack Nicholls – Medium, August 2, 2017 at 03:35PM

Love the framing of above sentences.

An extraordinary life…

Hemingway saw action in both World Wars, lived in Paris as part of the ‘lost generation’ where he mingled with the great artists and writers of his time, immersed himself with the bullfighting culture of Spain, was a field reporter during the Spanish Civil War, lived and partied in Cuba, drank with movie stars, hunted big game in Africa, loved to box and had been married four times.

ZEN PENCILS » 214. ERNEST HEMINGWAY: A lonely life, August 2, 2017 at 02:13PM

He had lived an extraordinary life. One of the world’s most famous writers, his personal exploits had become as renowned as his work.