去蕪存菁

Managers exist to get furniture out of the way so the real talent can do brilliant work.

— Joel on Software

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

— Sherlock Holmes

But negative lessons are just as valuable as positive ones. Perhaps even more valuable: it’s hard to repeat a brilliant performance, but it’s straightforward to avoid errors.

— Paul Graham

I’m slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can’t motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them. The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles.

— Dilbert

For Michelangelo, the job of the sculptor was to free the forms that were already inside the stone.

He believed that every stone had a sculpture within it, and that the work of sculpting was simply a matter of chipping away all that was not a part of the statue.

— Wikipedia on Michelangelo

Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out.

— Cyril Connolly

去蕪自然存菁

— Me@2010.10.25

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Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

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John Gray appeared on Season 2, Episode 3 of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit!, during which Penn quipped “I guess the title ‘We’re all people and should be treated with love and respect’ just wouldn’t fit on the book spine”.

In Futurama, “It is true what they say: Women are from Omicron Persei 7, men are from Omicron Persei 9.” In one episode Amy is also seen reading a book titled “Martians are from Mars, Venusians are from Venus.”

— Wikipedia

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2010.12.26 Sunday ACHK

Speaking 4

Always make new mistakes, 4

這段改篇自 2010 年 4 月 18 日的對話。

我的英文口語很差。主要的原因是,我以前害怕犯錯,所以不敢講,導致英文差;英文差,又導致不敢講。惡性循環也。結果,我的英文口語,有一段長時期,沒有進步過。

如果,你要英文口語好的話,你要不斷講,不斷出醜。你不單要容許,而且要鼓勵,自己極超大量地犯錯。但是,同時,你要要求自己每次改善一個問題。

我建議由自己最嚴重的問題開始改。例如,第一次要留意眾數名詞要加 s;第二次要察覺第三身單數動詞要加 s;第三次要改善聲量太小的問題;如此類推。

— Me@2010.12.26

A key part of shipping is the ability to fail. The reinvention of the marketplace demands that one have the ability to fail, often and with grace — and in public!

— Seth Godin

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