In the four minutes that the coffee is steeping, I play a little game with myself to see if I can unload the dishwasher before the timer goes off.
… I usually win.
“The British constitution is a state of mind,” says Peter Hennessy, a historian who calls this the “good chap” theory of government. “It requires a sense of restraint all round to make it work.”
— The Economist, in ‘Britain’s good-chap model of government is coming apart’
10x doesn’t work on the same axis. It’s not about more effort. It’s about more insight.
—Seth Godin, in ‘The 10x lesson’
Today, electric two-wheelers are so common in China that they account for 80% of all the greenhouse-gas emissions avoided by the use of electric vehicles—in the entire world.
What is your morning routine?
6:45am: Open eyes,
6:47am: Stagger to the bathroom,
6:49am: Shamble to the kitchen,
6:51am: Make some creative thing while the kettle heats up.
For a while, I sat at the kitchen counter, looked into a mirror, and drew a selfie. Each day’s drawing looked totally different, depending on how I felt and how I felt I looked.
Do you have a morning meditation routine?
I guess drawing is my meditation.
How soon do you check your phone in the morning?
Since my son graduated and moved out, my parental anxiety gets the better of me and I glance at my phone while I’m getting out of bed, just to see if the police left me a text message.
I have not been able to sleep in since 1994 when my son was born.
One of the things Ford Prefect has always found hard to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious.
If they don’t keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working.
…. almost eight years to the day after Muhammad Bouazizi, a poor fruit vendor, set himself ablaze after being robbed by police, igniting the Arab spring.
— The Economist, in ‘Unlike other Arab regimes, Tunisia’s remembers old crimes’