Inventor, Invention and Intent – Doug Engelbart

Doug Engelbart passed away on July 3rd 2013. The father of the "Mother of all demos", he was a visionary inventor. In response to obituaries from popular news sites, Brett Victor digs into what tech writers get wrong about Engelbart's work. Here are … [Continue reading]

Two Perspectives on Leadership

There are as many perspectives on Leadership as there are people. While watching Game of Thrones I could not help but notice the two contrasting approaches to leadership, as embodied by Ned Stark and Joffrey Baratheon. Let us start with one … [Continue reading]

Knowledge is Free, Learning Costs You

Knowledge is power. Power is not shared. It remains institutionalized, parceled out to the few and is usually affirmed by a seal and sanction of an Institution. Knowledge had been monopolized by educational institutions, Universities and Boards. The … [Continue reading]

On Translation – Nabokov, Borges & Sri Aurobindo

Nabokov & Borges seemed to have had opposing views on literary translation. While reading that post I could not but help think about Sri Aurobindo's approach to literary translation, more specifically, translation of poetry. The two … [Continue reading]

Sediments of Legacy

Our works are our legacy. How we think about it matters to those who do anything worth doing. And here is Steve Jobs mulling about legacy. Absolutely love the way he frames the ephemerality of technology based creations, as compared to great … [Continue reading]

Stephen Fry on Language

Stephen Fry's soliloquy on Language and pedants who play spoilsport. Beautifully animated by Mathew Rogers. … [Continue reading]

How Not to Do Content Recommendation

Good intentions are sunk by bad copywriting. LinkedIn sent me this a little while ago. I did not click a single one of these "Influencer Summer Guides".   First that repetition of "on the best" made me cringe. They could have put the … [Continue reading]

Doing a Startup? Here is one way to maintain focus

Am sure this is familiar to anyone in startup mode. Endless possibilities, danger of losing focus at every turn and no sight of a home. Homer, poet of Ancient Greece, shows how Odysseus, the hero of Odyssey, maintains his focus. Situation Odysseus … [Continue reading]

This is our Signature. And it means everything.

This is it. This is what matters. The experience of a product. How it makes someone feel. Will it make life better? Does it deserve to exist? We spend a lot of time On a few great things. Until every idea we touch Enhances each life it … [Continue reading]

Make Good Music with Shankar Tucker via Kickstarter

And no, it does not involve learning an instrument, practicing it for 10,000 hours and being visited by the muses. Just support Shankar Tucker via Kickstarter! Before we get to the how, do sample what sort of music am talking about here. "Jaane … [Continue reading]