Net vector

They* say that you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with. It might even be true, although I’m wary of the implication that we should leave the other people behind.** The question for each of us is – in your family, friendship group, workplace, tribe – which way are you pulling, and how do…

Steve Jobs on working backwards from customer experience

“The hardest thing is, how do [those features] fit into a cohesive vision? … One of the things I’ve always found is that you’ve got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology. You can’t start with the technology and try to figure out where you’re going to try to sell it. And I’ve made this…

Wind up

The wind up is the movement you make to get ready before you swing to hit a ball/nail/object/target. A good wind up puts you in position, primed and ready to release your energy in the right place, at the right time, in the right direction and with the right amount of power – and then to recover so that you…

8k

DC hit 8,000 views on 3rd August 2020! July was our best month so far,* with an average of 28 views per day, even with no significant twitter retweets (as was the case for May and June). Conclusion: DC is slowly building momentum, which might be the best way. Thanks as ever for coming. *Not including the Tyler Cowen spike,…

Not long ago, or Little by little (3): scarcity and subsistence in rural Suffolk

[For those who came in late… Start with Not long ago, or Little by little (1)] Not long ago, in a place not far away and directly connected to you, something like this was happening… A village in Suffolk [in the east of England], circa 1900: There were seven children at home and father’s wages had been reduced to 10…

Not long ago, or Little by little (2): Indoor plumbing

[Not long ago, or Little by little (1)] Not long ago, in a place not far away and directly connected to you, something like this was happening, little by little: It’s the Chinese city of Kunming in 1980: Li Kunwa and Phillipe Ôtié’s A Chinese Life is an amazing memoir – a lens into sixty years of struggle and upheaval…

Not long ago, or Little by little (1)

Not long ago, in a place not far away and directly connected to you, something like this was happening, little by little: It’s London in 1930. Ethel has left her work as a lady’s maid; Ernest is a milkman. Raymond Briggs’ Ethel and Ernest is a brilliant book – very funny, very poignant. I share it here as an example…