So there I was, trying to figure out advanced Excel syntax under a time crunch. If that is your idea of fun, you’re probably a billionaire by now. I was not having fun. All of a sudden, an oasis of inspiration appeared: Chandoo! No man has loved Microsoft Excel more truly or deeply than Chandoo. He is a capable teacher.
Chandoo has written a great Excel formula e-book. It has one of the best return policy descriptions I’ve encountered:
This is the kind of return policy you can offer when your product is so kick ass. Chandoo is indeed a great human being. His narrative is so powerful that if you read it you too will be unable to avoid thinking that Excel is awesome and that you should tap dance to work tomorrow.
Every day is a party with plastic silverware and cups. I haven’t bought any silverware since I moved into my no-dishwasher apartment 7 months ago. I bought some glasses but I don’t use them. Solo cups are easier and more fun.
Wyeth showroom in Wainscott, NY. This place is serious, hundreds of “museum quality” pieces. The woman asked me to stop taking pictures, kept declining to tell me what anything cost, and failed to laugh at any of my jokes. But there was a great dude there who was able to look at random pictures of chairs that I had taken and tell me who designed the pictured chair. Recommended.
I was thinking today about the phrase “love the sinner, hate the sin” which I associate with Jesus and had assumed he said. ……..it does sound kinda similar the saying “don’t hate the player, hate the game” which I associate with rap.
Here are links attributing inspiration for both the true Ice-T lyric and the apocyrphal Jesus statement to Ghandi. Ghandi may not truly be the inspiration for both the true Ice-T quote and the fake Jesus quote, but shout out to Mahatma Ghandi for getting shout outs for inventing this very modern, very effective rhetorical device.
I was in LA and joined the assembly line to help my college friend Morrisa fulfill her moFone order for Nordstrom’s and Urban Outfitters. If you went to college with me and remember Morissa’s original moFone, you will enjoy this even more.
"In a letter to artist Mel Bochner, Flavin explains the reference:
On this sheet, I enclose lovely tempering aphorism which has been with me for a few years. ‘Entia non multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.’ ‘Principles [entities] should not be multiplied unecessarily.’ Of course, it is ‘Ockham’s Razor’. I I were you, I would feature it. Briefly, my Columbia Viking Desk Encyclopedia recognizes William of Ockham thusly…d.c. 1349, English scholastic philosopher, a Franciscan. Embroiled in a general quarrel with Pope John XXII, he was imprisoned in Avignon but fled to the protection of emperor Louis IV and supported him by attacking the temporal power of the papacy. Rejecting the doctrines of Thomas Aquinas he argued that reality exists solely in individual things and universals are merely abstract signs. This view led him to exclude questions such as the existence of God from intellectual knowledge, referring them to faith alone.
Ockham’s particular brand of metaphysics, known as nominalism, has special relevance to Flavin’s own reduction of the ‘entities’ of his medium to the simple vocabulary of pure fluorescent light. Flavin no doubt admired Ockham’s protest against the Church’s abuse of its spiritual authority in early matters, as well as Ockham’s reforms against Scholastic complexity. (‘It is useless to do more with what can be done with less.’) Out of Ockham’s nominalism Flavin crafted his minimalism” - “Dan Flavin: A Retrospective”
Occam’s razor (or Ockham’s razor) often expressed in Latin as thelex parsimoniae, translating to law of parsimony, law of economy or law of succinctness, is a principle that generally recommends, when faced with competing hypotheses that are equal in other respects, selecting the one that makes the fewest new assumptions.
I first encountered this term in web analytics and it’s a good rule of thumb when you are spending time trying to understand things….most things, in fact.
I gotta go with Cam’ron as the champion of brazenly feminine braggadacio. Up and coming rapper Lil’ Brecently named his album “I’m Gay” for the explicit purpose of showing that he’s so confident in his masculinity that he can name his album “I’m Gay”. Come on, that doesn’t have nearly the same effect as unironically toting an oversize purple crocodile hand bag or wearing all pink fur. That’s how you can spot a real man.