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Kurt Vonnegut on The Shapes of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut is an American writer (1922-2007) famous for his satire and humour in the face of desperate circumstances.  He has a wonderful theory on “the shapes of stories” – which he presents in the 4 minute video available below. Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Telling a Story In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, […]

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Deserving Money? 4 Millionaires Earn and Spend.

The 4 Millionaires Four millionaires are sitting on a park bench.  Its a sunny Thursday morning.  While many others are working the 9 to 5 routine, George, David, Jonathan and Paul are relaxing in the park. As you look at George, David, Jonathan and Paul nothing much stands out.  4 standard guys in a park.  They […]

Terrible or Fantastic? Do we need more Shoes?

In the late 1870s, A Dublin-based shoe company sent 2 salespeople from their head office to a new territory in rural Africa.  The two salespeople, Willy and Jimmy, travelled out on boat, trains and foot to reach the rural African areas that was to be their new sales area. 2 months later, 2 telegrams arrived […]

New Element Isolated: The Chemistry of Governmentium:

My father sent me an email that made me laugh today. The original source is unknown, but the meaning is universal… The Chemistry of Governmentium The new element is Governmentium (Gv). It has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 […]

The Top 10 TED Talks of All Time

These are the top 10 TED talks of all time (by total views on TED.com). 1.- Sir Ken Robinson – Schools kill creativity – 13M views 2.- Jill Bolte Taylor – Stroke of insight – 9.6M views 3.- Steve Jobs – How to live before you die – 9.3M views 4.- Pranav Mistry – The thrilling potential of Sixth Sense technology – 9M views 5.- David Gallo – Underwater […]

The Same, but Different

Mark Twain says that as a young man he did not often agree with his father, so he left home. Years later he returns and is amazed at how much smarter his father had become. What changed?

On perspective. It may be good, it may be bad…

A peasant farmer lives on the outskirts of a village with his family. He comes into the village one day and is visibly disturbed. He speaks to the wise man of the village: “My horse has run away with the wild horses. I have lost my horse. This is terrible.” The wise man says “It […]

Blindness through Busy-ness

A wise man is walking through rough, barren terrain. The sun is beating down intensely, drying everything in its burning blaze. He hears a noise in the far distance.  It is the sound of digging.  As he gets closer he finds a man digging in the dirt.  The man digs, then mutters his complaint at […]

It really is the little things that matter most

Yep. The stuff that seems silly. The stuff that is beneath you. The afterthoughts. The stuff that gets left out when you are in a rush, when you are on a mission to meet a deadline, when your work is more important than other peoples’ work. photo credit: J A Alcaide I was in London […]

Most of Life’s Problems are like this Door

I find myself in front on a huge pile of metal keys. Gold keys, iron keys, silver keys, copper keys; Old keys, new keys; Clean keys, dirty keys, rusty keys. A large imposing door is locked behind the pile. I feel a need to open the door and step into the room beyond. I look […]

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