“And worry? Worry is the hard work of actively (and mentally) working against the fear. Worry is our effort to imagine every possible way to avoid the outcome that is causing us fear, and failing that, to survive the thing that we fear if it comes to fruition.”—Seth’s Blog: Risk, fear and worry
Useful does not always equal valuable and vice versa. When the perfect shit storm hits home with a perfect balance of these two traits in a single feature, then go right ahead and release the fuckin’ robotic kraken on its ass and go straight to eleven with its promotion. But know that more often than not, it’s not going to be as useful or valuable to most people most of the times as you think it is. I understand you’ve been working on this for weeks or months and you can’t wait to ship it, but you need to take the blinders off and let some light in to look at it for what it is. Just because something should be, that doesn’t mean it will be. And no amount of ingenious marketing or clever positioning or heavy-handed promotion will bridge that gap unless it truly… is.
“When a company is filled with engineers, it turns to engineering to solve problems. Reduce each decision to a simple logic problem. Remove all subjectivity and just look at the data. Data in your favor? Ok, launch it. Data shows negative effects? Back to the drawing board. And that data eventually becomes a crutch for every decision, paralyzing the company and preventing it from making any daring design decisions.”—
“we’ve observed that the peer pressure from “Social Coding” has driven engineers to make sure code is clean and well structured, documentation is useful and up to date. What we’ve learned is that a component may be “Good enough for running in production, but not good enough for Github”.”—The Netflix Tech Blog: Open Source at Netflix
“But what if Muslims are right? What if Islam is true? We have been born in the wrong place, to the wrong parents, given the wrong culture, given the wrong theology. I have been thoroughly misled by science. And Hell awaits. And Hell awaits our children. Now, just hold this vision in mind, and first appreciate how little sleep you have lost over this possibility. Just feel in this moment how carefree you are, and will continue to be, in the face of this possibility. Please know that this is exactly how Christianity appears to someone who’s not been indoctrinated by it.”—Sam Harris
“JFK dodged the Curse [with “put a man on the moon in a decade”]. If he’d been a modern-day politician or CEO, he’d probably have said, “Our mission is to become the international leader in the space industry, using our capacity for technological innovation to build a bridge towards humanity’s future.” That might have set a moon walk back fifteen years.”—
“Two Japanese researchers have created a gunlike instrument that does just that. Using the principle of delayed audio feedback, their SpeechJammer records speech and plays it back with a split-second pause, effectively stupefying and silencing the speaker.”—
“The most relevant aspect of Tweetbot’s availability is that it provides an opportunity for pundits to pontificate about Twitter’s dismal failure in application development. In any platform.”—Tweetbot for Mac - Tao of Mac