Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dec 31 Less is more: being a spectator

Preparing New Year's Resolutions - an annual activity since the early 80s (& I still have most of the cards)
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Dec 31 Less is more: being a spectator

"Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them."

- Alan J. Perlis

Special Feature: Epigrams on programming. ACM SIGPLAN Notices 1982;17(9):7-13. Alan Perlis

Monday, December 30, 2013

Dec 30 Rx, Intellectual Property and Indian Patent Recognition

Protecting intellectual property but improving financial access continue to evolve in India.

India’s Efforts to Aid Poor Worry Drug Makers
By GARDINER HARRIS Published: December 29, 2013

"An Indian government committee is soon expected to announce the start of a formal process to set aside patents on 15 more medicines, according to a committee member who agreed to speak about secret deliberations only if granted anonymity. Malini Aisola of the Public Health Foundation of India said the expanded list “will create ripples around the world.” "

India’s Efforts to Aid Poor Worry Drug Makers

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

If You Want to be Happy ...

FT.com email article

Dec 11 Less is more: mimic

"In anying we do, any endeavor, it's not what you do; it's why you do it."

- Howard Schultz

(Dec 8, 2013 http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/super-soul-sunday.html )

Dec 10 Less is more: inconceivable

“When Mr. Mandela was released from prison in 1990, he told his followers in the African National Congress that he believed in the nationalization of South Africa’s main businesses. “The nationalization of the mines, banks and monopoly industries is the policy of the A.N.C., and a change or modification of our views in this regard is inconceivable,” he said at the time.

Two years later, however, Mr. Mandela changed his mind, embracing capitalism, and charted a new economic course for his country.”

- Sorkin AR. How Mandela Shifted Views on Freedom of Markets. New York Times December 9, 2013. p B1.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Dec 6 Less is more: work

"I have this new initiative in my life, and I’m trying to push my colleagues to do it, too, where I want to work less and think more.
In a given month, I do a lot of very mediocre stuff, but once in a while I come up with a really good idea. Maybe I’ll come up with two in a month. Those two inevitably happen when I’m either falling into a nap, or coming out of a nap, or waking up slowly on a Saturday morning.
I’m trying to engineer more of those in my life. I’m trying to encourage more people to have naps because, hopefully, more people will have these brilliant ideas."
- Brian Halligan
Quoted in Adam Bryant. CORNER OFFICE: Brian Halligan, Chief of HubSpot, on the Value of Naps. New York Times Dec 6, 2013 http://nyti.ms/186jqKE