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  • Why I’ll Never Write Fiction Again | O Danny Boy
    never does roar out of you do something else The roaring has stopped for me so I m doing something else So away goes the Revolutionary War spy novel I ve been thinking about for over a dozen years now and away goes the scifi novel set 100 years into an electricity free but zombie full future that I started a few months ago I ll give you the first line of that one When the computer turned on after nearly a century of silence Arturo Lord of Willock didn t hear its whisper over the clang of swords from the courtyard below Feel free to finish it I have other projects to work on That s what this decision is really about the biggest question of all what do you spend your time doing How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives writes Annie Dillard I already have a hobby that I enjoy that I m never going to be good much less great at playing the cello I want to do more of that I want to grow my business and make it one of the best design firms in the world I want to focus on my family it won t be that many years until my daughter is goes away to college I want to do more design projects and become a stronger better designer I want to write another design book on designing devices I want to design products that are important lasting meaningful All these things require focus Deeper not broader is my new mantra While I enjoy being well rounded at a certain age a tight focus on what is important and what you realistically can accomplish is essential We do after all only have a limited time on this earth and we really don t know how limited Sometimes you have to listen to what the universe is telling you I ve written two mostly well received design books I get asked to speak on design all over the world I work on cool design projects that I enjoy and that can and will change the world My company is starting to take off This is a pretty clear message that I ve found my niche my bliss even if it isn t anywhere close to what I thought it would be 20 years ago Only a fool would ignore such signs I m a published author three times over So it s not like I don t have books Writing non fiction is something I never expected in my life and I suppose the lesson there is to leave enough space in your life for the unexpected as well Frank Bascombe the protagonist in the great trilogy of novels by Richard Ford discovers this as well I think setting aside fiction writing for sportswriting and eventually selling real estate We don t know the turns our lives will take and as Ford writes The only truth

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  • Why I’ll Never Write Fiction Again | O Danny Boy
    never does roar out of you do something else The roaring has stopped for me so I m doing something else So away goes the Revolutionary War spy novel I ve been thinking about for over a dozen years now and away goes the scifi novel set 100 years into an electricity free but zombie full future that I started a few months ago I ll give you the first line of that one When the computer turned on after nearly a century of silence Arturo Lord of Willock didn t hear its whisper over the clang of swords from the courtyard below Feel free to finish it I have other projects to work on That s what this decision is really about the biggest question of all what do you spend your time doing How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives writes Annie Dillard I already have a hobby that I enjoy that I m never going to be good much less great at playing the cello I want to do more of that I want to grow my business and make it one of the best design firms in the world I want to focus on my family it won t be that many years until my daughter is goes away to college I want to do more design projects and become a stronger better designer I want to write another design book on designing devices I want to design products that are important lasting meaningful All these things require focus Deeper not broader is my new mantra While I enjoy being well rounded at a certain age a tight focus on what is important and what you realistically can accomplish is essential We do after all only have a limited time on this earth and we really don t know how limited Sometimes you have to listen to what the universe is telling you I ve written two mostly well received design books I get asked to speak on design all over the world I work on cool design projects that I enjoy and that can and will change the world My company is starting to take off This is a pretty clear message that I ve found my niche my bliss even if it isn t anywhere close to what I thought it would be 20 years ago Only a fool would ignore such signs I m a published author three times over So it s not like I don t have books Writing non fiction is something I never expected in my life and I suppose the lesson there is to leave enough space in your life for the unexpected as well Frank Bascombe the protagonist in the great trilogy of novels by Richard Ford discovers this as well I think setting aside fiction writing for sportswriting and eventually selling real estate We don t know the turns our lives will take and as Ford writes The only truth

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  • One Two Punch from Kicker
    VoIPinsider Originally posted at Saturday April 18 2009 Comments 0 Previous Entry A Fool and a Liar I do not want to be called a fool or a liar because I don t want to be homogenized with other disciplines that I mostly don t practice Recent Entries This RSS Feed Has Changed Five Things I m Thinking About How to Program a Conference Why I ll Never Write Fiction Again 50 Before 50 Thoughts on my 40 Before 40 List Designing Devices Albums of the Year 2009 Top 25 Albums of The Decade 2000 2009 Designing for Interaction 2 Archives September 2010 August 2010 June 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September

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  • This RSS Feed Has Changed
    Things I m Thinking About How to Program a Conference Why I ll Never Write Fiction Again 50 Before 50 Thoughts on my 40 Before 40 List Designing Devices Albums of the Year 2009 Top 25 Albums of The Decade 2000 2009 Designing for Interaction 2 Archives September 2010 August 2010 June 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 April 2005 March 2005 February 2005 January 2005 December 2004 November 2004 October 2004 September 2004 August 2004 July 2004 June 2004 May 2004 April 2004 March 2004 February 2004 January 2004 December 2003 November 2003 October 2003 September 2003 August 2003 July 2003 June

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  • Five Things I'm Thinking About
    of neuroscience books Proust Was a Neuroscientist How We Decide Rapt Attention and the Focused Life and Why We Make Mistakes Applying what s understood about the brain to products is something I m mulling over 4 Software agents Seems like it s time to start building them But how would they work I want something like JARVIS from the Iron Man movies but boy is it a hard problem 5 Different OS UIs I m pretty sick of the OSX and Windows paradigms and of the Web 2 0 aesthetic I m ready for the future But what does that look like Originally posted at Wednesday August 11 2010 Comments 0 Trackback 0 Previous Entry How to Program a Conference My advice for putting together a conference lineup of speakers Recent Entries This RSS Feed Has Changed Five Things I m Thinking About How to Program a Conference Why I ll Never Write Fiction Again 50 Before 50 Thoughts on my 40 Before 40 List Designing Devices Albums of the Year 2009 Top 25 Albums of The Decade 2000 2009 Designing for Interaction 2 Archives September 2010 August 2010 June 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 April 2005 March 2005 February 2005

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  • How to Program a Conference
    one at the end you re overloading the schedule with Big Names One could argue that every conference could get by with two keynotes an opener and a closer Gender balance Enough has been written about this lately so let me just say strive for it amongst your speakers It might not happen for a variety of reasons but it s worth doing Ethnicity balance This is probably the next big push And the same applies as for gender it might not happen but spend the extra effort to find people who aren t white men to speak It s going to make your conference better Why Because it could expose your audience to a different perspective and that s one reason people go to conferences in the first place The other is to have their own views validated Breaks Never put more than three speaking slots in a row without a break After that the audience can t take it We need time to digest what we ve heard before hearing more Post lunch The post lunch speaking spot is deadly Be sure to put someone lively there Or a workshop or activity to wake people up Talk durations There seems to be three durations that work well for talks 40 minutes 20 minutes and 10 minutes You can get an awful lot of information and interest out of ten minutes witness the TED talks It s a great length for a single story and one strong point Twenty minutes is enough to have a strong main point with several examples Forty minutes is enough to do a complex topic with multiple stories and examples Seldom have I seen talks that go on for more than an hour that are worth listening to for that long Mixing up your talk times is good too A long talk mixed with a short talk can provide variety provided you don t do it too much Topic variety While you don t want to dictate what speakers talk about choose your speakers so that the topics they are likely to cover will vary both in subject matter and perspective Audiences want a mix of the inspirational make me feel better more important smarter and practical give me information I can use Find speakers who will play to one or the other then mix An all practical conference will eventually seem like a slog an all inspirational conference will seem frivolous Have backup speakers I guarantee that it is very unlikely all the people you want to speak will be able to particularly when trying to land some Big Names Have others who might speak in mind Certainly go after your Dream Team but unless you re TED or another high profile conference don t expect to get all of them Speaker quality Do due diligence on your speakers before you select them Can they speak well Are they really the right person to speak to your audience Do they have enough credibility

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  • Why I'll Never Write Fiction Again
    Bukowski as always nails it if it doesn t come bursting out of you in spite of everything don t do it unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut don t do it if you have to wait for it to roar out of you then wait patiently if it never does roar out of you do something else The roaring has stopped for me so I m doing something else So away goes the Revolutionary War spy novel I ve been thinking about for over a dozen years now and away goes the scifi novel set 100 years into an electricity free but zombie full future that I started a few months ago I ll give you the first line of that one When the computer turned on after nearly a century of silence Arturo Lord of Willock didn t hear its whisper over the clang of swords from the courtyard below Feel free to finish it I have other projects to work on That s what this decision is really about the biggest question of all what do you spend your time doing How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives writes Annie Dillard I already have a hobby that I enjoy that I m never going to be good much less great at playing the cello I want to do more of that I want to grow my business and make it one of the best design firms in the world I want to focus on my family it won t be that many years until my daughter is goes away to college I want to do more design projects and become a stronger better designer I want to write another design book on designing devices I want to design products that are important lasting meaningful All these things require focus Deeper not broader is my new mantra While I enjoy being well rounded at a certain age a tight focus on what is important and what you realistically can accomplish is essential We do after all only have a limited time on this earth and we really don t know how limited Sometimes you have to listen to what the universe is telling you I ve written two mostly well received design books I get asked to speak on design all over the world I work on cool design projects that I enjoy and that can and will change the world My company is starting to take off This is a pretty clear message that I ve found my niche my bliss even if it isn t anywhere close to what I thought it would be 20 years ago Only a fool would ignore such signs I m a published author three times over So it s not like I don t have books Writing non fiction is something I never expected in my life and I suppose the lesson there

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  • 50 Before 50
    an amazing dinner for friends Do an extended stay in another country Win a design award Donate a large sum to charity Go whitewater rafting Launch a consumer electronics product Launch a Kicker branded product Learn a new skill Do a road trip Drink a bottle of very expensive wine Have a romantic meal in Paris with Rachael Buy an antique piece of furniture Take a martial arts class Speak at a non design conference Design a truly useful product Buy an antique device Teach a class Reread the Patrick O Brien Aubrey Maturin series Mentor a designer Meet one of my heroes Write a personal essay Give a talk on something that isn t design Rent a vacation house for a week and have friends stay over Read The Baroque Cycle Become debt free Do something amazingly generous and unasked for for someone I don t know Originally posted at Sunday March 28 2010 Comments 1 Trackback 0 Previous Entry Thoughts on my 40 Before 40 List A year ago on my 39th birthday I published a list of 40 things I wanted to do before I turned 40 By the end of yesterday I finished 25 5 of them Am I disappointed I didn t finish all 40 A little but the list was always aspirational and in the last year I ve done at least 40 great things that weren t on the list some of them silly jumping naked into the icy Baltic Sea some of them life changing Recent Entries This RSS Feed Has Changed Five Things I m Thinking About How to Program a Conference Why I ll Never Write Fiction Again 50 Before 50 Thoughts on my 40 Before 40 List Designing Devices Albums of the Year 2009 Top 25 Albums of The

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