"Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which fits best and is more becoming?"
Found Things is a compendium of curiosity.
Step away from your gadgets!
Two years ago, when the iPhone and iPad were spiking in popularity, when I dined with other technology bloggers and reporters we enthusiastically passed our phones around the table, showing off the latest app or funny YouTube clip.
Now, even as our gadgets can hold more apps and stream faster videos, when I’m at dinner with technologists we play a new game. Attendees happily place their smartphones in a stack in the middle of the table, and the first person who touches his or her phone before the meal is over has to pay the bill.
Rather than being enslaved by your machines, it’s important to maintain a healthy distance. And to step away completely from time to time.
How to walk away: the psychology of lost causes
Most of us know what it’s like to stay in a job or a relationship after it’s stopped being satisfying, or to take on a project that’s too big and be reluctant to admit it. CEOs have been known to allocate manpower and money to projects long after it becomes clear that they are failing. Think of JP Morgan’s “London Whale” Bruno Iksil, who doubled down on a losing bet rather than admit his losses and ultimately cost the bank over six billion dollars. Similarly there was John Edwards, who couldn’t bring himself to end his losing bid for the presidency even after his mistress became pregnant.
The costs to a person who does not know when to quit can be enormous. In economics it’s known as sunk cost fallacy, though the costs are more than financial. While we recognize the fallacy almost immediately in others, it’s harder to see in ourselves. Why?
Full article on the Atlantic.
When an interesting person is momentarily not-interesting, I wait patiently. When a perfect organization…is imperfect, I get annoyed. Because perfect has to be perfect all the time.
Oliver Burkeman went to Texas to the South by Southwest festival of film, music and technology, in search of the next big idea. After three days he found it: the boundary between ‘real life’ and ‘online’ has disappeared
Found Things is built on the belief that curation is just as important as creation. It's about finding the signal in the noise; discovering meaningful knowledge and going some way to quenching our curiosity for the world.