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If only I could reboot my mechanical heart

“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood — it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, ‘Too late.’ There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect.”
– MLK

Consider this

I can’t believe this week is almost over, but when I reflect on it I realize that it’s the smallest increments of time that seemed to matter the most.

On Monday night I wrote fiction for exactly 11 minutes and loved more than every minute of it.

On Tuesday I spent exactly 36 minutes studying Chinese and didn’t even realize that much time had passed.

On Wednesday I read exactly 9 pages of Amy Hempel (who I’d never read before) and was completely blown away.

On Thursday I spent exactly 104 words writing this blog post and tried to put life in every word.

Kill them with class, Coco

“All I ask is one thing, particularly of young people that watch: please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism — for the record it’s my least favorite quality, it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen.”

Consider this

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote:

“Those who say yes are rewarded by the adventures they have. Those who say no are rewarded by the safety they attain.”

What I like the most about this is the implication that either choice leads to something good; both outcomes are positive and meaningful.

Similarly, Chris recently posted the following:

“Survive vs. Thrive – it’s up to you”

You can take this to mean a few different things, but I like how survival is actually part of both outcomes. It’s a good reminder that our choice is rarely ever between life and death, it’s between something good and something great.

Burgeoning powers

There are two people I’m extremely jealous of these days. They’re actually kind of struggling where they are right now, but I think they’ve been thrust into fantastic opportunities that they will eventually be able to deliver on. I think what I’m even more jealous of is the fact that I know they are learning and growing and bettering themselves with every passing moment. There are certainly days when I’m able to feel this way at my job, but these guys inspire true envy.

1) Mark Zuckerberg — CEO of a property no less than Facebook in his early twenties. Yeah, he started out knowing nothing about business. And yeah, those first few press interviews and Facebook keynotes were cringe-worthy, particularly when the poor guy actually tried to channel Steve Jobs. But dude’s only in his 20’s, and sitting on a frakking goldmine just begging to be monetized. This thing’s got legs, and the potential to truly be a long-term business. Just give him time: if he plays it right, he will be Jobs in a few decades.

2) Jimmy Fallon — new host of Late Night. I’ve only seen an episode and a half so far, and it seems like it’s been a little rough going. But how awesome is it to be given your own late night talk show? Setting aside the fact that choosing him to replace Conan seemed pretty out of left field, it’s clear that anyone backed by Lorne Michaels is going to get more than a fair shot. Conan took a while to hit his stride, and I’m sure Fallon will do the same.

So if there’s one thing I’m really saying in this post, it’s that I want to be a startup CEO who hosts his own talk show. Totally doable, right? Though what I really want to do is direct.

Season premieres

God, I love promo posters.  There’s nothing better to get you excited about new seasons — and I don’t just mean in the television sense.

I saw plenty of promos for season 2 of Mad Men on my recent trip to New York.  I don’t know if there’s anything particularly symbolic about this imagery, but man I really need to start watching this show.

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I know some were dissatisfied with season 2 of Heroes, but I actually didn’t mind it so much.  Veronica — er, I mean Kristen Bell — probably had something to do with it.  I’m excited to see where they take this season with Sylar returning, and it even looks like they’re going to resurrect the alternate future.  I’m a sucker for time travel and alternate realities.

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I haven’t even seen Season 4 yet, but the Entourage crew will never cease to look cool.  Don’t know about that tag line, though.  Can you believe they’re already on Season 5?

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Lastly, I don’t actually know anything about the new 90210 but I’m curious to see what Rob Thomas does with it.

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We’ll look at more posters as they surface.

The cult of Marissa Mayer

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Looks like the media just can’t get enough of Google executive Marissa Mayer, and wouldn’t you know it: I can’t either. This woman is ridiculously fascinating to read about. The latest profile from San Francisco magazine is clearly a puff piece – you can almost hear how breathless the writer is – but I really don’t care. This is truly stuff that inspires. And I’m so insanely jealous of people that can get by on four hours of sleep a night.