Miscellaneous:The lamest edit wars

If you don't own or haven't heard of The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless, I highly recommend that you purchase it immediately. Or at least subscribe to his blog. It's the ultimate coffee table book. It has the power to inform, amaze and even spur conversation (or debate) amongst you and your guests. Oh, and everything is presented with a lovely layout. You must see it to know what I mean. Anyhow, I was thumbing through this today and came across his page on the Wikipedia:Lamest edit wars. And if you have time to kill, I highly suggest you read this shrine to insignificance (insignifica?). I suppose that there's something for everyone here, but I particularly enjoy the debate over the Pink Floyd song, "Money".

"Sure, it's a song with an odd rhythm, but what exactly is the time signature? The band, which has no musical training, have said 7/8, most people say 7/4, experts will go as far as to say 21/8."

I just like the bari sax solo, personally. But what the hell... 7/4.

Improvisation

This is the definition of a great musician, jazz or otherwise.  Thanks, Seth.

It's far easier to mix up a Rubik's cube than to solve one.

People are often paid to enforce compliance. The job is to ensure that everything is in its place, that errors are zero, that things are delivered on time and as expected. The random event is a problem, something to be feared and extinguished.

A few people (not many) get paid to create a ruckus, to insert the random, to yell 'fire' and to shake things up.

Most people, though, the ones with great jobs, are in the business of dancing with entropy, not creating it. Take what comes, sort it, leverage it, improvise and make something worthwhile out of it.

The secret of dancing is that you must respect and admire your partner. Thus, entropy isn't the enemy, and the goal isn't for "everything to be all right."

Without random events, there is no dance.

There is no good, there is no bad, there's just what happened. Dance with it.

Original post here

Trolls, critics and doubters

I know that I should update with an original post, but I would suggest you hang onto this handy tip from Seth Godin in the meantime.

Lots of things about work are hard. Dealing with trolls is one of them. Trolls are critics who gain perverse pleasure in relentlessly tearing you and your ideas down. Here's the thing(s):

1. trolls will always be trolling 2. critics rarely create 3. they live in a tiny echo chamber, ignored by everyone except the trolled and the other trolls 4. professionals (that's you) get paid to ignore them. It's part of your job.

"Can't please everyone," isn't just an aphorism, it's the secret of being remarkable.

Amen!  Original post is here.

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