"Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others."
Highlighted by Tomaz Nedeljko in The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
"People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around - the music and the ideas."
We dismiss a bunch of thoughts during the day, because they lack context. A few silly words that could be turned to poems, short sentences that could be part of a novel. Just because they don’t make any sense at the moment doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. Scraps is a beautiful app for iPhone that helps you collect these thoughts and transform them into ideas when you’re ready.
"We’re living at a time when a major shift in attitudes is bringing on a new era—one in which people get more value by owning less property."
"We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it."
Real money will likely come from the boring, old approach every startup hopes to avoid, and few end up avoiding: gathering targetable information about the users (demographics, location, social graph, habits, etc.) and using it to deliver ads to them.
Hopefully, Instagram manages to avoid this and find a more suitable way to stay profitable in the mobile space. Ads don’t have a place on mobile devices.
Though today largely forgotten, upstaged by Disney starlets and Bratz dolls, Pippi Longstocking once was a megastar for children. Her first book came out in 1945 (by Astrid Lindgren — thanks Sweden!) and she was an instant hit. Pippi eventually had a tv series, movie, a few tv specials, and even a Soviet made-for-tv movie. Pippi was notable for her superhuman strength and living by herself in a huge house.