Tom The Architect

Technology and other Interesting Stuff

“the world is a great liar”

Peggy Noonan in the article “A Life’s Lesson” writes

In a way, the world is a great liar. It shows you it worships and admires money, but at the end of the day it doesn’t. It says it adores fame and celebrity, but it doesn’t, not really. The world admires, and wants to hold on to, and not lose, goodness. It admires virtue. At the end it gives its greatest tributes to generosity, honesty, courage, mercy, talents well used, talents that, brought into the world, make it better. That’s what it really admires. That’s what we talk about in eulogies, because that’s what’s important. We don’t say, “The thing about Joe was he was rich.” We say, if we can, “The thing about Joe was he took care of people.”

Fame and celebrity are conferred and wealth is nothing more than an arbitrary scoring mechanism. In the end, we are not remembered and loved for what we have, we are remembered and loved for our behavior, for what we have Done.

My favorite view of London

My favorite view of London by TomC
My favorite view of London, a photo by TomC on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
At the Tate Modern in London, on the 5th Floor (I think) there is a door right next to a snack shop and gift shop. If you aren’t paying attention you will miss it. But walk through that door to a Patio and you will see this view. This panorama doesn’t do the view Justice. When you walk out on to the patio the first words out of your mouth will be WOW! The view is Art all by itself, a modern ever changing canvas. The act of walking through a standard doorway compresses the view and then once over the threshold the view explodes. Just another justification for taking time to explore and look around in all directions.

In the heart of London

Untitled by TomC
Untitled, a photo by TomC on Flickr.

It was a lovely day in Hyde Park floating on The Serpentine. Enjoy!

Steve Jobs – Amplifying Human Ability

“We are building tools that amplify a human ability” – Steve Jobs 1980 (via Kottke.org)

In my opinion Steve Jobs and Apple took the next logical step, building products that amplify a human emotion at the same time amplifying a human ability.  It is the amplification of human emotion which today underpins the Apple brand.  There is great engineering, design, and marketing in other companies, but it is Apple that brings them together with a focus on amplifying human emotion at the sometime amplifying a human ability. Brilliant.

Paul Arden on Failure

The perosn who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything…

Failures and false starts are a precondition of success.

It’s Not How Good You are, Its How Good You Want To Be, Paul Arden

My wish for my Children

“Dare to be as good as you are. Believe in the potential of yourself and others. Stay open to possibilities. And remember, your past is not your future.”

Every Shot Must Have A Purpose, Pia Nilsson & Lyn Marriott

My Desk Reference Library.

My Desk Reference Library. by TomC
My Desk Reference Library., a photo by TomC on Flickr.

Here is my reference library. What’s in your reference library?

Andy Grove on Dealing with Strategic Inflection Points

“you must realize that no amount of planning can anticipate such changes. Does that mean you shouldn’t plan? Not at all. You need to plan the way a fire department plans: It cannot anticipate where the next fire will be, so it has to shape an energetic and efficient team that is capable of responding to the unanticipated as well as to any ordinary event.”  Andy Grove Only the Paranoid Survive

Tom The Architect Has a New Home

After 8 years of hosting my blog and self-managing my blog at Dreamhost, I have finally moved to WordPress.com.  Back in the day I had time to manage my own upgrades and tinker with things, but over the past 5 years I have had little time to be my own System Admin.  The reality is I have had little time to Blog and only my link monkey feed has been updating the site. The migration was forced by the ever increasing Hack fest the web has turned into.  The site had been hacked on 2 occasions due to the very outdated version of wordpress I was running and some poor chmod choices only part.   So keeping Tom The Architect safe and up to date is now the responsibility wordpress.com.  I hope now to devote more time to writing, with the hopes that I might remember how to spell and form coherent sentences.

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