She vividly describes the series of events that took place on new years eve in 2006:
It was Dec. 31, 2006. I was 33. I did not yet know this, but a clot had traveled from my aorta into my brain, and made its way to my left thalamus. As a result, my left brain, the expert at numbers and language and logic and reasoning, a part of it suffocated and died. My right brain, the specialist with regard to color, music, creativity, intuition, and emotions, therefore could not talk to my left brain. Numbers became squiggles, colors lost their names, food lost flavor, music had no melody.
It is impcrompehensible to suffer from such sudden and expected and massive injury at this young age. She had no risk factors (at least no obvious ones, apart from genetics) and the day obviously changed her life forever. In fact the stroke saved her life.
Because yes, it was the year my life changed; it was the year my life was saved. It was the year I decided to live every year as if it were my last. It meant spending two years in New York City and focusing on my novel, it meant making new friends, it meant saying yes to many more things. It meant my priorities were no longer the same as my husband’s.
The Economist writes that “instead of romanticising entrepreneurs people should understand how hard their lives can be”. A short and exquisite piece on the ups and downs of starting a business.
It is fashionable to romanticise entrepreneurs. Business professors celebrate the geniuses who break the rules and change the world. Politicians praise them as wealth creators. Glossy magazines drool over Richard Branson’s villa on Lake Como. But the reality can be as romantic as chewing glass: first-time founders have the job security of zero-hour contract workers, the money worries of chronic gamblers and the social life of hermits.
Just in case you don’t know: Randy Gerber is the husband of Cindy Crawford and the business partner of George Clooney. Gerber runs Casamigos, a premium Tequila brand, and GC is affiliated with it.
Clooney is apparently getting married and so Randy was seen in LA loading his jet with 100 boxes of finest Casamigos Tequila – apart from two bottles which also made their way into the cabin.
What you are going to see is probably the most relaxed way to board a jet. Arriving in style, boarding with booze. Enjoy.
Alejandro González Iñárritu has a new picture coming up and it’s called Birdman. A reference to the days when Michael Keaton was a superstar being Batman. Really looking forward to this and so should you.
Peter Thiel is all around the media currently due to his newly released book Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future. The book is based on a Computer Science class he taught at Stanford and the notes one of the students, Blake Masters, took while the class.
The title comes from an example Thiel frequently quotes. Globalization, he argues, is creating copies of “1”. Innovation gets you from “0” to “1”. Making typewriters available across the globe is a form of globalization, however developing a computer from the typewriter (or the car instead of the horse) marks the jump vom “0” to “1”.
As you may deduct from the title, this TV Series by Jerry Seinfeld is all about getting a cup of coffee with comedians. And since Seinfeld has a notoriously good taste of humor his guests are exquisitely selected. It comes in small doses of pleasant laughter and grinning. Some are more funny than others, some are less sarcastic than others. None of them are overly funny but they are all perfectly timed and a joy to watch. Obviously getting a cup of coffee with Larry David is as good as it gets. Being on a boat with Louis C.K. is also priceless.
I also believe this captures the spirit of New York City very well.
Actually it surprises me that this has not been done before. A guy in London tries running from station A to station B instead of taking the tube.
If you’ve ever worked with Photoshop there is a chance you tried using the Pen Tool, which allows you to draw – if you are able to. It is notoriously difficult to use. Now you can learn using the Pen Tool through the so-called “Bézier Game – A game to help you master the pen tool“. I still do not master the pen tool though.