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Haute coutre, universal appeal

It's only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.

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Context of choice in impact investment

Impact investment means managing portfolios in addition to choosing individual investments.

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How to do only that which you can do

How do we get started on a path to doing things that express our genius?

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I am …

A good friend and I were chatting about personal branding, it started with the regular hoopla: posture, piercings, language, work ethic, body odour, etc. Gradually we got to talking about how we perceive ourselves and how we each perceive the …

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What’s in?

Retro post: September 12, 2004

(A Billy Collins poem. Rated PG)


My favourite time to write is in the late afternoon,
weekdays, particularly Wednesdays.
This is how I go about it:
I take a fresh pot of tea into …

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Stuff I haven’t read that I think I ought to:

Architect Unknown: For each of these buildings the architect is unknown. I should get this site to cycle through a few photos whenever I feel driven to make a lasting, unforgettable statement.

In The Traditional Japanese Garden: An …

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philologr: apt

apt — apt (ăpt) — an adjective describing something/someone exactly suitable; appropriate; having a natural tendency; inclined. It comes from Old French apte, which is from Latin aptus, which is the past participle of apere, which is “to fasten”.

Found …

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philologr: obsequious

An adjective describing one who is full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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Planning: Goals versus resolutions

"To-do" versus "To-be"

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Web 2.0: Cutting through the hype

Is surfing worth the effort?

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philologr: poignancy, sublime, prosaic

Nothing can be ravishing that is not pervasively beautiful.

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philologr: bumptious

bumptious — bump·tious (bÅ­mp’shÉ™s) — an adjective describing actions that are crudely or loudly assertive; pushy.

It is, perhaps, a blend of “bump” and “presumptuous”.

From Jane Jacobs in The Death and Life of Great American Cities:

“As children

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People first. Marketers … later.

I’ve hit a snag with the Foundation Series. It reads like crap.

I’m still wobbly on what I ought to say so I default to obfuscation. Orwell said it best, “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.” I’m …

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philologr: platitudinous

platitudinous — plati·tu’di·nous — a derivative of plat·i·tude (plăt’Ä­-tÅ«d, -tyÅ«d), a noun meaning a trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant. Without freshness or appeal because of overuse: banal, bromidic, clichéd, …

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philologr: flibbertigibbet

flibbertigibbet — flib·ber·ti·gib·bet (flÄ­b’É™r-tÄ“-jÄ­b’Ä­t) — a noun meaning a silly, scatterbrained, or garrulous person. A derivative of flibberty-gibberty.

Quoted by Malcolm Gladwell in Troublemakers — What pit bulls can teach us about profiling:

“There are a lot of pit

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philologr: jubilant

jubilant — ju·bi·lant (jÅ«’bÉ™-lÉ™nt) — an adjective meaning exultingly joyful; full of high-spirited delight; bursting with happiness. Derived from mid-17th century latin it’s the present participle of jubilare which means to call out and shout for joy.

Peekaboo Paradox by …

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Yes (and other lies): Know thy enemy

Every new seat at the power table must weather the intense scrutiny of all ordained power holders.

Perched precariously between a growing power holder and the ensconced, legacy power holders – every neophyte endures just one important question: Are you …

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philologr: specious

specious — spe·cious (spÄ“’shÉ™s) — an adjective meaning having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious; deceptively attractive or superficially correct but actually worthless

“The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at

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philologr: incredulity

incredulity — in·cre·du·li·ty (Ä­n’krÄ­-dÅ«’lÄ­-tÄ“) — a noun meaning the state or quality of being incredulous; disbelief, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty

“There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to

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philologr: brouhaha

brouhaha — brou·ha·ha (brÅ«’hä-hä’) — a noun meaning an uproar; a hubbub; a confused disturbance far greater than its cause merits.

Spotted at Bloglines Highlights: “Crashes in Japan, Chocolate Cities and Body Armor Brouhaha”

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philologr: randy

randy — ran·dy (răn’dÄ“) — an adjective meaning lascivious, lecherous, or if you’re a Scot, ill-mannered. Likewise, it has meant obstreperous, unruly, rampant (The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose).

Spotted at 43Folders, by Merlin Mann:…

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philologr: flummoxed

I’m a fan of words. It’s the biggest reason I love T.H. White, Billy Collins, and E.B. White — their delightful choice of words.

So, for kicks, here’s philologr: A pop of perfectly placed words in a world of abused …

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Put the pitch together

Yesterday I laid out Brad Feld’s/Chris Wand’s 13 questions for entrepreneurs and said they would lay the groundwork for a ripping good pitch. Trouble is, once you do that work, all you really get is a ripping big pile of …

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Copy cat

Update: Dr. Ronald S. Burt from the University of Chicago backs up everything written here and adds his idea about “structural holes” — the notion that people can find opportunities for creative thinking where there is no social structure. My

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Blogs and economists

Do we blog because we want a voice or because we want to act like children?

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Complexity challenge

I’ve written before on the cross-over from science into business and cited with gushing enthusiasm the insights of Edward O. Wilson. I’ve just finished reading Veran Allee’s book the Future of Knowledge. Her book is a pretty good …

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