Each year he gives $3,000 to the employee with the most spectacular failure. His theory is that to be successful, you have to take risks. More often than not, spectacular risk ends in spectacular failure, but when it doesn’t? Magic.
The Wall Street Journal has a column on Sacramento’s Kevin Johnson and his bid for a “strong mayor,” setup for Sacramento that allows him more authority than the current situation where he is basically just one more city council member.
The article is incredibly weighted towards him and his ideas with just minor quotes from two dissenting city council members buried at the end.
This is a local issue that is going to play out nationally because of Johnson’s star power. Let’s see if it works for him. I think it will, as it will draw in money to support his cause.
Yesterday’s NY Times had an article about Cormac McCarthy’s typewriter being auctioned off for charity. I read the article because I enjoy his work and like to read basically anything about him. He’s typed all of his books on this simple Olivetti portable typewriter that he bought from a pawnshop in Knoxville in 1963.
Then I ran across this post from George Tannenbaum about how the fact that McCarthy has written about 5 million words on this simple typewriter shows that ideas don’t come from tools. Doesn’t matter how much RAM your Macbook has or how cool the cover of your Moleskine looks, ideas don’t come from the tools.
Since my job is mostly based on ideas, looks like I’ll still be needed for awhile.