Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.– Mark Twain
Things are pretty… but until they speak to the imagination, not yet...– RW Emerson
Nutrition Tips from a 4th Grader
I went to go read to my 4th grade buddy at lunch today, and we were filling out a get-to-know-each-other worksheet. the following conversation ensued...
me: let's see here... what's your favorite food?
buddy: scrambled eggs!
me: ooh. good choice.
buddy: what's your favorite food? i know it's really hard to pick just one.
me: i know! it's a tough choice. i think i might have to go with chocolate chip cookies.
buddy: (staring at me somewhat judgmentally) um, that's not very healthy.
me: you're right...
buddy: maybe you should think about choosing something else. like maybe a vegetable.
me: how about apples?
buddy: yes. much better!
conversations with a new dentist
me (on the phone): hi! one of my coworkers recommended you guys, and i have a toothache. i'd like to make an appointment as a new patient.
receptionist: great. do you know what kind of insurance you have?
me: not really.
receptionist: hm. okay. well, we can figure that out later.
receptionist: great. and you know the location of the office?
me: yeah! 18th and 6th
me: ohhhh. right. the location of YOUR office. not MY office.
receptionist: umm, yeah.
me: right. why would you need to know where my office is...
receptionist: (laughing so hard at me that she's having trouble speaking) right.
me: well, as much as i'd like to attribute that comment to my toothache, i'm afraid i probably cant.
receptionist: (still laughing) can't wait to see you at 11:45.
Warm Showers, Friction, and Failure: Jonah Lehrer... →
…it’s precisely the connections between unlikely people and things that make creativity happen, Lehrer argues in the book. The New Yorker writer, Wired contributing editor and author of Proust Was A Neuroscientist and How We Decide, breaks down the creative process from brain level to corporate level and illustrates how new ideas are sparked when people and companies are able to think and...