[links] Link salad for a Double Ten

Reading Recommendation: Endurance, by Jay Lake — Brenda Cooper with a brief, positive review.

[info]garyomaha asks an interesting question about parenting

Dali interviewed by Mike Wallace — A bit of video from 1958.

Steve Jobs Was A Jerk. Good For Him.

Bruce Schneier On The Security Mirage — On the difference between feeling secure and being secure.

Terrorism Can’t be Taken out and Shot — On targeted assassinations and people who believe they’re fighting for God. Ah, the manifold benefits of absolute righteousness. Not to mention endless occupations of foreign countries.

Tea and empathy — Roger Ebert on the difference between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. Interesting, thoughtful read, as all of his posts are.

?otD: Got Sun Yat-Sen?


10/10/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.75 hours (1,700 words of outline plus WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Weight: 217.2
Currently reading: The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad for a Double Ten

  1. Hmm. I’m interested in your read on that Jobs article. Is the author of that article being tongue-in-cheek? Or is he really advocating for businesspeople to be more jerky? I’m not really clear, myself. A lot of the things he mentions seem pretty negative – but then he ties those factors back to Apple’s success and profitability, which he seems to praise, even as he uses rather two-faced language (like the word “jerk”) to describe the person who made it possible…

  2. Jay says:

    I don’t think he’s all that tongue-in-cheek. And it’s become pretty clear over the past few decades that sociopathy is highly rewarded in the American executive ranks. Being a jerk is just subclinical sociopathy, really.

    1. I agree that it’s pretty common that sociopathy is a rewarded attribute in certain upper echelons of business. But the reason I wasn’t sure on this particular article was the fact that the writer uses some pretty unflattering words – terms that in any normal conversation would be an insult. Combined with the praise, this was like a weird cognitive dissonance for me. And this from an MBA. (I have one, but my university was perhaps atypical in having a bit of a multiplicity of views represented in its student body – including as I recall a small/regional bank executive who was quite vociferous in his condemnation of Wall Street-style greed.)

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