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Hope you had a great weekend!  I had my post for today already figured out but then I read two articles this morning that I wanted to share.

The first is this article from the New York Times Style Magazine.  It’s about David Karp’s (the founder and CEO fo Tumblr, of course) South Williamsburg (hey! that’s where I live!) loft . . . but it goes a little beyond that to talk about technology companies based in NY versus the ones based in Palo Alto (the mecca of tech companies as I’m sure you know).

First off, his loft is pretty freaking amazing.

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Tin ceilings will always remind me of the house we lived in, in PA.  Such a cool effect.

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I love how he describes the style, “The materials and methods are genuinely old: the reclaimed oak that dominates the living room comes from an old dairy farm in Pennsylvania, and the brick and concrete have aged with the building. “It’s very open and honest,” he says of the design. “Everything is exposed, and you can see all the connections.” Switching metaphors, he compares the home to the design of classic motorcycles, one of Karp’s obsessions, which are naked machines, all working parts exposed. Above all, Karp’s home is about as different as it is possible to be, style-wise, from the tech palaces of the West, or the smart homes of the 1990s that were once supposed to be the future.”

Eventhough our apartment is spotless a majority of the time we still have unorganized cabinets and closets.  Kills me to think of it but that’s just how you live when you are on-the-go nonstop and live in 800 square feet.  I hope to some day have a home where everything is just “open and honest” and minimalistic and organized.

Tumblr is such an organic technology (does that make sense?).  Its kind of refreshing to know what the founder lives this way.  The article continues, “In the popular imagination, tech leaders don’t live this way. They inhabit some kind of indistinct place, defined less geographically than temporally, for the technologist is meant to live slightly ahead of the rest of us. One imagines Google’s Sergey Brin spending his days encased in advanced wearable technology, orbiting the earth in a driverless spaceship, landing only to introduce humanity to new products from the mother ship. On the West Coast, the credible technologist simply must use devices and materials more advanced than the masses use. One wouldn’t want to be caught lugging around an old Dell laptop, or, God forbid, a BlackBerry. Karp’s style may not fit the public’s idea of homo futurus, but it is perfectly consistent with the image of New York’s tech industry. New York tech, where Tumblr is based, is distinguished from its Silicon Valley cousin less by technical merit, and more by its design aesthetic and its close relationship with the creativity and culture of the city itself. While still small, New York has had legitimate hits and is now being taken increasingly seriously.”

Its pretty interesting the perspective he has on Palo Alto and the tech industry in general, “Nonetheless, Karp, who admits “we’ve got a ton to prove,” is optimistic about New York tech over the long run. “Historically, single-industry cities eventually collapse,” he says, referring to Silicon Valley and effectively throwing down the gauntlet. “It’s the New Yorks, the Londons, the cities that have multiple industries, that are able to survive.” That’s what history teaches, he says, but “it’s really easy to forget that when you’re at the forefront of whatever industry.”

Anyway . . . kind of found the whole article fascinating so take a look if you get a chance.

Up next is an article written by Kate Bartolotta for the Huffington Post.  It’s titled, “How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps”.  The whole premise of the article is “We chase this idea of “I will be happy when… ”

It KILLS me when people are miserable for no reason (or a stupid reason . . . which would include anything other than loosing a loved one or a limb . . . in my opinion).  I try to be as positive as humanly possible . . . its hard people . . . but certainly do-able. 

Here are a few of my favorite tips she calls out in the article.

3. Look at the stars.

It won’t fix the economy. It won’t stop wars. It won’t give you flat abs, or better sex or even help you figure out your relationship and what you want to do with your life. But it’s important. It helps you remember that you and your problems are both infinitesimally small and conversely, that you are a piece of an amazing and vast universe. I do it daily — it helps.

6. Learn to apologize.

Not the ridiculous, self-deprecating apologizing for who you are and for existing that some people seem to do (what’s up with that, anyway?). The ability to sincerely apologize — without ever interjecting the word “but” — is an essential skill for living around other human beings. If you are going to be around other people, eventually you will need to apologize. It’s an important practice.

8. Be kind.

Kurt Vonnegut said it best (though admittedly, and somewhat ashamedly — I am not a Vonnegut fan): “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.'” Kindness costs us nothing and pays exponential dividends. I can’t save the whole world. I can’t bring peace to Syria. I can’t fix the environment or the health care system, and from the looks of it, I may end up burning my dinner. But I can be kind. If the biggest thing we do in life is to extend love and kindness to even one other human being, we have changed the world for the better. That’s a hell of a lot more important than flat abs in my book.

Happy Monday!

Written by bevanddara

September 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

Posted in Dara, Dara's Tid Bits

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