In an article naming Ellison as a possible suitor for the Los Angeles Clippers, the Wall Street Journal dropped the following tidbit about the tech tycoon’s recreational habits:
The Oracle chief has had basketball courts on at least two of his yachts, said Tom Ehman, who handles America’s Cup matters for Mr. Ellison. He said Mr. Ellison liked to relax by shooting hoops on these courts, and has had someone in a powerboat following the yacht to retrieve balls that go overboard.
Apparently I do not understand being uber-rich at all, because I would have thought it’d be easier just to bring along some spare basketballs. But then I guess you wouldn’t get the satisfaction of barking, “Smithers, fetch me that roundball!” every time you laid another brick.
“The balance of power is shifting toward consumers and away from companies…the individual is empowered… The right way to respond to this if you are a company is to put the vast majority of your energy, attention and dollars into building a great product or service and put a smaller amount into shouting about it, marketing it. If I build a great product or service, my customers will tell each other….In the old world, you devoted 30% of your time to building a great service and 70% of your time to shouting about it. In the new world, that inverts.” “Your brand is formed primarily, not by what your company says about itself, but what the company does.”—A Dozen Things I have Learned from Jeff Bezos | 25iq
“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”—Michael Bloomberg, speaking to Jeremy W. Peters about his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation. (via parislemon)
Woman to sit in my bath tub full of ramen noodles (brooklyn)
Compensation: $175 PT
I will pay you $175 to sit in my bath tub full of ramen noodles wearing a bathing suit I will not be home, nor will anyone else while you do this. I will give you the keys while we meet, and you will go to my apartment thereafter. It will require a 30 minute soak. The noodles will be cooked and therefore slippery. Do not bring any sauce. I will season the sauce after I get home prior to dinner.
“Kahan calls this theory Identity-Protective Cognition: “As a way of avoiding dissonance and estrangement from valued groups, individuals subconsciously resist factual information that threatens their defining values.” Elsewhere, he puts it even more pithily: “What we believe about the facts,” he writes, “tells us who we are.” And the most important psychological imperative most of us have in a given day is protecting our idea of who we are, and our relationships with the people we trust and love.”—How politics makes us stupid - Vox
“In 2005, when Jobs began planning the iPhone, he had a choice to either “shrink the Mac, which would be an epic feat of engineering, or enlarge the iPod”. Jobs favored the former approach but pitted the Macintosh and iPod teams, led by Forstall and Tony Fadell, respectively, against each other in an internal competition. Forstall won that fierce competition to create iOS, and that strengthened his position in the company since all hardware executives required the support of Forstall’s software engineers in order to add features. Forstall was also responsible for creating a software developer’s kit for programmers to build iPhone apps, as well as an App Store within iTunes.”—