A reporter takes photos on his iPad during the famine in Somalia
- I’m a total sucker for “A year in photos” tributes. The BBC picked 12 (including the famous White House Bin Laden Shot), the Guardian 16, and TIME has a series of tributes including “most surprising”, “best viral” and “best photos ….of photos”. Perhaps they should have also included these maps of languages used on twitter. The above image is from Reuters‘ collection, which I first saw when I read the photographer’s account of what happened when he took it. “I never know how to behave when I go to write about hungry people” he said. “He comes with an iPad, I come with a notebook. Both of us steal dignity and neither of us belong.”
- Tyler Cowen’s TEDx talk on how your life might be more of a mess than a story rather eloquently described what I have been thinking is true for some time now. He notes “We asked some people to describe their lives. And when asked to describe their lives, what’s interesting is how few people said, ‘mess’. It’s probably the best answer; I don’t mean that in a bad way. ‘Mess’ can be liberating, ‘mess’ can be empowering, ‘mess’ can be a way of drawing upon multiple strengths. But what people wanted to say was, “My life is a (story).”
- And in the spirit of NYE and resolutions, Penelope Trunk’s one paragraph guides to doing just about anything big – including getting a book deal, selling your company, launching a consumer product and changing careers. And I can vouch for that last one – her advice was exactly what I did.