33 thoughts on reading

  1. I will make time for reading, the way I make time for meals, or brushing my teeth.
  2. I will make an effort to carry a book with me at all times.
  3. I will read whatever interests me. I will read novels. I will read poems. I will read essays. I will read short stories. I will read memoirs. I will read magazines. I will read newspapers. I will read comic books. I will read self-help. I will read street signs. I will read ads. I will read instruction manuals. I will read old love letters. Etc.
  4. I will read whatever the hell I feel like. No guilty pleasures.
  5. I will try to clear my mind of expectations before I sit down to read. I will give each book a chance.
  6. I will turn off my fucking phone.
  7. I will be a good date, but I will not let an author waste my time.
  8. I will not finish books I don’t like.
  9. I will let boredom ring like a gigantic gong.
  10. I will throw a book across the room.
  11. I will read with a pencil. I will underline. I will dog ear. I will write in the margins.
  12. I will massacre a book if I need to.
  13. I will copy down favorite passages in my own hand, to know what writing the words feels like.
  14. I will re-read favorite books the way I watch favorite movies and play favorite records over and over.
  15. I will make lists of books I want to read.
  16. I will take a deep breath and understand that it is IMPOSSIBLE to read everything.
  17. I will toss “The Canon” out the window.
  18. I will keep a list of books I have read. I will share this list.
  19. When I find a book I love, I will shout about it from whatever mountaintops I have access to.
  20. When I find an author I truly adore, an author who makes my gutstrings vibrate, I will read everything they have written. Then I will read everything that they read.
  21. If I hate a book, I will keep my mouth shut.
  22. I will make liberal use of the phrase, “It wasn’t for me.”
  23. I will ask people what they are reading. I will take notes.
  24. I will keep stacks of unread books at the ready.
  25. The minute I finish a book, I will start a new one.
  26. I will go to the library. I will go to the bookstore. I will get lost in the stacks.
  27. I will read bibliographies. I will let one book lead me to another.
  28. If I need to read for information, I will browse and skim and Google book reviews.
  29. As often as I can, I will read out loud to someone I care about.
  30. I will not lend out a book if I ever want to see it again. If a friend asks to borrow a beloved book, I will buy and mail them a copy.
  31. I will not harbor the delusion that being a reader makes me a superior person.
  32. I will not suffer under the delusion that the act of reading alone makes me a better person.
  33. If I don’t feel like reading, I’ll go do something else. Maybe even — gasp! — watch TV.

Source: http://austinkleon.com/2014/10/17/33-thoughts-on-reading/

Sobre Big Data…

“(…) the reason why we need to understand data, (…) it helps us better understand how the world really works and the kind of vision we need to make as a company or an individual in order to make better decisions.”

“(…) people who are researchers, they are more satisfied with their performance when they’re paired with somebody who is a businessperson compared to when they work alone.”

“(…) every company’s a data company. Exactly. So I’m encouraging companies to think more bodily about their data science problems. Instead of thinking of it as solely a technology problem, you need to think about it as an education problem. Of educating not only the students of today, but even your front line staff needs to know something about statistics if they want to make sense of the reports they’re given.”

“(…) as a data scientist, (…) it’s always good to give them the answer and then tell them how you got there. I don’t like the black box method of consulting (…)”

“So I think of the whole notion of the Big Data world as consisting of two kinds of relationships you’ve gotta deal with. Relationships between or among variables you’re dealing with, and the relationships among people who work together to solve that problem.”

Boa entrevista sobre Big Data e perfil de data scientist no Hadooponomics: http://bluehillresearch.com/hadooponomics-the-secret-to-building-an-effective-team-of-data-scientists-podcast-transcript/

Good Bones

by Maggie Smith

Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine

in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,

a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways

I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least

fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative

estimate, though I keep this from my children.

For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.

For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,

sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world

is at least half terrible, and for every kind

stranger, there is one who would break you,

though I keep this from my children. I am trying

to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,

walking you through a real shithole, chirps on

about good bones: This place could be beautiful,

right? You could make this place beautiful.

Source: http://waxwingmag.org/items/Issue9/28_Smith-Good-Bones.php

Thank you notes…

Lemony Snicket’s Advice on Writing a Nice Thank-You Note:

1. Do not start with the thank you.

2. Start with any other sentence. If you first say, “Thank you for the nice sweater,” you can’t imagine what to write next. Say, “It was so wonderful to come home from school to find this nice sweater. Thank you for thinking of me on Arbor Day.”

3. Then you’re done.

I recommend learning how to write a very good thank-you note. A child who can write a nice thank-you note can turn into a cocaine dealer five years later and be remembered as the child who wrote nice thank-you notes.

Source: http://tumblr.austinkleon.com/post/146103670591

Achieving Mindfulness at Work, No Meditation Cushion Required

“…we need to actively think through problems in new ways to achieve innovative, elegant solutions. (…) The key to mindfulness is learning to look at the world in a more conditional way.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/jobs/achieving-mindfulness-at-work-no-meditation-cushion-required.html