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[link] “This isn’t Google and you’re not Sergey Brin.”

Startup.co: “This isn’t Google and you’re not Sergey Brin.”

The life of a startup founder is not for everyone. Prospective founders should understand the realities of startup life and do a gut check before jumping in.

Good startup business advice in this article.

Jakartan State of Mind

In Jakarta, you’ve got to be mindful that you don’t let the traffic get to you. The traffic only drives you crazy when you let it drive you crazy.

Really.

Though yes, unfortunately many if not most Jakartans let the traffic get to them. It doesn’t have to get to them though, really. And it doesn’t have to get to you, either.

[Now Playing: Billy Joel — “New York State of Mind”]


posted at Instagram, March 21, 2017 at 07:01AM

Violence

shitmystudentswrite:

Violence can only be justified in sports, and terrorism isn’t a sport.

By the way violence can be justified in sports, so long as the violence is encoded in the agreed upon rulebook.

Mixed Martial Arts is a sport, let the be no doubt. And as well olympic wrestling can be hazardously violent.

Just because it’s violent does not necessarily mean it’s unfair.

Check the rules. Play the rules. And know how to seek remedy when the opponent breaks the rules. Don’t be a pushover tool.

And fuck the cheaters.


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Originally posted on March 20, 2017 at 08:00PM. [Tumblr direct link]

When you’ve truly found your passion, not even your closest family or spouse can possibly understand what it is. And as much as they want to support you, to understand, they never will and they will subconsciously fight you. Every step of the way.

It is not their fault. It is not your fault. This battle will be fought anyway.

A thought after watching “Steve Jobs” (2015) just now on cable. DISCLAIMER: the above is just a theory, a gut feeling. Not proven empirically yet.

clientsfromhell: I’ve been a freelance writer for 21 years and a freelance book ghostwriter for 10,…

clientsfromhell:

I’ve been a freelance writer for 21 years and a freelance book ghostwriter for 10, and even I still make stupid mistakes… like giving clients a break on my fee. Never, ever do this. I had an author from the West Coast with a really interesting book idea and a comprehensive outline. Outlining is a big part of my task, so when he sent me the outline and asked if I might drop my price a bit, I said “What the hell.” First mistake. 

I should note that this gent is quite affluent, so he could have paid my fee with no trouble. 

Predictably, over the coming weeks, his entire outline got thrown out and we went back to square one.

Second mistake: I mentioned that I could throw together a quick book proposal for him if he wanted to seek a publisher. This turned into him guilting me into doing a full-length proposal, a project for which I usually charge $8,000. Did he offer to pay me for the extra work or even thank me for it? Perish the thought. 

Over the ensuing months, this hell-client managed to get me to edit speeches for him and even design a reader quiz, all without fee or even thanks, simply because I had established myself as a pushover to an author who was an entitled narcissist. The final straw was the seventh draft of an initial book chapter that we both agreed I absolutely crushed. It was perfect. No more changes needed. Until the next day when my client sent me a page of them. 

Your faithful idiot (me) went back to my contract and, to my horror, realized that when I had updated my work for hire agreement, I had removed the typical “three rounds of revisions” clause, leaving myself unprotected from the client’s endless changes. 

Camel’s. Back. Broken. I fired the client the next day, ate the remaining fees I had coming, and breathed a sigh of relief. To my knowledge, he’s still editing his chapter two months later. 

The moral of the story: we’re all susceptible to wanting to be kind, but to quote Admiral Akbar, it’s a trap. Clients who want to work with us can pay our full fees and pay us for any extra work. To do otherwise opens us up to being taken advantage of. In fact, I’m raising my fees. 

Yeah. Caveat emptor. My sympathies.


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Originally posted on March 19, 2017 at 09:17PM. [Tumblr direct link]

[BuzzFeed] This Far-Right Tweet About “The Future That Liberals Want” Backfired Into A Huge Meme

Buzzfeed: This Far-Right Tweet About “The Future That Liberals Want” Backfired Into A Huge Meme:

the future that liberals want

“Religious freedom, kicky daytime drag looks, and a robust public transit program? SIGN ME THE FUCK UP.”

 


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Originally posted on March 15, 2017 at 02:30AM. [Tumblr direct link]