Looked at the right way, this could be good news!

I came across this article a few days ago. The Ticktock of the Death Clock – NYTimes.com. Yes a depressing topic. The author muses on the wonderful internet resource DeathClock.com which purports to tell you, to the second, when you will die. Hah Hah funny.

Oddly though the article turns this topic into a positive and constructive messasge. Once the author sees that according to DeathClock.com he only has 18 years to go, he ups and quits his job:

Yes, just like that. Call me crazy. I worked as an editor and, ironically, my soon-to-be-former boss had once given me a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,” suggesting I needed to act more on impulse than rationality. I had previously underlined this particular section: “Decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately.

I skipped by the article online, came back the next day, read it again. Still I didn’t have the ‘nerve’ to visit DeathClock.com.

Realizing that 90% of what you find on the web is created by a pimply brazillian teenager working in the middle of the night (nothing against pimples) you know that you can’t take something like DeathClock.com seriously. Still it took me a few more days to visit DeathClock.com. And you know it didn’t depress me at all, it instead served as a kick in the pants to do more of the things that I love to do, and, as it says in the bible (?) “Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today!”

That’s my message to you, too.

Great production of “All My Sons” in Boston

I’ve been a subscriber at the Huntington Theater for years and years now and this new play is the best one by far this season and one of the best in the last few years.

“All My Sons” by Arthur Miller, at the Huntington Theater in Boston, MA, USA

I have to say that the productions at the Huntington recently have been uneven at best. I don’t know whether my tastes have changed or whether something’s different but I more often leave with a “meh” than with a “yay!”.

Last night was a Yay! I recommend going to the Huntington Theater in Boston to see “All My Sons”

Zappos Rule

I don’t own or buy many shoes. Recently I needed to replace a shoe and visited my previously favorite shoe store, twice (they had to get the right size from the other store, or something…) but left not satisfied. This is a really good store, but they  didn’t have what I needed

Also, I found that, like salesmen everywhere, they made up stories to explain a price differential (“it’s more expensive because it has goretex”) or tried to convince me to take an ill-fitting shoe (“you can just cut the toe off the removable insert and it will be perfect.”)

Enter Zappos, which I wanted to try for a while. With their encouragement, when I couldn’t decide between two brands, I ordered both. I received them about 24 hours after I ordered them. They are both on my feet right now so I can try them in a real world environment (yeah, wearing two different brands at the same time – real world.) Once I decide, I will ship back the other paid and, with less effort, and more choice, indeed I am happier.

Zappos: huge selection, free shipping both ways, good web site, and great (although perhaps a tad too chipper) customer service. Nice. Too bad I buy shoes only once every 2 or 3 years 🙂