Worth Sharing #13

June 20, 2016

How I Work

I’ve been doing some serious “digital decluttering” lately. It’s amazing how much cruft one accumulates in the digital domain. The digital world brings many advantages over the physical one, but the fact it is unseen means we’re not reminded of its existence by a physical presence. And while digital purging is easy compared to its physical version, so is gathering. In this process of decluttering I’ve had to review my work methods: what I use to bookmark items of interest, how often I review what I’ve saved for later, and how I take notes and organize them.

I’ve compiled some of the details on how I work over here. It’s a bit sparse now but I plan to update it periodically alongside my /now page.

Weekly Car Crush: Lamborghini Jalpa

What a great little car from Lamborghini. It’s shockingly diminutive. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s likely due to its low production numbers — only 410 were made from 1981 to 1988. To me it looks like Lamborghini took influence from the BMW M1 (1978–1981) in the design department. The Jalpa is a classic 1980s wedge shape, a great design in my opinion (see also the original Lotus Esprit). I especially like the Jalpa’s fender flares. But like most pre-90s exotics the interior quality is questionable in the fit and finish department. The dash design is wonderfully boxy but the soft materials are lacking. Today its performance is a bit embarrassing (0–60 MPH in 6.2 seconds, 1/4 mile in 15.4 seconds) but the 3.5L V8 sounds incredible.

For further exploration: a 1985 Lamborghini Jalpa at Bring A Trailer and a different 1985 Lamborghini Jalpa on YouTube.

Weekly Quote

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

—Marthe Troly-Curtin

Often misattributed to Bertrand Russell and John Lennon (among others), this quote first appeared in “Phrynette Married” by Marthe Troly-Curtin, published in 1912.

I really like this quote. To me it means to take a step back from the constant focus of “doing” and just enjoy life. But do so deliberately. Live life deliberately. Don’t drift along. Live in the moment. When you are focused on “getting things done” then do so. And when you are relaxing (i.e. wasting time), truly commit your focus to doing so.