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  • Karen shared from a Personal Document
    My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s … negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people. —Steve Jobs
    Note: a quote from Steve Jobs...
  • Karen shared from The Watchman: A Joe Pike Novel by Robert Crais
    A big man, but not a giant. More average in size than not. With the sleeves covering his arms, and his face turned away, he seemed heartbreakingly normal, which made her love him even more. A superman risked nothing, but an average man risked everything.
    Note: Joe Pike. Average superman.
  • Karen shared from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    Let us imagine that you are in a race with a tortoise. The tortoise has a ten-yard head start. In the time it takes you to run that ten yards, the tortoise has maybe moved one yard. And then in the time it takes you to make up that distance, the tortoise goes a bit farther, and so on forever. You are faster than the tortoise but you can never catch him; you can only decrease his lead. “Of course, you just run past the tortoise without contemplating the mechanics involved, but the question of how you are able to do this turns out to be incredibly complicated, and no one really solved it until...
  • Karen shared from Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret Macmillan
    Memories of past greatness, a conviction of the superiority of French civilization, resentment of Anglo-Saxon prosperity and fears of Germany did not make the French easy to deal with.
    Note: written about post WWI France. You decide if anything's changed...
  • Karen shared from High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella (Kindle Single) by Lee Child
    The brunette said, “The Ramones might be at CBGB. Or Blondie.” Reacher said, “I’ll go if you go.
    Note: "NYC in the 70's" peeps...sound familiar?
  • Karen shared from Catching Fire (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2) by Suzanne Collins
    the floor and the ceiling, musicians float on what look like fluffy white clouds, but I can’t see what holds them aloft. Traditional dining tables have been replaced by innumerable stuffed sofas and chairs, some surrounding fireplaces, others beside fragrant flower gardens or ponds filled with exotic fish, so that people can eat and drink and do whatever they please in the utmost comfort. There’s a large tiled area in the center of the room that serves as everything from a dance floor, to a stage for the performers who come and go, to another spot to mingle with the flamboyantly dressed guests....
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  • Karen shared from The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy by Bill Simmons
    (I grew up in a sports world that had seven certainties: you weren’t stopping Kareem’s sky hook, you weren’t covering Rice with one guy, you weren’t blocking LT with one guy, you couldn’t let Gretzky hang behind the net on a power play, you weren’t sacking Marino, you weren’t getting Boggs to chase a bad pitch and you weren’t stopping Magic on a three-on-one.)
    Note: yup!
  • Karen shared from Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion by Roger Angell
    We might suddenly realize, for instance, that baseball is the only team sport in which the scoring is not done with the ball. In hockey, football, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and the rest of them, the ball or its equivalent actually scores or is responsible for the points that determine the winner. In baseball, the score is made by the base runner—by the man down there, just crossing the plate—while the ball, in most cases, is a long way off, doing something quite different. It’s a strange business, this unique double life going on in front of us, and it tells us a lot about this unique...
    Note: never thought of it this way...