To Watch::Critic After Dark: Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener, 2013)

Plenty uttered

Never mind that it’s a comedy for adults, never mind that it’s understated yet grounded in everyday upper middle class life (sure it’s upper middle class–many of the houses onscreen could sell for over three hundred thousand, some considerably more, though James Gandolfini’s Albert still wears a shabby gray shirt and eats heavily buttered popcorn out of a bucket, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Eva still ogles the inside of some of her richer clients’ houses), never mind that director Nicole Holofcener seems less interested in the plot twist (Eva dates Albert, realizes one of her clients (Marianne, played with astringent insouciance by Catherine Keener) is Albert’s ex-wife) than in the softpedal interaction between the two middle-aged lovers–if you must take away one thing from the film it’s this: Gandolfini manages to make chubby sexy again.

via Critic After Dark: Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener, 2013).

Seth’s Blog: What are you seeking at work?

What are you seeking at work?Some people want safety and respect. They want to know what the work rules are, they want a guarantee that the effort required is both predictable and rewarded. They seek an environment where they won’t feel pushed around, surprised or taken advantage of.Other people want challenge and autonomy. They want the opportunity to grow and to delight or inspire the people around them. They seek both organizational and personal challenges, and they like to solve interesting problems.Without a doubt, there’s an overlap here, but if you find that your approach to the people around you isn’t resonating, it might because you’re giving your people precisely what they don’t want.Posted by Seth Godin on September 19, 2014

via Seth’s Blog: What are you seeking at work?.

How Much is 2.2 Billion?:::Will Senator Nancy Binay call on her dad to do the same? | Opinion | GMA News Online

How much is P2.2 billion?


In real numbers, just how much is P2.2 billion?


·       It is equivalent to providing PhilHealth benefits to 916,000 indigent families all over the country.


·       It is equivalent to providing full college scholarships to 5,500 financially underprivileged but deserving Filipino youth.


·       It is equivalent to providing low-cost housing to 14,000 indigent families all over the country.


As you can see, this staggering amount is enough to change the lives of so many Filipinos thus, the least we can expect from our government leaders from the President down to our barangay leaders is to use our hard-earned taxpayers’ money in a most effective and ethical way.

via Will Senator Nancy Binay call on her dad to do the same? | Opinion | GMA News Online.

Kenshin’s Third Movie Has Action Scenes that Will Leave You Awestruck

If you like Kenshin, see this movie. If you like anime, see this movie. If you’re curious about how to successfully adapt a work of fiction to film, see this movie. If you like sword-fighting action, see this movie. If you have a pulse, see this movie.

I guess what I am trying to say is this: See this movie.

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends was released in Japanese theaters on September 13, 2014. It will hit theaters in the Philippines on September 24, 2014. No other specific international release dates have been announced.

via Kenshin’s Third Movie Has Action Scenes that Will Leave You Awestruck.

The Work Required To Have An Opinion | Farnam Street

Li Lu recently reminded me that Charlie Munger used to say something along the lines of “You’re not entitled to take a view, unless and until you can argue better against that view than the smartest guy who holds that opposite view. If you can argue better than the smartest person who holds the opposite view, that is when you are entitled to hold a certain view.”

via The Work Required To Have An Opinion | Farnam Street.

Wish List: Google Nexus Note or Apple Note

I’ve used galaxy note by borrowing from friends who own one and am really impressed with it. My only real problem with the galaxy note is that samsung does software support like I do upper cut hook straight, which is not very well.

I believe I am of the class of users who know what they want and would rather just not use an incomplete device . I hate complaining too much about things except corruption that is.



iPhone 6 and Android value — Benedict Evans

How much of an impact will these new iPhones have on that segment? There are a bunch of reasons why someone would buy a high-end Android rather than an iPhone:

Their operator subsidies an Android but not an iPhone – this has now ended, with Apple adding distribution with all the last significant hold-outs (Sprint, DoCoMo, China Mobile)

They don’t particularly care what phone they get and the salesman was on more commission to sell Androids or, more probably, Samsungs that day (and iPhones the next, of course)

They have a dislike of Apple per se – this is hard to quantify but probably pretty small, and balanced by people with a dislike of Google

They are heavily bought into the Google ecosystem

They like the customizations that are possible with Android and that have not been possible with iOS until (to a much increased extent) iOS8 (more broadly, once could characterize this as ‘personal taste’)

They want a larger screen.

Splitting these out, the first has largely gone, the second is of little value to an ecosystem player and nets out at zero (i.e. Apple gains as many indifferent users as it loses) and the third is small. Apple has now addressed the fifth and sixth, and the massive increase in third-party attach points means that Google’s ecosystem (and Facebook’s incidentally) can now push deep into iOS – if Google chooses to do so.

That is, with the iPhone 6 and iOS8, Apple has done its best to close off all the reasons to buy high-end Android beyond simple personal preference. You can get a bigger screen, you can change the keyboard, you can put widgets on the notification panel (if you insist) and so on. Pretty much all the external reasons to choose Android are addressed – what remains is personal taste.

Amongst other things, this is a major cull of Steve Jobs’ sacred cows – lots of these are decisions he was deeply involved in. No-one was quicker than Steve Jobs himself to change his mind, but it’s refreshing to see so many outdated assumptions being thrown out.

via iPhone 6 and Android value — Benedict Evans.

Trying To Find The Sweet Spot Where Happiness and Passion Fuse

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