Archive for May, 2009

Give away your knowledge

May 30, 2009

It’s not what you know, and it’s not even who you know. It’s how much knowledge you give away. Hoarding knowledge diminishes your power because it diminishes your presence.

Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger

Writing concisely is scary!

May 25, 2009

Recently I wrote a report. I passed its first draft to a colleague who recommended removing a lot of the text. As I proceeded to discard text I became increasingly scared, “Oh my, I have astonishingly little to say.”

It ended up being a very short report. But every word was informative and necessary – there was no “filler” in it. I was pleased with the end result.

Now, I am determined to discard all text that’s not needed. I will fight my fear of having little to say.

How do carrots get their shape?

May 23, 2009

As I was peeling a carrot today it occurred to me, “How do carrots get their shape – thick at the top and then tapering off?” Does anyone know how carrots get their shape?