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November 27, 2009

Identifying Pleasurability

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  • Product generates good feelings
  • Product sustains good feelings
  • Product puts a smile on users face
  • Product is fun to use, delightful, exciting
  • Product feels good, works well, joy to own
  • Interface friction is minimal


[…] we most enjoy life when we’re presented with – or seek out – manageable but creative challenges that tap into our individual curiosities and interests – challenges that give us immediate feedback for our improvement and success – by Mark


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November 26, 2009

Quake in flash

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It has begun. 3D in flash is now a standard.

Update: Source code

November 25, 2009

If Not Now, When?

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[…] there’s never a right time — for anything. There’s no right time, because there’s no time (and usually no money, either).

[…] Put off taking vacations and going out to dinner with your spouse, and you won’t create those memories and points of connection that glue a relationship and family together. Put off exercise, and you may irreversibly damage your health.


Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. – Goethe

[…] You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus.

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
If you don’t ask the answer is always no.
If you don’t step forward you’re always in the same place.

by Mitch

[…] Mastery is the 10,000 hours it takes to get to day one.

[…] It doesn’t cost much to start – just time

[…] You have your youth only once

  1. Start. its the only way you will know!
  2. Find ac concept you are passionate aboout
  3. Start lean
  4. Take risks. Be bold. Make a difference!

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November 24, 2009

English Shellcode

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One step closer to the yoda language!

generate English shell code [PDF]

“In this paper we revisit the assumption that shell code need be fundamentally different in structure than non-executable data. Specifically, we elucidate how one can use natural language generation techniques to produce shell code that is superficially similar to English prose. We argue that this new development poses significant challenges for in-line payload-based inspection (and emulation) as a defensive measure, and also highlights the need for designing more efficient techniques for preventing shell code injection attacks altogether.”

ASCII representation of the phrase “Shake ShakeShake!” is byte-equivalent to the following sequence of Intelinstructions: push %ebx; push “ake “; push %ebx; push”ake “; push %ebx; push “ake!”.


November 19, 2009

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs vs The Startup Pyramid

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Can you spot the difference?


Cost of happiness

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An Australian economist has put a prize tag on your life events.

woman – £8, 726.25 man – £17, 675.68

Birth of child
woman – £ 4, 866.77 man – £18, 236.39

woman – £4, 977.08 (loss) man – £61, 116.46 (loss)

Death of a loved one
woman£73, 204.86 (loss) man – £350, 830.36 (loss)

woman – £28, 124.61(loss) man – £201, 264.68 (loss)

Moving house
woman – £1, 453.80 (gain) man – £8, 947.11 (loss)

November 13, 2009

Audit Your Energy

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Dead obvious things you ought to be doing instead…
  1. I don’t regularly get 7 to 8 hours of sleep and I often wake up feeling tired.
  2. I frequently skip breakfast, or I settle for something that isn’t particularly healthy.
  3. I don’t work out enough, meaning cardiovascular training at least 3 times a week and strength training at least once a week.
  4. I don’t take regular breaks during the day to renew and recharge, and I often eat lunch at my desk.
  5. I frequently find myself feeling irritable, impatient or anxious at work, especially when demand is high.
  6. I don’t have enough time for my friends and family, and when I’m with them, I’m rarely “with them”.
  7. I take too little time for the activities that I most deeply enjoy.
  8. I rarely stop to express my appreciation to others, or to savor and celebrate my accomplishments and blessings.
  9. I have difficulty focusing on one thing at a time and I’m easily distracted during my day, especially by email.
  10. I spend much of my time reacting to immediate demands, rather than focusing on activities with long-term value and higher leverage.
  11. I don’t take enough time for reflection, strategizing and thinking creatively.
  12. I work in the evenings and/or the weekends and I rarely take a vacation free of work.
  13. I spend too little time at work doing what I do best and enjoy the most.
  14. There are significant gaps between what I say is important in my life and how I actually live.
  15. My decisions at work are more often influenced by external demands than by a strong, clear sense of my own purpose.
  16. I don’t invest enough time or energy in making a positive difference to others or in the world.

PS. Video parameters “&w=800&h=500&fmt=18″

Via Marelisa

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November 12, 2009


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“Whenever you review your past, you are creating into the future. Therefore it is wise to erase and edit your personal history. Creating the future is to release the past.” – Charles Koh

Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because the regret is stronger than gratitude.

How many regrets sound familliar to you?

  1. Saying hurtful words during a heated argument.
  2. Placing too much value on things.
  3. Being too committed to a job.
  4. Focusing so much on the future that you forget to live.
  5. Not showing up when invited.
  6. Discouraging others from following their dreams.
  7. Using the word love when you don’t mean it.
  8. Taking too few pictures of life’s happy moments.
  9. Not listening during the know-it-all phase.
  10. Holding a grudge.
  11. Being too prideful to say “I’m sorry.”
  12. Being too afraid to take a chance.
  13. Accepting others beliefs as your own.
  14. Crying over spilled milk.
  15. Speaking faster than you think.
  16. Overprotecting children.
  17. Neglecting friends for lovers.
  18. Acting based on past hurts and pains.
  19. Gossiping.
  20. Telling lies.
  21. Doing anything that you have to lie about.
  22. Being an enabler.
  23. Tossing out memories of past relationships.
  24. Choosing a job or career for the wrong reasons.
  25. Neglecting your body.
  26. Not speaking up.
  27. Losing sight of the fact that life is supposed to be fun.
  28. Not expressing your feelings to loved ones.
  29. Holding back the tears.
  30. Saying yes when you want to say no.
  31. Borrowing things that you can’t pay back.
  32. Not caring for your elderly parents the same way they cared for you.
  33. Following all the rules.
  34. Sticking to the plan.
  35. Not saying thank you.
  36. Taking for granted those dearest to your heart.
  37. Impulse shopping.
  38. Trying to do it all.
  39. Worrying too much.
  40. Remaining in a relationship for the kids (or for money, security, etc).
  41. Knowingly causing harm to another person (emotionally or physically).
  42. Forgetting to take care of your inner self.
  43. Giving up.
  44. Leaving (jobs, relationships, family) on bad terms.
  45. Teaching children what to think instead of teaching them how to think.
  46. Jumping into a relationship because of everything you like about a person.
  47. Sheltering your heart too much after it has been broken.
  48. Only doing what seems rational.
  49. Betraying a friend.
  50. Making promises that you cannot, or will not, keep.
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November 11, 2009

Motivation is important

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Make a product that costumers will actually use. Make the right thing easy and make the wrong thing hard.

You want your users to party because of you without you.



Four Reasons Why Motivation Is Important

  1. Motivation helps you get started.
  2. Motivation helps you keep moving.
  3. Motivation makes you do more than necessary.
  4. Motivation makes the journey fun.

How to Motivate Yourself

  1. Have a cause
  2. Have a dream. A big dream.
  3. Be hungry
  4. Run your own race – The only one you need to beat is you
  5. Take one more step
  6. Let go of the past

Reasons for demotivation

  1. Lack of energy
  2. Lack of clarity
  3. You’re doing too much
  4. Your system doesn’t work
  5. You’re trying to function at 100%

Update: See more at sellsbrothers.

See also: Making Mistakes Impossible

“Make the customer the hero of your story.” — Ann Handley

November 8, 2009

Pursuit of happiness

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Here is how you could go about defining happiness:

  1. you need something to do
  2. you need somebody to love
  3. you need something to wait for

Here is a kicker:

Money makes you most happy if you don’t spend it on yourself.


Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.


What everyone wants from life is continuous and genuine happiness.


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.


Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.


There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.


Secrets of Happy People

  1. Forget the past
  2. Take responsibility for your life
  3. Build relationships
  4. Develop multiple passions
  5. Build your character
  6. Be who you are
  7. Live your life purpose
  8. Count your blessing
  9. Have positive mind
  10. Work creatively
  11. Start with what you have
  12. Change
  13. Use your talents
  14. Beware of small things
  15. Distill your ambitions
  16. Make others happy
  17. Practice compassion

Random thoughts to make it last:

Say “I love you.” Often
Make your spouse a priority. The kids will move away eventually.
Talk about shared memories
Have a time for just the two of you at least once a week.
Say, “I am sorry”
Say, “I forgive you”
Schedule sex if need be.
Say something nice every day.
Brag about your spouse to your friends, when your spouse can hear you.
Focus on the positives
Compliment one another

Sometimes you have to wait. It’s how you spend that time that makes the difference.

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November 5, 2009

Never get to the floor

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November 2, 2009

Fine without you now

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So what’s up? This video actually says it all.


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