I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.

Roald Dahl (via kateordie)

Recent podcasts

In case you haven’t noticed, I have a few new podcasts that have been chugging along nicely. If you like my past work at DrunkAndRetired (OK, it’s not officially “done,” but we sure as shit don’t do much there anymore) you’ll like these two:

Both are in iTunes (or soon will be), so you can find them there, listen to them on the web, or subscribe to the RSS feed above. Hopefully you’ll like them, and it’d be nice to hear what you think.

Digging behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, Carr explores the hidden costs of allowing software to take charge of our jobs and our lives. Drawing on history and philosophy, poetry and science, he makes a compelling case that the dominant Silicon Valley ethic is sapping our skills and narrowing our horizons.

Blurb from Nicholas Carr’s upcoming book, The Glass Cage

Google IO people, London edition

From Tim Anderson on the London IO viewing party:

I found the demographics different than most IT events I attend: a younger crowd, and plenty of start-ups and very small businesses, not at all enterprisey (is that a word?)

That’s, as always, the thing to track: is Google changing to get into the enterprise, or is the enterprise going to have to change if they want to make use of Google?

Google IO people, London edition