Elevators

Elevators in two story buildings shouldn't have buttons inside the car. If there's only one option, to go up from the ground floor, or to go down from the top floor, then there's no need for a button. Close the doors and go.
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What is your time worth?

This morning I stopped at a gas station to fill up my tank and found that the gas pump would not allow me to buy the grade of gas that I wanted. I was forced to pump gas that was 10 cents more expensive.

I have a mild fixation on gas prices, so my first reaction was to reset the pump and try my transaction again. No go — only the more expensive gas was available.

Fine, I said to myself, I’ll just buy a few gallons here, and fill up the rest of my tank later, at a station that will allow me to buy cheaper gas.

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You know you’re old when…

...you're watching All The President's Men, and instead of identifying with the young, ambitious, aggressive reporters, you identify with the wise but grizzled, old editor who pulls out a red pen and marks up their article.
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How to start making art

You’ve heard or read how satisfying it can be to create something. You’ve enjoyed viewing other people’s art and then told yourself, that might be interesting to try. You’ve scoffed at former President Bush’s paintings, then seethed in jealousy that he’s actually doing something that he loves to do.

So what is stopping you from creating art yourself? How do you start making art?

Well, first, remove the primary impediment — your own self doubt. There’s no reason why you can’t create something, and there’s no reason why you should be telling yourself otherwise. If you’re intimidated by the concept of “creating” or “art,” then don’t call it that.

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Routines with flavor

It’s easy to conclude that an organized life is one that is less chaotic. That if a person takes time to evaluate their day-to-day activities, and organize them into easily repeated routines, then there is less danger of suffering from the stress of unpredictable events. But what happens when we become so organized, so regimented in our routines, that we lose the excitement that comes from unexpected events? Do organized people have less fun?

No, not necessarily. A person who has ritualized aspects of their daily activities can free up the other parts of their lives for more enjoyable activities. Legend has it that Albert Einstein had a closet full of identical outfits so that he didn’t have to waste time deciding what to wear.

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