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Graham Spencer
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An awesome cover of the Gang of Four's Not Great Men by a female Japanese bell troupe. I love how serious they are and how baffled the audience is. Song starts at 0:46
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Why Rob Delaney Bought Some Stocks Yesterday j.mp/pklbIQ
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"It is clear that the origins of the debt ceiling crisis are to be sought, not in generic American conservatism, but in idiosyncratic Southern conservatism. The goal, the methods and the passion of the Tea Party in the House are all characteristic of the radical Southern right."
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Historical data suggests that cutting deficits reduces real output and increases unemployment:

"In a recent study of 173 fiscal-policy changes in rich countries from 1978 to 2009, economists from the IMF found that cutting a country’s budget deficit by 1% of GDP typically reduces real output by about two-thirds of a percentage point and raises the unemployment rate by one-third of a percentage point."
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That's nothing more than the credit impulse effect in action: "the change in aggregate demand is the sum of the change in income plus the acceleration of debt". Reduce debt and you will be subtracting from the aggregate demand (GDP).

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"The mix of spending cuts and tax increases that Mr. Obama is offering is quite close to, or perhaps even a little to the right of, what the average Republican voter wants, let alone the average American... There is a larger ideological gap between House Republicans and Republican voters than there is between Republican voters and Democratic ones."
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Americans are supposed to be pragmatic :-) At least that was our impression...
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Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.

-Vic
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Excellent concepts only work well if the fine details are well polished. The most important job of the main product defender. JSO
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"Our houses will be covered in hieroglyphs—machine-hieroglyphs, not legible as much as they are optically recognizable."
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My wife's great grandfather visited Edison - "certainly the most pitiful clothes of all of his workers" http://bit.ly/pl8ZuT
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Parrots name their babies.
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Very interesting. Thanks for sharing, Graham!
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Don't forget to teach your kids the all-important chain saw handling skills.
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    computer scientist, present
  • Excite
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I'm a technology entrepreneur working at Google Ventures. I started Excite with five friends in 1993 and sold it to @Home in 1998. After Excite, Joe Kraus and I founded DigitalConsumer.org. Joe and I started JotSpot and sold that company to Google in 2006. I currently serve on the board of the Santa Fe Institute.

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