A Productivity Lesson from the Prison Debate Team that Defeated Harvard

Cal Newport writing on the prison debate Team that defeated Harvard:

Removing the prison team’s access to the Internet made their debate preparation harder, but because it forced them to focus without distraction on exactly what they wanted to say and how to say it best, it also produced better results.

More fodder for the digital vs. analog debate forever raging in my poor brain.

(Via Cal Newport » Blog)

Attention K-Mart Shoppers: The Musakal

Someone has uploaded K-Mart’s in-store Musak from the late 80s and early 90s:

OK, I have to admit this this is a strange collection. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, I worked for Kmart behind the service desk and the store played specific pre-recorded cassettes issued by corporate. This was background music, or perhaps you could call it elevator music. Anyways, I saved these tapes from the trash during this period and this video shows you my extensive, odd collection.

We all remember it, but it has become such a cliche that it almost seems too weird to have been real.

Automation is the future.

I’ve been thinking about the purpose of having a self-hosted blog and a Tumblr.

Part of me wants to just write on Tumblr and forget the hassle of having another blog. Sure would be cheaper, and there are few other platforms that make it so easy to get writing up on the Internet.

Maybe they can work together.

This post is to test that theory.