Fly on the Wall: “37signals. They rock the party that rocks the body.” 20 Jul 2006
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Some of the activity this week at our internal 37signals Campfire chat room:
Rocking your body
We discussed the kind words of this post which included the following: “So yeah. 37signals. They rock the party that rocks the body.” 37signals rocks your body?! Yet another similarity between JF and JT (Justin Timberlake):
Lost Larry King columns
We discussed the need to write quickly in order to get ideas down which led to a discussion of Larry King’s unique writing style. Soon we were posting snippets from Larry King’s Lost USA TODAY Columns. Man, this stuff is golden. Samples:
“If you don’t love limes, then you have a screw loose.”…”If I could buy stock in a color, that color would be olive.”…”Only now after his death do I realize the importance of Jacques Cousteau”…”I am personally opposed to cloning, except in the case of Ann-Margret.”…”As terrific as clouds look in the sky, I believe they look even better from above in an airplane.” “At the top of my list of underrated river is: the Thames.”…”Anyone who doesn’t enjoy creamed corn is just being difficult.”
That Ann-Margret bit led to a story: She went to New Trier High School. So did Jason’s dad. Same age. They were “walk down the aisle partners” at graduation.
David’s road trip has brought him out to LA and he’s noticing that lips get looser the further west you go. “People in general seem more outgoing and interested in striking up random conversations…The more you go east, the less that seems to be the case ;)…Chicago definitely less so and, personally, I found NY even less as well…Until you hit Denmark where random conversation never happens ;)”
“What do your bare feet say?”
Jamis asked his daughter, “What do your bare feet say?” She answered “Rowrrr!” Pretty good answer. Is this some sort of trick question or what though?
“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” You can seee this and other quotes Jason digs at this Backpack page.
You may think Jason wants less of everything. You would be wrong. “For the record, if you squeeze one lime into a glass of Sprite it makes it like 10x better,” he writes. “The right lymon balance is the key. And that balance requires MORE LIME.”
The question of marriage
Ryan found this quote from a Barry Schwartz podcast fascinating:
People could always choose whether to marry. And they could always choose, having decided to marry, whether to end the marriage. And they could always choose whether and when to have children. In the old days however, although these choices were available, the default assumption was so powerful that most people didn’t feel like there was any choice. There was a choice of mate but after that the program just ran its course. You got married as soon as you could. You started having kids as soon as you could. It’s obvious that none of that is true anymore in our society. Should I marry or shouldn’t I? Should I marry now or should I marry later? Should I have children or shouldn’t I? Should I have them now or should I have them later? Each and every one of these decisions is a very consequential decision and a very real one, at least in the minds of the students that I teach. Enough so that the amount of work I assign in my courses is about two thirds what it used to be because they need to spend a significant portion of their lives answering questions that I didn’t realize were questions when I was their age.