Greatest of all time.
Jim Thorpe, age 24, at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.
Born on Indian territory to parents of mixed ancestry, Thorpe won gold in the pentathlon and the decathlon, dominating eight of the fifteen events.
He was later was stripped of both medals when it was revealed that he had played professional baseball before the Olympics. After the games, he played professional football, baseball, and basketball until the age of 41, when the Great Depression ended his athletic career.
“Someone had stolen his shoes just before he won his gold. He found a mismatched pair in a trash bin and wore extra socks because one shoe was too big.”
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Love the fuck you attitude
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9 year old Caine sets up an arcade in his father’s used car parts store in East L.A., using only cardboard boxes his dad had lying around and a ton of ingenuity. Watch his dreams come true when this filmmaker sets up a flash mob to come and play.
Just watching this may make you a better person.
$82,000 has already been raised for Caine’s scholarship fund!
Best 10 minutes I’ve spent recently.
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Dixon Galvez-Searle writes:
How do I come up with ideas? I work on them. Let me be clear; the germ of an idea can hit at any time: in the shower, at the park, even (gasp!) at work. But the germ of an idea is not worth sharing. Only a fully fleshed out, rigorously developed idea is worth…
Same with startup ideas. Build on them, flesh them out. Carry a notebook.
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fragmentation of talent
One of the perverse things about a bubble in Silicon Valley is, it tends to fragment talent across too many companies, so you get sort of a suboptimal number of successful companies. If everybody starts their own companies you don’t wind up with a density of talent at one place, which is what really is required to build an amazing company, whether it’s PayPal or Apple back in the day, or Yammer or Square today.
- Keith Rabois (http://www.businessinsider.com/keith-rabois-qa-with-the-square-coo-and-angel-investor-2012-4?op=1)
This is exactly how I felt at Stanford with student groups, and now that I’ve graduated the valley is the same exact thing.
I don’t care about someone being intelligent; any situation between people, when they are really human with each other, produces ‘intelligence.’
Susan Sontag, quoted by Brendan Berg. She’s right, precisely and exactly.
It’s not the first element of her argument that’s arresting; any idiot knows that intelligence is overrated in all sorts of ways. But the insight that when we are real and human with each other we produce ‘intelligence’ —as an outcome, not as an attribute— is profound, true, and an explanation I’d never encountered for why I prefer the company of the real and dull to erudite performers distracted by their own brilliance. It is not merely a question of taste: the former converse collaboratively, build meanings with you, surprise you; the latter are not so open to discovery because the dialectic process is for them both a pleasure and a competition, and their intelligence is too precious to them to be risked on banal inquiries, dumb guesses, the fatal utterance “I don’t know.”
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“Shake it like a polaroid picture” (in south america)
O man I’m jealous. This is amazing! Richard & Vinnie you guys rock!
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There’s no truth, only perspectives
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