As many of you, I too have read Russell Brand’s excruciatingly long New Statesman piece. What are waiting rooms for, after all. It is one of those things that is constructed in a way that makes one feel comfortable with words like revolution and fills one with the sense of having done something against the establishment while in fact only reinforcing Brand’s brand.
But that’s not the largest problem I have with it.
Russell Brand is evidently an intelligent, knowledgeable person. He sees the world for what it is and is able to describe it fairly accurately. Yet, instead of using this ability to do something essential, something that doesn’t reinforces the capitalist loop he so furiously criticizes, he is using that to make himself a little bit more famous, a little bit more richer.
I find that despicable.
P.S.: Reading this Open Letter to Russell Brand triggered this post in the first place. You should read it.
Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is in the doing something else.
I found this on Kai’s Facebook page. As a photo. I googled it, because I wanted to know who said that. Apparently that quote was falsely attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci. I don’t actually know, if he said smart stuff like that, but I sure as hell know that this quote is not in any way structured like something that a Italian guy from the 16th century would say. And he didn’t. The actual source for this is Tom Peters. A business coach of some sorts. He wrote this piece on not having a corporate strategy for the Chicago Tribune. In 1994. And while his article is smirkily charismatic I don’t fully agree with it. Nor do I completely disagree. It’s one of those things that touches upon the right things without knowing why it actually is right. Anyway, the quote. It’s in the last paragraph and it’s good and it’s something to think about. Not, you know, just read, nod and forget it. It’s one of those things that can be used to reflect upon what you are doing. Try it.
25 February 2012
I love coffee.
I love making coffee. It became very much a ritual, a way to take a break from staring at a screen, jumping between tabs and applications. Especially now that we make everything manually. Weighing the 18 grams of beans, grinding them in a hand-grinder, reading the Aeropress and letting the fresh grind fall onto the pre-washed filter. Then comes the water, a bit at first, for the blooming and after that the rest of it after the smell made you already lust for the black gold you know you will taste in just a bit. Working the Aeropress to push it all through, hear it drip down into your mug. All of this seems to me not all that different from meditating or yoga.
But what I love even more is making for other people. Especially those who never saw the process before. I love how their expression changes from bemusement / wonder about the complexity of preparing a cup of coffee to delight when they taste it. When bring up their head back again, after this first, careful sip. You see how they suddenly understand why what they considered to be a waste of time just a few minutes ago is maybe all worth it.