2008-04-13

<3 Paul Graham

Some gems from Paul's recent piece:
  • "A job at a big company is like high fructose corn syrup: it has some of the qualities of things you're meant to like, but is disastrously lacking in others."
  • "If people have to choose between something that's cheap, heavily marketed, and appealing in the short term, and something that's expensive, obscure, and appealing in the long term, which do you think most will choose?"
  • "An obstacle downstream propagates upstream. If you're not allowed to implement new ideas, you stop having them. And vice versa: when you can do whatever you want, you have more ideas about what to do. So working for yourself makes your brain more powerful in the same way a low-restriction exhaust system makes an engine more powerful."

71 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your decision to strike out on your own. Your comments are entirely accurate when it comes to the benefits of operating on ones own terms.

    Big corporations do tend to stifle individual creativity and limit the potential for personal growth. It is harder to think outside the box when the box you're in is resistant to letting you out.

    Corporate culture has a specific self reinforcing quality which can be self defeating .

    Even companies which were build on innovation and new ideas can and do become enmeshed in a protectionist corporate strategy which is contrary to nurturing and free spirited thinking which keeps them fresh.

    All that being said there is of course the issue of the individuals needs to take off in directions which are not within the bounds of a corporate plan and, so comes a point in time when the "call of the wild" is stronger than ones need to stay in bounds.

    Good luck in your new ventures.

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  2. To work in a great company is like being member of a sect. This affirmation, obvious, is exaggerated.

    Nevertheless, we would have to pay attention to job that is made from the departments of internal communication of the companies so that the employees feel identified with the mark.

    I have worked, as much in great as in small companies, and, in my opinion,it is important to know how to disconnect and not to let themselves dissapear between the labor world.

    There is time for all as much for the leisure as for the business. The wisdom is in enjoying both.

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  3. just a strager to you
    saying thanks for your contribution to blogger
    and
    good moving on to you

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  4. Eric- How weird is it that you're photo popped up when I logged into Blogger? Very weird for me. I looked at the photo and said to myself, "that guy looks really familiar" And then it just so happened to be YOU. You're leaving blogger and now I can thank you for all the work you've done to keep my blog up and running with all the behind the scenes stuff you've done. Too bad we didn't get to meet up while I was in Berkeley! Hope life is good for you during this time of transition:)
    We'll always have Dijon.
    Peace out,
    Katie Bombardi

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  5. you dont know me, but just saying thanks for blogger :)

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  6. Congratulations and best wishes.

    Linda

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  7. i want my boss to read that last one about ideas!!

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  8. Hi, I am from India, and my religion has already taught me a little about vedana and vipassana and chetana (consciousness). I admire your free spirit. Working for blogger is an amazing job, or so it seems to me. I have just started my first blog because of you guys at blogger, and I can't thank you enough for that.

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  10. life has a way of directing our paths...all the best in your new (ad)venture!

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  11. Hi Eric!

    My name is Jonni and I live in upstate NY. I just saw the awesome farewell to you from Blogger/Google when I was logging on to my blog and just wanted to say "farewell" and thanks for making blogger so awesome! Hubby and I love San Francisco and were there in March 2007. Sure as heck beats the weather here in upstate NY. Take care and best of luck to you in your future endeavors.

    Jonni
    :)

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  12. Sorry I logeed in with the wrong blog (I am doing a blog for a friend for their business). This is our blog.

    Jonni

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  13. pardon my ignorance but what is "geeking"?

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  14. Thanks for your contributions to the blogosphere. Blessings on your endeavors!! :)

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  15. Just looked in because of the blog name. In Malayalam, an Indian language with a huge Sanskrit influence, Vedana means pain. I feel the gradual progression from its original meaning in Sanskrit to its current one in Malayalam is indicative of man's own preoccupation with materialism. All the best to you.

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  16. Good luck with your new life.

    Keep up the Meditation.

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  17. As someone who has worked for Kodak Bausch and Lomb,RF Communication,Netscape and Aol I hear you Brother.
    At first I thought you got caught clicking your own ads j/k But I was wondering why someone would leave Google no less? If that spots open and them boys have a good offer let me know.
    Best of Luck to you I'll come looking for you when I'm done messing around which will be soon enough Peace

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  18. I also worked in a corporate company for 4yrs, and I would say, that never been happier in my entire career life when I resigned last year and do what I want to do.

    And hey, I know you love to travel, why not try Philippines this time? :)

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  19. I think people often choose the cheap, heavily marketed things for the sort term (which is not sure to be the best decision).

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  20. You're very handsome. Just an observation. :o)

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  21. Pretty random that your blog was featured after logging in AND you read graham's blog AND I happened to follow the link. I'm heading to san fran for startup school '08 (paul graham). Any chance you'll be there?

    Blogger rocks, thanks for time served!

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  22. I like your cap, it look a lot like the one in the film "into the wild" if you have seen it?
    Take care!/Suni

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  23. I work for Google too and Blogger is my favoritest Google product thanks for everything that you guys do! I so identify with your thoughts on why you need to move on.

    Wish you all the best and may the force be with you!

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  24. Have a good time. with the thing that oneself chooses

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  25. Please, answer to just one question:

    If I will say, that somebody paid me 10`000 euro for one article upload into my website... Will You be interested in that article or in a website where that article was uploaded?

    If Your answer is "no", then: sorry for disturbing You. You are phenomenon. :)
    If Your answer is "yes", then: You are interested in the idea of mine. Just go to website http://www.individualdream.com/ and READ all articles uploaded by paying money or UPLOAD Your own information.

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  26. Good luck for your new job!

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  27. check out my website to see hilary clinton getting smashed on Crown Royal.

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  28. Well Eric, I have to say I totally agree with that last part you wrote here. One MUST keep being creative and be able to use what is on your mind when it comes to you. I actually took a 12 month leave from work to travel, and so that I could get my creative juices flowing. I too felt like I was somewhat doomed or stuck where I was at work!!! There were so many limitations...UGH... I too am a very inspiring and creative person. I had someone recently ask if I wanted to be featured in their newsletter. A first for me, and I'm in!!! I also took thousands of AWESOME pics while traveling since last Sept 07 (China, Hong Kong, Beijing, and more), now in Europe. I have some really big ideas I am trying to work on over the next few months too. Definitely a GREAT idea for you to spread your wings and fly high to see what your potential can do for you!!! You sound very inspiring from what you write, and I wish you all the best in your new endeavors!!! JUST GO FOR IT!

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  29. Thank you for making blogger cooler!
    Because of you I now have a cooler looking blog!

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  30. Have been using your blog as "The bloggers Blog" for ideas on my own on layout etc. I too am transforming from a corporate hotel structure to my own scene in the chefism dept. I can tell you the stress is still there, but its managable...good luck, Tom

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  31. Congrats on your move man! Love the blog. You have great potential and will do well.

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  32. Stay hungry, stay foolish, stay observant, stay creative, stay spontaneous, stay social, stay true, stay witty, stay thrifty, stay searching, stay in touch...

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  33. You are young, hike, sail, ski, read, create...all this ultimately beats stuff.

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  34. So I'm logging into Blogger and theres eek-man's mug staring right back at me. It's a little creepy. Its so good to see that you haven't lost your adventurous spirit. I'm a designer at adidas in PDX now and I've worked for some other large corporations. I can relate. I'm about due to get off the corporate teet and get back to the marrow of life.

    I drop in on San Fran every couple months so next time I'm down I'll look you up and maybe we can grab some beverages.

    Best of luck,
    Shane Machir

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  35. Any chance your endeavors will lead you to the east coast?

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  36. just wanted to drop by.. i just recently signed up for a blog to go agro for no specific audience except to make myself feel better... and I read that you helped uberly with the site... so I feel that as I start my flaccid little blog, and your depart with yours.. I wanted to say good luck ^.^

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  37. nice info! please visit http://techocheck.blogspot.com

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  38. hi....nice blog...greeting from here, malaysia.....do drop by to visit my blog and drop a tag note....thanks.

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  39. Yo, Eric.

    First, I guess, congrats on your current transition, and belatedly, thanx for being one of the gang that has created the availability of Blogger.

    But it is also just after initially clicking to and looking over a couple of sites you provide, I wanna say: "Wow, cool stuff." But instead of actually bothering to "say" it, I'll "write" something else -- no, abort that; rather, a copy/paste from the The Experience of Impermanence site:

    "Rather than correcting this disease of the psyche, organized religions often provide a channel, similar to politics, through which the howl of incredulous despair can strike out."

    Ain't it the truth!

    And speaking of . . . not speaking, where in India did you study Vipassana, that is, I am gonna assume that you studied it during your travels in the earlier Oughts of this millennial construct. I studied some form of yoga, but definitely not this one, in Madras in winter '88/9. It was always my favorite time of the day on the dayside of daybreak walking from Broadlands to the class through the alleys as the city was waking up. More good stuff, as far as "good stuff" goes.

    And by the way, did your globetrotting bring you by Taiwan? A lot of folks do pass through, even hanging out for a while, maybe for years. I am going on my 29th solar cycle here, if memory and math serve me right. In fact, I should be thinking about heading off to the day gig, whereat if it isn't "busy", I can log on and work on my blogger blog, which I have only recently clued more into. Okay, later on.

    Iago AKA Doug
    Shulin, Taiwan

    P.S. Oh, another question that popped up within my headgear is about something I came across, maybe I got an email about it, but anyway it's a website called CashBlasterPro (which screams out "SCAM!!" to me)that claims to be involved in a project to be launched later this year which will turn the entire world wide web into one gigantic social networking site that is totally "Web 2.0" compliant, and that this will be "bigger than [input famous/infamous mammoth corporate Net entity of your choice]". Hmmm. And, hmmm again . . . but, anyway, my question is this regarding CBP: Would you know, is this kind of thing even doable? Yeah, anyway, the URL for it is www.cashblasterpro.com, go figure. This is NOT my affiliate link to it, but I do have one. Check it out if you catch this comment and if you are interested. But be forewarned, they offer a share in one million dollars to all those who get in before July 1st, so with a count of, as it sez in my back office as well as on the main website, as of April 1st, there are now 14593 members. I figure that if they surpass a million members, fifty cents is okay with me, but if there are more than, what is it, uh, one hundred million members, will I have to pay CashBlasterPro? Ha ha.

    P.P.S. And I just had this thought: Is the the, as in "the The Experience of Impermanence site", pronounced thee thuh, or is it thuh thee or thuh thuh or perhaps thee thee. I have never been able to figure this out, or find out if it's even something that can be figured out. It has been a block in my meditation practice, but now I am wondering if it is something to meditate upon. Hmmmm . . . maybe as a chant, but then again is the question begged, the chicken or the egg the. Well, enough of solving the world's problems, I've gotta go to work. Doug.

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  40. Wonderful blog. Congrats on being a blog of note!

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  42. I'm proud to say that I blogged about you on my web blog, to say few words on your efforts and time. Sincerely for your tribute to google for 5 years; no one can't really see your effort, but i hope with my post people would see it, and thats why I share it to my friends, especially those who have use blogger for a long time would notice you with your great job. You made Blogger Better!

    Alid of http://zenith-empire.com

    Post about Eric Case can be found at http://zenith-empire.com/2008/04/16/struggling-to-finish-this-one-and-only-essay-persians-kitten-for-sale-on-brudirect-farewell-to-eric-case/

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  43. What inspiring quotes! Good luck to you on all your new endeavours!!!!

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  44. thanks for the great thoughts. i couldn't agree more, and have re-connected with this calling as well. safe travels through life. hope to see you soon.

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  45. Oooo, I want the cheap thing that's appealing in the short-term AND the expensive thing that's appealing in the long term!

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  46. just have to say you are probably the most handsome person i have ever seen ... no im not weird (=

    good luck on your next venture in life !!!

    bunnie

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  48. After five years at GOOGLE it still blows and is constantly down and half the photos get corrupted after being uploaded and then show up as x-boxes a couple of weeks later.

    All the hoopla about you has to be something like an ironic joke or else you must have pictures of the boss with barnyard animals.

    Hopefully you will be less incompetent at your next job. You have had five years at GOOGLE where you have accomplished nothing.

    Eat Shit and Bark At the Moon.

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  49. I liked your essay about "You Weren't Meant to Have a Boss". I sent a quote from it to my son Walt, who has a literary quotes site: http://www.literary-quotations.com/

    He and I have had conversations along these same lines. When I have had to work for others, I always feel like I am being sentenced to jail - hardly a great way to feel going into a job.

    Though not programmers - Walt and I are both writers, artists - and definitely independent thinkers.

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  50. Bravo on your decison to strike out on your own.
    I made the same decison when I pulled my children from school to homeschool. I know that your quotes had nothing to do with homeschooling, but every one of them applied....great quotes!!! Public school, for my children, was nothing more than a big corporation stifling my children's creativity with its own agenda.
    I can't wait to read your entire article!

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  51. Dear Vedana,
    I, too, am from India and a mother of two with a full time job as an ENT surgeon. Believe me when I say it- I know Vedana!
    Vedana is, as you rightly said, raw feeling... more accurately it is deeply felt pain... agony of the heart. It makes some souls seek chetna- knowledge or self realisation and the others to simply fold up and give in.

    Congratulations to you for your decision and for having the courage to follow through on it!

    I loved your quotes...
    Naturewalker

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  52. I wish you the best in your future endeavors. I started blogging about a month ago and it has been a thrill.

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  53. Congratulations on your creative inspiration and your goal for future blossoms, handsome man that you are, good luck to you and may the universe support and guide you. mrs p

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  54. I'm sorry to see you go. Now if only I could get more of an audience reading my blog like you have. Maybe you could give me a boost? It seems pointless to blog for 3 people. Oh well. I guess I need to start somewhere...

    It would be nice if you had places and categories on Blogger where you could list your blog for others to read.

    Good luck at your new position. I love the new things you've done over here. You'll be missed.

    I'm at www.petitegamine.blogspot.com

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  55. Gd luck on ur new ventures, whatever it may be! :) saw the announcement at the blogger pg, thought ill just drop by. Just wanna say, thanks for keeping blogger alive.im sure ur stay at blogger must have been fruitful n fulfilling. Do take care as u move on to a new phase of life. :)

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  56. funny how blogger connects us all...good luck

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  57. Here's wishing you the best in your future endeavors. May you always like what you do and do what you like.

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  58. Hello!
    I saw you pop up on the blogger dashboard feed and wanted to say that this post has got me subscribed to your feed now.

    I just got out of a job at a really horrible company for the downstream/upstream problem.

    I'm now at a company where I feel rather cult-like in my belief that it's the best thing that ever happened to me... although I am cautiously on the lookout for the HFCS-factor.

    Thanks for the post - I look forward to more!!!

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  59. wow, for how often you post, you certainly have a lot of people who have "profiled" you! best of luck on your new ventures. If you need more more work, I'm always up for web / optimization type talk, and willing ot pay consultant fees. hope it all works out wonderfully for you.
    blessings,
    allyson

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  61. HI you! Good luck on your new things! I live in bay area too! Thanks for all your work at Blogger and for making blogging so much fun!

    I have been bloggin for 3 years now. Its so addictive!
    Right now though, I am working a lot harder than ever on my ..well, work!

    Take care and good luck

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  62. Well maintained site with interesting articles. I really liked
    the <3 Paul Graham quotes.

    Regards,
    Saurabh
    http://www.goliexpress.com

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