Abandoned

On our drive back from Siena, we decided to take a scenic route through Tuscany’s famous vineyards, driving on what the English call the backroads. The dirt track snaked through little hamlets, olive groves, pocket vineyards and overgrowth. It curled up the hills and slithered down some, over a babbling brook and a dried river bed. SP 102 wasn’t the fastest way to travel, but it turned out to be the prettiest. Somehow, it managed to make a magical place even more magical. As we were rolling along, just out of nowhere, but close to the town of Radda in…

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The New MacBook

Ever since my friend Matt got his new 12-inch (with Retina) MacBook, I have been lusting to try it out. Unfortunately, they are in short supply. Apple sent me a unit to try out and I am eventually going to write about my experience, but here are three photos that tell you everything about the…

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My conversation with the King of Cashmere

Brunello Cucinelli wants you to learn the art of doing nothing. He’ll tell you this idea goes back to the Latin word otium and the Romans, who used to lay around and stare, and then he’ll probably quote a few ancient philosophers. Why? “If individuals rest properly,” he says, they’ll be more productive. Beyond that,…

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A Cloudy Weekend

It has been eight years since I last smoked a cigarette. Every so often the urge to smoke rears its ugly head and the demon weed tries to seduce me. The seduction lasts for only a millisecond, but it is a long hour. It passes, and life resumes its course. But I’m left thinking —…

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Our mobile & networked Victorian age

FastCompany: Media is consumed by the talk of the technology bubble, but move away from all this talk of money and you quickly realize that we are at the start of a new Victorian Age and our world is getting transformed by technology.

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