Matthew Gifford

Weekend notes: 12/16/16

Snow Days

Between trying to get projects done, learning new things to get those projects done, the whole family being at home due to being snowed-in, and getting ready for Christmas and its associated parties, I haven’t had a lot of time to think this week. So, this update is going to be short.

Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. — Chuck Close

This is one of my favorite quotes. Obviously, it applies to your job. But lately I’m realizing that it applies to pretty much everything in life: work, creativity, relationships, self-improvement, etc. Nothing happens if you don’t show up and do the work. And doing the work makes you better at doing the work in the future.


Citrus fruit is fascinating. It’s so much more than oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and tangerines. It’s actually an enormous spectrum of hybrids. Some people spend a lot of time and money collecting rare and obscure varieties. This article about why Satsumas are the best citrus is a good introduction.

Flashing lights

Scientists have made an astonishing discovery about Alzheimer’s disease. It’s the stuff of science fiction.

And, that’s it for this week. I hope you have a great weekend!

December 16, 2016

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