JUNE QUOTOGRAPHS | So That's What They're Called

June Recap of quotographs on Observation Paper The momentum on my daily quote blog, Observation Paper, is starting to pick up. Of the 29 visuals this month, 24 had at least one note (either a like or reblog on Tumblr). Three had 12 notes:

“The internet tends to make smart people smarter and dumb people dumber.” ~ Ben Casnocha

“Read all the time… read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect.  Read as a nourishing staple of life.” ~ David McCullough, Jr.

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.” ~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Michael Schechter will tell you the best creation of the month is the Risk quote from Seth Godin, but my favorite is the internal debate comment from Yuvi Zalkow. It's not the most visually stunning, but I like the simple illustration of conflicted voices.

And the clear highlight of the month was coming up with the tag "Quotograph" for these visual quotes. After quick searches on Twitter and Google, I found that we're not the first ones to use that term, but I want to thank Michael Schechter and Erin Feldman for tweetstorming with me to come up with that name.

Twitter conversation to come up with the tag quotograph

LISTEN TO THIS | You Can't Give More Than 100%

I’m a podcast junkie, and LISTEN TO THIS is a recap of my favorite tidbits, soundbites and short bursts of brilliance that I can’t help but share with everyone who will listen. After digesting hours and hours of podcasts, here’s the best 9 minutes from what I heard this week.


SCIENCE FRIDAY | Why Ignorance Trumps Knowledge In Scientific Pursuit

Ira Flatow’s interview with neuroscientist Stuart Firestein, author of Ignorance: How It Drives Science, is a stimulating conversation about creative thinking and innovation. I bookmarked several quotes like this one about placing too much emphasis on answers and went back to listen to them again and again. But my favorite section is the story Ira tells about physicist I. I. Rabi’s mother and the role she played in developing the way Rabi approached problem solving. Start at 17:54 (or go straight to the direct quote from Rabi).


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #654: June 4, 2012

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say they gave 110%. Maybe I’m too literal, maybe I’m too much of a curmudgeon, but you can only give 100%. I know the phrase is meant to embody the notion of doing more than what was thought to be possible, but to me it puts the emphasis on the wrong element. It’s not that you did more than you could, which is impossible, it’s that you had the wrong assumption about what was possible to begin with. That’s why the fun anecdote from Steven Green at TemboSocial resonated so well with me. It begins at 1:04:35 in the podcast.


MARKETING OVER COFFEE | Conversation with Simon Sinek

First off, I love how John Wall labeled this rerun as “From the Archives,” and second, I’m so glad he brought it back. I’ve seen Simon’s TED talk, and I’m familiar with his book Start with Why, but I had not heard this powerful human interest story of Ben who despite having cerebral palsy still ran on his high school track team. The moral is not what you might assume. Stop what you’re doing, go this this podcast, jump to 23:40, and listen.

New Podcasts I Tried:

  1. The Thomas Jefferson Hour - it’s a keeper and high my list. Thanks Patrick.
  2. Stuff You Should Know - fun one that I hope to get my kids listening to. Thanks Ariadne.
  3. Get-It-Done Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More - love these short and helpful types. Thanks again Ariadne.
  4. The Beerists Podcast - curious but not sold. Will give it another week.
  5. RunRunLive - I like running, and I like listening to podcasts, not sure I like listening to podcasts about running. Going to try a few more of John’s recommendations to see for sure.

Unsubscribing from:

  1. NPR: Snap Judgment - the storytelling techniques are overly dramatic.
  2. Joy the Baker - too many inside jokes and not enough interest to invest in learning them.


What were some of your favorite listens from the week? What podcasts do you recommend? Let me know by leaving a comment. Thanks.