Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

Oliver Sacks writes a beautifully sad piece about being face to face with dying. Although it isn’t pleasant, its good to be reminded and aware of this perspective of life.

Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.

On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.

This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for some fun (and even some silliness, as well).

I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming.

via Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer – NYTimes.com.

Flexible working is smart working

Richard Branson’s take on flexible working:

Flexible working is smart working. Screw business as usual. If you trust your people to make their own decisions, they will reward you.

“I agree,” I think as I sit in a coffee shop at 2pm in a city I moved to just for the heck of it.

Read the full article: Flexible working is smart working – Virgin.com.

The New Yorker on WordPress

With the relaunch, NewYorker.com runs on WordPress, a more robust, user-friendly CMS. “We’re looking at almost total upside there,” Thompson tells me. Because the tools are no longer getting in the way of producers doing their job, NewYorker.com is now able to publish a greater volume of stories every day. The site used to top out at 10 or 12 stories each day: now, it publishes around 20 per day. “It’s a lot easier to be productive now, and we can now make the site fresh a lot more quickly than we used to,” says Thompson.

via How The New Yorker Finally Figured Out The Internet: 3 Lessons From Its Web Redesign.