“I found out that feature films were being made for millions, and I had calculated that I could create a feature film for about $10K.” – young and naive Stanley Kubrick
“It seems to be a constant throughout history: In every period, people believed things that were just ridiculous, and believed them so strongly that you would have gotten in terrible trouble for saying otherwise.
Is our time any different? To anyone who has read any amount of history, the answer is almost certainly no. It would be a remarkable coincidence if ours were the first era to get everything just right.” – Paul Graham
I built a simple videochat platform, it’s called Harf. It allows anyone to create a room to broadcast video to people who can watch. All the rooms are listed on the front page. The next step is to add chat, so that users can interact with the people on camera.
In 2013 I was featured on Pando for an interview about Wordo.
“It’s not often that someone starts an interview with me by insulting PandoDaily, but that’s exactly what Amin Eftegarie did when I asked him how he came up with his startup idea.”
“Sometimes it’s not about the idea that you are working on, but instead the skills that you learn while you are working on it” – Kevin Systrom
When you are in love with what you are building, you automatically develop a mental firewall to block anything remotely distracting.
results in believing more untrue things.
“We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies” – Walt Disney
“It’s easy to tell how smart people are. In 10 minutes, hit a few tennis balls over the net, and do they hit back at you, or into the net?” – Paul Graham
I’m born in Iran.
I once came here as a refugee.
I am a business owner and employer.
I am 26, and have paid more taxes than others my age.
At 17 I read The Selfish Gene and left Islam for atheism.
“We will reject Apps for any content or behavior that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice once said, “I’ll know it when I see it”.” – Apple App Store Guidelines
“I have this big fear of getting locked into doing things, that aren’t actually the most impactful things.” – Mark Zuckerberg
“I’m a father now, and I have two children. And I constantly think about what will I do when they grow up using products that I helped design. And I generally think that I’m going to discourage them from using those products the way I tried to trick people into using them when I was younger.” – Sean Parker
“The best government is that which governs least.” – Thomas Jefferson
“I have already said that I am not involved in the September 11 attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children and other humans as an appreciable act.” – Osama bin Laden (28 Sept 2001)
“I’m one quarter Coca-Cola” – Warren Buffet
is the only thing worth pursuing.
The willingness to undergo cognitive dissonance, although painful, is admirable.
“There are many things you can accomplish, many thoughts you can have, that are only possible during long stretches of solitary time. You may even wish, at times, to be painfully alone – longing for social contact. Sometimes this is a period of maximal productivity.” Patrick McGillivray
Q: How do you systematise innovation?
Steve Jobs: The system is that there is no system.
born in the civilised world.
“I think there are people who are wired by their parents to understand what I’m saying.
And there are people who are wired by their parents to reject what I’m saying” – Kanye West
Your ability to endure cognitive dissonance successfully, determines how good of an entrepreneur you’ll be. It’s all about accepting and adapting to new realities.
“For me, back then, school was a crime against young people. It destroyed the seeds of liberty. The teachers didn’t encourage knowledge or a positive attitude.” – David Lynch
is the hardest thing.
“The things that caused problems for me in school are the same things that helped me succeed in the world.”
is nobody starting?
is the new celebrity.
“I kind of embody the character of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, which I really related to when I saw the movie.” – Kanye
to something I don’t agree with in the first place.
Fuck the government.
“Most of the best things that have ever happened to me have been a direct result of completely accidental situations that might have otherwise been considered “mistakes.” – Numair Faraz
is the new Harvard.
I’m a nazi when it comes to snappiness in user interfaces. Everything has to be super-snappy. This video (by Microsoft no less) shows how important those ‘small’ differences can be to the user experience.
“The hardest thing to understand in this world is the income tax.” – Albert Einstein
Today Chi and I launched Wordo. Wordo is the clean dictionary. It’s made within 3 hours. It gives you definitions of English words, that’s all it does at this moment. But gosh, it’s so refreshing compared to what some of the other guys are doing. For example, check the definition for a random word Detail and compare them yourself:
- The ‘Free’ Dictionary (Free my ass, you pay by looking at their ads)
- Merriam Webster(This fellow loads and autoplays a quizzvideo)
- Dictionary.com: (Multiple flash ads, autoplays video, ad free for $35/year)
Compared to the biggest and most used online dictionaries, Wordo is the clutter-free alternative. If anything, we removed too much, and if that’s the case we will gladly add things others find useful (synonyms, related words, other languages etc).
I give credit to things that I find underrated while ignoring things I find overrated. I have the need to balance out the world.
The best way to manage complexity, is to prevent it from happening.
“Steve wasn’t just using “insanely” as a synonym for “very.” He meant it more literally—that one should focus on quality of execution to a degree that in everyday life would be considered pathological.” – Paul Graham
you have to be a consumer.
focus on great things.
Execution is everything. One idea executed by 100 separate men will after time result in 100 completely different things. If these were companies with the exact same idea executed by different people in parallel universes, one might be worth millions while the other never makes a buck. It’s very important that the person executing the idea has a deep understanding of what factors come to play to make the idea a success. An idea is just a vague roadmap of what the future should look like. Ideas are to execution as what genetics is to nurture, except for the fact that ideas can evolve over time, while gen- ahh..
“I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do”
is a happy man.
“Nash rarely attended class, claiming it would blunt his originality.” – A Brilliant Madness
It’s about the brand.
It’s OK if you don’t get it.
“We have over ten thousand passengers per employee. Britsh Airways has 750 passengers per employee. Our people are 14 times more productive.” – Michael Cawley (Interim CEO RyanAir)
I hate cables. I have a lot of cables; Wacom, Lightning, speakers, headphones, MagSafe etc. The person who can solve the world’s cable problem will definitely add a lot of value to our everyday lives. That’s why I dislike education. Schools sometimes want to teach you to be creative, which in essence results in quite the opposite. They might come up with an exercise where you have to think of all sorts of solutions to solve the cable problem. But if you just let people do what they want, they will automatically think of many solutions for problems that bug them out. Their solutions might not have anything to do with the cable problem, but it could still be significant in another field.
should not try to be good programmers, and vice versa.
Throughout the world governments always professed to be forward looking, in practice they are always backward looking, either protecting the industries that exist or making sure that whatever ventures they have decided to undertake are encouraged and develop. – Milton Friedman
“Virtually every important service that you use, online but eventually offline too, are going to get remade and designed from the botom up with people at their center.” – Mark Zuckerberg
is an unproductive day
“The only thing I’ve really done is followed my curiosity wherever it led, even if that meant crazy things like leaving school or not taking a “real” job.” – Aaron Swartz
If you think it’s cool to be rich, think again. It’s cooler to be broke. Being broke forces one to think outside the cube. You have no other choice than to carefully choose what horses to ride on. It breeds creativity and thoughtfulness. It makes you a jazz performer – you have to improvise with whatever tools you’re given.
The more choice you’re given, the less likely you are to choose anything.
swim with the current
“Path dependence explains how the set of decisions one faces for any given circumstance is limited by the decisions one has made in the past, even though past circumstances may no longer be relevant.” – Wikipedia
that nobody else agrees on?
“Common sense is not so common” – Voltaire
is the new rich
is more professional than being professional.
is bigger than power.
Of all the barriers that prevented me from learning, school was by far the largest.
“That 30 people learn best by sitting silently for 50 minutes while someone talks at them.”
“Given two people of approximately the same ability and one person who works ten percent more than the other, the latter will more than twice outproduce the former. The more you know, the more you learn; the more you learn, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more the opportunity – it is very much like compound interest.”
Richard W. Hamming
“I wasn’t a student for very long, but I was more a student of life once I left school” – Richard Branson
“The future belongs to the dandy. It is the exquisites and rare who are going to rule”. – Oscar Wilde
You will find a way.
You’ll find and excuse.
I’ve been working on a fun project which is called Popular Followers. It allows you to sort your twitter followers on the amount of followers that they have. I wanted to find out if my trashness twitter account had any celebs/high-profile people following it, and didn’t want to manually scan our 1500 followers. Google showed me there was an awesome programmer (Raymond Camdon, he works for Adobe, is extremely productive, has adopted children) who had already tried to create such a tool, I emailed him to ask if he’d be interested to collaborate with me on creating this simple tool for the masses. His job, to code, my job, to built the interface. His job was done in about an hour, mine too. But designing such a small tool is easy, since we didn’t need much more than a background, and a big-ass form box. The complete project, from my initial email to him, to deciding on a name, registering a domain, was finished in 24 hours. It took a bit longer before we actually launched, though, but this was nevertheless the most productive collab I’ve ever had. So hereby, dear readers of my blog (facking nobody), I proudly present to you what is probably the tiniest Twitter tool of all times: Popular Followers.
knows something you don’t.
“Each new generation sold approximately equal to all previous generations combined.” – Phil Schiller
“The only greatness for man is immortality.” – James Dean
“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”
So, two days after I received the latest MacBook Air 13″, it’s time for a very short comparison with the previous 2011 13″ model, nobody reads my website anyway so a long review is not in place here. Here’s a list of differences I’ve noticed so far:
- They’re both extremely fast. It’s hard to say the new one is faster, even though benchmarks will tell it is, but I haven’t used it for extremely CPU intensive tasks. Photoshop, HD video editing and such things already were lightning fast on the previous model. The difference in speed is hardly noticeable.
- Update: Holy smokes. I just ran the stopwatch while booting the 2012 Air. It’s fully loaded within 11 seconds. Sweet Moses smell the roses!
- From the outside, you won’t be able to tell ’em apart, but if you look closely, you might notice that the keyboard is slightly better looking, the buttons are thinner, but somehow feel much better while typing. This is the most noticeable difference. Typing is heaven on this thing. It’s a $80 MIDI keyboard versus a Bosendorfer grand piano, the buttons have a soft, organic pressure to them. It’s details like these that only Apple is anal about.
- When waking up from sleep, the Wi-Fi reconnects even faster than the previous model. By the time you’ve opened your Air you can already browse the internet (it’s like 1,5 sec vs 2,5 sec).
- The internal speakers sound a bit different. The 2012 model has a much better, cleaner sound, but is lacking bass compared to the 2011 model. As if we weren’t lacking bass already. To be honest, I prefer the sound of the previous model.
- The new FaceTime HD built-in webcam is much, much better. Not only a shitload sharper, but more frames per second and greater dynamic range as well. A huge plus for avid video-skypers or Photo Booth bombers.
- On the older models, audio output was a bit laggy. When you’d plug in your headphones while playing music, you’d hear complete silence for 3 or 4 seconds before the audio finally came out of the headphones. This is now instant.
This post turned out much longer than I intended it to be.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Fucking Amal
- Leaving Las Vegas
- The Science of Sleep
- Sex, Lies, and Videotape
- Dancer in the Dark
- The Truman Show
- American Psycho
- Beijing Bicycle
- Turtles Can Fly
- Full Metal Jacket (The first 40 minutes ♥)
“They are simply unconcerned by society’s disapproval of their habits or beliefs.”
“The only ones for me are the mad ones.” —Jack Kerouac
It does not recommend even simple html tags and when ist does, there is no auto close of the tags. It also recommends you attributes/properties which don’t make sense. For example if you want to write a script tag, it gives you a long list of possible/wrong attributes instead of the ones which make sense like “src” or “type”…
“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
“I wash it with Head & Shoulders. I don’t dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour” – Trump
Just because you know English, that doesn’t mean you’re a good author. In the same way, just because you know a computer language very well, that doesn’t make you good programmer.
“I’m a believer in any method of mind expansion whether facilitated by meditation, religious experience or drug use. There is a value in using tools available to us, even if it is pharmacological in nature, if it expands the mind.”
– Sean Parker when asked whether he had used drugs
A while ago we decided to play Twister at a party, we had the floor mat but somehow lost the spinner board (we’ve mostly used it while we were drunk). I told my friends not to worry and created this little Twister Random Generator.
Life has purpose just like purple has flavor.
“There seems to be a common attitude or philosophy among those attracted to cyberpunk. They often find themselves caught in the romantic struggle between themselves and the system.[..] When pushed they feel free to use anything and everything at their disposal: including hacking, deception, and intrusion. Do not fuck with us.”
Nick Valensi: “If half the band does drugs and the other half of the band doesn’t do drugs, you will break up in the next six months.”
Julian Casablancas: “So we all do drugs.”
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” – Oscar Wilde
“In 1997, Apple was weeks from going bankrupt. A competitor, Michael Dell, suggested that the best thing the company could do would be to liquidate and distribute its remaining cash to shareholders. 15 years later, Apple is now the most valuable company in the world.” – Business Insider
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
“To the popular press, “hacker” means someone who breaks into computers. Among programmers it means a good programmer.” – Paul Graham
Why do urls need two forward slashes (http://)?
“The forward slashes are there solely for aesthetic purposes”
“I don’t know a single person who watches the Super Bowl.” – Steve Jobs