Intellectual contempt does not control personal envy.
It was the unspeakable that left him speechless
Because his main interests were in things and ideas rather than in people, he was often alone. But he craved for affection and companionship - too strongly, perhaps, to make the first stages of friendship easy for him…
Robin Gandy on Alan Turing
Run at least one half marathon
Buy a flat
Eat more fruit
Whatever you think, is.
Alan M. Turing
A brief definition of Investment Banker
I just read this slightly harsh but mostly true definition of investment bankers, in the context of the bonus culture and the sense of entitlement which shows no sign of disappearing.
"Investment bankers are neither entrepreneurs nor business creators but mercenaries selling their often flawed services".
It struck me that perhaps a lot of the people you see walking about are dead. We say that a man’s dead when his heart stops and not before. It seems a bit arbitrary. After all, parts of your body don’t stop working - hair goes on growing for years, for instance. Perhaps a man really dies when his brain stops, when he loses the power to take in a new idea. Old Porteous is like that. Wonderfully learned, wonderfully good taste - but he’s not capable of change. Just says the same things and think the same thoughts over and over again. There are a lot of people like that. Dead minds, stopped inside. Just keep moving backwards and forwards on the same little track, getting fainter all the time, like ghosts.