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Four short links: 2 September 2013

John Maynard Keynes, great vision, copy paste, foreign accents

Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you | The Great Debate -- Life for the medieval peasant was certainly no picnic. Go back 200, 300 or 400 years and you find that most people did not work very long hours at all. In addition to relaxing during long holidays, the medieval peasant took his sweet time eating meals, and the day often included time for an afternoon snooze. Many American workers must keep on working through public holidays, and vacation days often go unused. In Europe, where workers average 25 to 30 days off per year, politicians like French President Francois Hollande and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras are sending signals that the culture of longer vacations is coming to an end. In Germany, an economic powerhouse, workers rank second to last in number of hours worked. Despite more time off, German workers are the eighth most productive in Europe, while the long-toiling Greeks rank 24 out of 25 in productivity. Some forward-thinking people have tried to reverse this trend, like progressive economist Robert Reich, who has argued in favor of a mandatory three weeks off for all American workers. I have friends, people Ive know since I was a kid who work so much that I see them once or twice a year.

Scripting News: Linearity -- Some days VCs will tell you they invest in ideas, other days they say they invest in people. A few weeks earlier a partner at the same firm told me that they invest in people, and don't give a shit about the idea. You have to care that people like you, but at the same time, you'll piss a lot of people off, and that can't stop you. If you're the kind of person who people should invest in, failure should not be a possibility. I was told once by the CEO of a company I was working for that he's a market of one, and his opinion of the product didn't mean a thing.

@gruber I dunno, seems pretty legit to me on Twitpic -- @gruber I dunno, seems pretty legit to me on Twitpic

Things I Did to Improve My English and Reduce My Accent - Good Characters Blog -- Based on my slow but sure English learning experience, I know that as slow a learner as I am, as long as I keep on practicing speaking every chance I get, Ill improve. I probably will never present with as much grace as Steve Jobs or speak as easily as many founders, but in terms of English accent and English speaking, when I compare myself to my former self, I know Im doing better and better. Id love to hear some of the ways you have tried to improve your English and/or reduce your accent.

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