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Il est un côté de la « culture bourgeoise » qui en dévoile toute la petitesse, c'est son aspect de « roulement » conventionnel, de manque d'imagination, bref d'inconscience et de vanité : on ne se demande pas un instant « à quoi bon tout cela » ; aucun auteur ne se demande s'il vaut la peine d'écrire une nouvelle histoire après tant d'autres histoires ; on semble en écrire simplement parce que d'autres en ont écrit, et parce qu'on ne voit pas pourquoi on ne le ferait pas et pourquoi on ne gagnerait pas une gloire que d'autres ont gagnée. C'est un perpetuum mobile que rien ne peut arrêter, sauf une catastrophe ou, moins tragiquement, la disparition progressive des lecteurs ; sans public point de célébrité, nous l'avons dit plus haut. Et ceci est arrivé dans une certaine mesure : on ne lit plus d'anciens auteurs dont le prestige paraissait assuré ; le grand public a d'autres besoins, d'autres ressources et d'autres distractions, fussent-elle des plus basses. La culture c'est, de plus en plus, l'absence de culture : la manie de se couper de ses racines et d'oublier d'où l'on vient. Une des raisons subjectives de ce que nous pouvons appeler le « roulement culturel » est que l'homme n'aime pas se perdre tout seul, qu'il aime par conséquent trouver des complices pour une perdition commune ; c'est ce que fait la culture profane, inconsciemment ou consciemment, mais non innocemment car l'homme porte au fond de lui-même l'instinct de sa raison d'être et de sa vocation. On a souvent reproché aux civilisations orientales leur stérilité culturelle, c'est-à-dire le fait qu'elles ne comportent pas un fleuve habituel de production littéraire, artistique et philosophique ; nous croyons pouvoir nous dispenser à présent de la peine d'en expliquer les raisons.
Frithjof Schuon (To Have a Center)
AFB makes flavor coatings for dry pet foods. To test the coatings, they first need to make small batches of plain kibble and add the coatings. The flavored kibbles are then presented to consumer panels for feedback. The panelists—Spanky, Thomas, Skipper, Porkchop, Rover, Elvis, Sandi, Bela, Yankee, Fergie, Murphy, Limburger, and some three hundred other dogs and cats—reside at AFB’s Palatability Assessment Resource Center (PARC), about an hour’s drive from the company’s suburban St. Louis headquarters.
Mary Roach (Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal)
Nocturnă Uitarea venea... a venit. O lacrimă cade jos, totul tace, Lampa obosită a clipit, Orice obiect atins şopteşte: lasă-mă-n pace... De-acum... Auzi, ploaia plânge pe drum Pe un adânc tumult, Pe urma unui mic pantof într-un parc de demult... Adorm... ascult... Afară, la fereastră, toamna a spus: - Of! Nocturne Oblivion comes . . . came. A tear falls; total silence, The tired lamp twinkles, Every touched thing whispers, let me alone. Now... Listen, outside the rain sheds its tears ― A serious dispute centers on A scrap of a small shoe in an old park . . . I sleep . . . I listen . . . Outside a window, autumn says: Oh!
George Bacovia (Plumb)
The Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto Research Center, known as Xerox PARC, had been established in 1970 to create a spawning ground for digital ideas. It was safely located, for better and for worse, three thousand miles from the commercial pressures of Xerox corporate headquarters in Connecticut. Among its visionaries was the scientist Alan Kay, who had two great maxims that Jobs embraced: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it”and “People who are serious about software should make their own hardware.”Kay pushed the vision of a small personal computer, dubbed the “Dynabook,”that would be easy enough for children to use. So Xerox PARC’s engineers began to develop user- friendly graphics that could replace all of the command lines and DOS prompts that made computer screens intimidating. The metaphor they came up with was that of a desktop. The screen could have many documents and folders on it, and you could use a mouse to point and click on the one you wanted to use.
Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs)
The Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto Research Center, known as Xerox PARC, had been established in 1970 to create a spawning ground for digital ideas. It was safely located, for better and for worse, three thousand miles from the commercial pressures of Xerox corporate headquarters in Connecticut. Among its visionaries was the scientist Alan Kay, who had two great maxims that Jobs embraced: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it”and “People who are serious about software should make their own hardware.
Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs)
Warren Bennis, one of today’s leading thinkers on the art of leadership, spent years studying groundbreaking groups such as the Walt Disney Studios (while Walt was still alive), Xerox PARC, and Lockheed’s Skunk Works. Here are some of the highlights from his study of groups: • Great groups believe they are on a mission from God. Beyond mere financial success, they genuinely believe they will make the world a better place. • Great groups are more optimistic than realistic. They believe they can do what no one else has done before. “And the optimists, even when their good cheer is unwarranted, accomplish more,” says Warren. • Great groups ship. “They are places of action, not think tanks or retreat centers devoted solely to the generation of ideas.” Warren characterized the successful collaborations he studied as “dreams with deadlines.” Part
Tom Kelley (Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All)
The Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto Research Center, known as Xerox PARC, had been established in 1970 to create a spawning ground for digital ideas. It was safely located, for better and for worse, three thousand miles from the commercial pressures of Xerox corporate headquarters in Connecticut. Among its visionaries was the scientist Alan Kay, who had two great maxims that Jobs embraced: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it” and “People who are serious about software should make their own hardware.” Kay pushed the vision of a small personal computer, dubbed the “Dynabook,” that would be easy enough for children to use. So Xerox PARC’s engineers began to develop user-friendly graphics that could replace all of the command lines and DOS prompts that made computer screens intimidating. The metaphor they came up with was that of a desktop. The screen could have many documents and folders on it, and you could use a mouse to point and click on the one you wanted to use.
Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs)
...] Un trait caractéristique de la culture occidentale depuis le Moyen Âge finissant est, du reste, une certaine féminisation : à l'extérieur, le costume masculin manifeste en effet, du moins dans les classes supérieures et surtout chez les princes, un besoin excessif de plaire aux femmes – ce qui est révélateur – tandis que dans la culture en général nous pouvons observer un accroissement de la sensibilité imaginative et émotive, bref une expressivité qui à rigoureusement parler va trop loin et « mondanise » les âmes au lieu de les intérioriser. La cause lointaine de ce trait pourrait être en partie le respect qu'avaient, selon Tacite, les Germains pour la femme – respect que nous sommes fort loin de blâmer –, mais ce trait tout à fait normal et louable eût été sans conséquence problématique s'il n'y avait pas eu un autre facteur beaucoup plus déterminant, à savoir la scission chrétienne de la société en clercs et laïcs ; de ce fait, la société laïque devenait une humanité à part qui croyait de plus en plus avoir droit à la mondanité, dans laquelle la femme – qu'elle le veuille ou non – joue évidemment un premier rôle (3). Nous mentionnons cet aspect de la culture occidentale parce qu'il explique une certaine allure du génie extériorisé et hypersensible ; et n'oublions pas d'ajouter que tout cela relève du mystère d'Ève et non de celui de Marie, lequel relève de la Mâyâ ascendante. 3 – Un signe de cette autocratie laïque et de la mondanité qui en résulte est, parmi les manifestations vestimentaires, le décolleté des femmes, déjà blâmé par Dante, et paradoxal non seulement au point de vue de l'ascétisme chrétien, mais aussi au point de vue du légalisme sémitique, lequel ignore précisément la distinction entre clercs et laïcs puisqu'il sacralise la société entière ; ce n'est pas le phénomène de la dénudation qui étonne ici – car il existe légitimement dans l'hindouisme et ailleurs – mais c'est le fait que ce phénomène se produise en milieu chrétien. On pourrait dire aussi que la frivolité des mœurs laïques – les bals notamment – fait pendant au rigorisme exagéré des couvents, et que cette disparité trop ostentatoire marque un déséquilibre fauteur de toutes sortes d'oscillations subséquentes. Dans l'Inde, le maharadjah couvert de perles et le yogi couvert de cendre sont certes dissemblables, mais ils sont tous deux des « images divines ».
Frithjof Schuon (To Have a Center)
Xerox had an attractive financial model focused on leasing and servicing machines and selling toner, rather than big-ticket equipment sales. For Xerox and its salespeople, this meant steadier, more recurring income. With a large baseline of recurring revenues, budgets were more likely to be met, which allowed management to give accurate guidance to stock analysts. For customers, the cost of leasing a copier is accounted for as an operating expense, which doesn’t usually entail upper management approval as a capital purchase might. As a near-monopoly manufacturer of copiers, Xerox could reduce costs by building more of a few standard models. As owner of a fleet of potentially obsolete leased equipment, Xerox might prefer not to improve models too quickly. As Steve Jobs saw it, product people were driven out of Xerox, along with any sense of craftsmanship. Nonetheless, in 1969, Xerox launched one of the most remarkable research efforts ever, the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), without which Apple, the PC, and the Internet would not exist. The modern PC was invented at PARC, as was Ethernet networking, the graphical user interface and the mouse to control it, email, user-friendly word processing, desktop publishing, video conferencing, and much more. The invention that most clearly fit into Xerox’s vision of the “office of the future” was the laser printer, which Hewlett-Packard exploited more successfully than Xerox. (I’m watching to see how the modern parallel, Alphabet’s moonshot ventures, works out.) Xerox notoriously failed to turn these world-changing inventions into market dominance, or any market share at all—allowing Apple, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and others to build behemoth enterprises around them. At a meeting where Steve Jobs accused Bill Gates of ripping off Apple’s ideas, Gates replied, “Well Steve, I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I think it’s like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke in to steal his TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.
Joel Tillinghast (Big Money Thinks Small: Biases, Blind Spots, and Smarter Investing)