My name sounds,

Like a flow that has eased;

Birth in twice time, I am the last;

Split far from the heart, I am amidst a tear,

Shaded by nature,

Hidden from surprises.


Evening star lies;

Fate was resolved,

And bloods beat;

I was abandoned.

At north, I’m 90° to the left of the 795 miles high;

You’ll find me in leaves,

Thousands before the fate;

I’m an atom in the Middle-of-the-earth;

By marriage of NZ and Lauterbrunnen,

Yet broken – not held honest – I was adopted;

Lost my homeliness,

But no more a high dream,

A real legend I’ve become.

Here! – engraved and restored,

Heighten on the widescreen!

What is my name?


eye.jpgSelective concise conclusions of lessons learned from a few posts that never made it:

  • before adding anything – ask yourself if it’s really, really worth it
  • to be productive, you do, it doesn’t get any simpler than that
  • there are some marvelously creative people out there as illustrated by the gorgeous examples
  • inflation matters
  • black display colors consumes substantially less power than white, so that’s a positive of dark backgrounds
  • illegal interview questions: birthplace/citizenship; ethnicity; age; gender; gender preferences; beliefs & affiliation; handicaps; marital/family status.
  • commercial media is rarely user-friendly filled w/ long-winded writing and popular junk
  • be smart: opinions are not equivalent to reason, science, or knowledge, which in turn, is disparate from data or information – not synonyms
    • opinion: it is impossible to reason with or fight against stupidity and popular junk
    • reason: Lisa Simpson is a smart girl as we have seen – a very good role model. Many of the writer behind The Simpsons graduated from Harvard with math degrees, did you know that?
  • given that the “how laws are made” from the library of congress is filled with minutia, and many unnecessary, burdensome pages, we transformed and translated it into a neat, usable and user-friendly package
  • compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) are the way to go for many reasons
  • grammar rules are so trite; we don’t follow them, and neither should you
  • sex doesn’t sell overall as the weighter evidence has shown
  • all the noise, think before you speak
  • wisdom of the crowd, what a joke! look towards the individuals who will transform this world
  • go read a book, not a blog – yes, a real book
  • GoldenApples law: quality over quantity
  • understand how ignorant we all are and how little we actually know
  • “This was yesterday, and somewhat similar in theme to Jobs’ Commencement address, yesterday is gone, and today will pass into yesterday. Tomorrow – is New / beginnings.”
  • learn continuously, create a detailed plan of action, and achieve it, invent new technologies, find a cure to worldly diseases, or help and progress humanity in significant ways; that which is not crap



From the “Importance of a Mission Statement” which we did post:

“In life or otherwise, a mission statement sets in motion the purpose of your life. It expresses the collective reasons why any organization or company exist, and what they do.

Not only does it help clarify your inner most important values, it provides the firm direction of aspirations. It’s fundamental. It drives an entire entity, encapsulating all that they are – and cannot be stress enough.”

swept_sky.jpgWe’ll leave the content that has lasting value, or expresses what GoldenApples was about.

In preparation to shutdown, all comments were closed on 12/31/07. Our last post was posted on 1/2/08. GoldenApples ceased operations that same day.

Those involved had gone on to do bigger things.

Resulting in the here and now:


Ponoko aims to create opportunities for customization in manufacturing a product, and considering that few wish to assemble the delivered pieces together and given the hefty price tags, most will decide to shop at places like Pottery Barn or IKEA.


The Toyota Prius has a lasting and positive effect on the company as well as Japan itself, though the country still has economic problems just like most every other country.


Live Mocha, a startup, finds an innovative – and better – way to help students learn languages different from the horrifically ineffective methods of the educational system.


And what have you done and how have you made the world any better, since it’s always about you?

trev-studio.jpgI’m passionate in making management and leadership simpler. Many managers over complicate work causing managers to falsely believe they know more than the people they supervise, and this creates a disconnect between the manager and their employees.

To prevent over complication, we must ask ourselves three questions:

  1. Do I spend enough time listening to the employees that report to me?
  2. Do I meet customers regularly enough and ask their experiences of my organisation?
  3. At our regular team meeting is the first item on the agenda about our people and if not why not?

The greatest talent is at the front line, not the management structure. It’s commonly believed that leaders must show the way. I disagree. We can all make a difference. Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

GK Chesterton wrote the shortest letter in the history of The Times newspaper:

“Dear Sirs

In answer to your question – ‘What is wrong with the world? – I am.

Yours sincerely

GK Chesterton”

We can all do something to make management and leadership simpler.


Trevor has 35 years of experience in healthcare management and has written four books ranging from simplicity to leadership. He maintains a blog at http://www.simplicityitk.blogspot.com/

junk.jpgEasy. If you need popular attention, talk junk food news like E! Online, Yahoo!, CNN, Mashable, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly, then you’ll be hip and get lots of hits! Hype about the latest news and fads, the newest blockbuster, the next rising starlet, sports, politics, and statistics that fluctuates daily – you just can’t go wrong!

Project Censored describes what you do as “meaningless coverage of the unimportant,” summing it up perfectly: “A Junk Food News diet consists of sensationalized… inconsequential trivia that is served up to the public on a daily basis …not very nourishing, it’s cheap to produce and profitable for media proprietors.”

Imitate this idiot (says the votes) on YouTube, and for literally junk food news that feeds the mindless masses, passively behold this crap. You’ll be popular junk before you know it!

Still, not all areas of entertainment are junk, some are actually quality that illustrates the richness and grandeur of a culture, created with marvel and ingenuity. To understand the difference between what’s worth and what’s not is a gift.

They say you are what you eat. You are also what you read. You don’t want to be popular junk now, do you? If you want a quality that surpasses popularity, then look for respect & admiration – esteem even, because you achieved something apart from the norm and everyday.

Comments should try to add and build upon the post in new ways we did not think of in order to improve it.

flower.jpgOn the side. A taste of real worth. Great examples of the free and quality information given freely to you, some of the Sexy Sites can help educated you (if you want) or you could detract into entertainment along with a feeble, unsexy mind.

Granted that, unlike the mostly junk on del.icio.us, stumbleupon, and other such senseless, time-wasting, trifling sites (why in the world do they have so many?), those rare golden apples are dearly challenging to come by.

Can people stop producing overwhelming crap? Like wordpress blogs with crap diffused everywhere; instead, why don’t you? Go and create new innovative technologies as wordpress did or write an informative masterpiece based on years of dedicated research. Spend the next 5+ years on something great – not daily stupidity – because before you know it, that year would be gone.

Few things are created equal. Put in the Effort. Ask yourself: How can I be better than what I am? What can I do? What will I bring to tomorrow (the next 5+ years)?