"The Problem Is Not The Problem. The Problem Is Your Attitude About The Problem." - Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
"The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care." - Peter Gibbons, Office Space
"Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously." - Hunter Thompson
"I want to know what's wrong with the street. See, I don't think anything's wrong with the street." - Bill Foster, Falling Down
"I don't know. Just trying to understand why we keep making the same mistakes... over and over." - Luisa Rey, Cloud Atlas
The annual Mako “Things I Like” report for 2022.
"The Less You Do, the More You Do" - Kunu, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
"Parkinson’s disease is the gift that keeps on taking. But it truly has been a gift." - Michael J. Fox
"Once a man has seen, he can never turn his back on it. Never pretend it doesn’t exist. No matter who orders him to look the other way" - Rorschach, The Watchmen
"Some Men Just Want To Watch The World Burn" - Alfred, The Dark Knight
"Stop trying to control everything and just let go!" - Tyler Durden, Fight Club
"All that we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring
"The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?" - Jack Sparrow
"The Training Is Nothing. The Will Is Everything. The Will To Act."
"Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance"
"Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit."
The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
Leave the gun. Take the cannoli
“You must strive to find your own voice, boys, and the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.”
"You may think this is suffering, no. It is salvation. The universal scale tips toward balance because of your sacrifice. Smile."
"You are too concerned with what was and what will be. There is a saying: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present."
"Yeah, Well, You Know, That's Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man." - The Dude, Big Lebowski
"It's not who you are underneath, it's what you do that defines you." -Batman Begins
"Just because you haven’t found your talent yet doesn’t mean you do not have one." -Kermit The Frog
"Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one's life." - Anthony Bourdain
"We really never lose our demons. We only learn to rise above them." - Ancient One, Doctor Strange
"Time is the stuff that when you spend it, you don’t get it back." - Mark, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
"Your strength has returned. But the weakness still remains. And that is why you will always lose." - Darth Vader, ObiWan Ep 6
"Iceberg, right ahead!" - Frederick Fleet
"It doesn't matter if you believe in fate if fate believes in you" - Unknown.
"All right! We did not die today. I call that an unqualified success." — Fear, Inside Out
"Control can sometimes be an illusion. But sometimes you need illusion to gain control" - Mr. Robot
"All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain." - Roy Batty, Blade Runner
'What is urgent is seldom important and what is important is seldom urgent.' - Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.” ― Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
"Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible" - Cloud Atlas
"What (if) we perceive isn't the real world at all, but just our mind's best guess? That all we really have is a garbled reality, a truly fuzzy picture we will never make out?" - Elliot, Mr. Robot
"Maybe self-improvement isn't the answer, maybe self-destruction is the answer." - Tyler Durden, Fight Club
"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." - Steve Martin
"The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?" - Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
Wizard needs coffee, badly.
"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'" — A Man Without A Country, Vonnegut
“I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… DO things.” - Joker, The Dark Knight
“We're all puppets, Laurie. I'm just a puppet who can see the strings.” - Dr. Manhattan
"Hey! Hey! Relax. Take a deep breath. Now, let's ask somebody for directions." - Dory, Finding Nemo
"You are wise because you have doubts." - Clementine, Churchill
“There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” -Bruce Lee
"Big things often have small beginnings." - David, Prometheus (or T.E. Lawrence in Lawerence of Arabia)
"When the night is over, like a bat out of hell, I'll be gone, gone, gone" - Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell
“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” – Fight Club, Tyler Durden
“The game is tailored specifically to each participant. Think of it as a great vacation, except you don't go to it, it comes to you.” - The Game
The annual Mako “Things I Like” report for 2021.
"Ah you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it." - Bane, The Dark Knight Rises
"Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance." - Kurt Vonnegut
"Have you found joy in your life? Has your life brought joy to others?" - Carter Chambers, The Bucket List
"We are what we imagine ourselves to be." - Kurt Vonnegut
"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… It is our choices" – Dumbledore
"Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me you built a time machine... Out of a DeLorean?" - Marty McFly, Back to the Future
“There’s a starman waiting in the sky; He’d like to come and meet us; But he thinks he’d blow our minds” - David Bowie, Starman
"They call it a Royale with cheese." - Vincent Vega
“The code is more what you’d call 'guidelines' than actual rules.” – Barbossa
"I just felt like runnin" - Forrest Gump
"We are who we choose to be. Now choose!" – Green Goblin, from Spider-Man
"Moths don't need to explain why they're attracted to the light." - Marty Rubin
"You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to." - Robin Williams
"No, no, no, no.. I'm sorry... I am so, so sorry...." - Dr Strange Supreme, What If...? Episode 4
The movies are like a machine that generates empathy... It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us" - Roger Ebert
"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run." - Forrest Gump
"I used to be the main express, all steam and whistles heading west. Picking up my pain from door to door, riding on the storyline, furnace burning overtime.. But this train don't stop there anymore."
I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise; I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes
"and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, til we find our place, on the path unwinding"
The annual "clean up my cable bag" exercise
"Time is meaningless, yet it is all that exists" - Einstein (Farscape, "Unrealized Realities")
"You know what the happiest animal on Earth is? It’s a goldfish. You know why? Got a ten-second memory. Be a goldfish, Sam." - Ted Lasso
"You will believe a man can fly."
Time to decompress
"You can never give up the fight for pain — that is only temporary" - Wendy Ingraham
"I don't have to agree with you to like or respect you." - Anthony Bourdain
"If rum can't fix it; you're not using enough rum" - Jack Sparrow
"We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is." - Kurt Vonnegut
"You don’t have the faintest idea what you’re talking about." - Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting
"Once An Idea Has Taken Hold Of The Brain, It’s Almost Impossible To Eradicate" - Cobb, Inception
"What doesn't kill you makes you stranger" - The Joker from The Dark Knight
Cultivate trusted circles
"Water polo, isn't that dangerous?" - Sugar Kane Kowalczyk
"This is the water and this is the well. Drink full." - The Woodsmen in Twin Peaks, Season 3
Pause and think
"There is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path." -Morpheus, The Matrix
"Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." - Dead Poets Society
"When all is one and one is all, that's what it is; To be a rock and not to roll, oh yeah; And she's buying a stairway to heaven"
"And I wonder when I sing along with you, If everything could ever feel this real forever, If anything could ever be this good again."
“A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.” — The Lorax
“ I have been a voice with no body. A body, but not human. And now a memory made real. Who knows what I might be next?”
“There is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path.” — Morpheus, The Matrix
"You can't come up with a formula to change the way you experience the world." - A Beautiful Mind
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
I, have made fire.
“Big things have small beginnings” Little things add up to big ones over time. Often “boil the ocean” projects that attempt to make huge course corrections, cultural changes, or technology shifts in an organization (or life, for that matter). But I think the biggest lesson that I’ve taken from
Nobody asks to be a hero, it just sometimes turns out that way.
Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas I was introduced to the concept of ‘Oblique Strategies’ several years back (a.k.a. ‘Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas’) which is a ‘card-based method for promoting creativity’ created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt back in 1975. The fifth iteration of the the physical
Death and honor are thought to be the same, but today I have learned that sometimes they are not.
"I am your main connection to the switchboard of the soul. I'm the magic man... Santa Claus of the subconscious."
“Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” — Muhammad Ali
Looks like I finally ran into someone that likes to play as rough as I do.
Get out. I need to go to my mind palace.
If your life had a face I would punch it.
My passion is equal to the task.
Mathematics is the only true universal language
The annual Mako “Things I Like” report for 2020
Don’t worry. You can’t crush a soul here, that’s what life on earth is for.
You want my king, you got to come get my king. All these other pieces are just the means to do it.
Do not go gentle into that good night
Live like you’re already dead, man. Have a good time. Do your best. Let it all come ripping right through you. — Jeff Bridges
Don’t eat the eggs. We put LSD in the eggs.
Up is down. Well that’s just maddeningly unhelpful. Why are these things never clear?
She didn’t leave me. She just left me behind.
Home? This is your home. You're dead.
Time is meaningless and yet it is all that exists
I’m going to have to science the shit out of this.
It's like this whole town. Big heads, small potatoes.
A.K.A. The Audit
And like that... he's gone.
I am extremely fragile right now
We cannot go home.
I want you to hit me as hard as you can
Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots
Our dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake we realize things were strange.
Hope is a dangerous thing my friend, it can kill a man…
Hey, well that's just like...Your opinion, man.
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.
Be water, my friend
I am not locked in here with you. You are locked in with me!
Nobody knows anybody. Not that well.
Are you not entertained?
I had to go see about a girl
In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.
What’s in the box?!
Come Find Me When You Wake Up!
There are no coincidences, only the illusion of coincidences
The little things... there's nothing bigger, is there?
I... fight for the users!
I say what I mean and I do what I say
You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
Geology is the study of pressure and time. That’s all it takes, really. Pressure and time.
Do You Want To Take A Leap Of Faith Or Become An Old Man Filled With Regret Waiting To Die Alone?
Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.
I can’t hear them, but I know that they are making a hash of it.
The internet isn’t written in pencil, Mark. It’s written in ink.
Dear Lord, please don't let me f*** up.
I don't know. Just trying to understand why we keep making the same mistakes... over and over.
Oh what a day! What a lovely day!
“Do you know what that means? Then let me teach you a lesson.”
Execute Order 66
The holy grail ‘neath ancient Roslin waits
Up-leveling my work-at-home space
My voice is my passport, verify me.
Feels so good tonight, who cares about tomorrow
I can barely define the shape of this moment in time
Why not prep for when I can go out again?
I make you laugh; And you make me cry
’Cause every hand’s a winner
That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.
“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool."
To the place I belong...
And now's the time, the time is now...
I often hear people complain that Twitter is total chaos. To be honest, I really enjoy using it daily as a source of technology discovery, but it didn’t really become effective and under control until I started to move people off my timeline and into curated “lists”. For example,
Welcome to the annual Mako "Things I Like" report for 2019