If you want to work for Amazon:

According to the Flex site, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old, have a car, and valid drivers license. You’ll also need some type of Android phone and pass a background check.

If you want to buy from Amazon:

The Prime Now service offers deliveries in one or two hours after being placed through a companion iPhone app. You have to be a member of the Amazon Prime service, which costs $99 per year and comes with a number of other benefits that can be accessed on your iPhone or iPad.

See what I mean? Read more about it here.

Jason Snell writing about the design transformation of his 1 year old blog Six Colors .. Or Six Colours – as we would have it in the UK. But then his new logo wouldn’t be so clever …

 
 I like Jason’s writings – I track hundreds of feeds through my feedly news reader – but only a few qualify for my ‘must read’ section … 6 Colors is one of them. Kudos to him for what he has achieved I the past year. 

Separately – yet related – this book is designed to help your child learn.

  
You are never too old to learn.

This came through my stream this morning … as a way to think of what kind of people you need to help you – based on what you know – or don’t.

  • You know what you think know
    • hire employees to execute these tasks
  • You know what you don’t think you know
    • hire employees or consultants to figure this out
    • hire employees to execute it
  • You don’t know what you think you know
    • hire an executive coach to identify these blind spots
    • hire subject matter consultant to solve this class of problems
  • You don’t know what you don’t know
    • hire an executive coach that pushes you to be extremely uncomfortable with your assumptions and your biases

To emphasize – not my original thought – but that of John Berg – still, a nice 2*2 model to utilize – graphic to come.

And of course you know how Rummy fits in don’t you ?

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

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I am an English. I moved to the US in 1990. I am still a ‘resident alien’ as the US government affectionately refers to me. Other than that one fact – and my accent – everything about me passes as American. I pay taxes, think in dollars, work here, own property here …. oh, hang on – one more thing – I can’t vote. I seem to recall something about ‘no taxation without representation’ back in the day, but so much for that.

I was struck today by this article in the Guardian about Emily Blunt, where she was apologizing for poking fun at her American citizenship. This after being attacked by rightwing commentators – you know who they are – and if not – they are named in the Guardian’s article (they are the usual idiots that don’t understand humor).

Still – to my point, the quote below leapt off the page to me.

“I had to renounce my Queen. The thing that’s weird is I do get to keep both my British citizenship and this, but you have to renounce her. But it’s kind of typically American – not to be rude. I had to renounce her in the room but I don’t actually technically renounce her. They were like, ‘just say it, you don’t have to mean it but just say it’.”

All Most Americans I come across can’t understand why I wouldn’t just ‘become American’ – after all – I don’t have to renounce my UK citizenship – isn’t it easier. No. Not really – and this quote exemplifies why. I am not exactly a royalist – but I question how you can serve two nations. We jokingly refer to the UK as the 51st state of the USA – and certainly Tony Bliar (sic) demonstrated that in spades over Iraq. I can’t.

Moreover – if you are American – and reading this – how do you feel that people swearing in as citizen’s of America just have to ‘say it’ – not ‘mean it’.

Is that only if you are English (as part of our ‘special relationship’) – or does it apply to any nationality. A citizen of Aghanistan can only get into 23 countries visa free. With a UK passport – and in fact a US passport – you have access to 174 countries.

You read it here first – when you commit to America – you don’t really have to. They are only words. Doesn’t work for me … how about you ?

I bought Peace on Wednesday – and use it … not so surprised to read this on Thursday – but stunned to read this today.

Bottom line – Peace was the number one paid for app in the US App store for the past 36 hours – and then Marco pulled it.

Here is the essence of why I think he concluded this was what had to happen.

I still believe that ad blockers are necessary today, and I still think Ghostery is the best one, but I’ve learned over the last few crazy days that I don’t feel good making one and being the arbiter of what’s blocked.

Delighted to receive this email this morning. It is one of many I receive on a regular basis.

… I work for a company called *REDACTED*.  I represent an investor that is interested in making an acquisition in the software, cloud or tech space.  After completing my research, I have deemed that your company might be a viable candidate.

Here’s the thing – just visit our web site – and top left – you will see this ….

Lyris Acquired

Not hard really is it ?