Letter from David Ogilvy to his nephew

From Letters of Note:

In 1984, iconic advertising executive and real-life Mad Man David Ogilvy received a letter from his 18-year-old great nephew, Harry. Having just finished school, Harry was now faced with the common dilemma of whether to go to university or jump straight into full-time work, and so asked his highly respected relative for some wisdom on the matter. Ogilvy responded with the following multiple choice letter of advice.

Click through to read the letter. It's brilliant.

The Best | Dustin Curtis

Dustin Curtis on researching thoroughly and buying only the best:

“The best” isn’t necessarily a product or thing. It’s the reward for winning the battle fought between patience, obsession, and desire. It takes an unreasonably long amount of time to find the best of something. It requires that you know everything about a product’s market, manufacture, and design, and that you can navigate deceptive pricing and marketing. It requires that you find the best thing for yourself, which means you need to know what actually matters to you.

I love this article and unreservedly agree with it.

Via DF

Mind vs. Machine | The Atlantic

Brian Christian in an article titled Mind vs. Machine about his experience participating in the Turing Test in 2009:

In the mid-20th century, a piece of cutting-edge mathematical gadgetry was said to be “like a computer.” In the 21st century, it is the human math whiz who is “like a computer.” It’s an odd twist: we’re like the thing that used to be like us. We imitate our old imitators, in one of the strange reversals in the long saga of human uniqueness.

It's a remarkably interesting article about artificial intelligence and the human condition. Slightly off topic for this site, but definitely worth sharing. I had it in my Instapaper queue and not sure how I came across it.