“But you can’t let your job define you… At 44, I’d rather be known as a good father than a good CEO.”—A refreshingly honest post from Hamish McLennan, Young & Rubicam CEO who’s stepping down to spend more time with his family. You don’t have to be a global CEO or walk away from your job to recognize there’s a lot to be learned about perspective and priorities in this post. (via arainert)
When I meet someone new, I make suble hints that I am absolutely in love with Adventure Time. Things like 'Oh my glob.' and 'Your math book is really algebraic.' Just subtle enough that they don't think I'm some crazed totally mathematical rhombus Adventure Time fan. Cuz slamacow, I'm not..
We know that many of you have asked to see more stories from The Atlantic in this space, but this article is too fascinating to pass up.
Kish was born with an aggressive form of cancer called retinoblastoma, which attacks the retinas. To save his life, both of his eyes were removed by the time he was 13 months old. Since his infancy — Kish is now 44 — he has been adapting to his blindness in such remarkable ways that some people have wondered if he’s playing a grand practical joke. But Kish, I can confirm, is completely blind.
He knew my car was poorly parked because he produced a brief, sharp click with his tongue. The sound waves he created traveled at a speed of more than 1,000 feet per second, bounced off every object around him, and returned to his ears at the same rate, though vastly decreased in volume.
But not silent. Kish has trained himself to hear these slight echoes and to interpret their meaning. Standing on his front stoop, he could visualize, with an extraordinary degree of precision, the two pine trees on his front lawn, the curb at the edge of his street, and finally, a bit too far from that curb, my rental car. Kish has given a name to what he does — he calls it “FlashSonar” — but it’s more commonly known by its scientific term, echolocation.