What we value at Logos

A recent email to the company… There is nothing at Logos more important than our corporate values: Honesty. Openness. Awesomeness. Growth. Initiative. Elegance. Shipping. These values reflect what we want to be as an organization. They help us decide what to do today and next year. They answer both ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ I love being …

Advice to my 21 year-old self

An intern invited me to coffee today and asked what advice I’d give my 21 year-old self. The answer was easy: read more history and biography. As the saying goes, “Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.” The only shortcut I’ve found is to study other people’s experience, and that’s mostly written …

Printed books freeze the Zeitgeist

I came across this interesting criticism of a project to continually update a 1907 dictionary in a new online edition: More importantly, and this is my real issue, the online-only presence of The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology means that we lose Zeitgeist, an important historical insight that we won’t see for decades, perhaps centuries down the line. … …

Everything changes but people

Over thousands of years we have learned that people never change but that our culture and circumstances – technology, buildings, tools, communications, transportation, etc. – change constantly. Yet when people make big plans (or worse, write big laws or found ambitious non-profits) they get things backwards: from their good intentions and future vision they extrapolate …