TGIF: Simple stuff, minimalism vs relationships... and esperanto

TGIF - Thanks God It's Friday and let me share with you some of the most interesting articles I've read this week:
5 Ways to Lose Your Stuff (Not Your Lover) - by Jennifer Gresham (guest posted on Zen Habits blog)

When going minimalistic it's sometimes very hard to find support in the loved ones. I know that. My wife became very supportive at some point, but initially it was quite hard. Jennifer in this great article explains how to "convert" our better halves without breaking the relationship. Great read.

Great interview with Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey who says he's the editor of software and solutions - he's trying to make things complex... simple. Great inspirational stuff for each startup founder.

Google recently announced an absurd move that they'll stop supporting a popular h.264 codec in Google Chrome and they'll start supporting only the "open" standards (which frankly, nobody uses) while still supporting proprietary Flash technology. Tim wrote a great article paraphrasing this move with ditching English support in Google... for Esperanto. LOL.

Have a great weekend everyone!
I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Posted on Friday, January 14, 2011 (followfriday)

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Bill Chapman
Jan 14, 2011 18:25
Tim Sneath has been unfair to Esperanto. It's true that Esperanto hasn't yet gained the recognition it deserves. However, all things considered, it has actually done amazingly well. In a little over 120 years, it has managed to grow from a drawing-board project with just one speaker in one country to a complete and living natural language with around 2,000,000 speakers in over 120 countries and a rich literature and cosmopolitan culture, with little or no official backing and even bouts of persecution. It hasn't taken the world by storm - yet - but it's slowly but surely moving in that direction, with the Internet giving it a significant boost in recent years.
Jan 17, 2011 00:46
In reply to Bill Chapman I can add that Esperanto is increasingly popular.

The study course is now receiving 120,000 hits per month.

That can't be bad :)

Michael Sliwinski
Jan 17, 2011 00:48
I totally agree that Esperanto is gaining a lot of traction and has lots of followers. Tim didn't say it wasn't. What he meant was that a situation where English would be substituted by Esperanto as "default language" of the mankind right now would be totally absurd. There are 250M people in the US right now and let's say they are 1M Esperanto speakers. Telling all the Americans that from now on they'll be speaking Esperanto exclusively would just not make sense.

Thanks for your comment Bill, I'll be checking out Esperanto soon to see how it's going. Brian, thanks for adding even more facts to that :-)