Friday Fun: Great Artists Ship


This is a rare film of Renoir at work.  You can see his hands are horribly deformed by rheumatoid arthritis.

Hard to look at, but also inspiring.  He was in pain, but he still kept painting (“shipping”) anyway.  The music, by the way is Chopin’s PIano Concerto No. 2, second movement (thanks to commenter John Lyons on OpenCulture for pointing this out).

Friday Fun: The Most Entertaining Employee Handbook You’ll Ever Read

3 ring binder (opened)

3 ring binder (opened) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The words “employee handbook” don’t usually promise a “fun” read.  

Most of the time, you’ll see phrases such as, “Employees accrue 1/4 vacation days for every one month of employment. Vacation days may be used only after six months of full-time employment, and expire at the end of the year. Vacation requests must be approved by your supervisor…” Blah. Blah. Blah.

This one is different. For one thing, it has cartoons. The vacation section starts with a caption advising you to find someone to watch your cats. it says things like:

Nobody has ever been fired at Valve for making a mistake.  It wouldn’t make sense for us to operate that way. Providing the freedom to fail is an important trait of the company—we couldn’t expect so much of individuals if we also penalized people for errors.

Read the entire handbook here.