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There are some things we cannot affect. There are some things which cannot affect us. If it’s not in both categories, why worry about it? Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
Or at least it shouldn’t. As your skills develop, search for new ways to challenge yourself, to increase the difficulty. Strive to beat your past selves. There are two ways that difficulty can remain constant. The first one, the one we want, is that the challenges you take on are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
Pick an object. Any object near you will do. A pencil, an apple, a mug. Not the idea of a pencil, but one particular pencil, resting on the desk beside you. The very idea of ‘this pencil’ is merely a useful myth that we have projected onto the world. It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
For the next week: When something negative happens to you (you are late to work, you fail to complete a project on time, you don’t receive something you want), think about what you personally could have done to increase your chances of success. As in what actions you could have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
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Dec 17, 2016
Many people consider changing their minds to be a negative. You didn’t stick to your convictions. You betrayed your principles. Et cetera. Have you ever been wrong in the past? Is it possible you are wrong about something right now? Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
Criminal justice and digital communications are very similar problems. How so? First, the basics of digital communications. Point A is attempting to transmit zeros and ones to Point B. Of course, the real world can be a messy place. Point B doesn’t always receive exactly zeros and exactly ones. Instead,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
There are items in your home that make you happy. You use them frequently, they are well-designed, they let you have great experiences. There are items in your home that make you unhappy. You can’t remember the last time you used them, they are clunky or frustrating, they are annoying... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
Imagine two people in a car with individual climate control systems. He would prefer a bit colder than the current temperature, and she would prefer a bit warmer. So he turns his dial a bit colder, and the temperature goes down a little. She reacts to this by turning her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
Previously, I recommended not using labels. Sometimes, though, they are useful. When? The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis holds that language shapes our thoughts. Probably the simplest example of this is labels. For example, hearing the word ‘fruit’ brings certain expectations to mind. Sugary, sweet, round, etc. Hearing the word ‘vegetable’ brings different... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
During mating season, bucks fight for dominance while does look on. During sports season, athletes fight for dominance while spectators look on. This is not to criticize professional athletes. Many have spent decades honing their craft, relentlessly pursuing perfection. Athletics is one of the purest forms of human achievement. World-class... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
There are at least two ways to build a large company in a service industry. The first: lay down procedures and systems and processes and checklists, in near-infinite detail. Cheaply hire inexperienced people and train them to follow these procedures automatically and without question. This works great if you’re looking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
Judge your goals on their boldness, and judge your progress against your capabilities. Some will tell you to dream big. Les Brown: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” But always falling short of your goals becomes discouraging after a while. Some will tell... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
There was once a student of sculpture in an ancient land. He knew that sculpture was his life’s work, and he desired to create the greatest sculpture in the world. As he walked through the markets, he sneered at the obvious flaws in the cheap statues. Even when he visited... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
The first time you read a book or watch a movie, most of it probably goes over your head. Assuming it is well-crafted, there are many nuances that slip by as you are busy absorbing the basics of the plot, the characters, the setting. It’s the second time through that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and do not (yet) play one on TV, but am open to offers. The “advice” contained within this post, while tangentially medically-related, should not be mistaken for “medical advice”. Neither this post nor the blog within which it is contained should be allowed to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
Some teamwork requires synchronization. Imagine lifting one handle of a wheelbarrow while someone else lifts the other. If we don’t lift at the same time, everything spills. If we’re trying to stretch a spring instead, things are a bit different. You can move first, stretching the spring a bit. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
The first step is admitting you want it. Too frequently, we tell others (and more importantly, ourselves) that we don’t want things. “That watch? Who would spend a thousand dollars on a watch?” “That promotion? Too much responsibility. I’m happy where I am.” “That Ferrari? Imagine always being worried about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
Once upon a time, in a city much unlike your own, there lived a boy. What this boy wanted most in the world was a puzzle to call his own. This had been his greatest wish for as long as he could remember. A few of the other children on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
To judge a book by its contents, we must first have read it. A new book is published every few seconds, and this pace is only increasing. This is obviously a losing battle. So how might we cope with this firehose stream? If we were running a scientific study, we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
The only way to avoid failure entirely: avoid risk so thoroughly that it becomes failure in itself. So failures will happen. Small ones at least. It is only through foresight and planning that we can prevent them causing large failures. Take a knitted sweater. Snip the yarn in a single... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
When trying to find quality, whether it be in literature or philosophy or art or advice, there are two paths. The popular one: plug into the ever-increasing deluge of the new. Where the good is mixed in with the bad and the downright ugly. Sturgeon’s revelation: ninety percent of everything... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
A spotlight tells us what to focus on. It lights up the people who are talking. But there are often other people on stage as well. In the shadows. Either deftly moving scenery or waiting for their turn in the light. When the spotlight is on, look also at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
Through the lens of information theory, most team sports are utterly ridiculous. We have various sets of players, selected through pseudorandom processes. We need to rank them according to how well they achieve a preset purpose while operating under a set of fixed rules. The complexity of a team’s combined... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized
Sometimes our convictions make us demanding. We demand instant perfection from others, rather than accepting gradual improvement. We know we’re in the right, so anything less than perfection is failure. Except that the choice is not between perfection and imperfection. It is between incremental improvement and the status quo. You... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Thoughts, sometimes organized