Category Archives: Check This Out

Education. It’s not about ROI.

“All this book learning is a waste of time. What the hell are you doing that is going to put a single dollar in your pocket, tell me that.” My stepfather had little respect for education, as evidenced by the … Continue reading

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Goodreads says ‘The Hunger Games’ is the best book ever written. Really.

The top five entries on the “Best Books Ever” list at Goodreads are, in order: The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, To Kill a Mockingbird, Twilight, and Pride and Prejudice. How disturbing.  All that time I … Continue reading

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Complexity for complexity’s sake

I was going to share this article about a new generation of mechanical watches, deliberately over complicated for the sheer strutting pride of doing something the hard way.  I was going to say something simultaneously profound and snarky about the … Continue reading

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Eudaimonia

I’ve been obsessed recently with the concept of the well-lived life–what it means and how to accomplish it.  In my search for enlightenment, I stumbled upon this article on HBR by Umair Haque.  My hair, both of them, stood on end as … Continue reading

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“The Cost of Paying Attention” By Matthew B. Crawford

From the ‘Amen! corner’, check out this article by Matthew Crawford in the New York Times on the increasing cacophony of our daily lives. “Attention is a resource; a person has only so much of it. And yet we’ve auctioned off more … Continue reading

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Simple

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald This month’s edition of the The Atlantic Magazine includes … Continue reading

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Focus

A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? … Continue reading

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Go

“[It is] something unearthly . . . If there are sentient beings on other planets, then they play Go.”-  Emanuel Lasker When I took my latest job a number of my new co-workers played the ancient Asian game of Go.  … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday! You’re unfriended.

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I practice ‘green Facebooking’.  For every post I offer up, I delete three others.  And, occasionally, I unfriend someone.  Nothing personal.  Just cleaning up.  In fact, given that science has proven that Facebook is bad for … Continue reading

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Stochastic Dominance

Any post that describes a decision algorithm as “[s]exy sounding enough to be used in a pickup line, yet powerful enough to cut through the cognitive biases” demands a repost.  Maurice Ewing’s article on using stochastic dominance as a decision making … Continue reading

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