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What do you do? I’m an analyst.

“So,” my wife’s friend asks, “what do you do?” I pause for a moment, prepare to say “business analyst”, but then decide not to because I didn’t think she’d understand what I did. I look at my wife and ask her, “what do I do?”, hoping she’d have a better […]

Colour Quiz

I’m a sucker for personality tests. Here’s one I haven’t taken (and believe me I’ve taken many) which though I wouldn’t read too much into its results, does seem in its own little way pretty accurate: ColorQuiz (I suppose one reason I like personality tests is that I’m always amazed when […]

On the Boston Marathon Bombings

I haven’t written about it. I didn’t think I would. But I think I should. The tragedy at the Boston Marathon has hit me worse than I’d thought. (“Why do you look so sad?” the wife asked. “I don’t know,” I replied.) I’m an avid runner, and one who has […]

Automated out of a job

“Most of the time,” my friend told me,” they were just doing really manual work. Copying and pasting, doing very routine things that could have been automated. And they’d do these things for 8 or 9 hours a day, sometimes more. They’d come back on Saturdays just to finish their […]

On Making Plans

There’s a saying attributed to Woody Allen: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” The first time I’d seen it, it made me laugh. Not because it was funny (though it was), but because it was true. It was a nervous laugh. Here’s another quote from […]

Exceptional talent is about hard work

Saw an article by on Facebook about a section in Robert Greene’s book, talking about how exceptional talent is about hard work: He says that there is no such thing as being born into superior success. Rather, those politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, athletes and artists who rise above the rest […]