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How to save time

Try one of the following: Learn how to programme the TV recorder in the quickest way. Two buttons, three steps. Take four minutes, not five. Use a TV recorder to save your favourite TV shows and skip through the ads. Save 30 minutes every two hours. Or… stop watching the […]

Perspective: Million vs. Billion

"How long is a million seconds? How many days do you think that is?" I asked. "I don't know," she said, then started counting, realised it was pretty hard to do in your head, then stopped. I gave her the answer: "approximately 11 days". "Now," I continued, "how about a […]

Getting Excited About Small Data

The next few quarters for analytics in my company are, from my perspective, going to be game-changing, and I’m excited to say my team’s taking the lead on it: from machine learning and advanced visualisations to new ways of thinking about data, we’re currently taking the steps to get to […]

The need for theory in prediction models

I’d like to share this wonderful quip by philosopher Robert Long, that was quoted in the (also insightful and actually pretty good) book A Richer Life by Philip Roscoe: Let’s say that in early 2001 I formulate a theory to the effect that there is a Constant Tolkienian Force in the Universe […]

On meritocracy, luck, and giving back

Kottke’s post on meritocracy, a concept that I had in my younger days considered infallible, reminded me that even those of us who have worked hard and achieved so-called “success” have much to owe to “luck”. Even the smartest, hardest working, most beautiful of us all, would likely have not fared […]

What you do determines what you see

Author’s note: This post was originally titled “Déformation Professionnelle”, but I had trouble understanding it myself and have renamed it for easier future reference! This post in three words: Profession -> Perception -> Truth The following text is taken from the excellent book The Art of Thinking Clearly, by Rolf […]

A Chinese perspective on business

I’m currently reading a book called Dedication – The Huawei Philosophy of Human Resource Management, by Huang Weiwei. I’m only in the first chapter, but I’m already in love with it. It’s so, so different from the most western-centric business books that I’m used to. I’m just going to leave […]

Great, but incompatible

It’s painful how sometimes you can put in lots of effort and sacrifice  into a project (or a career) in the hope that it will pay off, only for it to fall through in the last moment. It’s worse when the motivation that was used sustain that effort was based […]