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The Run

We act very much as if we were on a voyage. What can I do? I can choose out the helmsman, the sailors, the day, the moment. Then a storm arises. What do I care? I have fulfilled my task: another has now to act, the helmsman. If the weather […]

Feeling good about one’s work

I was just “thinking about things” when this thought came into my head: To feel good about one’s work, there are two sides of validation: the internal and the external. External validation: somebody tells you, “you’ve done well. This is excellent!” Internal validation: you tell yourself, “you’ve done well; you’d […]

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 […]

Falling to the level of our training

I first saw the following wonderful quote in a book by Joshua Medcalf (called Hustle),  attributed to  an anonymous Navy SEAL: Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training. What a beautiful principle to live your life by. (I was particularly inspired because I […]

Tell me what you want to see

Caught this magnificent optical illusion on kottke.org today. I’d say that is definitely  this is worth a minute or two of your time. Was in my “data” frame of mind when I watched this, and couldn’t help thinking that this is exactly how data works: control the content, control the angle (i.e. perception), […]

The Default Option

Saw the following via Avinash Kaushik on Google+. Too good not to share, and on so many levels. It is worth highlighting that the power of the “default option” is a very real one. Organ donation is a good example. Whether organ donation is an “opt-in” (i.e. the default option is […]