Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Killing Puppies.

Patrick Pichette on optimizing human infrastructure to deal with failed projects:

The people on the project know that it is failing – as senior management you have to say, “Let’s declare failure – let’s get the champagne and kill this puppy.  Then we can put you on stuff that’s really cool and sexy.”

My thoughts.  Embodied in this approach is an understanding that projects fail, not people.  When I get a project I am relentless about making things happen.  It is hard (but necessary) to admit when things aren’t happening; no one wants to drown a puppy.  That is what it feels like some times. 

 p. 255; In The Plex by Steven Levy

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Google is the largest computer manufacturer in the world.

" . . . in order to meet the demands of search, handle the constant experiments the company ran, and accommodate the rapidly growing number of projects at Google other than search, the company had to basically reinvent the computer.  “Suddenly, you have a program that doesn’t run on anything smaller than a thousand machines,” says Barroso, codesigner of Google’s data centers.  “So you can’t look at that as a thousand machines, but instead look at thousand machines as a single computer.  I look at a data center as a computer.”

One building in a data center may have 45 containers holding 1,160 servers, arranged in a two-story setup.

 p. 181, 194, & 198; In The Plex by Steven Levy

Monday, January 2, 2012

The internet prior to 1994.

Do you remember what that is called?



I have a new research toy.  This site will take any document (blog) and reduce it to it's key themes.  I can think of several interesting applications for introspection and pre-reading documents.

This image is a wordle of my blog.  It is interesting that "Bloomberg var" (and any other financial term) doesn't even make the list.
I think I might try this on a few of the academic articles I read to see what comes out of it.  Like I said, many interesting applications.

Here is another wordle I think is better.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2010 World GDP

Data Source: World Bank, 1/1/12.  

   For some perspective, here is the same data compiled by geographic region.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I just took myself public.


You can own 100 shares of my social media activity for about $ 2.00 USD.  Just don’t expect to cash in; it’s a game.  I’m been learning the ropes on Empire Avenue, http://ow.ly/8dwJR  You generate virtual revenue, eaves (e), for yourself and your shareholders by surfing FB, tweeting and watching videos on YouTube.  You can also invest in shares of other people.  My first investment is in (e) SEA, Darin McClure.  I think I found a good long term investment in his shares.  I wasn’t looking to close a deal, but the shares are cheap; I pulled the trigger.   
PROS.  (e)SEA currently offers a daily dividend yield (ROI) of 1.12%.  I like to look at the inverse ratio, Price/Dividend.  This indicates that the a dollar of (e)SEA earnings sells for $89.  This is a clear value compared to an average price of $122(P/D) among today’s top 20 earners; that caught my eye.  If we assume Darin’s content is on par with other top 20 revenue earners.  His shares are priced attractively with a $50 upside.

CONS.  I only had on period of data to go on.  So, I am betting last week was representative of his usual production.  I could have looked at posting dates to gauge consistency, but I didn’t. 
If you’re interested in playing, you can get started with an extra 2,000e by following this link, http://ow.ly/8dwJR

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dear Book Lover: Skimming vs. Reading

The Gist. Reading levels of the five hypothesized by Ronald P. Carver, a professor of educational psychology

  • Skimming is reading quickly, about 450 words a minute for a proficient reader
  • scanning—the way we read dictionaries or telephone directories—is done at about 600 words a minute
  • "rauding," is the level at which we read literary fiction, or letters or long magazine stories. To oversimplify his theory, when we raud we are not only reading every word but comprehending their meaning in the context of sentences and paragraphs
  • reading to learn—studying—at about 200 words a minute
  • reading to memorize, 138 words a minute

Mortimer Adler, author of "How to Read a Book," recommends skimming as "the first sublevel of inspectional reading. Your main aim is to discover whether the book requires a more careful reading."

In "How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read," Pierre Bayard, a professor of literature, makes a case for skimming as a way to maintain "a reasonable distance" from a book. "Skimming books without actually reading them does not in any way prevent you from commenting on them," Mr. Bayard wrote. "It's even possible that this is the most efficient way to absorb books, respecting their inherent depth and richness without getting lost in the details."The

Article. Dear Book Lover: Skimming vs. Reading: Is skimming the best way to absorb a book? Cynthia Crossen on reading fast and slow.