Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Start with Why

I'm trying to give my why form. It might be easier to draw the wind. The best I can do is is offer evidence it exists. I can’t articulate an answer, but I know it is there because I am inspired when I come to work and I am fulfilled when I leave.

I wrote that a few months ago. I finished Simon Sinek's Start with Why. Twice. I look back at the progress I've made. I’ve been working on something that I find inspiring. A mantra like Elliot Hulse’s “Becoming the strongest version of yourself.” Or Eric Thomas’ “When you want to succeed as badly as you want to breath, then you will succeed.” The best I’ve got is, “Think into the deep thought.”

It’s not intuitively clear. I suspect the vagueness is just cover for a thought that is still not clearly articulated. The idea is steeped in the idea that deep thought can only happen for a mind that is focused on the present. I ask myself, to what end? For the love of learning falls flat. The truth is because I want to learn. I want to know. It’s really just a fancy, enlightened way to say in my best Forrest Gump voice, “I like to learn a lot”.

Tonight I broke through to the next level of clarity. Tonight I wrote:

“Become a catalyst for change. Others might be intimidated by new knowledge, fear what they don’t understand.  But we can calm those fears and discover new understanding because we are willing to soak it in. Because we crave discovery. Think into the deep.”

I’m getting there.

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