Monthly Archives: Oct 2019

Hiring insanity

Reading these notes from Peter Thiel’s course CS183: Startup, on hiring and company culture in a tech startup reminds me that sanity is not a prerequisite for success: There were some doubts, since she seemed reluctant to solve a coding … Continue reading

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Breaking the law of physics

If you think something is breaking the law of physics then your previous understanding of physics was wrong. It’s impossible to break the law of physics. See also: Bumblebees.

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Portland, OR

9 years ago I visited Portland, Oregon, for the, at the moment, last time. It was my 7th time in the city and I loved every visit; I loved the people, the structure, the transportation and the food. It was … Continue reading

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Got a newsletter and clicked on a link: This is what happens when you don’t continuously invest in infrastructure.

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Cancer and personality

Edzard Ernst recently pointed his readers to a recent article refuting the claim that personality and stress were risk factors for cancer. Eysenck and Grossarth-Maticek apparently even had a cure for cancer. In one study, they gave 600 “cancer-prone” individuals … Continue reading

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Which movies tempt another viewing?

I have watched Payback (with Mel Gibson) more times than I can count. I can’t exactly explain it but the movie appeals to me. It’s been a while since I’ve watched it; if I get a little free time I … Continue reading

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When the end user is not the customer

When you are selling to the end user, you have to show him that your product will solve a problem for him, in a way that is worth the effort. You are forced to prioritise usability. When you are selling … Continue reading

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Nick Cave

It think this response from Nick Cave to a fan is wonderful. Imagine struggling with your own vulnerability, reaching out to your idol and receiving this kind of reply. I live mostly in hotels these days, and as I cautiously … Continue reading

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At least they threw away all pretense

Extinction Rebellion has bothered me for some time, as all radical movements that try to paint themselves as the only moral choice. To begin with, all seemed to go according to plan but the apparent grass-root movement had surprising backing … Continue reading

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Facebook is not free speech

Read Jon Evans’ “Facebook isn’t free speech, it’s algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage“, as a response to Mark Zuckerberg’s self-made revisionist speech about Facebook.

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