Monthly Archives: Dec 2020

Expressing yourself

I like this quote: There are approximately 1,010,300 words in the English language, but I could never string enough words together to properly explain how much I want to hit you with a chair.— Alexander Hamilton, to Thomas Jefferson You … Continue reading

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Corruption or talent

It’s really either or; you either pick corruption or talent. The war on standardized testing is ultimately a war in favor of corruption and against talent. For when our ability to detect ability declines, our propensity to reward those with … Continue reading

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An idea for a really useful AI tool

(yes, it’s a ML tool, but more people will get the headline when I write AI) It’s a supplement to this idea from Randall Munroe/xkcd: An idea that Youtube added for a short while as an option. — The idea … Continue reading

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The Doorman Fallacy

The Doorman Fallacy, coined by Rory Sutherland: The ‘doorman fallacy’, as I call it, is what happens when your strategy becomes synonymous with cost-saving and efficiency; first you define a hotel doorman’s role as ‘opening the door’, then you replace … Continue reading

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Write like a human

Sentence autocomplete is a great tool for improving your writing. Whenever the autocomplete is right, start over. You were about to say something so predictable it had little information value. — Michael This is somewhat related to my idea to … Continue reading

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Mic drops and slamming doors

It’s fun to say the perfect thing at the perfect time. Mic drop. The problem is that then you have to bend over and pick up the microphone. — Seth Godin I’ll add that there’s something similar with slamming doors; … Continue reading

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Cats at Christmas

As someone pointed out, this the Christmas tree of someone who has given up: It has been a long time since we had cats and I can attest that having something climbable was irresistible to them.         … Continue reading

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Koalas at Christmas

Two observations: Australia has a hotline for people to report koalas in danger or other problems related to the furry creatures. Koalas like to climb trees. So, a koala wandered into a home…

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Vaccine priorities

Now that we are getting the COVID-19 vaccine, I agree that we should vaccinate the elderly and those on the frontlines. And there is a very good reason why we should vaccinate the elderly first, when we only have a … Continue reading

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The Mandalorian

Back when season 1 of The Mandalorian ended, I said that I thought Jon Favreau had oversold his finale. The season was a bit uneven but thoroughly enjoyed it so of course I would give season 2 a chance. This … Continue reading

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