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Rain on Demand

Rainy days like today are very productive. There is something about the rain that helps me focus. Of course, not every day is like today. On those days I have Rainy Mood. Yes, I know this note is looking a lot like an ad for aspirin or toiletries, but I’m not an affiliate, I don’t […]

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Thanos and the Problem of Exponential Growth

Spoilers for the latest Avengers movie. You have been warned. Yesterday I explained why Thanos’ victory – and the reasons for him achieving it – made the latest Avengers movie a more interesting and serious film. But it’s achievement is stained by a couple factors: This is not the end of the story arc, and […]

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Thanos and the Value of Sacrifice

Spoilers for the latest Avengers movie. You have been warned. The best thing about the last Avengers movie was that the villain won. And he won not by dint of the heroes’ back luck, but because he deserved to win. Thanos: Crafted a plan for many years, a plan which he executed meticulously, without letting […]

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Workplace Serendipity

Centralization and transparency enable a kind of serendipity that can lead to breakthrough results.  For example, your lead programmer may come up with an innovative solution to the problem that’s been blocking the marketing people. But he can only do this if the marketing team has their discussions out in the open, not siloed inside […]

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Reboot

I’ve never been a fan of lightning travel, of single-weekend trips. It always seemed to me that the  “energy out” from the actual travelling far exceeded the “energy in” that comes with the novelty of exploring a new place. But I’m starting to change my mind. My rationale was that if it was worth visiting […]