Preparing for a life as a rain-drop: a brief launching into existence, some self-forming, falling carefree, an individual yet surrounded by peers, to live the rest of life in a puddle – and when the sun finally shines on them, not ready for it, and dry up.

2020/02/17 21:15 · skys
2019/12/16 12:36 · skys

“If you set out simply to live a meaningful and fulfilling life, then you’ll dread every moment of it. That’s like setting out to be famous but not actually enjoying the craft; the vehicle you’re using to become famous. And that’s how much of life is for most people. Wanting to be rich, famous, powerful, a leader, etc. All the fluff, frosting, and shine of life with no substance to actually support it.” –

2019/12/03 08:10 · skys

The difference between ordinary and extraorinary, is that little extra.

Src: Jimmy Johnson

2019/11/08 10:57 · skys

Post Mortem(while Still Alive...)TheoreticalProject EndMakeExcusesFindScapegoatsDeliverRecriminationFind Victims(other than the Users)Run!

2019/10/01 10:57 · skys

Modern society is suffering from “temporal exhaustion”, the sociologist Elise Boulding once said. “If one is mentally out of breath all the time from dealing with the present, there is no energy left for imagining the future,” she wrote in 1978. We can only guess her reaction to the relentless, Twitter-fuelled politics of 2019. No wonder wicked problems like climate change or inequality feel so hard to tackle right now.


2019/09/30 21:56 · skys

“Tthe greatest perfection is imperfection. This was formulated by Lucilio Vanini (1585–1619), who had a precursor in the 16th-century writer Joseph Juste Scaliger, and they in turn referred to the ancient philosopher Empedocles. Their argument, as given by the first two, was that if the world were perfect, it could not improve and so would lack “true perfection,” which depends on progress. To Aristotle, “perfect” meant “complete” (“nothing to add or subtract”). To Empedocles, according to Vanini, perfection depends on incompleteness (“perfectio propter imperfectionem”), since the latter possesses a potential for development and for complementing with new characteristics (“perfectio complementii”).”


2019/09/30 21:07 · skys

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

2019/09/30 20:35 · skys

Just remember when someone says you've done a “stirling job”, you could be doing a 100x better…

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2019/09/04 14:08 · skys

Michelle said it best…basically:

NZ Government is always looking for short term wins: the election cycle is short, and Ministers have a hard time surviving without a project to unveil. So point solutions generally win over over consolidation projects that integrate information –- at least until there is a catastrophic failure. At which point a minister can swoop in as a launcher, as opposed to a deliver (sounds just as good). But that too has a risk: large projects go through different ministers, different project managers…and needs change…so by the time the Big Thing arrives, it no longer is a solution anyone needs.

2019/08/29 16:29 · skys

Business As Usual, in our unique way….

2019/08/08 12:17 · skys

Overheard (in my head):

“When we're talking about using common standards we're not talking about using our Standard Stupidity…”

2019/08/08 09:54 · skys

In total, Winegard estimates that mosquitoes have killed more people than any other single cause—fifty-two billion of us, nearly half of all humans who have ever lived. He calls them “our apex predator,” “the destroyer of worlds,” and “the ultimate agent of historical change.”


2019/08/05 15:44 · skys

What we just heard was:

“We've gone out to market for Requirements…“

2019/08/05 13:45 · skys

“Mental models are how we understand the world. Not only do they shape what we think and how we understand but they shape the connections and opportunities that we see. Mental models are how we simplify complexity, why we consider some things more relevant than others, and how we reason.

A mental model is simply a representation of how something works. We cannot keep all of the details of the world in our brains, so we use models to simplify the complex into understandable and organizable chunks.

Thinking Better The quality of our thinking is proportional to the models in our head and their usefulness in the situation at hand. The more models you have—the bigger your toolbox—the more likely you are to have the right models to see reality. It turns out that when it comes to improving your ability to make decisions variety matters.

Most of us, however, are specialists. Instead of a latticework of mental models, we have a few from our discipline. Each specialist sees something different. By default, a typical Engineer will think in systems. A psychologist will think in terms of incentives. A biologist will think in terms of evolution. By putting these disciplines together in our head, we can walk around a problem in a three dimensional way. If we’re only looking at the problem one way, we’ve got a blind spot. And blind spots can kill you.

Here’s another way to think about it. When a botanist looks at a forest they may focus on the ecosystem, an environmentalist sees the impact of climate change, a forestry engineer the state of the tree growth, a business person the value of the land. None are wrong, but neither are any of them able to describe the full scope of the forest. Sharing knowledge, or learning the basics of the other disciplines, would lead to a more well-rounded understanding that would allow for better initial decisions about managing the forest.

In a famous speech in the 1990s, Charlie Munger summed up the approach to practical wisdom through understanding mental models by saying: “Well, the first rule is that you can’t really know anything if you just remember isolated facts and try and bang ’em back. If the facts don’t hang together on a latticework of theory, you don’t have them in a usable form. You’ve got to have models in your head. And you’ve got to array your experience both vicarious and direct on this latticework of models. You may have noticed students who just try to remember and pound back what is remembered. Well, they fail in school and in life. You’ve got to hang experience on a latticework of models in your head.”

Building your latticework is a lifelong project. Stick with it, and you’ll find that your ability to understand reality, make consistently good decisions, and help those you love will always be improving.”

Well summarized!


2019/08/04 18:31 · skys

“A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns,” he wrote. “If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.” Hardy went on to characterize what makes a mathematical idea worthy: a certain generality, a certain depth, unexpectedness combined with inevitability and economy.

2019/07/27 13:23

“Aspire before you Expire…”

Life's short. Try to do something audacious…

2019/07/23 16:29

A risk with basing business decisions on Evidence, is that a decision crime had to happen first…

What about basing decisions on Research rather than evidence.

2019/07/23 09:25

Just heard another synonym for Liveware…

2019/07/22 16:00

Word du jour…. Collaboraction.


2019/07/12 16:10